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    At this point in the year I have a choice between remaining a Platinum Medallion with Delta in 2014 or going for Diamond Medallion status. Like each of the past several years, I am going to choose to stay Platinum and let any miles I receive over the 75,000 mile platinum Threshold roll-over for earning […]

    The post Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) and Rollover Miles Don’t Mix appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel Blog.


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    This morning I was setting up a new online account with a credit card provider and I had the biggest sense of deja vu. It occurred to me that I have done this many times before as I used my 10-key to pound in my bank routing number in about 0.002 seconds. Many of you […]

    The post 14 Signs You’re Obsessed With Earning Points and Miles appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel Blog.


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    I’ve said it before, and I said it again, my points and miles strategies differ somewhat from many other bloggers.  I don’t travel for work, nor do I have much disposable income to throw around.  Because of this, I primarily earn miles to redeem for free travel and don’t focus much on earning elite status. […]

    The post What’s in My Wallet July 2016 appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel.


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    There’s been a lot of chatter recently regarding the rumored new Chase Sapphire Reserve.  And with good reason!  Chase Ultimate Rewards are the best points program around.  It offers outstanding flexibility and value, especially if you’re willing to do your homework.  So, the prospect of a new, high-earning Ultimate Rewards card is tantalizing.  The Chase […]

    The post New Chase Sapphire Reserve Coming Soon? appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel.


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    The buzz lately has been the rumored new Chase Sapphire Reserve card.  I thought it would be the first Visa Infinite card by Chase, but to my surprise it wasn’t.  Instead, Chase released the new Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite card as it’s first Infinite product. The new Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite card replaces the Ritz-Carlton Visa Signature card. […]

    The post New Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel.


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    The Chase Sapphire Reserve is the most anticipated card product of the year.  It’s an outstanding product with killer benefits like 3x points on dining + travel, Priority Pass Select, Primary Auto Rental Collision Coverage, and more!  However, Chase has this irritating little rule called the 5/24 rule.  Basically, if you’ve opened 5 cards in […]

    The post The Chase 5-24 Rule is Unfair appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel.


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    The Hyatt Visa Signature Sign-Up Bonus is changing at the end of the month.  And guess what?  It’s not a positive change. The Hyatt Visa Signature, aka the Hyatt Card, is issued by Chase in the U.S.  It has long had a very lucrative signup bonus of 2 free night certificates valid at any Hyatt […]

    The post Hyatt Visa Signature Sign-Up Bonus is Changing appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel.


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    It’s been a while since I did a credit card post, though not much has changed since then.  But, here’s my credit card strategy for 2018. If you didn’t already know, credit card rewards are the primary way in which I travel.  This is especially true for my bigger, aspirational trips like our Big Apple […]

    The post My Credit Card Strategy for 2018 appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel.


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    The Chase Sapphire Reserve is the darling card of the points and miles community.  But the card, and especially its annual fee can be scary to beginners.  So let’s go over why the fee isn’t so bad and why the card is so great. As I mentioned in my 2018 credit card strategy, the Chase […]

    The post My Favorite Card: The Chase Sapphire Reserve appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel.


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    If you didn’t already know, Barclays has a new card: the Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard.  And, unfortunately, this card is shaping up to be the biggest new card letdown of 2018. The blogosphere has been abuzz regarding the release of a new credit card from Barclays.  And the reason for all the noise […]

    The post Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel.


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    Heads up!  Chase is devaluing the Sapphire Reserve. This morning I got an email from Chase regarding “important updates” to my Chase Sapphire Reserve account.  In particular, these changes will affect the card’s much-beloved rewards and benefits.  And, as these notifications always do, it started with some positive changes, though things got dark towards the […]

    The post Chase is Devaluing the Sapphire Reserve appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel.


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    We’re midway through 2018, and much has changed.  So let’s take a look at my 2018 credit card strategy 2.0. Marriott Rewards Now, the most significant change I’ve been watching for this year is the Marriott Rewards and SPG program integration.  And since the new Marriott and SPG cards are such a letdown, I’ve chosen […]

    The post My 2018 Credit Card Strategy 2.0 appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel.


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    Last week Chase quietly rolled out a new World of Hyatt Visa card.  And with this new card comes a whole lot of changes.  But, thankfully, those changes are mostly positive ones. World of Hyatt Nearly two years ago, Hyatt did away with its beloved Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program and replaced it with the […]

    The post The New World of Hyatt Visa – What an Upgrade! appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel.


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    For some time now, I’ve been making purchases via Shop through Chase® using Chase co-brand credit cards.  However, recently, I’ve discovered that non-Chase cards work with Shop through Chase as well!  So let’s revisit this lucrative points-earning strategy. Online Shopping Rewards Portals Most online shopping portals are affiliated with airline frequent flier programs, such as […]

    The post Non-Chase Cards Work with Shop through Chase appeared first on Jeffsetter Travel.