The Easiest Way to Earn Barclaycard Arrival Plus Miles

While the Barclaycard Arrival Plus is one of the better fixed-value travel credit cards out there, it has its downsides. Travel statement credits offer the best value but can only be redeemed for purchases of $100 or more. Furthermore, if you don’t have enough points for your full redemption, you can only do a partial…

The American Express Platinum Benefit Changes Are Underwhelming

Last week, American Express announced benefit updates for the American Express Platinum card starting March 30th, 2017. There have been rumors about how Amex would respond in light of the Chase Sapphire Reserve’s success since last August. Adding 5x Membership Rewards points for flights booked directly with the airline was a good start, but I think they realized…

Weird Problem Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Travel Partners

Earlier this week I booked two economy tickets from Milan to Boston using United Airlines miles. I had 32,000 United miles already so all I had to do was transfer 27,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United to complete the 60,000 mile booking. I logged onto Chase Ultimate Rewards through my Chase Sapphire Reserve account.…

Chase Ultimate Rewards: Everything You Need to Know

Chase Ultimate Rewards are my favorite kind of credit card points. Valued at $0.01 each for non-travel redemptions, Chase Ultimate Reward points are extremely versatile when used strategically. Points can be redeemed on Chase’s portal for cash back, gift cards, or travel including hotels, flights, and rental cars. In some instances, you can also transfer…

Credit Cards That Earn Chase Ultimate Rewards Points and Why You’ll Want More than One

If you want to maximize your points and miles through everyday spending, you’re going to need credit cards that earn more than 1 point per dollar spent. While this is possible with fixed-value travel credit cards like Barclaycard Arrival Plus and Capital One Venture, which each earn 2 points per dollar, you have to remember that not…

A Surprising Purchase That Earned 3x Points with Chase Sapphire Reserve

Last month when I was wine tasting in California, I paid for everything with my Chase Sapphire Reserve in hopes that all the money I spent at wineries would fall under Chase’s liberal restaurants category and earn 3x points. Sadly this wasn’t the case. This past weekend I went to Tree House Brewing Company in…

Should I Keep My Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred?

This past August, the Chase Sapphire Reserve caused quite the buzz due to the 100,000 point sign-up bonus. Besides this amazing bonus worth $1,500 on travel booked through Chase, the Chase Sapphire Reserve offers perks such as Priority Pass Lounge access, Global Entry fee reimbursement, and a $300 annual travel credit. Chase Sapphire Reserve Pays for…