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Planning a family vacation can take a toll on your time, energy and family’s savings. It was only during a few months before our first Walt Disney World trip that I started researching on strategies to make our trip more affordable.
I came across a promotion by Chase Bank for a travel credit card. It was recently introduced and it is not co-branded with any hotel chain or airline. I am not a fan of collecting cards from different networks or companies. I was intrigued because I was only using a 1.5% cash back rewards credit card for most expenses. Let me share the reasons why I went forward to signed up for this Chase credit card and why I think you should consider this credit card to be in your wallet.
This credit card allowed me to fly four of my family for free to Orlando, FL (a $2000 value) and I earned enough points towards another getaway from our Disney trip.
Earn Miles from Daily Expenses
With this credit card, you don’t need to be a frequent flier to rack up miles and points to gain free flights or hotel accommodations. Your everyday expenditure such as groceries or gases can earn you 1 point for every dollar.
When I signed up, it offered 100,000 points as bonus after spending $4000 in the first 3 months.
The current sign-up bonus is 50,000 points if you spend $4000 in the first 3 months of opening. That’s $750 value towards travel if you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards. If you are planning to go vacationing like us to Walt Disney World, you can easily meet that requirement. Right now, being the holidays, is a great chance as well to get all those holiday costs to work for you.
Triple Points for Travel + Dining
This card lets you earn 3X points on travel worldwide including airfare and hotels to taxis and trains. You also earn 3X points on dining at restaurants worldwide from fast casual to fine dining.
We know we are going to be spending towards these categories for our Walt Disney World vacation. As long as its traveling and eating, it’s considered 3x points per $1 spent. May it be Uber, Costco packages, hotels, restaurants, it’s triple the points.
So, let’s say that you are going to spend $3,000 for a package that includes staying in a Walt Disney World hotel with park tickets, that is 3000 multiplied by 3. You will earn 9000 points on that alone.
Annual $300 Travel Credit
You get a $300 travel credit every anniversary. Anything travel-related gets reimbursed against this yearly allowance. That brings down the $450 annual fee of the credit card down to $150.
Global Entry/TSA Voucher
You get a $100 fee credit towards applying for Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check. These programs allow you to have a quick pass through customs and immigration when coming into the USA. Reducing stress from every time you travel.
Priority Pass Select / VIP lounges
Long layovers? With the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you get complimentary membership to Priority Pass Select. Priority Pass has over 1000 lounges worldwide. Unlike other travel credit cards with limited guests allowed, this Chase card allows you unlimited number of guests to bring with you to the lounge. That’s at least $359/year value.
UPDATE: Starting on August 26, 2018, you will only receive free access for up to two guests
I brought 5 guests with me when we stayed at The Club at MCO when we went to Orlando, FL.
Redeem with any Travel Partner
You don’t need to be restricted with one travel network. Redeem your acquired points for hotels, car rentals or cruises from any of Chase bank’s travel partners. You can either purchase it from Chase Ultimate Rewards for 50% more value than buying directly or transfer the points to your chosen partners.
- Aer Lingus AerClub
- British Airways Executive Club
- Flying Blue AIR FRANCE KLM
- Iberia Plus
- Korean Air SKYPASS
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards®
- United MileagePlus®
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- IHG® Rewards Club
- Marriott Rewards®
- The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®
- World of Hyatt
No Foreign Transaction Fees
Travel wherever you want, you won’t have surprised transaction fees for being abroad. The card is also powered by Visa Infinite which is recognized globally.
If you love traveling and dining out, this is the ultimate credit card to have. It earns you points on everyday expenses towards a free vacation. VIP benefits such as lounge access and trip cancellation coverage also come with the card. Even if you don’t travel, this credit card offers purchase protection and extended warranty. Not to mention a cool looking metal card!
What’s your favorite travel credit card?