I Got It! It’s Chase Ultimate Rewards Points That Are Awful!


From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... This week we finish up our three-part series on the downsides of the major flexible miles currencies -- Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints. The wonderful features of these … [Read more...]

Frequent Flyer Programs, Transferable Points, and Competitive Pressure

SPG, Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You

Author note: This is a long post, but it's designed to generate discussion on how transferable points (Ultimate Rewards, Starpoints, Amex Membership Rewards and now Citi ThankYou points) are going to change how airlines set mileage redemption prices and compete with each other on price, … [Read more...]

One United Mile Equals 0.87 Ultimate Rewards Points

UA Miles for UR Points

UPDATE: Since there appears to be some confusion about my intentions with this post, allow me to clarify that it is not meant primarily as a criticism of Chase or Ultimate Rewards. I find their advertising language amusing, but I find lots of things amusing and it's only meant as a … [Read more...]

Would You Give Up UA Miles for Ultimate Rewards Points?

I seem to be one of the only people who believes that Ultimate Rewards points don't deserve a premium value for their flexibility. Don't get me wrong, I think they are worth at least as much as United's miles, which is usually the most valuable transfer option. But I'm not willing to say … [Read more...]

Is Chase Ultimate Rewards Still the Best Rewards Currency?

I'm certainly not the first person to re-evaluate Ultimate Rewards in light of recent devaluations by several of its transfer partners, but I will try to put my own spin on the topic as always. By far one of the best uses of Ultimate Rewards points is to transfer them to other loyalty … [Read more...]

10,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Giveaway!

This week is important for me because it's when I started blogging for the first time about everything travel. Eventually, I honed in on award travel and made some great friends along the way. It's really been a great year and I hope to be able to blog more for my readers! To … [Read more...]