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7 Ways to Get Free Travel With Chase Sapphire Preferred

Chase Sapphire Preferred is my very favorite credit card, because it’s extremely flexible in allowing you to transfer its points to airlines and hotel chains for free travel.

It currently has a bonus of 60,000 points after a $4,000 minimum spend with a very reasonable $95 annual fee.

Oh, Chase Sapphire Preferred, because I love thee so, I’ve put together this list of 7 ways this travel credit card can get you free travel!

You can read my full review of this card here.


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7 Ways Chase Sapphire Preferred Can Get You FREE Travel

Let me count the ways… 😉

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1.  Transfer Points to Airlines

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You can transfer points at a 1:1 ratio to a variety of airlines, including our favorite, Southwest Airlines.

Most transfers happen INSTANTLY.

I love this feature, because I can leave a bank of points in my Chase Ultimate Rewards account until we need them and transfer them over instantly when I need.

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to:

  • Aer Lingus
  • British Airways
  • Air Canada
  • Air France/Flying Blue
  • Korean Air Skypass
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United
  • Virgin Atlantic

We have used our Ultimate Rewards Points to book flights in Europe on Aer Lingus and for COUNTLESS Southwest flights!

Read my post below for more tips on using this card for Southwest points…


[4 Ways to Use Chase Sapphire Preferred to Earn Southwest Points]


2.  Transfer Points to Hotels

Crowne Plaza HY36 Hotel New York City
Crowne Plaza HY36 Hotel in New York City near Hudson Yards

You can use Chase Ultimate Rewards points earned on Chase Sapphire Preferred to transfer to hotel programs including:

  • IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
    • Hotel Indigo
    • Holiday Inn
    • EVEN Hotels
    • Kimpton
    • Crowne Plaza and more!
  • Hyatt (100,000 points can get you 4 nights at an all-inclusive Hyatt resort in Mexico for 2 people — all food and drink included! We show you how inside Families Fly Free.)
  • Marriott/SPG


3. Intro Points

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card currently has a 60,000 points after a $4,000 minimum spend.

When you meet the minimum spend, where you will net AT LEAST 1 point per dollar spent, you’ll have the bonus points + the minimum 1 point per dollar you earned to meet the minimum spend.

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My family in San Diego on our first trip in 2015 where we ALL flew free using points.

This is a SOLID bonus and enabled my family of 4, along with a Southwest personal card and a Southwest business card, to travel to SIX destinations within one year on ~160,000 points.

Just exactly how far can these points take you on Southwest?

As examples, my family of 4 flew to New York City from Indianapolis for ~22,000 points, from Chicago to Maui for 30,000 points and from Chicago to Las Vegas for 15,000 points.

In all cases, one of us flew on the Companion Pass, eliminating the points price for that person.

But it is VERY common to find flights on Southwest for ~5,000 points per way.

You just have to be willing to utilize the industry insider hacks I show you inside my Families Fly Free membership, sometimes fly on Tuesdays/Wednesdays and to consider cities that have cheap prices from your home airport (or an airport nearby you might be willing to drive to).


4.  3X Points on Dining and 2X Points on Travel

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card also allows you to earn MORE points when you use it to pay for dining and travel expenses than say the Southwest credit cards, which only earn 1 point per $1.

Though keep in mind, by using the Southwest credit cards, you earn points TOWARD the 125,000 you need to earn the Southwest Companion Pass that lets one person fly free with you.

Rapid Rewards Dining restaurant - beano's Cabin
Earn MORE points when you use the card to pay for dining and travel expenses.

Points transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards TO Southwest Rapid Rewards DO NOT qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.

I use this card, along with my husband’s Chase Sapphire Reserve (a more advanced and expensive version of Preferred, though each person can only hold ONE or the other; read my full review of this card), as my everyday spending card, ESPECIALLY for restaurants and travel expenses to make sure I’m earning as many points a possible toward future Southwest and Europe flights!


5.  Up to 75,000 Referral Points Per Year

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There is even MORE potential to earn additional points besides through spending and the initial bonus.

For every person you refer to Chase Sapphire Preferred, up to 5 people each calendar year, you can earn 15,000 referral points, up to a maximum of 75,000!

Sure, you can ask friends and family, but don’t forget the value of social media and email and simply sharing with others how you travel free.

I have no doubt they’ll want to know how :).

To get your referral link, check out the Chase Refer a Friend feature.


6.  Double Value Paired With the Southwest Companion Pass

When you pair Chase Ultimate Rewards points with a Southwest Companion Pass, you get DOUBLE the value out of them.

Southwest Companion Pass

For every Ultimate Reward point you transfer to Southwest, that’s a point that can be used for TWO people to travel free, because you can bring someone with you whenever you book a flight on points (or paid for that matter!).


7.  No Foreign Transaction Fees

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In Cinque Terre, Italy

There are also NO foreign transaction fees when you use Chase Sapphire Preferred outside of the U.S., so it makes a great card for international travel.

Don’t forget to use it for ALL dining and travel expenses, so you can earn DOUBLE or TRIPLE points.


Additional Travel Benefits You Get with Chase Sapphire Preferred

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  • 3x points on online grocery and streaming service purchases
  • 5x points when purchasing Lyft rides with your card
  • 10% points anniversary bonus based on your spending
  • Complimentary DashPass from DoorDash for one year, which includes free delivery for orders more than $12. Read more about DoorDash benefits.


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