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Not only are Ultimate Rewards points one of the most valuable points currencies, but lately they’ve also been the points currency I’ve accrued most easily.
The Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express offers three Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare. For the longest time I assumed that meant all airfare, though later found out the hard way that’s not the case when I earned one point per dollar for airline tickets I purchased on Orbitz and Expedia. The bonus only applies when booking directly through an airline, which is rather frustrating since sometimes tickets involving multiple airlines have to be booked through an online travel agency. Still, all of my airfare with US airlines booked directly through their websites goes on the Premier Rewards Gold card.
If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card you already earn two points per dollar on travel, and pay no foreign transaction fees.
But the thing that makes it really rewarding is that if you book through the Ultimate Rewards website you can get the same prices you’d get directly through the airline or from an online travel agency, plus you earn an extra point per dollar, for a total of 3 points per dollar.
To make a booking through the Ultimate Rewards mall just log-in to your account, click on “Travel,” and select “Book a Trip.” From there just enter your travel details, and voila, you’ll automatically earn bonus points.
But it gets even better than that. If you do want to book through an online travel agency, you can also earn an extra point per dollar by visiting the sites through the Ultimate Rewards mall. Booking through Travelocity even earns an additional two points per dollar, for a total of 4 points per dollar spent.
There’s no reason not to book your flights through the Ultimate Rewards website or through their portal whenever possible and earn 3-4 points per dollar spent, something I was missing out on for far too long.