When to Use the Chase Travel Portal? | Booking Independent Hotels & Tours

When to Use the Chase Travel Portal? | Booking Independent Hotels & Tours

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Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute.
Today, we’re doing a follow-up video on the Chase Travel Portal and showing how
you can use it to book tours and boutique hotels. (light chiming music) We recently did a video
on how to redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points where I reviewed the two main
ways that I use points to book my travel. One of the ways that we covered was the
Chase Travel Portal, and a couple of folks reached out to us wanting more
clarifications on when to use the Chase Travel Portal over transferring points
to a travel partner. So in this video, I’m gonna share some instances where it
makes more sense for you to use the Chase Travel Portal over transferring
points. For me, the most common use case for using the Chase Travel Portal is
with independent hotels and tours. Most boutique hotels and bed and breakfast
places do not belong to a large hotel chain or have a loyalty program, so you
won’t have the option of transferring points to complete your booking. For
example, if I wanted to book an independent hotel in Sedona Arizona,
I could actually reserve it via the Chase Travel Portal and use points to
pay for part of or the entire booking. With this option, you can redeem at
either 1.25 or 1.5 cents per point, which is a decent rate. This
makes a card function almost like a flat rate rewards card, similar to the way you
might use redeem points on a Capital One Venture card or one of the Barclaycard
Arrival cards. The same holds true for activities and tours. You can book them
via the Chase Travel Portal and use your points in the same way. A quick search on
Cancun shows that you can purchase tickets to most of the attractions in
advance as well as shuttle rides and private transportation to and from the
airport, and pay for it using your points. I actually wish I searched for some of
the places we visited on our European trip during the holidays. We actually
could have avoided the ticket lines at some of the places we visited, and even
used our points to pay for the admission. So, I hope this gives you some additional
ideas on how you can use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points. I think it really
highlights why this program is one of the most popular travel rewards programs.
It gives you so much flexibility when redeeming points for travel. If
you do decide to use the Chase Travel Portal for these bookings, here are a
couple things to keep in mind. Number 1: Portal bookings can earn you bonus
points and miles. If you decide not to use your points and pay the rate instead,
you’ll earn the triple or double bonus depending on your card. This can be
useful for categories that are bookable through the site but generally are
listed as non-travel categories, like tours and attractions. For example, when
we paid for admission to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, we paid using our
Sapphire Reserve, but did not receive any bonus points. However, had we booked
the tickets via the Chase Travel Portal, we would have earned the extra points and
probably save some time in line. Number 2: Portal bookings can be more difficult to
cancel or change. One of the drawbacks of using the Chase Travel Portal is that
your bookings are handled by Chase rather than directly with the hotel or
airline. This can make it difficult to change itineraries or reserve seats. We
cover this in our other video, so check it out for more details. Number 3:
Redemption rates depend on your premium Chase card. Just a reminder that the
redemption rate on the Chase Travel Portal is dependent on the type of
premium card that you have. So, if you have the Sapphire Preferred, you’ll redeem
1.25 cents per point. And if you have the Sapphire Reserve, you’ll redeem at 1.5 cents. Have you used the Chase Travel Portal to book an independent
hotel or tour? If so, please share your experience in the comment section below.
Also, let us know if you have any questions. If you’re interested in
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9 Comments

  1. Ernest love this video, this was so helpful using the portal can be confusing but you made it so easy to understand, can't thank you enough ! Looking forward to your next topic

    Jose P.

  2. Thanks for the information! We have the CSR and Freedom cards, this video will help us use them more wisely when booking for that Vietnam trip soon.

  3. I use Chase credit cards all the time and honestly haven't paid attention to my points that much. I'll definitely have a look now though! Great video.

  4. That is some good info…I use the chase portal to buy airlines tickets for my wife…I have not used it for hotels or tours b/c for use it’s better to use the pints to fly to New Zealand…better value for us. πŸ‘πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ

  5. Just booked a hotel via the Chase Portal and the priced dropped the next day. I can cancel without a penalty as of now, Should I cancel and rebooked it or am I shit out of luck?

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