What qualifies as travel related expenses?

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What qualifies as travel related expenses?

Postby jojo » Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:40 am

I've never had a travel rewards card, but I'm opening up to the idea since I travel a lot. From what I've read on various credit card sites, it looks like the way you redeem travel points is by calling the credit card issuer and getting a statement credit for a travel related expense.

What qualifies as a travel related expense? I'm pretty sure about airfare and hotels booked directly.

My main concern is hotel stays. I mainly book my hotel stays through Priceline and Hotwire. Is there any travel card that would give me credit for purchases made through those sites?



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Postby jojo » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:29 pm

Bump.

Anyone know of a travel card that will let you redeem for Priceline and Hotwire purchases?

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Postby rockyrock » Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:38 am

There is a Priceline branded credit card....a quick google search will bring it right up.
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Postby takeshi » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:37 am

jojo wrote:What qualifies as a travel related expense?

Verify with each card issuer. They each have their own terms.

jojo wrote:I've never had a travel rewards card, but I'm opening up to the idea since I travel a lot. From what I've read on various credit card sites, it looks like the way you redeem travel points is by calling the credit card issuer and getting a statement credit for a travel related expense.

Also varies. I don't have to call for any of my travel rewards cards. Not all travel rewards are statement credits.

jojo wrote:Anyone know of a travel card that will let you redeem for Priceline and Hotwire purchases?

I haven't surveyed every card out there but it seems unusual for cards to offer rewards through sites like that. If you think about it, it costs card issuers to offer rewards so discounting sites aren't likely to work with such sites. That said, try searching to see if there are affiliated cards for the sites you use. As stated above, Priceline has a branded card.

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Postby jojo » Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:16 pm

Thanks for the replies. I looked up the Priceline branded card and it offers 5X points on Priceline purchases and 1 point on everything else. Looks like a decent deal, but I don't use Priceline enough to justify losing out on the 5% cash back categories with my Chase Freedom.

My travel patterns are all over the place and I try to pay for my trips with a combination of miles, points, and bidding. I realize that it was a stretch to find a card to fit me, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.

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Postby rockyrock » Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:15 am

jojo wrote:Thanks for the replies. I looked up the Priceline branded card and it offers 5X points on Priceline purchases and 1 point on everything else. Looks like a decent deal, but I don't use Priceline enough to justify losing out on the 5% cash back categories with my Chase Freedom.

My travel patterns are all over the place and I try to pay for my trips with a combination of miles, points, and bidding. I realize that it was a stretch to find a card to fit me, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.


You should look into the Chase Sapphire card, if you use the UR Mall to book though sites like Priceline, TO, Expedia, etc you can get bonus points. Between Freedom and Sapphire you can have a pretty good combo...
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Postby otherwhitemeat » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:01 pm

Just started using the venture card. I have yet to redeem any rewards, but I get the impression that this card works that way. Book your vacation/hotel/flight wherever you want and they refund the money on your card. That was the main selling point for me since I don't use the same airline or website for every trip.



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