Purchases of Daily Getaways packages–see my rundown of the best deals this coming weekare coded as purchases from a travel agency. That means:

  • You can redeem Arrival miles from the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® to eliminate the cost of your package.
  • You can earn 3x ThankYou Points per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
  • You can earn 2x Ultimate Rewards per dollar by purchasing the packages with a Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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Last week I purchased packages with my Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, and as you can see, the purchase coded as “Travel Agency and Tour Operators.” Travel agencies earn 3x with the ThankYou Premier.

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I also purchased a package with my Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®, and that purchase shows up on the list of travel purchases for which I can redeem Arrival miles.

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(If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the Arrival Plus earns 2 miles per dollar on all purchases, and you can use the miles to redeem for any travel purchase at a rate of 1 cent per mile. Here’s how redemption works.)

I haven’t used a Sapphire Preferred to purchase a Daily Getaways package, but the card offers 2x Ultimate Rewards per dollar on travel purchases, which includes travel agencies.

Which Card Should You Use?

It depends on your goals.

If you are short on cash, use the Arrival Plus, and redeem your Arrival miles to not pay for your package.

If you want to earn ThankYou Points to transfer to Singapore, Flying Blue, or Virgin Atlantic, or to use for 1.25 cents toward any flight on any airline, use your ThankYou Premier.

If you want to earn Ultimate Rewards to transfer to United, British Airways, or Hyatt, use your Sapphire Preferred.

I’ll be using my ThankYou Premier.

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