Fight April Showers with these Travel Deals

by Brad Burnett - Monday, April 2, 2012

If you’re in need of escaping April showers a la spring vacation here are some travel deals to get you started this week:

Soak up rays of sunshine instead of just getting soaked by excaping to the Wyndham Rio Mar Grand Resort in Puerto Rico for $479/person incl. air:Wyndam Hotel Points

Or swing some 3 nights in Cabo for only $199 at the Marbella Suites

Ways to Use Miles

Join up at the US Airways club now and get  2 free months + 2,500   status qualification miles

Dine in style in NYC with a little help from British Airways.  They’re offering $100 in statement credit on their VISA card for eating out at any NYC restaurant with Michelin stars twice ($50 for dining once). Of cours you have to spend at least $50

US Airways has the best offer for using FF miles for business class tickets to Europe; at 60k or 55k you’re rocking past the usal 100K miles you’d have to spend.  ᅠMight be a good time to use those US Air miles  to book/look. Here’s the  US Airways Award Chart that will get you started.

On The Rise: Chase Ultimate Rewards

by Brad Burnett - Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chase has really been upping their game this year by adding points partners left and right.  They’ve added several partners to which you can transfer your Ultimate Rewards Points without any fees.  Speaking of fees, I have to say that most times I’ve ever seen points transfer promotions I cringe because the fees usually eat of the value of the points.  I’ve seen these occasionally with Delta Skymiles.  If you don’t know what the value of your points are, then paying 2 cents per point to transfer them to someone else doesn’t seem so bad, but if you do your homework you quickly realize that the 2 cents are worth more than the points in the first place.  That’s part of the reason why I think Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program is getting pretty darn good.

American Express was the pioneer of the rewards programs, and had the best program for a long time, but Chase is getting close to winning the title.  Here are the programs you can transfer your points to:

 

Hotel Rewards Programs:

Hyatt Points

Priority Club Points

Marriott Rewards Points

Frequent Flyer Points

Southwest Rapid Rewards

United Mileage Plus Points

British Airways Avios Points

Continental OnePass

Korean Air Miles

Chase Ultimate Rewards

Chase also has some serious promotions for earning more points:

The Chase online mall/portal has some serious point earning opportunities.   For example Apple purchases can earn you 10 points per dollar.  Use your card to buy a Macbook Pro, and you’d earn almost enough points for a free flight on that purchase alone!