Category: Chase Ink Bold

Airport Lounge Access + LAN International Business vs. Economy

This is part 13 of a series of posts devoted to our whirlwind tour of Peru & Chile.

  1. Less than $1,000 per person all-in for our 11-day tour in Peru & Chile
  2. How you can use <75,000 points to replicate our itinerary to visit Machu Picchu, Easter Island, and more
  3. How to prepare for altitude sickness in Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca
  4. What to bring for your trip to Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and/or Easter Island
  5. How many different sets of tickets do you have to buy for that one-day visit to Machu Picchu?
  6. How to Create Your Own Machu Picchu “Inka Trail” Experience in One Day
  7. Using the Tambo del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Resort, as Your Base for Your Visit to Machu Picchu
  8. Tour Guide #1 – Sabino for Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Peru
  9. Tour Guide #2 – Silvia for Puno, Lake Titicaca, Sillustani, Peru
  10. How We Did Lima, Peru in One Day
  11. Tour Guide #3 – Sergio for Easter Island, Chile
  12. Taking Advantage of an Airport Hotel for Our Walking Tour of Santiago, Chile
  13. Airport Lounge Access + LAN International Business vs. Economy
  14. Budgeting for Your Next Big Dream Vacation
  15. You Won’t Believe What Happened on Our Way Home!

Throughout the series, both TravelWhimsy and I briefly touched on the topic of airport lounges and LAN’s international business class product. I’d like to take this opportunity to share our experiences with the various lounges we used during the trip, and to also throw in my two cents on whether it was necessary to fly business class or not.

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Gift Card Alert #3 – 4 More Days (Until 6/21/2012) – $20 in Free Groceries (20% Return)

Here is the last gift card promo alert for those of you who fit one or more of the following criteria:

  1. You shop at a SUPERVALU-owned grocery store (ACME, Albertsons, Cub, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Save-A-Lot, Shaw’s/Star Market, Shop n’ Save, Shoppers);
  2. You are not interested in $40 worth of FREE Greek yogurt and 2 FREE movie tickets, or don’t have access to a Safeway-owned grocery store;
  3. You are not interested in getting $2 off per gallon of gas (up to $70 off per fill-up), or don’t have access to a Kroger-owned grocery store.

You have 4 more days (until June 21, 2012) to take advantage of the SUPERVALU grocery chain’s gift card promotion – Buy $100 gift cards (8 to choose from), get $20 in free groceries.

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Gift Card Alert #2 – 2 More Days (Until 6/19/2012) – $2 off per Gallon of Gasoline (up to $70)

For those of you not interested in free Greek yogurt and free movie tickets, or don’t have access to a Safeway-owned grocery store, you can spend $500 on gift cards at a Kroger-owned grocery store and save up to $70 for your next fill-up at the gas station. That is a 14% return, before you factor in any bonus points/cash back on your credit cards. You also have 2 more days (until June 19, 2012) to take advantage of this.

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Gift Card Alert #1 – 2 More Days (Until 6/19/2012) – $40 Free Greek Yogurt + 2 Free Movie Tickets (up to $26)

If you love Fage Greek yogurt and movies, you have 2 more days (until June 19, 2012) to get them for free (a $66 value + bonus points/cash back on your credit cards).

$40 Free FAGE Greek Yogurt from Vons / Safeway

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Get the Cash Discount for Gas While Paying with a Credit Card & Get 5% Cash Back or 5x Points

Have you noticed this when filling up your car at the gas station?

If you are like me, you probably value miles & points too much to go with the cash option. If your car takes 20 gallons each time, the cash discount saves you $1; but if you do the math, 5 cents per gallon represent 1.3% in savings. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get that cash discount AND use our credit card of choice to maximize miles & points?

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Chase Ink Winners Picked & Additional Tips to Ensure a Safe Ride to 5% Cash Back or 5x Points

Chase Ink Card – Your “Secret Weapon” to Earning 5% or 5x for Everyday Spending

**Giveaway of two invitation codes for Chase Ink – bonus points after first purchase with no minimum spend required!**

To get that 5% cash back or 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) points I talked about yesterday, you need a Chase Ink card (Bold for $95, or Classic/Cash for free). If you opt for the free Ink card, you will ALSO need to have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card in order to turn those points into free travel.

Why?

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Would You Like to Receive 5% Cash Back (or 5x Points) on Everything You Buy?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how you could use your Chase Freedom Card to get 5% cash back for your purchases at Walmart & Target. Recently, I also did a follow-up post on what credit cards you might need to maximize the return on your everyday purchases.

A couple of days after I wrote the Walmart post, I updated it with my own experience of purchasing a $500 VISA gift card at my local grocery store and then using it to buy gas. If you don’t mind the trouble of buying and using a prepaid gift card, you will be on your way to earning 5% (5x points) for almost all your purchases. [I started this post over the weekend, but today Frequent Miler posted his new discovery, and I will go over his strategy later in the post, too, for those of you interested.]

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Alert: Chase Freedom Card, $350 Cash-back Bonus Offer

Update (11:45am PST, April 5, 2012): The $350 Chase Freedom offer link is no longer available for new applications.

Update (April 13, 2012): The 50,000 Chase Sapphire Preferred offer link is no longer available for new applications. Check out MillionMileSecrets’ Credit Cards Page for latest offers.

Right after Gary @ViewFromTheWing pointed out how fast Chase had been pulling their higher-than-usual bonus offers, I saw a link posted by a Twitter friend (Thanks, Michael Shimada!) introducing a $350 cash-back offer for signing up for the Chase Freedom card.

In my beginner series, I briefly talked about the benefits of having a combination of the Chase Freedom card and the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the Chase Ink Bold card. The 50,000-point sign-up bonus for the Chase Sapphire Preferred VISA card officially expired yesterday, but you can still get the bonus through this application link (for the MasterCard version).

Chase allows one personal and one business card application on the same day, so if you are interested in getting a combo today, you can apply for the Ink Bold card through MillionMileSecrets’ link.

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