How to Get Rewarded for Traveling

This is a sponsored post by Chase Ultimate Rewards®. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Alicia Tenise.

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Guys: summer is kind of the best season. Between BBQs, pool time, festivals and concerts, I always have plenty of fun activities to fill up my schedule!

My favorite thing to do during the summer? Traveling, of course! So far this summer I’ve been to Phoenix, Virginia Wine Country, New Orleans, the Jersey Shore (I promise some beaches aren’t super tacky like the TV show!) and I’ve made quite a few day trips up to NYC. For the month of August, I’m headed to Chicago, doing a road trip from NYC to Portland, Maine, Boston, Baltimore and Norfolk. Whew.

Let’s face it: traveling expenses can add up. From flights to hotels to gas, there’s a lot that you’ll be spending money on while you’re on the road. I decided to get a Chase Freedom credit card last summer since I knew I loved to travel, and in my honest opinion, this card is 100% worth it! Select Chase cards feature an amazing rewards program called Chase Ultimate Rewards, and every time you use your card you earn points.

The cool thing about the Chase Ultimate Rewards program? You can redeem your points for just about anything – from travel and experiences and even gift cards of your choice! Since I can’t stay in one city for too long, I like to redeem my points for the travel gift cards, which can be used toward hotels, car services, gas stations and more. When I’m not traveling, I also love to redeem my rewards at

In a sense — I’m getting rewarded for traveling when I book flights, hotels and rental cars with my card and earn points. I also can travel more often with this rewards program as well since I can use those points toward more traveling! Win/Win scenario, right? If you don’t travel as much, don’t worry: you can redeem your points for a variety of different gift cards, including restaurant, home decor, movie theater, apparel, spa/beauty cards and more!

If you’re already a Chase cardmember with Ultimate Rewards, sign into your account on the Ultimate Rewards portal to learn more about current special gift card offers. If you are not a Chase cardholder, check out the benefits provided through Chase Freedom Unlimited.

 What would you use Chase Ultimate Rewards for this summer?

Photos by Tom McGovern

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  1. Jenn Wang wrote:

    What a fun post and thanks for the tips! I have the Chase Sapphire card and I LOVE IT! I have yet to actually redeem my points though and you just reminded me that I need to get on it!


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  2. Jennifer Kinal wrote:

    What amazing photos! It looks like all your travelling was amazing with some great experiences. I love when a rewards card allows you to get points that can be used for more travel.
    Xo Jen –

    Posted 8.8.17 Reply
  3. Rachel Ritlop wrote:

    It’s always fantastic to receive something in return for spending money haha.. love it !

    Posted 8.8.17 Reply
  4. Lee Anne Benjamin wrote:

    You know how to travel, girl! Love all your pics.

    Lee Anne

    Posted 8.8.17 Reply
  5. Jenny wrote:

    I’ve heard good things about this card! I currently have an Amex and the Capital One Venture card for travel but I may have to check this one out as well.

    Posted 8.8.17 Reply
  6. Shannon Graham wrote:

    I have recently looked into a travel credit card. I SO I was made of money so it didn’t matter and I could just travel haha!

    Posted 8.9.17 Reply
  7. Victoria Chido wrote:

    I used my UR in Alaska toward our rental car and lodging! Have fun in Chicago!

    Posted 8.9.17 Reply