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I’ve been playing around with a possible trip to Asia this year, and as such, I’ve been banging around a lot of different award redemption options – ESPECIALLY with the AA devaluation on March 22. What did I come across??
Flying 1st class to Hong Kong for a mere 70,125 + $37.40. Say Wha?!??!
Business Class is 63,750 + $37.40 Double what what!
Now granted, this isn’t in Suites, but it is in the newly refurbished First
( thanks Singaporeair.com for the snaps)
Here is the other thing tho…What if you fly through LAX? If you do, you need to route through NRT and SIN…are you getting my drift, yet? OK, if you’re not then what I’m hinting at is you could fly on Suites to Hong Kong for the price of a direct flight in normal First…This is a total loophole – and one that you may even be able to work in a Stopover in Singapore with the right rep on the line. That would be even nuttier.
In case you are unfamiliar with Suites…
I love finding little work-a-rounds and sweet spots and hope someone can take advantage of it!
How can you get Singapore Air Krisflyer miles?
- Chase Ultimate Rewards 1:1
- Citi Thank You 1:1
- American Express Membership Rewards 1:1
- Starwood Starpoint every 20k -> 25k
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.