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Points Are Points, Until They Aren’t

Getting my husband to play the points and miles game has been challenging.

While he enjoys the benefits of my points and miles obsession, he hasn’t actively tried to collect points and miles, until now…

In charge of physical training gear for the fire department, he learned that he would earn Dick’s ScoreCard Rewards points for the purchase.

He could not wait to tell me that he was now in the points game.

Sorry honey, Dick’s points won’t get us to Hawaii.

But at least he’s been bitten by a points bug even if it’s not the kind of points I was hoping for.

Now to get him to start applying for the right credit cards…

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for beginning travel hackers. It is the first card you should get to start traveling for free because the welcome offer is 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first three months.  
My favorite perks about this card are earning 5X points on travel when booked through the Chase portal (2X if direct purchase), 3X points on dining , $50 yearly credit on hotels booked through the Chase portal, no foreign transaction fees, and transferring points to 13 airline and hotel partners like Hyatt, United, and Southwest.
 

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

The Chase Freedom Unlimited is one of my favorite cards for earning cash back card and travel rewards. It offers a welcome offer of 3% cash back = an extra 1.5% cash back on up to $20,000 in purchases your first year.
 
My favorite perks about this card are earning 6.5% cash back on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal , 4.5% cash back at drugstores and restaurants, unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases and no annual fee. When paired with cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card, you can use your points to travel for free.
 

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