The Ink Business Preferred Is My Primary Business Credit Card

Recently, I signed up for the Chase Ink Business Unlimited card after finding I was targeted by Chase for a pre-approved offer. I was excited about this for a few reasons. First, this card gives you 50,000 points after you spend $3,000 within three months and I have plenty of business expenses that can help me earn this bonus. Second, this card offers 1.5% back on each dollar you spend, which makes it a good option for all our non-bonus spending anyway.

But I still plan to use our Chase Ink Business Preferred Card for the bulk of our business purchases, and that’s despite the fact we earned the bonus on this card years ago. Here’s why:

I earn 3x points in categories we spend the most in.

Because we have an online business, we spend a ton of money in the Ink Business Preferred bonus categories, which offer 3 points per $1 spent on up to $150,000 in combined spending each year. While these 3x categories include shipping, travel, and internet, cable, and phone services, we spend a ton of money in social media advertising, which also counts.

Obviously, it makes sense to max out our 3x categories before we consider putting any of our biggest expenses on our new Ink Business Unlimited Card.

I get cell phone protection coverage.

On top of our advertising purchases, another business expense we pay each month is our monthly cell phone bills, including international coverage. Not only do I pay this bill with my Ink Business Preferred card to earn 3x points, but I also do so because I get cell phone coverage.

The cell phone protection offered on this card is good for up to $600 in coverage per incident with a maximum of 3 claims per year, minus a $100 deductible. I already filed a claim once because my husband smashed the screen on his phone, and we saved money on the repair costs even after paying the deductible.

This card offers trip cancellation/interruption coverage.

Finally, the Ink Business Preferred offers trip cancellation/interruption insurance, which the Ink Business Unlimited Card does not. This coverage is good for up to $5,000 per trip for pre-paid, non-refundable travel expenses, including passenger fares, tours, and hotels, and it’s important to us since some of our flights each year are business-related.

As a side note, I prefer to pay for flights with my Chase Sapphire Reserve when I can since it offers trip cancellation/interruption insurance in amounts of “up to $10,000 per covered trip and a maximum limit of $20,000 per occurrence and a maximum benefit amount per 12-month period of $40,000,” according to Chase.

However, we strive to keep our personal and business purchases separate, which is the entire point of having a business credit card anyway.

The Bottom Line

If you’re considering a business credit card, make sure to pay attention to insurance benefits and protections you’re offered in addition to rewards. It’s possible you’ll find a card that offers more than meets the eye, but only if you read the fine print.

Which rewards credit card do you use for business purchases? Why?

 

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How Much Does a Machu Picchu Trip Cost?

Machu Picchu Peru

One of the seven wonders of the world and by most accounts the most popular tourist destination in South America for foreigners, Machu Picchu is on the list of almost every first-time visitor to Peru. If you look at Peru’s advertising campaigns you’d think it’s the only thing to see in the country. Each time […]

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Which Credit Cards Should You Use for Airbnb?

While it’s always nice to redeem hotel points for free stays around the world, there are times when staying in a hotel is impractical. You may be traveling with children, which can sometimes make it difficult to find award space in hotels that sleep more than two people to a room. And for longer trips, there are times when you want some living space to spread out in and a kitchen to cook in.

These reasons and others are why I almost always book Airbnbs or rental condos for our long family vacations. Not only do I like to have extra space to spread out, but I am very much against sleeping four-deep in a single hotel room with my two children.

While I’m happy to book Airbnb rentals, condos through VRBO.com, places through HomeStay.com, or even condos and rental homes through Chase Ultimate Rewards, there are several cards I use for these stays. Here are my favorites and another card I think works well for Airbnbs and condo rentals in general.

Chase Sapphire Reserve

I love using my Chase Sapphire Reserve card for Airbnb stays since I earn 3 points per $1 spent on travel. On the redemption side of the equation, Chase Ultimate Rewards lets you book rental condos and vacation homes with points, and you get 50% more travel for free when you use points from this card (or 25% more travel with the Chase Sapphire Preferred).

Keep in mind that the Chase Sapphire Reserve card has a $450 annual fee, but you get a lot in return. Perks include a $300 annual travel credit, Priority Pass Select airport lounge membership, Global Entry or TSA Precheck credit, and more.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard is another card I use to cover Airbnbs and condo stays. This card is perfect because you earn 2x miles for each dollar you spend and you can redeem them for any purchase that codes as travel (starting at 10,000 points or $100) at a rate of one cent per point.

This card does have an annual fee of $89, but it’s waived the first year. For a limited time, you can even earn 70,000 miles worth $700 in travel after you spend $5,000 on your card within 90 days of account opening.

Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card

I don’t have the Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card, but I have entertained the idea of signing up. I like this card because you earn 3x points on eating out and ordering in, gas, rideshares with Uber or Lyft, transit, flights, hotels, homestays, car rentals, and select streaming services. You also earn 1% back on all other purchases, and 30,000 points worth $300 after you spend $3,000 on your card within three months of account opening.

This card doesn’t have an annual fee, and you can redeem points for cash back, travel, and more.

What is your favorite credit card for Airbnb? Why?

 

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Spain: 8 Overlooked destinations worth adding to your itinerary

During my time living in Barcelona, I’ve met many Europeans who have traveled to the US. I always ask them where they chose to go, curious as to which places enticed them.

The truth is, with rare exceptions, I know the answer to my own question. Inevitably most respond California (Los Angeles + San Francisco), Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, or New York and Florida.

These are the big dogs when it comes to tourist attractions in the USA, and perhaps for good reason, though my heart always sinks a little thinking about all they’ve overlooked. What about the smaller cities? Or Yellowstone? Or highway 101 between Washington and California? I could go on and on.


Overlooked destinations in Spain

However, the same is true in Spain. The big tourism spots get most of the attention leaving many overlooked regions ignored by vacationers. While Barcelona, Madrid and Seville definitely warrant a visit and live up to the hype, savvy travelers will allow time to wander the road less traveled. Here are eight destinations in Spain that deserve more love.

Teide National Park.

Hike around a volcano crater in Teide National Park on Tenerife. Photo: Raico B.

Tenerife

The largest of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife is situated just off the western coast of Africa. The island is best known for the spectacular volcano that rises up from the middle, the formidable Mount Teide. The volcano, and some of the area surrounding it, make up a World Heritage Site and are part of the larger Teide National Park. It’s easy to get to the top of Teide by catching a ride on the tram and then trekking a short distance to the crater.

Though Teide is by far the most impressive destination on Tenerife, the island offers much more than mountains. It’s also popular with beach bums and anyone who seeks year-round warm weather. Canarian food is different (and delicious) from mainland eats and sipping some locally produced wine is a good way to spend an afternoon.

While the Canary Islands are popular with Northern European tourists, they are largely overlooked by visitors coming from outside Europe. There are direct flights from Madrid or Barcelona, and then flights and ferries between the seven islands.

Related: Cheapo guide to the Canary Islands and search hotels in Tenerife

Alhambra

The grand Alhambra in Granada is a highlight of any trip to Spain. Photo: RaMaOrLi

Granada

Seville tends to get more attention than Granada, but it’s fairly easy to visit both when you make a trek to Andalusia. The main draw in Granada is the Moorish palace La Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most important architectural wonders in Spain (find out how to get Alhambra tickets, even at the last minute). The city will appeal to those on a budget because tapas are served free (yes, free!) in bars whenever you buy a drink. This custom is true in other parts of Spain, but not in big cities like Barcelona, Madrid and Seville.

Another good reason to visit? There are several affordable hotel options, with many in the €50-100 range.

Costa Brava

Costa Brava has a rugged but beautiful landscape. Photo: Santi

The Costa Brava

This region of Catalonia teems with adorable villages and snug, sandy coves unrivaled for swimming. Found about an hour north of Barcelona, Costa Brava is easily reached by car and worth the extra effort needed to rent wheels and navigate Barcelona traffic.

There are many sweet spots along the Costa Brava, and it would not be a bad idea to start at the French border and slowly make your way down the coastline, stopping wherever you feel compelled to for lunch and exploring. However, if you’re short on time make sure to have a paella along the shoreline in Cadaqués, wander ancient alleyways in Peratallada, and go for a hike to discover hidden beaches in Cap de Creus Natural Park.

Related: 5 Beautiful getaways along the Costa Brava

Asturias Market

Asturias is foodie heaven so don’t miss a visit to local markets. Photo: Canon

Asturias

One of the most ignored areas of Spain, Asturias offers up some of the best food in the country, including hard cider and excellent cheeses. You’ll find the Picos de Europa located here, a jagged mountain range providing some of the country’s top hiking. Along Asturias’ lush coastline, uncrowded beaches beckon vacationers in the summer months.

There is one caveat: book your hotel in Asturias and come in the summertime when the weather is good, otherwise, this area is known for being rainy and overcast.

 

Formentera

Get away from it all with a beachy trip to Formentera. Photo: Nacho Pintos

Formentera

Transparent water and sugary beaches surround the smallest of the Balearic Islands. Known for its hippy and alternative culture, Formentera will please those who dance to a different drummer and anyone looking for a quiet slice of paradise. This is not the place to come to for wild parties (stay in Ibiza for that), but for a peaceful vacation away from the crowds and an opportunity to connect with nature.

To get to Formentera, take a plane or ferry from Barcelona to Ibiza and then a ferry to the island. Its remoteness is part of the reason it is so special. Search for hotels in Formentera.

Related: The best affordable seaside escapes in Spain

Queralbs

Queralbs is a mountain village in the Pyrenees with unique slate buildings. Photo: Jorge F.

The Pyrenees

From May to October head to the Pyrenees, which separate Spain and France, for hiking, poking around mountainside villages and dipping your toes into alpine lakes. There are numerous villages worth seeking out, but some of the best are found in Catalonia. For a unique base camp book a few nights in Queralbs, a town built of slate cobblestones and a good place to pick up the six-kilometer trail to the Núria Valley, a moderate day hike.

If you’re not up for trekking, see the region by car. Stop off in Llívia, a little hamlet which belongs to Spain in the middle of the French Pyrenees. Ribes de Freser, a larger town with a tumbling river cutting through its middle, also makes for an idyllic lunch spot. From Ribes de Freser you can also catch a funicular up to the Núria Valley.

Santiago de Compostela

The Old Town of Santiago Compostela is one of the world’s most gorgeous urban areas according to UNESCO. Photo: J. A. Alcaide

Galicia

For the best of Galicia, walk the last 100 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago and to get a taste of pilgrim life while experiencing the remote hamlets through which the trail winds. Even if you’re not interested in walking Spain’s most famous trail, plan a trip to the Camino’s endpoint, Santiago de Compostela, a university town rich in history and architecture.

Galicia is well known in Spain for its seafood and white wine, so make sure to eat well (and cheaply) in La Coruña or Vigo. Plus, Vigo is the perfect port from which to catch a ferry to some of Spain’s prettiest islands, Las Islas Cies, and spend a day at the beach.

Valencia

Sunset over the innovative City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. Photo: O Palsson

Valencia

Surrounded by long, beautiful beaches, Valencia is one of the biggest cities on Spain’s Mediterranean shoreline and an excellent cheapo destination. The city has an interesting downtown, fabulous food (this is where paella was invented) and the enormous City of Arts and Sciences (La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ) complex designed by Santiago Calatrava.

Valencia is much smaller than Barcelona, and therefore, it’s much more manageable and less overwhelming. Check out our guide for visiting Valencia on a budget.

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A few more places

There are many other cities and regions that deserve a place on this list. After all, I haven’t even mentioned the wine of La Rioja, the white villages of Andalusia or the beaches of the Basque Country, which are rugged and popular with surfers. Save time during your visit to Spain for overlooked cities and small villages, because it may just be that in these ignored places you have the most memorable experience.

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Which Countries Have the Cheapest International Flights?

Cheap international flights

Which countries have the cheapest international flights? Well that depends on a lot of factors, including competition and which airlines are coming in and out. But the data is out there for someone who wants to take the time to crunch it. In the olden days when I first started backpacking around the world, we […]

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Driving in Italy: 7 tips for staying safe, sane and on budget with your rental car

While we love taking the train between cities like Rome and Florence, driving is an excellent way to see some of Italy’s more off-the-beaten-path destinations. With a car, you can explore smaller villages and charming hill towns, plus you have the freedom to stop at vineyards, beaches, or other hard-to-reach attractions en route to your final destination.

That said, Italians are famous for their beautiful cars but notorious for their driving. They go fast, often frenzied, and your experience with a rental can be overwhelming in Italy — especially if you’re used to the road etiquette in the US.


Tips for driving in Italy

Here are a few tips to keep you safe and sane while also saving you a handful of euros along the way. Start your engines, because it’s time to go for a drive in Italy!

Related: Search for affordable rental cars in Italy and all over Europe

Italian Rental Car

Don’t expect a Ferrari when you pick up your rental. Most cars in Italy will look something like this. Photo: Lisa

Cheap is not always best when renting

There are many car rental agencies in Italy, and some of these agencies offer prices that appear too good to be true. In fact, that is exactly the case. Make sure to read the fine print and know exactly what comes with your rental.

Often a slightly more expensive option will include more comprehensive insurance, or offers unlimited mileage or throws in GPS. Reading the details and asking questions will ensure you’re not bombarded with hidden fees later on.

Here is our guide to calculating the real cost of a rental car.

Italy Map

A paper road atlas is great. A GPS system in your car can be even better when driving through Italy.

Don’t hit the road without GPS

Always, always pay the extra few euros for a GPS navigation system. The highways in Italy are well marked and easy to navigate, but once you enter a village, smaller roads are often unmarked and one-way streets and roundabouts can be confusing without a navigation system. If your GPS gets confused (not unusual on smaller streets), don’t be afraid to flag down a local for help.

ZTL

Keep an eye out for ZTL signs like this one in Turin that mark areas where most cars are not permitted. Photo: Alain Rouiller

Never drive in the ZTL!

The Zona Traffico Limitato (“ZTL”), also known as the “Area Pedonale”, is an area restricted to limited traffic and/or pedestrians only. The only persons who may legally drive in the ZTL have special permits to do so. These include the police, public transport, and emergency vehicles… not tourists driving rental cars!

Tuscany Road

Take a relaxing drive on Sundays when trucks are banned from highways like this one in Tuscany. Photo: Antonio Cinotti

Drive on Sundays for a more relaxing ride

In Italy, large trucks can make for a very stressful experience on the roads. However, these trucks are actually prohibited from driving on the highways on Sundays, as the country has along tradition of leisurely Sunday drives through the countryside. Take advantage of this wanderlust Sunday tradition by planning to drive on Sundays if you can.

Related: Our favorite cheap hotels in the Tuscan countryside

Fiat Italy

With a little practice, you too can be buzzing around Rome in a sporty Fiat. Photo: Emanuele

Hone your instincts and your reflexes

Italian drivers are fast-paced and never hesitate. They change lanes quickly and make spur of the moment decisions. While this may sound dangerous compared to how you’re used to driving back home, it’s perfectly acceptable (and even safe!) within Italy.

In fact, drivers in Italy will expect you to act the same way when driving in their country. Being overly cautious and slow could actually make things more difficult for everyone!

Parking Milan

Make sure to display your ticket when parking in cities like Milan! Photo: Matteo B

Watch where you park!

Parking can be a nightmare in certain areas (especially the big cities!), as most of the country’s tiny streets were laid out centuries before the automobile came rolling along. It’s not uncommon to see cars squished into tight places or balancing on the sidewalks.

When you find yourself parking in a crowded and popular area, make sure to pay for a ticket from the nearest parking meter and then display it in an obvious spot on your dashboard. Those fines can add up fast!

Senso Unico

Pay close attention to the signs, so you don’t end up driving the wrong way! Photo: Marcel Musil

Keep an eye on street signs

For the most part, street signs in Italy are intuitive and similar to those at home. “Stop”, “Yield” and “Parking” are all the same shapes and colors as their counterparts in the US. Stop signs even say “Stop” in English! Speed limit signs will be posted along highways, but remember the number is listed in kilometers, not miles per hour.

Other useful signs to know are “One Way”, which in Italy is a black arrow with the words “Senso Unico“, “No Parking”, which is a blue circle outlined in red with a red strike through it, and “Do Not Enter”, which is a red circle with a white horizontal line through the middle.

Rome Gas Station

Gas stations are easy to find along major roads and sometimes even in cities like this one on via Cavor in Rome. Photo: Simone R.

Fill up with the right gas

Refueling your vehicle is very easy in Italy, as there are self-service petrol stations all along the highways. Before you fill up, make sure you know the difference between gasolio (diesel) and benzina (petrol), as well as which type your car takes. Using the wrong fuel is one of the biggest mistakes tourists make while driving in Italy. It can happen to anyone  — even experienced Cheapos!

Follow these simple tips and a drive through Italy will be a breeze! For extra fun, rent a Fiat 500 or another iconic Italian gem to make your trip even more memorable.

Also, compare rates between Italian car rental companies by doing a car rental search on EuroCheapo!

Your tips for driving in Italy

Have you driven in Italy? Share your experiences on your successes and failures behind the wheel.

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10 tips for planning a trip to the Beaches of Normandy

After commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings earlier this year, the Beaches of Normandy continue to welcome tourists to remember the battles that turned the tide in World War II.

Beautiful landscapes, intense history, and a sobering dose of the realities of war all blend to make a worthwhile trip away from the Parisian crowds.

The good news is it won’t break the bank if you plan appropriately.


Tips for visiting the Beaches of Normandy

Here are a few ways to save time and money on a trip to these iconic sites.

1. Give yourself plenty of time

Treat yourself and don’t try to do it in a day. Of course, if you’re pressed for time, you can visit a memorial and a beach during the day and return to Paris in the evening. It’s tough but doable.

Instead, give yourself at least one night in one of the nearby towns so that you can enjoy more of what the Normandy beaches have to offer. Two nights is even better, and hotel rates will usually be cheaper than in Paris.

Related: 8 Paris day trips less than an hour away by train

2. Getting there on the cheap

Public transportation to the beaches is reliable, but it takes time. A train to Caen or Bayeux takes about two hours. From Bayeux, true Cheapos can plan a bus route to the beaches. The line 70 of the Bus Verts, for example, takes about thirty minutes to get to Omaha Beach for just a few for euros. Plan your trip carefully because buses don’t run too often, so missing one could mean a long wait!

The best option, though it will be pricier, is to rent a car from a town outside Paris. It may cost more upfront, but you’ll be able to experience more without a potentially costly taxi ride when you miss the last bus to town.

To see more details about transportation options in Normandy, check out this local website.

Stay in Bayeux for a fairytale experience. Photo: Gaetan

3. Stay in Bayeux

There are numerous options in Bayeux for affordable stays, allowing you to use the charming town as a base for your Normandy escapades. It’s located midway between most of the major sights, making in a convenient option. The town itself has a stunning cathedral and a world-famous tapestry if you decide to stay longer. Search for hotels in Bayeux

Caen is a slightly larger town, and it sometimes has some good deals, though Bayeux is arguably a more worthwhile experience for visitors. If you’re looking for more options, you can search for hotels in Lowery Normandy.

4. See the famous beaches

From east to west, the main beaches are Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha, and Utah. Omaha Beach tends to attract more Americans since it is also home to the cemetery dedicated to fallen U.S. troops and features the cliffs where Germans defended against the Allied invasion. Each beach has its story, with memorials and museums open to the public.

It’s best to do some research on them beforehand to choose which one or two are most important to you to visit and then plan accordingly, to economize on driving time (and fuel!).

5. Don’t miss the museums and memorials

To understand the importance of each beach, there are exhibitions dotting the coastline and towns around Normandy. Some of the most famous include the Musée du Embarquement in Arromanches where the artificial port was built, Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie in Bayeux, the Le Mémorial in Caen, and the Utah Beach Landing Museum.

It will be impossible to visit every beach and museum, so, again, choose the one or two that seem the most interesting to you. If traveling with children, one might be enough.

American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

The American Cemetery sits on top of the cliff near Omaha Beach. Photo: JRP

6. The American Cemetery is a must-see

The most famous is the American cemetery at Omaha Beach, where white marble tombs face the United States. Its visitor center was renovated in time for the 75th anniversary of the landings in 2019. A visit here is humbling and free, but it’s not the only cemetery worth visiting. British, Canadian, and German cemeteries also line the coast, like the Bayeux War Cemetery, home to over 4,000 Commonwealth troops.

There are dozens to visit, some containing only a few tombs while the American cemetery has nearly 10,000 graves.

7. Take a tour

While ParisCityVision does offer day trips from Paris, consider booking a local guide once in Normandy. Some companies like Normandy Sightseeing Tours offer half and full-day options but get creative with your Googling for other options that might be more intimate or budget-friendly.

The value of a guide is that you’ll be able to learn about the beaches, bunkers, and other sights that you may otherwise just look at without truly understanding what happened.

8. Study your history

If you’re going the true cheapo route and bypassing a guide, then do yourself a solid and study up on the importance of the beaches before going. Those who are unfamiliar with what happened along the Normandy coast may have difficulty understanding the significance of these beaches.

It would frankly be a waste of time to rush out for the photo op without taking a moment to appreciate the fallen soldiers and all that happened on these pristine sandy shorelines.

Related: 10 ways to prepare for your trip to Paris

9. Bag that lunch

A classic tip for any trip around France, be sure to bring your lunch. Fantastic baguette sandwiches and pastries at the local bakery in Bayeux, for example, are affordable and fantastic alternatives to spending time in a mediocre café somewhere on the road.

We’d rather nibble a €3 jambon beurre (ham and butter sandwich) while overlooking the crashing waves than sitting in a roadside cafeteria, wouldn’t you?

10. Make an easy detour to Mont Saint Michel

While going to the Normandy Beaches is an experience unto itself, consider stretching the trip even longer and driving to nearby Mont Saint Michel, an hour and a half drive from Bayeux. It’s not related to the WWII landings, but if you’re halfway there, it would be a shame to miss one of France’s most iconic tourist sights.


Have you been to the Beaches of Normandy?

We would love to hear your experiences on what you saw and how you got there. Share your favorite tips in the comments below!

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Bike Rio on a Tour or On Your Own

rio bike tour

Rio de Janeiro may be a sprawling city, but it’s surprisingly easy to get around there, including on a bike. You can take a Rio tour with a guide and cover a lot of ground while getting some context, or you can strike out on your own with one of the bike share services that […]

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How I Pay for Last-Minute Hotel Bookings

A few days ago, I was working on the itinerary for our upcoming trip to Northern Europe when I realized I had overlooked an important detail. We won’t arrive in Chicago until almost 11:00 p.m. on the day we fly home from Copenhagen, Denmark, and we still have three hours to drive home after we land.

We were going to need a hotel — and fast — since the trip was fast approaching and I know my husband won’t want to drive overnight. (Side note: I am definitely not driving overnight) Fortunately, I have a stash of points I always use for surprise hotel stays just like this one.

Yes, I’m talking about Chase Ultimate Rewards. In this case, I wound up booking a free night at the Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport hotel with free breakfast for 12,840 Chase Ultimate Rewards points. That’s actually more than I wanted to pay for an airport hotel, but we’ve stayed here a few times so I like the fact that I know what I’m getting.

Here’s why I think Chase Ultimate Rewards points are ideal for last-minute hotel stays almost anywhere:

  • No worries over last-minute award availability: One thing I love about booking hotels through Chase Ultimate Rewards is the fact that I don’t have to worry about award availability like I would if I were using hotel points. You can book at the last minute — and even the day before — and you’ll never worry about not finding award availability provided you’re flexible with where you stay.
  • Book any hotel you want: The Chase travel portal works with Expedia, so you can book many different hotel brands in destinations around the globe. This feature is great when your favorite hotel brand doesn’t have a property in your destination, or even when you prefer to stay in a smaller boutique property instead of with a larger hotel chain.
  • Get more free travel when you book with points: The Chase Sapphire Reserve gives you 50% more travel for free when you use points to book through the portal, and the Chase Sapphire Preferred gives you 25% more travel for free. In both cases, you can usually book inexpensive hotels at a low rate. I have personally booked cheap airport hotels for as little as 4,500 points per night!

The Bottom Line

Chase Ultimate Rewards is by far my favorite travel currency, which is why my husband and I make it a point to use Chase cards for most of our spending throughout the year. Not only do I love transferring Chase points to popular transfer partners like Southwest, United MileagePlus, and Air France/Flying Blue, but I love to use them for activities like day trips and museum tours.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points are also great for last-minute hotel stays since they’re so incredibly flexible. With all these options available, it’s no wonder Chase Ultimate Rewards is the most popular rewards currency available today.

What is your favorite way to book last-minute hotel stays? Why?

 

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