A Ranking of Miles from Most Broadly Useful to Most Niche

I naturally categorize miles and points into two groups:

Broadly useful
Niche programs

The first type of miles are the miles you want to stockpile if you're hoping to follow a simple mile-accumulation strategy to meet all your future travel goals. Ideally these miles benefit from cheap award charts across all classes of service and to all regions without incurring fuel surcharges on awards.

By contrast, niche programs have some great values on their award charts, but lots of flaws.

Three Ways You Can Get Big Ultimate Rewards from 70k Ink Plus Offer

Just Another Points Traveler reports that the 70,000 point sign up bonus on the Ink Plus is back.

That's fantastic news because the Ink Plusis already one of the best cards on the market for business when it has its normal 50,000 point sign up bonus.

Offer details of 70,000 point offer from Just Another Points Traveler:

LIMITED TIME BONUS OFFER: Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

Ultimate Rewards Now Transfer to Singapore Miles

Chase Ultimate Rewards just added Singapore KrisFlyer miles as a transfer partner.

Which Card Has the Best Sign Up Bonus for Hyatt Stays?

I love staying at Hyatt properties. One of my recent favorites is the Andaz Maui at Wailea. (See my review here.) So I got to thinking about which are the best credit cards to get more free stays at Hyatts worldwide.

Sunset at the Andaz

The surprising answer is that the best card for most people is not the Hyatt Card.

The best cards for most people are actually the The Ink Plus and The Ink Bold, which are both business cards.

Gold Mine Award Space to Europe This Summer in Business Class with American, US Airways, United Miles Plus Membership or Ultimate Rewards

There is currently gold mine business class award availability on US Airways flights from the US to southern Europe for this summer.

Award space on US Airways flights is especially advantageous because it means that you can book the space at favorable mileage rates (and no fuel surcharges) with:

US Airways miles
American Airlines miles
United miles (until March 30, 2014)
Ultimate Rewards (until March 30, 2014)
Membership Rewards (until March 30, 2014)

What are the routes? How good is the space? How good is US Airways Business Class?

Up to 50k Ultimate Rewards for Referring Friends to Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire, or Freedom Cards

Chase is offering 5,000 Ultimate Rewards for each person that existing cardholders refer to the Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire, or Freedom cards. You can earn up to 50,000 Ultimate Rewards from this promotion.

I recently downgraded my Sapphire Preferred to a Freedom, so I only have a referral link for the Freedom. If you have a Sapphire Preferred or a Sapphire, I'd be happy to feature your tweeted referral links in this post.

How can you earn up to 50,000 Ultimate Rewards?

1. Go to Chase Refer a Friend and type in your info.

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Up to 50k Ultimate Rewards for Referring Friends to Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire, or Freedom Cards

Chase is offering 5,000 Ultimate Rewards for each person that existing cardholders refer to the Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire, or Freedom cards. You can earn up to 50,000 Ultimate Rewards from this promotion.

I recently downgraded my Sapphire Preferred to a Freedom, so I only have a referral link for the Freedom. If you have a Sapphire Preferred or a Sapphire, I'd be happy to feature your tweeted referral links in this post.

How can you earn up to 50,000 Ultimate Rewards?

1. Go to Chase Refer a Friend and type in your info.

2.

Will You Marry Me?

The Top Six (Miles-Related) Reasons to Get Married

I'm jealous of married couples in the miles-and-points world. There are some awesome values that are unlocked by having a permanent travel companion.

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.