By Lisa Whitlaw

When I first learned that it was possible to fly free and travel frequently for next to nothing, I knew I needed to find out exactly how that was possible.

I think it all started when I saw a link on social media that mentioned free flights with points, so I started reading and at that “point” I was hooked (pun intended 😊).

I began looking at different credit cards and recommendations and decided that the card_name would be the most versatile card for us to get started. It had a low annual fee and a high points bonus, so I applied.

The application process was painless, and they approved me right away. Once the card came in the mail, the points started accumulating. Hooray!

[Read Lyn’s full review of Chase Sapphire Preferred]

Why I Love the card_name

A woman in sunglasses holding a grey poodle.

Not really knowing what I was doing exactly, I decided to apply for the card_name based on the way my family travels and lives.

Sadly, we don’t have unlimited vacation time, and with my kids in school, we have to plan around the school calendar and travel when things tend to be the most expensive 😢. If we can earn points for free flights and hotel stays, we can possibly travel more, and that’s my plan!

I knew the card_name would be beneficial, because we can redeem the points with numerous airlines and hotels not only by transferring points, but by purchasing travel through Chase Travel℠. This isn’t a card that locks you into just one brand!

Chase Ultimate Rewards, which are the points you earn with this card, transfer at a 1:1 ratio to airlines like Southwest, United and JetBlue.

They also transfer at a 1:1 ratio to hotel brands like Marriott, IHG and Hyatt.

This card gives you many options when it comes to redeeming points for travel. 

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[Read How to Use Chase Sapphire Preferred to Get Free Hyatt Hotel Stays]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Benefits I Love

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The card_name has a long list of benefits. Some of my favorites are: 

  • 3x points on dining, streaming and online groceries
  • 2x points on travel 
  • 1:1 points transfer to airlines and hotels
  • Auto rental collision damage waiver 
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance
  • No foreign transaction fees 
  • Lyft discounts

The card_name currently offers 60,000 points after a $4,000 minimum spend in first 3 months after account opening.

In order to meet this minimum spend, I used the card for ALL of our purchases and even to pay some of our utility bills. It felt really good to have that bank of points after meeting the spending requirements!

Earning 3x points on dining and 2x points on travel purchases clinched the deal for me with this card. My family of four likes to eat at restaurants on the weekends, and meals can add up quickly.

If you’re eating out anyway, why not earn points?

Also, my husband is an authorized user on my card, and he’s able to pay for business lunches and dinners with it, which earns our family even MORE points. 

How I Use Our Chase Sapphire Preferred Points

Lisa Jackson Hole
My family and I in Jackson Hole

With the bonus and points earned from dining combined, we were able to redeem our points for flights to Jackson Hole, Wyoming in July by booking through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, which gave us 25% more value for our points. 

In case you didn’t know that is THE MOST EXPENSIVE time to fly to Jackson Hole outside of ski season. We wouldn’t have taken the trip if we hadn’t been able to use our points for the flights!

After returning from this amazing trip, I knew I was going to get even more serious about collecting points.

I’m still learning new ways to travel using points, but it all started with the amazing card_name!

Do you hold the card_name? If so, where has it taken you?


  • Lisa Whitlaw

    Lisa grew up traveling as the daughter of an airline pilot. She has continued traveling throughout her life, but switched from using free passes to using points and miles. She's researched ways to save money and earn points for years and has traveled to many wonderful destinations with her family of 4.

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