Sign Up to a Loyalty Program

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So far in this series, we’ve taken you through your credit scores and planning a trip. If you have already signed up for a card, you have likely been signed up for one of the loyalty programs.

However, if you haven’t signed up for anything yet, this section will show you exactly where to sign up for the loyalty programs.

Getting Your Free Loyalty Accounts

Nothing prevents you from signing up to (almost) every single loyalty program in the world right now, except perhaps your availability of time!

The majority are free for the reasons mentioned in the previous section: companies want low barriers to entry and high rewards for these programs so you remain a loyal customer for years to come.

To sign up, you’ll simply need to know which programs you’ll be targeting, then find the appropriate links. Be sure when signing up to put all the information into an easily accessible file. Store all this information for quick access when you need it!

Here are some of the most popular loyalty programs people use when traveling:

Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

Hotel Loyalty Programs

Car Rental Loyalty Programs

Airline and Hotel Dining Programs*

*Important Note: You can’t sign up for more than one dining program at once, as they are all run by the same company. Just sign up for the one hosted by your desired partner, or another one that’s best for you.

Additional Resources for Learning About Loyalty Programs

If you need to learn more about your loyalty program, search for it in our hotel and airline loyalty program reviews:

Remember that loyalty programs have many partnerships with other airlines or hotels. If you feel you’ve chosen the wrong one, look for ways to utilize any partnerships before starting over in another loyalty program.

Also remember your hotel loyalty credit cards and airline loyalty credit cards each add some additional perks that make your travel experiences even better!

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
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FAQ

Which rental car loyalty program is the best?
That depends on your personal situation. In general, the car loyalty programs are not as widely received as hotel and airline loyalty programs. We do not currently have any reviews on rental car programs, but may in the future!

Can you sign up to a loyalty program without a credit card?
Certainly! Having a card is merely a bonus on top of the loyalty program that will provide additional benefits or boost your status automatically.

Therefore, we typically recommend getting credit cards in your favorite loyalty programs to enhance your travel experiences.

Are there other good travel loyalty programs?
There certainly are numerous other travel loyalty programs that we don’t cover here at Upgraded Points. They might be offered through other programs or groups that do things like sightseeing, dining, and so forth.

These are simply some of our favorites because they are widespread and and let you travel almost anywhere while easily earning rewards.

Is there a way to track all of these loyalty accounts in one place?
Certainly. Sites like Award Wallet, Traxo, Using Miles, Point Hub, and Trip It can all track your loyalty accounts in one place and provide some great services that help you utilize them for the best.

Check our Must See Resources page for more tools and sites to use for travel rewards.