This hardworking writer and author took his first real vacation in years with his wife thanks to the points he earned on his Chase Sapphire Reserve®.
Name: Victor Li
Occupation: Assistant managing editor, ABA Journal and author of “Nixon in New York: How Wall Street Helped Richard Nixon Win the White House”
Credit card: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Route: Depart from O’Hare International Airport – Chicago to Heathrow Airport – London, return from Charles de Gaulle Airport – Paris to O’Hare
Dates of travel: Sept. 12 – 22, 2018
Airlines: United Airlines (departure), Swiss Air (return)
Class of service: Economy
Q: Did you visit a lounge at the airport?
Q: Did you travel alone or with someone?
A: I traveled with my wife for our first real vacation in several years.
The credit card
Q: What card did you use to get a free trip?
A: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®.
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Q: How long were you a cardholder/member at that time?
A: Five years.
Q: How long were you planning/saving for this trip?
A: Four months.
Q: What’s your favorite perk of this card?
A: The points.
Q: Did you take advantage of promotions while earning points for this trip?
Q: How did you book?
A: I booked through the Chase travel portal.
Q: How many points/miles/rewards did this cost?
A: 85,148 points [for both Li and his wife].
Q: Did you book in conjunction with a promotion or deal?
Q: Any surprises?
What’s your next travel rewards goal?
We have to build up our reserve a bit, but we’d love to go to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tokyo or Singapore next.
Photo via Victor Li.
How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2020, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- No annual fee: The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
- Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: The Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
- Premium travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Business travelers: The Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
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