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CHASE INK PLUS OFFERING 60,000 BONUS POINTS and INK CASH $300 Bonus Cash back

As you may have seen, the Chase Ink cards have increased their sign-up offers today for a limited time.  Both of these cards have one of my very favorite bonus payouts for routine purchases at 5x points per dollar at office supply stores, on cellular phone charges, landline, internet and cable TV services (annual $25,000 5x max on the Cash version of the card, annual $50,000 5x max on the Plus version of the card).

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Ink Cash® Business Credit Card: Earn $300 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening

Ink Plus Business Credit Card: Earn 60,000 points after you spend $5000 in the first 3 months, $95 annual fee

In my view, the main difference between the two cards (other than the sign-up bonus) is that the Ink Cash has no annual fee whereas the Ink Plus has a $95 annual fee.  Additionally, the points earned from the Ink Cash are transferable to Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline partners only if you also have the Ink Plus or the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.  If you do have one of those cards you can choose to use the $300 bonus cash back Ink Cash sign-up bonus as 30,000 points that you transfer to United, Hyatt, or your Ultimate Rewards partner of choice.

The most common sign-up bonus for the Ink Cash is 20,000 points while the most common sign-up bonus for the Ink Plus is 50,000 points, so this is a great time to pull the trigger on either if you want to get as many points for your sign-up bonus as possible.

Do keep in mind these are small business cards and that reports coming from those who have recently applied for Chase cards are that things are a bit tighter than they used to be.  That said, good luck if you choose to go for one of these cards – I know we love them both for their 5x bonus categories as well as of course for the increased sign-up bonuses!

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Friends return from an Amazing Family trip to Italy

The most satisfying part of writing a travel blog and the hobby of earning Travel Rewards is  helping friends and family travel the world creating memories without breaking pocket. One of our best friends Steve and Joi along with their two boys (Bradley < 2 yrs and Lucas < 1 yrs) returned after spending two weeks in Italy. They visited Rome and Sorrento (Amalfi coast). Steve and Joi are well traveled around the world but recently got on board with the travel rewards program earning miles and points utilizing  credit card sign-up bonuses and implementing other strategies that I now offer via my Travel Coaching program.

Rome Coliseum

Outside the Coliseum in Rome

Introduction

Steve is my office mate and also partner in crime (taking trips to Simon mall for manufactured spending). If you want to learn on ways to stay organized in this hobby Steve is your go to man !! We’ve also taken few family trips together including a recent road trip  to Washington DC where we actually got paid to stay at the Hilton right next to the White house. Steve and Joi signed up for the following cards for their vacation to Italy

Credit Card, Account  Miles or Points Type Benefits
Chase British Airways Avios

100,000

 Avios Companion ticket after spending 30K in calendar year
Barclay Arrival World Mastercard

x 2

40,000 X 2

Travel Miles 2X points on all spending and easy travel redemption, $800 + in Travel credits from two cards one each for Steve and Joi
Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Card

2 Free Nights

Free Nights 2 Free Nights at Hilton Hotels Worldwide
Chase INK Business Card

50,000

UR Points Points can be transferred to several airline and hotel partners or redeemed for travel discount via UR portal
Bradley Business Class

Bradley had his own seat in the Business Class of British Airways. Getting pampered at a young age

They flew Business Class on British Airways from Washington DC to Rome. Steve used 100,000 Avios and the Free companion ticket he earned by signing up for the Chase British Airways Avios Card to book these seats. British airways does charge almost $1000 fuel surcharge on award tickets which is a potential drawback.

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Bradley treated like Royalty at Waldorf Astoria in Rome

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The executive lounge at Waldorf Astoria – Complimentary Breakfast, Booze and hors d’oeuvres is what they enjoyed every day!!

They utilized combination of the two nights earned from the Citi Hilton cards along with cash and points to stay 4 nights at this magnificent Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri (probably one of the best hotel in Rome) costing less them  $300 out-of-pocket  for the entire stay including access to the spa and executive lounge serving awesome gelato, wine and snacks round-the-clock. A one-night stay at this hotel can easily cost  $500 a night with all the upgrades they had so its a saving of more than $1700 for a four night stay!!! And guess who was sharing the pool with them at the Hotel – Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Steve was able to keep the cost of their  stay at Waldorf Astoria this low by using combination of sign-up bonus from the two Barclay Arrival cards, two nights free from the Citi Hilton Reserve card and few trips to Simon Mall for manufacture spending Barclay Arrival miles.

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Enjoying a relaxing lunch in Amalfi, Italy

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How do they look so fresh and happy after a long International flight? Oh let me guess – they traveled Business class on British Airways

They used Ultimate Rewards (UR) points for the Hop-on Hop-off tour in Rome. You can use UR points to book airline, hotels, car rental and trust me even Hot air balloon ride!!! You earn UR points by signing up for Chase INK business card, Sapphire Preferred and Freedom card. I love UR points as they can be transferred to several airline and hotel partners and if you have the Chase INK card you can ramp up your UR account balance very quickly as the card offers 5X points at office stores and also telecommunication bills (phone, internet, cable etc) and 2X on gas.  I love my Chase INK card and I have paid the annual fees of $95 on this card for the last two years (of-course after earning a retention bonus of 10,000 UR points when annual fees is due).

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Pompeii, Italy

They stayed at the Hotel Capodimonte in Sorrento. This hotel is not part of any major hotel chains such as Hyatt, Hilton etc so they charged entire stay on to the Barclay Arrival Card. Steve has up to 120 days to redeem this charge (~$2000) and he has been able to secure red card/serve from family members that will help him to  rack up serious manufactured spending and after redeeming the miles this stay will cost him only $800!!!

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Beautiful Amalfi Coast

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Day Trip to Positano

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PS – Lucas is holding a lemon and not a Watermelon!!

They were not ready to come back after spending quality time in Italy. The above picture of Bradley and Lucas sums up the whole trip.

Bottomline

Steve and his family had an amazing vacation in Italy. This vacation could have easily costed $20,000 ++ (including business class in BA, Waldorf Astoria Hotel stays, car rental, etc etc) but by smartly using bonuses from credit card sign-ups and maximizing mileage redemption this vacation will roughly cost them $3000 (or less). As part of my Travel Rewards service I can help you and your family to get to you next dream destination for pennies. Send me a note to get started with the Travel Rewards program where we will communicate over phone/skype for a few minutes to better understand your needs and then customize a game plan. Let’s make your dreams come true!!!

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How to Get Free Hotel Breakfast, Upgrades, and More with Visa Signature

I always feel my hotel stay is incomplete without having a nice scrumptious breakfast. Since We’ve been staying at some top hotels around the world (while paying pennies).If you read this site you probably already know that top tier hotel elite status can get you things like upgrades, free breakfast, late-check out, and more.  However, unless you travel quite a bit per year, or are able to put large amounts of spending on some co-branded hotel credit cards, the upper tier hotel elite status levels that get you those really good perks are probably out of reach for most of us.

Yummy Breakfast at Premier Inn Abu Dhabi during our recent stay

However, you can still get free breakfast, upgrades, late check-out, and other VIP goodies just by booking a stay at a participating “Luxury Hotel Collection” hotel via a program that Visa Signature offers.  Before you close the page thinking “free stuff” this will cost extra, or that families have no business in “luxury” hotels, hear me out because you might be surprised.

If your card bears this symbol enjoy some of these great benefits

How Do You Access the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection?

All you have to do to access The Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection is have a Visa Signature credit card.  There are tons of them, and if you have some rewards credit cards, the chances are good that you already have one in your wallet.

Some of the most popular cards on the market are part of this family of premium cards, including the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire, British Airways Visa, the Hyatt card, the Marriott Rewards Premier and Marriott Rewards cards, the Southwest Plus card, Bank of America’s Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines cards, Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, Citi Hilton HHonors and Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, US Bank FlexPerks, Citi AAdvantage Visa Signature, and many more.

What Family Friendly/Points Friendly Hotels are in the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection?

There are over 900 hotels all around the world, but a few that jump out at me as being good fits for families or points junkies are:

Park Hyatt Washington DC, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Hyatt Key West, Hyatt Olive 8, Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, Hyatt Regency Aruba, Hyatt Regency Maui, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Grand Hyatt Kauai, Andaz 5th Avenue, Andaz Papagayo, Andaz Maui, Andaz Amsterdam, Andaz Napa, Intercontinental Bali, Westin St. John, Westin Dublin, Westin Maui, St. Regis Monarch Beach, St. Regis Houston, St. Regis Princeville, St. Regis Rome, St. Regis Bahia Beach, St. Regis Punta Mita, Liberty Hotel Boston, Aria, Vdara, W South Beach, W Atlanta Downtown, W Vieques Island, and tons more.

Another one one my bucket list : Hyatt Regency Aruba is in the Visa Signature Hotel collection

You can search by price, location, brand, interest, setting, etc.

How expensive are hotels in the Luxury Hotel Collection?

The rates for hotels in the Luxury Hotel Collection should be the same as the lowest rate you can find via the hotel directly or other similar sites, albeit without the use of discount codes or other reduced rates due to AAA, AARP, etc.  In fact, they have a “Best Rate Guarantee” in case you do find a lower rate elsewhere within 24 hours of booking.

Some of the hotels in the collection are very expensive for my tastes, but others are much more reasonable per night.  Of course these are not going to be your super cheap budget motel properties, but there are many that have reasonable prices, with some in the $100 – $200 per night range.

I’ve seen the Westin Lake Las Vegas go for around $100 per night or less.  A random search of dates at the Hyatt Regency Maui turned up nights starting at $259/night.  That isn’t cheap, but when you consider that it would cost 20,000 Hyatt points per night to stay there, you may decide the cash rate makes sense for some nights – especially given the perks you will get via the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection program.

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore part of Visa Signature Luxury program

What perks do you get from booking with the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection program?

This is the good part because you get all these perks just by booking via the Luxury Hotel Collection program without having to pay extra or have any sort of elite status – all you need is a Visa Signature card.  The perks include:

  • Best available rate guarantee
  • Complimentary continental breakfast daily
  • $25 food and beverage voucher
  • Automatic room upgrade upon arrival, if available
  • Free in-room internet, when available
  • 3PM late check-out, upon request
  • VIP guest status

How the hotels deliver on the continental breakfast for two daily will vary, but in my experience if you don’t want an actual continental breakfast, many will offer that monetary equivalent toward another breakfast item.  Since hotel breakfasts usually aren’t cheap, this can easily be a $50+ value per day of your stay for two people.

Additional Savings and Discounts:

On top of the perks, you can sometimes get additional savings or additional perks at certain properties.  When you are on the website go to the “Special Offers” section to see if any of the offers work for your travel plans.  A few examples of the ones I saw on the website are:

  • 3rd or 4th night free
  • 25% off publicly available rates
  • $100 dining credit + 10% off with two night stay
  • $125 hotel credit with two night stay

If you aren’t familiar with the program, or haven’t used it in a while, I highly recommend you poke around on The Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection website to see if some of the hotels and benefits offered might work for one of your upcoming vacations.  Remember that you will still earn your points/elite status credits when you book via the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection, so those of us that love hotel points can essentially double up and earning points and getting extra perks!

Have you utilized the Visa Signature perks on a hotel stay?  Where did you go, and how was the stay?

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IHG releases Pointsbreak Hotels for stays bookable February 25th to May 31st 2015

You can read my earlier post on How to Book IHG Hotels for $35 a night.

What are Pointsbreak Hotels?

PointBreaks are one of the very best deals in the miles and points world at just 5,000 IHG points per night for a hotel room that can other times go for 10,000 – 50,000 points per night! You can easily earn 70,000 IHG points by signing up for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit card at Creditcards.com under Travel and Airline category.

The list of hotels bookable February 25th-May 31st 2015

You can follow the thread at Flyertalk to keep a track of when hotels go bookable at the Pointsbreak rate tomorrow morning ~9:00 am EST. But act fast as inventory is often limited and only a set number of rooms are available under this promotion.

Here is a small sample of the featured properties:

  • InterContinental Lhasa Paradise, Lhasa, XZ, China
  • Crowne Plaza Suites Tequendama Bogota, Colombia
  • Hotel Indigo San Jose Forum Costa Rica
  • Holiday Inn Genoa City, Genova, Italy
  • Holiday Inn Express Tampa-Anderson Rd/Veterans Exp, Florida, United States
  • Staybridge Suites West Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Candlewood Suites Bloomington, Indiana, United States

For only 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points, you can stay at the InterContinental hotel in Lhasa, China or the Hotel Indigo in San Jose, Costa Rica!

PointBreak hotels in Asia, Middle East, and Africa:

  • InterContinental Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  • Crowne Plaza Chongqing New North Zone (China)
  • Crowne Plaza Jinan City Center (China)
  • Crowne Plaza Tianjin Jinnan (China)
  • Crowne Plaza Xiangyang (China)
  • Crowne Plaza Zhongshan Wing On City (China)
  • Holiday Inn Express Nantong Xinghu (China)
  • Holiday Inn Hangzhou Xiaoshan (China)
  • InterContinental Lhasa Paradise (China)
  • Holiday Inn New Delhi Int’l Airport (India)
  • Crowne Plaza Ube (Japan)
  • Holiday Inn Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)

PointBreak hotel deals in Europe:

  • Holiday Inn Tampere (Finland)
  • Holiday Inn Express Saint – Nazaire (France)
  • Holiday Inn Express Marseille – Provence Airport (France)
  • Holiday Inn Fulda (Germany)
  • Holiday Inn Express Guetersloh (Germany)
  • Holiday Inn Budapest – Budaörs (Hungary)
  • Holiday Inn Genoa City (Italy)
  • Crowne Plaza Vilnius (Lithuania)
  • Holiday Inn Express Arnhem (Netherlands)
  • Crowne Plaza Bucharest (Romania)
  • Holiday Inn Elche (Spain)
  • Holiday Inn Express Campo de Gibraltar – Barrios (Spain)
  • Holiday Inn Express Braintree (United Kingdom)
  • Holiday Inn Cardiff – North M4, Jct.32 (United Kingdom)
  • Holiday Inn Darlington – A1 Scotch Corner (United Kingdom)
  • Holiday Inn Express Hamilton (United Kingdom)

PointBreak Hotel Deals in Central and South America

  • Holiday Inn Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport (Argentina)
  • Holiday Inn Express Belém Ananindeua (Brazil)
  • Holiday Inn Fortaleza (Brazil)
  • Crowne Plaza Suites Tequendama Bogota (Columbia)
  • Holiday Inn Express Medellin (Columbia)
  • Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici (Costa Rica)
  • Hotel Indigo San Jose Forum Costa Rica
  • Holiday Inn Guatemala (Ciudad De Guatemala, Guatemala)
  • Holiday Inn Express Tegucigalpa (Honduras)

PointBreak Hotel Deals in Mexico

  • Crowne Plaza Tuxtla Gutierrez
  • Holiday Inn MEXICO COYOACAN
  • Holiday Inn Express TOLUCA GALERIAS METEPEC
  • Holiday Inn Express TOLUCA ZONA AEROPUERTO
  • Staybridge Suites Guadalajara Expo
  • Holiday Inn Monterrey Norte
  • Holiday Inn Express Queretaro
  • Holiday Inn Express GUAYMAS
  • Holiday Inn Reynosa Zona Dorada
  • Holiday Inn ORIZABA

PointBreaks Hotels in Canada

  • Staybridge Suites West Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)
  • Holiday Inn Express Milton (Ontario, Canada)

PointBreaks Hotels Deals in the United States

Alabama

  • Holiday Inn Express Dothan North
  • Candlewood Suites Huntsville – Research Park

Arkansas

  • Holiday Inn Little Rock-Airport-Conf Ctr

Arizona

  • Holiday Inn Express Nogales
  • Holiday Inn Express Page – Lake Powell Area

California

  • Holiday Inn Express Beaumont – Oak Valley
  • Holiday Inn Express Calexico
  • Holiday Inn Express Moreno Valley (Lake Perris)
  • Staybridge Suites Sacramento Airport Natomas

Colorado

  • Holiday Inn Express Fraser – Winter Park Area
  • Holiday Inn Express La Junta

Connecticut

  • Holiday Inn Express Southington

Florida

  • Holiday Inn Express Tampa-Anderson Rd/Veterans Exp

Georgia

  • Holiday Inn Express Commerce-Tanger Outlets
  • Holiday Inn Express Macon-West
  • Holiday Inn Express Warner Robins North West
  • Holiday Inn Express Waycross

Iowa

  • Holiday Inn Express Clinton
  • Holiday Inn Express Le Mars

Idaho

  • Holiday Inn Express Boise-University Area

Illinois

  • Holiday Inn Express Bloomington West
  • Candlewood Suites Elgin NW-Chicago
  • Holiday Inn Express Rochelle
  • Staybridge Suites Rockford

Indiana

  • Holiday Inn Express Auburn-Touring Dr
  • Candlewood Suites Bloomington
  • Candlewood Suites Indianapolis Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express Scottsburg

Kentucky

  • Holiday Inn Express Murray
  • Holiday Inn Express Pikeville

Louisiana

  • Holiday Inn Covington
  • Holiday Inn Morgan City
  • Holiday Inn Express Scott-Lafayette West

Massachusetts

  • Candlewood Suites West Springfield

Maryland

  • Holiday Inn Express North East
  • Even Hotels Rockville – Washington DC Area
  • Holiday Inn Express Waldorf

Michigan

  • Holiday Inn Express Grand Blanc

Minnesota

  • Holiday Inn Express Mankato East

Missouri

  • Holiday Inn Express Kirksville
  • Holiday Inn Express Lebanon
  • Holiday Inn Express St Louis – Central West End

Mississippi

  • Holiday Inn Express Greenville
  • Holiday Inn Express Meridian
  • Candlewood Suites Tupelo North
  • Holiday Inn Vicksburg

North Carolina

  • Holiday Inn Express Conover (Hickory Area)
  • Holiday Inn Express Laurinburg
  • Holiday Inn Lumberton North – I-95

Nebraska

  • Holiday Inn Express Lincoln South

New Hampshire

  • Crowne Plaza Nashua

New Jersey

  • Holiday Inn Express Vineland Millville

New Mexico

  • Holiday Inn Express Silver City

Nevada

  • Holiday Inn Express Fallon

New York

  • Holiday Inn Middletown-Goshen
  • Holiday Inn Express East Greenbush(Albany-Skyline)

Ohio

  • Holiday Inn Express Bryan-Montpelier
  • Holiday Inn Express Toledo North

Oklahoma

  • Holiday Inn Express Bartlesville
  • Holiday Inn Express McAlester
  • Candlewood Suites Woodward

Pennsylvania

  • Holiday Inn Express Drums-Hazleton (I-80)
  • Holiday Inn Express Frazer-Malvern
  • Candlewood Suites Harrisburg
  • Holiday Inn Lansdale
  • Holiday Inn Express Irwin (Pa Tpk Exit 67)

South Carolina

  • Candlewood Suites Columbia-Ft. Jackson
  • Holiday Inn Express Greenwood
  • Holiday Inn Express Lexington-Hwy 378

South Dakota

  • Holiday Inn Express Vermillion
  • Holiday Inn Express Watertown

Tennessee

  • Holiday Inn Express Athens

Texas

  • Candlewood Suites Abilene
  • Holiday Inn Express Carthage
  • Holiday Inn Express Center
  • Holiday Inn Express Cleveland
  • Candlewood Suites Decatur Medical Center
  • Holiday Inn Express Ennis
  • Holiday Inn Express Falfurrias
  • Staybridge Suites Laredo International Airport
  • Holiday Inn Express Levelland
  • Holiday Inn Express Lufkin South
  • Candlewood Suites Mount Pleasant
  • Holiday Inn Express Fort Worth North – Northlake
  • Holiday Inn Express San Antonio SE by AT&T Center
  • Staybridge Suites San Antonio – Stone Oak
  • Holiday Inn Express Wharton

Utah

  • Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City South – Murray

Virginia

  • Holiday Inn Express Christiansburg
  • Holiday Inn Petersburg North- Fort Lee
  • Candlewood Suites Richmond North-Glen Allen
  • Holiday Inn Norton
  • Holiday Inn Express Rocky Mount/Smith Mtn Lake
  • Staybridge Suites Quantico-Stafford

Washington

  • Holiday Inn Downtown-Everett
  • Holiday Inn Express Tacoma South – Lakewood

Wisconsin

  • Holiday Inn Conference Ctr Marshfield
  • Holiday Inn Wausau-Rothschild

West Virginia

  • Holiday Inn Express Newell-Chester WV

Wyoming

  • Candlewood Suites Sheridan

Bottomline:

If you have an upcoming trip to any of these destinations than you better be glued to the computer around 9:00 am EST when the bookings go live as the inventory is always limited.  IHG points can be easily earned via the IHG Rewards Credit card which you can sign up at creditcards.com under Travel and Airline category or you may transfer points from Ultimate Rewards program if you have the Chase Ink Business cards which also has a limited time increased 60,000 points offer.

Are you planning to use this promotion on your next stay? Share your thoughts if you plan on using this promotion or if you’ve used it in the past

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Have you started your mileage run for 2015?

[Disclosure: I do  earn referral for some of the credit cards in this post. Thanks for the support if you ever apply through the site.  To find other top deals check out the top credit card offers or you can also check offer at creditcards.com.]

January is coming to a close and I hope you have started your mileage run for 2015 or your first App-O-Rama. If you have not there are still some limited time offer you can capitalize on such as the US Airways Premier World Mastercard. I am not sure how long this card will be around but it is a quick and easy 50,000 miles for a $89 annual fees (not waived) and no minimum spending (which is great!!) and there have been reports via flyertalk of getting this card more than once (I got denied after applying for my second card and received a letter stating I already have enough open credit with them so the trick could be calling Barclays before applying for the second US Airways card and reducing your line of credit). I applied for the below three cards for myself and one for my wife. Below are the results –

Credit Card, Account or Spend Miles or Points Type Cost / Minimum Spend
Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card

85,000

Club Carlson Points 50,000 points after first purchase and 35,000 after spending $2500 in first 90 days, $75 annual fees
American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card

50,000 X 2

Amex Reward Points $1000 spend in 3 months, annual fee waived 1st year. This was a limited time offer. Current offer is for 25,000 points
US Airways Premier World Mastercard

50,000

US Air/AA Miles I got denied as this was my second card and did not get lucky as some others have reported

I will pay $75 in annual fees for first year and earn 100,000 Amex membership points (can be transferred to other partners) and 85,000 Club Carlson points which can be used up to nine night stay at some properties and utilizing several promotions such as second night free for stay of two nights or more for holders of Club Carlson Premier Rewards Credit Card

Strategy for a couple  to stay  5 days in a Top Hotel and fly for almost free to any destination ?

Here is a simple strategy using credit card sign-up and some limited time offers that a couple can utilize and travel for almost free to most destinations in US, Caribbean, Mexico.

Credit Card, Account or Spend Miles or Points Type Cost / Minimum Spend
US Airways Premier World Mastercard X 2 (one each for hubby and wifey)

100,000

US Air/AA Miles $89 X 2 Annual Fees Not waived, but its like getting 4 domestic roundtrip -US tickets for less than $200 and no minimum spending
Chase INK  Business Plus

50,000

Ultimate Rewards Points $5000 spending in three months, Points can be transferred to Hyatt and other hotels to get some real good value
Capital One Ventures Rewards Credit Card

44,000 points

Travel Credit of $440 $3000 spend in 3 months, annual fee waived 1st year. Can be used towards any expenses such as rental cars, check-in bags and hotel taxes and tariff
Citi Hilton Reserve Card

2 Free weekend Nights at some classy Hiltons worldwide and free Gold status

Hilton Hhonors $95 Annual fees not waived. Gold status at Hilton is great value as it gets you free breakfast, upgrades and lot more!! $2500 in purchases within first 4 months
Total – 5 Credit cards between 2 people 150,000 Miles and Points , $440 Travel credit and 2 nights at Hilton  $295 Annual fees out of pocket for first year for some fabulous travel

I think its a great value you are getting (4 domestic tickets, 5-7 night stays and $440 travel credit) in the first year even after paying $295 in annual fees. Just a word of caution that Capital one does a credit check on all three bureaus unlike other credit card issuers who typically just check one. You may also consider the Barclay Arrival World Elite Master Card which also gives you $440 in travel credits and is one of my favorite cards out there and that is the reason I am keeping it  for the second year.

I am offering FREE Travel coaching to help you plan your next trip. This will typically be done via skype/phone call for a 30 minute consultation. Feel free to drop me a line I’d love to hear from you.

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70K Ink Plus Bonus Refer a Friend Offer: Up to 50K Points for Referring Friends

70K Ink Plus Refer a Friend Offer - Earn Up to 50K Bonus Points

The 70K Ink Plus  Bonus Offer is not new, it’s been available at Chase bank branches for awhile. But now there’s an Ink Plus Refer a Friend targeted offer for some Ink Plus cardholders, that may enable you to refer friends to the 70K Ink Plus offer and earn up to 50K Ultimate Rewards points for successfully referring 5 friends.

1. Go to Chase Refer a Friend

Enter your last name, zip code and last 4 digits of your Ink Plus card number to see if you’re eligible to refer friends.

2. Invite Friends Who Want the Ink Plus Business Credit Card

If you’re eligible, you’ll see a screen such as the one below, where you can enter the first name, last name and email address of your friends to send them an emailed invite.

I recommend instead that you click on the Facebook/Twitter link to get your own personal referral link and send that to your friends, so that they don’t have to wait and can apply right away.

70K Ink Plus Refer a Friend Offer

3. Feel Free to Use My or Others’ Referral Links

If you don’t already have a spouse, partner or friend with the Ink Plus and would like to help someone out with referral points, feel free to apply either via my link Chase Ink 70 K Offer

FAQ

When Must I Invite Friends Who Are Business Owners By?

The deadline to invite other business owners is by October 10, 2014

When Must My Invitees Apply By?

Those you invite have until October 20, 2014 to apply, and if they are approved, must use the card byJanuary 21, 2015 in order for you to receive referral credit.

Are My Invitees Eligible for the 70K Ink Plus Bonus?

The terms of the offer state: “This new cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this business credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this business credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this business credit card within the last 24 months.” Hence, I would recommend that you not encourage colleagues to apply if they already have the Ink Plus card, even if it’s for another business.

Instead, you might want to encourage them to apply for the 50K Ink Bold Visa, especially if they have never had the Ink Bold or previously had the Ink Bold MasterCard, since Chase considers the Visa and MasterCard variants different products (Chase has since switched all its cards to Visa).

What’s the Maximum Number of Ultimate Rewards Points I Can Receive By Referring Others?

You can receive 10,000 Ultimate Rewards points per approved applicant up to 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points per calendar year. Note that the 50,000 limit applies across all Chase refer a friend opportunities, not just the Ink Plus.

When Will the Bonus Ultimate Rewards Points Post to My Account?

Allow 6-8 weeks after the first purchase of a successful applicant that you referred.

Is There a 70K Ink Plus Offer with $95 Annual Fee Waived? I Want My Invitees to Get the Best Offer.

No, to my knowledge there are no 70K Ink Plus bonus offers with the $95 annual fee waived. Assuming your invitees know how to use Ultimate Rewards points well, the extra 20,000 points are well worth the annual fee.

What Are the Best Ways to Use Ultimate Rewards Points?

Ever since the United Award Chart Devaluation and with Singapore KrisFlyer Now a Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner my favorite use of Ultimate Rewards points has been transferring them to KrisFlyer, to be able to redeem for  Singapore Suites on the A380 or Singapore New First Class. Another good use if flying to North Asia is to transfer to Korean Air Skypass. Also see Book Korean Air Skypass Awards Online.

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