Now No Annual Fee on Chase Hyatt Card

The Chase Hyatt Credit Card no longer has an annual fee the first year, a $75 savings.

The Hyatt card has my 11th favorite sign up bonus from Chase, but it's a solid card to hold forever, and one that I have. The big draw is the sign up bonus of two free nights at almost any Hyatt worldwide after spending $1,000 in the first three months.

Chase Freedom Fourth Quarter Category Bonuses

Register now for the Chase Freedom's fourth quarter category bonuses. From now through December 31, 2013, you'll earn 5x Ultimate Rewards per dollar on purchases at amazon.com and these department stores.

Every quarter, the Freedom has a new category or categories in which you can get 5x Ultimate Rewards up to $1,500 spent. Maximize the category throughout the year for 30,000 Ultimate Rewards.

The Ultimate Rewards earned on a Freedom are not transferable to airlines or hotels.

Top Ten Credit Card Bonuses That Are About to Disappear

Update: Several--if not all--of these offers have expired.

Amazing Deal: Ink Bold and Ink Plus Offers Increase to 60k Ultimate Rewards for One Week Only

From now until June 22, Chase is increasing the sign up bonus on the Ink Bold and Ink Plus to 60,000 Ultimate Rewards after spending $5,000 in three months.
These are two of my absolute favorite cards.

The Three Best Credit Cards for Free Luxury Hotel Nights

The offers listed in this post have expired so their links have been removed. Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.

For me, first class flights would be out of reach without miles. I can't spend $10,000 for a first class flight on an airline like Emirates.

Luckily I don't need to because I have plenty of miles, and I could fly economy class in a pinch.

Fancy hotels are similar.

Anatomy of an Award: Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires with a Free Oneway

The second you move abroad, you become a lot more popular! That far flung country looks a lot better to family and friends as soon as they know they'll have a free bed and tour guide. My sister wanted to come visit me in Argentina in mid-May, so we set out to find her the best award ticket possible. Only one minor problem. As of two months ago, she had zero miles.
We ended up booking her n roundtrip from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires for a weeklong trip for 60,000 United miles.

3 Ultimate Rewards per Dollar on First Friday Dining with Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Chase Sapphire Preferred will offer three Ultimate Rewards per dollar on dining expenses on the first Friday of each month until the end of 2013. Those are some nice free points.

As an award booker, I love Ultimate Rewards for their flexibility. Ultimate Rewards can be transferred 1:1 to United, Southwest, British Airways, Korean, Virgin Atlantic, Hyatt, Amtrak, and many more.

I eat out a lot, and especially on Friday nights (and especially on First Fridays when I am in Honolulu!), so this deal will be great for me.

Free First Class Next Month: Transferable Points Program Basics

Hey! You're reading an outdated Free First Class Next Month series. Check out the latest version published in April of 2015 here.

This is the eleventh post in a monthlong series that started here. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader another two minutes to complete. I am writing this for an audience of people who know nothing about frequent flier miles, and my goal is that by the end, you know enough to fly for free anywhere you want to go.

Are No Foreign Transaction Fee Cards a Scam?

A reader wrote to me:
For credit cards, HSBC is by FAR the best for foreign purchases but not sure if it is because it is HSBC Premier rather then regular HSBC. HSBC Premier gives me the same exchange rate as what they get when exchanging money between other banks with no mark-up. It is crazy how much I save. I've found Chase to be the most expensive and American Express somewhere in between.

Anatomy of an Award: How to Book an Award on Southwest

Update 10/13/14: Southwest awards now cost 70 points per dollar of the cash fare instead of 60. Taxes are now $5.60 per direction within the United States instead of $2.50 per flight. Everything else is the same.

The other day I helped a friend book a roundtrip Southwest award from Los Angeles to Denver for 11,761 Rapid Rewards and $5, taking advantage of a 1,000 Ultimate Rewards transfer to make up a shortfall of points in her account. For some people, this post will be very basic.