I've recently tried to use one of the major benefits of the Ritz-Carlton credit card and I quickly found myself counting my blessings that it wasn't one of the benefits I'm relying on to help me get real value out of the card. The experience turned out to be more than a little disappointing.
The annual fee on my Chase Ink Business Plus credit card posted earlier this month and over the weekend I decided to see if I could get Chase to waive the annual fee or, at the very least, to give me a spending bonus to help offset the fee. Things didn't go according to plan.
The Chase Freedom Unlimited is one of the best all-around cash back cards on the market and it's a great card to hold if you're a fan of Ultimate Rewards and hold one of the Chase Sapphire cards. If you don't already hold the Freedom Unlimited Card now may be the time to consider applying as Chase has just made a couple of significant improvements to the card's welcome offer.
The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card is Chase's prime Bonvoy card and we have just seen the welcome bonus that this card offers raised to 100,000 points. I'm pretty sure that this is the highest welcome bonus that the Boundless Card has ever offered but (and this is the good bit) the last time we saw the welcome offer up this high, the spending requirement was also considerably higher.
The United Club Infinite Card is issued by Chase and is a card very clearly designed with United Airlines frequent flyers in mind. As the card which earns the most United Miles per dollar spent with United Airlines, and as the card that offers United Club membership as one of its benefits, this is a card that well worth considering if you fly with United Airlines with any great frequency.
One of the primary reasons I love Chase Ultimate Rewards Points is because they convert over to the World of Hyatt program in a ratio of 1:1 and Hyatt has an abundance of great properties at which these points can be redeemed. But transferring points to Hyatt isn't the only way to use Ultimate Rewards points to book Hyatt stays, and the second way is definitely one to bear in mind before you move any points across to Hyatt.
Chase offers haven't been particularly scintillating of late (I'm getting increasingly bored of seeing the Turbo Tax offer constantly appearing on all of my cards) but a couple of new offers are available right now which give hope to the idea that Chase is still capable (and willing) to offer deals worth more than a few dollars here and there.
At the beginning of May, both Chase and American Express announced that their Marriott Bonvoy co-branded credit cards would earn bonus points for spending on groceries/at US supermarkets through to the end of this month and, with just three weeks left to go of that promotion, Chase has now announced that its Marriott credit cards will all be offering bonus point on dining and at gas stations.
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.