Bits ‘n Pieces for November 1, 2013: Triple points, elite qualifying miles on awards, and more!

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card already has no foreign transaction fees. They’re introducing an EMV smart chip (‘chip and signature’) which makes it easier to use in Europe especially. Current cardholders can ask Chase to replace their current card with a chip-version before their standard replacement date.

  • Qantas is offering elite status accrual for economy awards booked by December 31 for travel through the end of next year.

  • Hyatt has published award prices for its new all-inclusive resorts in Los Cabos and Cancun. Seems reasonable, though I don’t like the idea of any award priced higher than currently category 6.

  • Speaking of Sapphire Preferred, today is the first Friday of the month which means triple points on dining. Go out to dinner somewhere nice!

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Comments

  1. Well, it seems that Hyatt is treating its all inclusives as a different beast – charging more than what they charge for a Cat 6 troubles me far less than the thought of their creating a Cat 7, as I have no doubt that they would move some PH’s into such a category.

  2. @profan – Will be useful if you meet a cashier who doesn’t speak your language and won’t take your stripe-only card, and won’t know/care that Visa says he has to.

  3. @profan, yes but some of those machines will actually work with Chip and Signature so it will be especially useful for buying train tickets without waiting for hours in a line.

  4. I just got off the phone with the CSP rep- he said that the chip & signature can be used, either by telling the cashier that it takes a signature(instead of pin) or by hitting cancel when prompted for a pin, then signing.

  5. Hi , I accept cards at my store in Australia ; currently chip and signature works here but we keep getting reminders from Visa etc that shortly chip and pin will be required. Hope this helps..Marty

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