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Monkey Miles Monday Memos are designed for beginners looking to get their feet wet
Every Monday, MonkeyMiles sends out a Memo with a tip on how you can save time, money, and points. Many of you may already know the tips, but more and more new monkeys are flocking to this hobby every single day and knowledge is power. This Monday we are looking at credit card pairing and how it can be very beneficial to you.
Credit Card pairing is having 2+ cards from the same issuer that earn the same points.
Let me show you an example of how this can earn a lot of points. I currently hold the following cards from Chase.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Chase Ink Business Preferred
- Chase Ink Cash
- Chase Freedom
- Chase Sapphire Preferred ( which I will downgrade to a Freedom)
Each of these cards earn Ultimate Rewards, but they don’t earn them equally.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve earns 3x points on all travel and dining
- Chase Ink Business Preferred earns 3x on travel, shipping, internet, cable, phone
- Chase Ink Cash earns 5x points on Internet, Cable, phone charges, and at office supply stores
- Chase Freedom has rotating quarterly categories that earn 5x points.
So what card do I use to pay?
- I put my Cell phone bill on my ink business cause it earns 3x points, but gives me free insurance on the phone. This is worth earning 2x less points
- Travel I split between Ink Business Preferred and Reserve depending if it’s for business or personal, but the Reserve has better travel protection. Both earn at 3x.
- Internet and Cable goes on my Ink Cash at 5x.
- Dining typically goes on my Reserve for 3x
- Freedom is offering 5x right now this quarter so through September I pay with it.
- I put all other spend on my Reserve unless I can spend on my Freedom for a category bonus
- I have cards from other issuers that I apply the same technique and shore up balances that way.
It may seem like the above scenario is complicated, but mostly it comes down to paying with either my Reserve or my Freedom. The bills that go on my Ink Cash and Ink Business Preferred are monthly bills that are set for autopay.
By pairing cards up to earn higher category bonuses it keeps your balances poppin’ so you can fly in lie flat seats or stay in 5 star suites
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