The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

Edit: This offer is now for 40,000 points.  But with the other benefits of the card, it is still one of my top recommendations.

Everyone asks me what the best card to get right now is and while there are many great offers right now, the best in my opinion is the Chase Sapphire Preferred.  The card itself has great benefits that I will cover in a second, but the real value is in the 50,000 Ultimate Reward Points they give you after spending $3,000 within 3 months of opening your card.

But what are Ultimate Reward Points?  They are super flexible points that can be redeemed at a 1% rate for cash, gift cards or merchandise.  However, if you want to use them for travel related expenses (hotel, car rental, airfare), you can book through Chase’s Ultimate Rewards Mall for a 1.25% rate. This makes the 50,000 sign up bonus worth $625 in free travel. However, the best use of Ultimate Rewards points in my opinion is transferring them to airline or hotel partners such as British Airways, United Airlines, or Hyatt where you should be able to easily get 2 cents per point in redemption value (on my around the world ticket, I ended up north of 6 cents per mile so it is definitely possible).  This makes the 50,000 point  sign up bonus worth a minimum of $1,000 as long as you are smart about how you use it.

The benefits of this card don’t stop with the sign on bonus though.  You will earn 1 Ultimate Reward point for every dollar that you spend on the card, so the $3000 you will spend for the sign up bonus will get you another $3000 points.  You also earn 2X points on Dining and Travel which includes restaurants and a wide variety of travel such as train tickets, cab fares and the obvious such as hotels and airfare.

This card also has no foreign transaction fees (FOREX) which means you will not pay extra fees on currencies other than USD.  This makes it an ideal card to use while travelling internationally and is something most cards don’t include.

Like most great miles earning cards, it does have an annual fee of $95 a year, but that is lower than many comparable cards, and the fee is waived for the first year.

This card also has a very sharp look to it, and instead of plastic is made out of a piece of aluminum similar the the Amex Centurion Card.  The front just has your name and Chase Sapphire Preferred on it and the rear has your account number, expiration  and signature slip on it.  I get questions and compliments on this card every day I use it.

They have announced that the 50,000 point offer is only a limited time offer so applying sooner rather than later is the best course of option.

Apply today!

1000 Free Points from Hilton and Visa. And up to 4000 more possible!

Well, I have said before that this business is all about getting things for free and here is another example.  Hilton and Visa are giving away 1,000 points if you sign up with an eligible visa and let them send you SMS messages to your cell.  I hate SMS spam so am planning on removing myself once the points post.  But for 1,000 free Hilton points, I will take the 6-8 messages it will take before they post.

If you have Hilton travel planned, it gets even sweeter if you put $100 or more at Hilton on the Visa you register with a 4,000 point reward.  Hilton has quite a few stackable promotions right now such as these that you can combine with this promo which would give you up to 9,000 bonus points for a weekend booking on top of what you would normally get.  Not bad!

I used my Chase Sapphire Preferred card to verify eligibility with no problems.  You do have to give your credit card number and HHonors number but since it is at it is probably pretty safe and secure.

Sign up here!


Hilton unveils two more promotions

Hilton is pushing forward as the best hotel point wise in 1Q 2012, especially for weekend stays.  Their first promotion is:

Make every night you stay count for more. With the More Points promotion from Hilton HHonors™, you can earn 1,000 Bonus Points per night plus an additional 5,000 Bonus Points for every weekend* stay of two nights or more at participating hotels and resorts through March 31, 2012. Now, you can earn more points while having an experience worth sharing.
Sign up here

5,000 bonus points for a weekend stay is pretty awesome and will beat out the double and triple points that others chains are making for most people.

The other offer they have is 2500 bonus points for booking a weekend stay if you book it on January 17.  So if you have weekend travel planned, it would be worth your while to wait until the 17th to book it.  As far as I can tell these two promotions should stack giving you 2,500+5,000+1,000+1000=9500 bonus miles on top of the normal miles you will earn.  Not too shabby!

Here is the link for the RSVP on facebook which it is looking like you have to use to get the 2500 bonus points.

Click here!

Club Carlson / Radisson announces 1Q 2012 promotion

Well, I guess it is that time of the year, because Club Carlson / Radisson has announced a triple points promotion for bookings from January 10 to March 16.  Take a minute, click on the register link and sign up!  I typically just sign up for them all, then compare the offers when I need to actually make a booking to see which one is the most valuable.  I am paying more attention to this hotel chain now because I took advantage of their “Stay 1 night, get 50,000 points promo” they had around Christmas.  I ended up paying $66 for a room in Nashville and was awarded 50,000 points which will get at least $300 worth of rooms on my next Eurpoe trip.

Earning triple points has never been so easy.

Simply complete the registration form and a stay between January 10 and March 16, 2012 at any of our more than 1,000 participating hotels worldwide:  Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson℠, Park Inn by Radisson or Park Plaza® hotels.

Remember, every stay at a Carlson hotel brings you one step closer to free nights faster – starting at only 9,000 points with no blackout dates on standard rooms. You’ll even earn triple points on food and beverages charged to your room between January 10 and March 16, 2012.

Register now.

Priority Club (IHG) announces 1Q 2012 promotion

Similar to the Starwood Promotion I talked about yesterday, Priority Club announced another promo for double points.  Free extra points are free extra points.  Just register for the promo and forget about it until you have a hotel booking. From their site:



From January 23 through April 30, 2012, earn Double Points or Double Miles on every qualifying stay, starting on your 2nd stay. Stay at Staybridge Suites® or Candlewood Suites® and you’ll start earning double on your 1st qualifying stay. Now, go discover all the world has to offer and earn while you’re there.

Terms and Conditions

Must be a Priority Club® Rewards member and must register member number in advance to participate in this promotion.  

Bonus points or miles will be awarded on every qualifying stay, beginning with the second qualifying stay at participating InterContinental® , Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Express by Holiday Inn™, Holiday Inn Express® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations® hotels worldwide between January 23, 2012 and April 30, 2012. Bonus points or miles will be awarded on every qualifying stay, beginning with the first qualifying stay at participating Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® hotels worldwide between January 23, 2012 and April 30, 2012. Most business and leisure rates are qualifying.  A stay is defined as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out. A stay is qualified when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates.

You must be a miles collector with a preferred alliance in order to collect airline miles. See below for participating airlines. Frequency/partner credits may be issued in currencies other than miles. All airline program terms and conditions apply. For details on airline miles earning structure, click hereLink will open in new browser window.. For details on points earning structure, click hereLink will open in new browser window..

Only one room per member per night at participating hotels will be awarded the applicable bonus. No retroactive points or miles will be awarded for nights prior to registration. Subject to standard Priority Club Rewards Membership Terms and ConditionsLink will open in new browser window..

Register here!

Starwood announces 1Q 2012 promotion

Starwood Preferred Guest has announced their latest promotion and while it isn’t anything as good as they have had in the past, it is free points compared to what you would normally get so it is welcome in my book. From the email I got:

Starwood 1Q Promo

Earn up to triple bonus Starpoints with SPG Better by the Night.

Register for our SPG® Better by the Night promotion and earn unlimited bonus Starpoints® even faster. With every stay fromJanuary 9 through April 8, 2012, at over 750 participating hotels and resorts in North and Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, you’ll earn:

 Double Starpoints on two-night stays

Triple Starpoints on stays of three nights or longer

Register by March 15, 2012, and then book your stays to begin earning unlimited bonus Starpoints at all nine brands in the Starwood Preferred Guest® program. The longer you stay, the more bonus Starpoints you’ll earn.

Promotions like these are no brainers to sign up for since it is really free extra points on top of what you would have normally gotten.  So even if you don’t have any SPG travel planned,  take 2 minutes, Click Here and sign up!

Welcome to Travel With Miles!

Welcome to my new site!  I couldn’t wait until everything was perfect to get started so I wanted to just start getting some information out there for people who need it today to plan free trips around the world.  I will be coming back and editing things along the way so the site will probably be taking shape over the next few months until I have everything how I want it.  I feel that the information I provide will be the most important thing and the manner it is presented in is really secondary at this point.  So there it is, my first post.  So fasten your seatbelts, because this might be a bumpy flight!