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I can’t believe the bonus on Chase Sapphire Preferred is still out there at 100,000 points. I first posted about the higher bonus back in June. A few weeks later, I applied for the card and was approved (this is my second time owning the card). I have no idea how long the 100k bonus offer will last. My bonus points are still sitting in my account, begging to be spent.
Just to recap this deal:
- Spend $4000 in the first three months, get 100k bonus points
- $95 annual fee not waived
- 2X points on travel and dining, 1X on all other purchases
- No foreign transaction fees
- Primary car rental insurance
This is the top card I recommend to miles and points travelers, so I probably sound like a broken record. You can spend Chase Ultimate Rewards points in the Chase travel portal or transfer them to several partners including Southwest, United and Hyatt. This bonus is worth at least $1250 in travel.
Note: You cannot own this card if you own the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. You cannot get the bonus if you’ve received the bonus on the CSP or CSR card within the last 48 months. You will not be approved for the card if you’ve opened 5 or more new credit cards in the last 24 months. See here for more details.
Russia, Here We Come!
As some of you know, we adopted two of our kids from Russia. Returning to Russia with them is complicated (see this post). I traveled to Washington, D.C. with them (twice!) to get their Russian passports updated. Then, Covid happened and everything was pushed back 1-2 years.
Well, my oldest is going off to college in two years. Once that happens, who knows what commitments he will have during school breaks (a summer job, internship, etc.) So, I best get planning now so that I can book the flights next year.
My 100k points could give us 3 one-way flights to Moscow on United. I could also transfer the points to Air France for flights via Paris. With all of the Chase transfer partners, I have several possibilities to use the points for that trip.
Or, instead of flights, I could use the points for hotels in Russia. I could transfer the points to Hyatt to stay at the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow. The location can’t be beat! There’s also the more sensible Hyatt Regency Moscow.
At this point, I’m unsure of our full itinerary. I know that it must include Vladivostok (where my boys are from). We may stop in St. Petersburg, or even make a stop in Tokyo. In any case, we can use those 100k points for flights home on a number of airlines.
But for now, my focus is on accumulating miles and points to make this trip happen.
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.