Good morning everyone. I am sure by this point everyone and their mother has at least one Visa Infinite credit card, right? If you do and you happen to find yourself traveling through Montreal, Vancouver, or Ottawa airport, remember to check out the “Dedicated VIP security fast track lane.” My friend was flying back from Vancouver, Canada, last weekend and he saw a special security line for Visa Infinite cardmembers. He pulled out his new Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card and breezed through security. He said the line was much faster and easier than TSA PreCheck in the United States.
I couldn’t find much information about this benefit, but I stumbled onto visainfinite.ca (Canadian site – no corresponding US site) that is exclusively for “Visa Infinite Privilege cardholders.” Truth be told, I’m not sure if “Visa Infinite Privilege” is the same thing as “Visa Infinite” or if it is a higher, *more privileged* level. Does anyone know?
Good morning everyone. As the end of the year quickly approaches, I wanted to remind those of you that have a JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card to max out your $300 travel reimbursement credit by December 31, 2015. I have talked about the travel reimbursement credit several times in the past (once, twice, and thrice), but you still have time to take advantage of the offer in 2015. If you are unsure how much of your $300 travel reimbursement credit you have left, call the number on the back of your Ritz Carlton credit card to find out. I called last week and was told that I had $36.53 left for 2015. Spoiler alert: I maxed out the travel reimbursement credit for 2015.
Good morning everyone. A few days ago, I was in an interesting predicament. I found an awesome United Airlines award, but I did not have enough United Airlines miles to book the award. *gasp* Worse though, I did not have enough Chase Ultimate Reward Points either. *double gasp* I’m not sure if you have been in this situation before, but it is not fun. Here are some of the options I considered:
Converting SPG points to United Airlines miles at the 2:1 transfer ratio
Paying to transfer United Airlines miles from my grandparents’ account
Buying United Airlines miles directly from United Airlines
Begging United Airlines to “help a friend out”
Before I did anything drastic or embarrassing, I remembered that Marriott and United Airlines have a crossover relationship, whereby you can transfer miles into points or points into miles. Here is the Travel Rewards page on Marriott’s website. Marriott partners with many other airlines, but they have an exclusive relationship with United Airlines where you can get a “20% discount when you convert Marriott Rewards points to United MileagePlus award miles.”
I crunched the numbers and the transfer ratios range from 4:1 down to 2.24:1 (Marriott Points to United Airlines miles). Since I needed around 25,000 United Airlines miles, I selected the 4th option (56,000 Marriott Points = 25,000 United Airlines miles).
Good morning everyone. Last December, I applied for the JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card which offered 140,000 Ritz Carlton Points (Ritz Carlton and Marriott points can be used interchangeably). During the approval process, the system created a new Ritz Carlton account number for me. After meeting the minimum spend requirement, I had an old Marriott account with 28,985 points and a new Ritz Carlton account with 150,000+ points.
Good evening everyone, there is no doubt in my mind that I love Chase and Chase loves me. I have quite a few credit cards (both personal and business) with Chase. I always want the latest card design (remember the new Citi American Airlines Executive Credit Card?or the new Chase Ink Bold/Plus Business Cards?) and am a big fan of EMV (aka Chip and Signature) credit cards. After reading Will’s recent post about the Chase United Airlines MileagePlus Credit Card adding EMV chips to their card, I decided to call Chase.