I'm a big fan of the Chase Sapphire Cards. The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great gateway card into the miles and points world, the Chase Sapphire Reserve is a card with excellent benefits and strong earnings, and they both make a host of other cards considerably more valuable. Now, probably temporarily, both cards just became a little more valuable.
A recent World of Hyatt credit card welcome bonus was offering new cardholders twice as many elite night credits as the card usually offers but, sadly, that bonus expired on June 30th and the current public offer on the World of Hyatt credit card makes no mention of any bonus elite night credits over and above what the card usually offers...but that doesn't mean the offer has disappeared completely.
I hold a basic Chase British Airways Visa card that doesn't charge an annual fee but which can only be obtained by downgrading the regular Chase British Airways Visa card. This is a card I very rarely use so I haven't earned more than a handful of Avios through Chase for years. That makes the offer just I received in an email more than a little surprising.
The Chase Sapphire cards are two of the best travel credit cards around so, at a time when travel isn't at the forefront of most people's minds, Chase has been adding new benefits to these cards to keep them relevant to everyday life. Up until the end of last month, both cards offered generous bonuses for spending at grocery stores and now Chase has added a new set of new benefits that it hopes will engage cardholders for the next three months.
At the beginning of May Chase announced that a large number of credit cards in its portfolio would be offering bonus points for spending made at grocery stores. This news gave new life to cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card whose benefits are heavily skewed towards the travel sector so, with the gravy train ending in just 7 days' time, this is a reminder to use your Chase-issued credit cards at grocery stores while you still can.
Since the middle of April, the World of Hyatt credit card has been offering an improved welcome offer which includes twice as many elite night credits as the card ordinarily offers. As with all good things, this offer is coming to an end and anyone interested in getting the World of Hyatt card has until 30 June to be approved if they want to make the most of the current welcome offer.
The Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express is one of the best hotel co-branded cards on the market because it costs just $95/year and offers all cardholders the most valuable mid-tier hotel status around. Add in a good 125,000 point welcome offer and strong earning rates at Hilton properties worldwide, and this becomes a card that can pay for itself multiple times over when in the right hands.
The entry-level Hilton Honors Credit Card from American Express doesn't get a lot of attention because it's a simple that card doesn't offer any amazing or eye-catching benefits...but it's still a good a card that shouldn't be overlooked. With a good welcome offer and no annual fee, it can be a fantastic starter card for anyone new to the miles and points game or a great backup card for infrequent visitors to Hilton properties worldwide.
Rakuten is a portal I write about reasonably frequently because it offers miles & points fans a very easy way to collect bonus American Express Membership Rewards points when they shop at a large variety of well-known online retailers. Right now, and for a limited time, Rakuten is offering new members a very easy path to 3,000 bonus Membership Rewards points.
American Express has started targeting holders of UK British Airways American Express credit cards with a very nice offer which allows cardholders to earn bonus Avios at some big-name retailers until 12 September 2020. I hold the British Airways Premium Plus Card and I have been targeted for bonus Avios at Waitrose, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Apple & Deliveroo.