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If you have a Chase Freedom or Freedom Unlimited, both of which are great no annual fee companions to the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve, there’s a special deal for hotels and car rentals booked on ChaseUltimateRewards.com.
You get a total of 10% cash back when you book using your Freedom or Freedom Unlimited between March 1 and March 31st.
That works out to 9% extra cash back when you book with a Freedom (1% base plus a 9% bonus) and 8.5% extra when you use a Freedom Unlimited (1.5% base plus a 8.5% bonus).
The cash back is sent in the form of Ultimate Rewards points, which you can combine with points from your Sapphire account and leverage with airline and hotel transfer partners for even more value, so this is like earning 10x Ultimate Rewards points on those purchases.
And while you have to book by March 31st, your travel dates can be as far out as you can book, so you can plan travel for this summer or even next year.
The catch here (good and bad) is the Chase website’s prices don’t always match what you see elsewhere.
Sometimes, the prices can be a lot cheaper than you find on the hotel’s own site. That’s because the Chase site sometimes has access to special room inventory thanks to some bulk purchase agreements with travel vendors.
If you’re thinking of going to Disney World, here are the prices you’ll see on the Chase website for the Hilton Lake Buena Vista and the Disney All-Star Sports Resort for the weekend of June 3rd.
At the Disney All-Star Sports Resort rooms are $143 on the Chase site, but $159 on Disney’s own site, saving you almost 20%.
On the same dates on the Hilton site, the lowest price is $179 compared to $152 on the Chase site.
So you save $28 a night booking with Chase, plus over $15 in cash back with the promotion, which saves you almost 25%.
And if you dig even deeper, there are actually two separate listings for the Hilton Lake Buena Vista with the same address, and one of the listings is available for just $132 a night.
The rate is legitimate and refundable, with just $13 in taxes on top, plus a $24 resort fee you pay at check-in, for a total of $169.
Compare that to the best Hilton rate, which comes to $229 all-in per night when you add the taxes and resort fee.
Stack the deal on the Chase site with the 10% cash back, and you’ll save over 30% off the lowest price on the Hilton website.
So if you see a hotel you like on the Chase site, make sure you do search of the results to see if the hotel is listed twice with a better rate.
Not everything on the Chase site is a better deal, and you’ll often run into hotels that are significantly more expensive than booking direct with the hotel, so it really pays to compare prices on the Chase site to the hotel’s own site and a good search engine like Trivago to make sure you find the best rate.
But if you do your homework, and run into a deal like the Hilton or Disney hotels here, you could save hundreds of dollars on your next vacation thanks to the hidden deals on the Chase site and the 10% cash back in March.
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