Thailand will open borders to low risk countries on November 1st

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Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-Ocha, has announced that borders will fully open to visitors from 10 low risk countries around the world. It’s been quite a confusing rollercoaster with Thailand’s border policies and quarantine rules with a lot of false starts. Fingers crossed this one stays in tact as I have many Thai friends that would love to visit their loved ones, and it would certainly help the Thai economy to get tourism back on its feet. Personally, I’d love to get back to Thailand and visit one its Six Senses properties.

We don’t know the full list of 10 countries yet, but the following countries won’t have to quarantine upon arrival November 1st:

  • U.S.,
  • China
  • Singapore
  • Germany
  • U.K. will not be required to undergo isolation on arrival from Nov. 1,

It seems the requirements will loosely be a PCR test prior to departure and one upon arrival. If both are negative, you’re good to go, and free to travel anywhere in Thailand.

The Six Senses Yao Noi is high on my list

Since IHG integrated Six Senses into its portfolio I have wanderlusted over many of them…and this incredible property is high on my list.

It’s 110k a night, but if you have the IHG Rewards Premier credit card from Chase you get a 4th night free.

If you’re looking for a fabulous Bangkok property…The Waldorf Bangkok absolutely blew my socks off

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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. 

Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

Super solid welcome offer.

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
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  • 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
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There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

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. 

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