How to Book Cheap Domestic Awards – Oneworld Alliance

The Coronavirus pandemic has plunged the world into a state of uncertainty. Travel within the United States is more appealing and logistically more feasible than international travel, at least to the majority and for the time being. Today we are kicking off a new series of posts that examine some of the cheapest U.S. domestic award options in each major airline alliance, including:

Oneworld – British Airways, Iberia, and American Airlines Star Alliance – Avianca, Turkish Airlines, and UnitedSkyTeam – Air France/KLM and Delta

When the words “domestic travel” come up, the big three U.S.

Should You be Tempted by Chase’s “Pay Yourself Back” Offer?

Chase is offering a new way for Sapphire card holders to redeem their Ultimate Reward (UR) points. But does it make sense for you? Let’s move about the socially-distanced cabin and take a look.

What is it?

Chase has dubbed it the “Pay Yourself Back” feature. It allows Sapphire card holders to redeem their points for a statement credit. Another way to look at it is as a purchase eraser.

As with redeeming UR points in the Chase travel portal, the redemption rate will depend on which card you have.

The Basics of Chase Ultimate Rewards

Welcome! Today we continue our series on the types of credit card reward programs frequented by travelers. In the last article, we discussed American Express Membership Rewards. Here we’ll dive into the world of Chase.

Like American Express, Chase has a plethora of cards on offer. There are both business and personal cards.

Marriott Bonvoy Boundless 100k Offer Expires March 4

Update: This offer has changed to 75,000 bonus Marriott Rewards after spending $3,000 on your new card within three months. 

The Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card has a higher than usual sign up bonus right now: 100,000 Marriott Rewards for spending $5,000 within three months of opening the card. Before this limited time offer came out, the bonus was 75,000 Marriott points.

Whether or not you patron Marriott, this is a good card to pick up for its large bonus.

Two big offers ending soon. Who are they good for?

Update: The Chase United Explorer Card offer is now 60,000 miles for spending $3,000 within three months.

Sign up bonuses are, by far, the easiest and fastest way to earn big stacks of rewards. Many of the most lucrative sign up bonuses are only available for a limited time to encourage customers to sign up. In other words, scarcity marketing.

Sapphire Reserve Annual Fee Jumps to $550 Tomorrow

New cardholders of the Chase Sapphire Reserve*, those that apply tomorrow (January 14) or later, will have an annual fee of $550. Current cardholders (or those that apply before tomorrow) have/will have an annual fee of $450. So if you were looking into the Sapphire Reserve, it's time to look a little closer... right now.

*Please note that this link, which is a MileValue affiliate link (meaning we get a commission for approvals), shows "offer unavailable" right now. You can still apply for the current offer directly on Chase's website, until tomorrow (January 14) at some point.

Maximize the Freedom Card’s 5x Category for Q4

December 14, 2019, is the last day to register your Chase Freedom to earn 5x Ultimate Rewards for the past quarter at department stores and via PayPal and Chase Pay.

When Was the Last Ultimate Rewards Transfer Bonus?

Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Capital One miles are the four major types of transferrable points. By transferrable point I mean that not only are they redeemed for a fixed value, they can also be moved to airline and hotel loyalty programs for often higher value award redemptions.

Those with Membership Rewards, ThankYou Points, and Capital One miles are presented the opportunity to earn a bonus on transferred points periodically. Chase Ultimate Rewards offered their first transfer bonus ever in May to British Airways Avios.

Timing the Southwest Companion Pass to Last Two Full Years

UPDATE 10/18/19: A few key details about the Companion Pass and the offers for the Southwest co-branded Chase credit cards have changed since this post was originally published. The Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card's bonus dropped from 80k to 70k Rapid Rewards for meeting a $5,000 minimum spending requirement within three months of opening the card.

Walking Across America with Points: Week 3

It's been a while since we've heard from Mike Hammari, the man who is walking across the United States using travel rewards to minimize accommodation costs and therefore nights slept outdoors. He's vlogging his experience on YouTube and blogging about it here on MileValue.

A Quick Catch Up

These recounts of his journey are being written in retrospect. Mike took a break in the middle of his walk to return to work, travel some (not on foot), and is now back on the steaming late summer road of central Texas. Last I heard, his shoes had recently melted.