The Driftr Podcast – Episode 8

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On Episode 8 we discuss the Question of the Day: What is the 1 thing you can’t travel without, an in-depth review of Chase Ultimate Rewards Program during our Cards and Points segment, take a trip to the beautiful location of London, England, and discuss our thoughts on economy vs basic economy.

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When is the best day to book flights?

  • Anywhere between Tuesday to Thursday
  • Sometimes weekends
  • Most times inner week
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Chase Ultimate Rewards Programs


Transfer Partners

Partner Rewards Program Average Point Value Ultimate Rewards Transfer Ratio Partner Industry
British Airways Executive Club 1.5 1:1 Airline
Flying Blue AIR FRANCE KLM 1.3 1:1 Airline
Korean Air SKYPASS 1.0 1:1 Airline
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 1.5 1:1 Airline
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® 1.2 1:1 Airline
United MileagePlus® 1.2 1:1 Airline
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 1.5 1:1 Airline
Hyatt Gold Passport® 0.98 1:1 Hotel
IHG® Rewards Club 0.64 1:1 Hotel
Marriott Rewards® 0.85 1:1 Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® 0.68 1:1 Hotel


Online Portal

  • Use the online portal for bookings
  • Can save using your Chase Sapphire Reserve (50% more points) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (20% more points)
  • Lower prices sometimes through the portal
  • Can book all kinds of stuff like cars, hotels, and flights
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London, England

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Basic Economy vs Economy

  • Can be found on American, Delta, and United Airlines
  • Can save $15-$30 per flight
  • You can’t pick a seat ahead of time
  • You also will be the last to board
  • On American and United, you cannot have carry on
  • On Delta, you can have a carry on
  • There should be warning signs on the websites for American, Delta, and United
  • Make sure to be careful on third party websites, they do not give warning signs


Learn more about Basic Economy vs Economy here


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