Thats right – I consider travel reward cards a key piece of gear for every traveler. I use my points to get around the world, as well as airline reward program membership to reduce fees on checked bags, or to merely give me the ability to bring a carry-on with the new ultra-cheap ‘basic economy’ fares. Read below to see which credit cards I use and recommend, and the pros and cons of each.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is an excellent credit card to use as the base for your credit card portfolio. I have had this card for almost two years now, and really love this card. Here are the major benefits that have helped me rack up a ton of rewards miles:
- 50,000 bonus point enrollment offer after spending $3,000 in the first three months. For more information about how you can avoid making unnecessary purchases to hit a spending minimum, read this blog post!
- 2x Points on Travel (airfare, train, uber, parking, taxi, etc) and dining
- Points are worth 25% more when you redeem through Chase’s travel center
- Occasionally ‘Shop with Chase’ bonuses where you can earn 2-10 extra points per dollar at select retailers
- Rental car insurance
- Ability to earn 10,000 rewards points per person that you refer (and is approved) for the Chase Sapphire card
Recently, I found an incredible deal in the Chase travel center, and flew from JFK in New York to Madrid, Spain, for about 37,000 points. You can also redeem your points for cash back (where 100,000 points = $1,000), which I did to recently cover the purchase of a new drone.