VIDEO ALERT! You should fly halfway around the world for the weekend.

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Be a Weekend Warrior!

Roughly two months ago I took my girlfriend on a surprise birthday trip to Tokyo. She had no idea where she was going until she got her boarding pass…it was an incredible exhilarating trip – we went for just 2 nights. It was so incredible that it inspired me to write an Inspirational Post here, AND CREATE AN ENTIRE SERIES of posts dedicated to awesome, yet unconventional weekend trips away: THE WEEKEND WARRIOR. This is the first Weekend Warrior Video – you get to see me and Miles in action. Hope you enjoy and get inspired!!!!

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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. 

Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

Annual Fee


Points Earned

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.

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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  • Antonio November 13, 2017

    I tried your weekend warrior recommendation this past weekend when we went to Belgium. I’m a total zombie right now. The problem for me was that we did it in economy, so we weren’t well rested getting there or back home. I’m sure that is key

    • Miles November 13, 2017

      Antonio – in econ…that is SUPER warrior status. Way to swing for the fences 🙂

  • Andre November 12, 2017

    Awesome man

  • Bobman November 9, 2017

    70k AS miles for roundtrip 1st and no $ fees? That’s a pretty insane redeem! Looks like a sweet trip. How was the sushi

    • Miles November 9, 2017

      I wish roundtrip – one way was AA, the other was Japan with AS. 70k one way and maybe $50ish in fees

  • Rusty November 9, 2017

    LOL @ the bidet. TRUTH!

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