Chase Sapphire Preferred Review

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How often do you hear us recommend someone get the Chase Sapphire Preferred card? I’m sure most of our readers know what card we always recommend to every beginner travel hacker by now. It is our very favorite beginner card. This Chase Sapphire Preferred review will tell you why we love it so much!

 

Signup Bonus

Nothing increases your bonus/points balance quicker than signup bonuses. The Chase Sapphire Preferred gives 60,000 Ultimate Rewards after a $4,000 minimum spend in 3 months. It took me less than two months to meet that minimum spend on this card when I applied. After I met the minimum spend, I referred my husband and got 15,000 referral points. We always recommend this is the first step every beginning travel hacker takes.

 

Transferable Points

Chase Ultimate Rewards are transferable points. Remember, there are several types of points you can get with different credit cards. Ultimate Rewards have great partners you can transfer your points to, including:

  • Aer Lingus
  • British Airways
  • Emirates
  • Flying Blue (KLM/Air France)
  • Hyatt
  • Iberia
  • IHG
  • JetBlue
  • Marriott
  • Ritz-Carlton
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Southwest
  • United
  • Virgin Atlantic

 

Your points transfer to any of these partners at a 1:1 ratio and all transfers except for Marriott and Singapore Airlines happen instantaneously. (Marriott is usually 39 hours and Singapore is usually the same day but can take up to 2).  These transfer partners make it easy for me to use my points.

The reason we love this card so, so much is that it has easy transfer partners for domestic travel. Who doesn’t fly on United or Southwest in the United States? And our number one love for this card is because it transfers to Hyatt! We love Hyatt All-Inclusives and all the oversized value we get with them or any Hyatt stay!

 

All About the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

  • The annual fee is $95.
  • $50 annual hotel credit when booked in the travel portal.
  • 25% savings on travel booked through Chase-points are worth 1.25 cents in the portal
  • 10% anniversary boost – If you spend $25,000 on your card in a year, you get an additional 2500 Ultimate Rewards on your anniversary.
  • Excellent travel protection
  • Door Dash subscription
  • 3x spend on dining and select streaming services
  • 2x spend on travel

 

You can also add another card that earns Ultimate Rewards like Chase Freedom Unlimited or Chase Freedom Flex, which have some great everyday earning potential. Alex uses her Freedom Flex card on most of her everyday spending because of the great quarterly bonus spending categories it offers. Then she just moves the points from that card into her Sapphire account.

 

Bottom Line

My favorite benefit of the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is that it is so easy to transfer to partners I use often. I have so many options with Ultimate Rewards and often transfer them to Hyatt for incredible hotel stays. I have also transferred them to United and Southwest for flights. They are by far the most flexible, easiest currency and we 100% recommend this card to all points and mile enthusiasts!

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