For the infrequent traveler -- and even some of the most frequent travelers -- it makes sense to accumulate points with a generic bank rewards program rather than a specific loyalty program affiliated with an airline or hotel. What I'm referring to are … [Read more...]
Posts about "Ultimate Rewards"
These are the posts I've written about Ultimate Rewards, a program used by several Chase credit cards. Points can be transferred to a variety of other loyalty programs.
Diversification is an important tool when making any kind of investment. Frequent flyer miles are a horrible investment because they are almost universally devalued with time, but the description remains accurate. Miles and points and acquired today with the … [Read more...]
This is a basic question, but one asked often enough that it deserves a public answer. Hopefully some of you beginners will find it helpful. If you’re interested, you can also learn my by coming to hear others and me speak at Frequent Traveler University this … [Read more...]
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... This week we finish up our three-part series on the downsides of the major flexible miles currencies -- Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints. The … [Read more...]
Author note: This is a long post, but it's designed to generate discussion on how transferable points (Ultimate Rewards, Starpoints, Amex Membership Rewards and now Citi ThankYou points) are going to change how airlines set mileage redemption prices and … [Read more...]
UPDATE: Since there appears to be some confusion about my intentions with this post, allow me to clarify that it is not meant primarily as a criticism of Chase or Ultimate Rewards. I find their advertising language amusing, but I find lots of things amusing … [Read more...]
I seem to be one of the only people who believes that Ultimate Rewards points don't deserve a premium value for their flexibility. Don't get me wrong, I think they are worth at least as much as United's miles, which is usually the most valuable transfer … [Read more...]
I'm certainly not the first person to re-evaluate Ultimate Rewards in light of recent devaluations by several of its transfer partners, but I will try to put my own spin on the topic as always. By far one of the best uses of Ultimate Rewards points is to … [Read more...]
This week is important for me because it's when I started blogging for the first time about everything travel. Eventually, I honed in on award travel and made some great friends along the way. It's really been a great year and I hope to be able to blog more … [Read more...]
I will be making more of an effort going forward to share updates as credit card offers go up or down. Normally I don't bother. I'm not an affiliate for most cards, and it's annoying to see the same offer repeated ad nauseum. But it's become clear that not all … [Read more...]