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wollepopolle
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Question about Chase Freedom 5% category "Airlines, Hotel, Gas"

I want to book a flight on July 1 with my Chase Freedom to avail myself of the 5% category. Will flights purchased online through your typical websites (such as Orbitz, Vayama, Statravel, Kayak, Cheaptickets etc.) count as "airline" or do you have to book directly through the airline?

 

Your input based on previous experience is appreciated.

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DI
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Re: Question about Chase Freedom 5% category "Airlines, Hotel, Gas"

 


wollepopolle wrote:

I want to book a flight on July 1 with my Chase Freedom to avail myself of the 5% category. Will flights purchased online through your typical websites (such as Orbitz, Vayama, Statravel, Kayak, Cheaptickets etc.) count as "airline" or do you have to book directly through the airline?

 

Your input based on previous experience is appreciated.


That's a good question!  I want to know the answer to that too. 

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RockinRay
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Re: Question about Chase Freedom 5% category "Airlines, Hotel, Gas"

I would also like to know.

 

When you find the answer, please post!

 

Thanks!

 

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wollepopolle
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Re: Question about Chase Freedom 5% category "Airlines, Hotel, Gas"

Can anyone answer this question? So many curious people but no answers so far....

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700orbust
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Re: Question about Chase Freedom 5% category "Airlines, Hotel, Gas"

Pretty sure they do. Most of those sites are associated with one or more airlines, so it's not like you're getting "wholesale" tickets, 99% of the time it's the same rate as you can pull from the Airline's site.
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Re: Question about Chase Freedom 5% category "Airlines, Hotel, Gas"

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Unfortunately, no I don't think they are included.

 

Chase Freedom FAQ

 

 

If anyone knows whether gas purchases listed as "vehicle expenses" on the statement apply towards this promotion, I would like an answer :smileyhappy:

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visorboy1974
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Re: Question about Chase Freedom 5% category "Airlines, Hotel, Gas"


wollepopolle wrote:

I want to book a flight on July 1 with my Chase Freedom to avail myself of the 5% category. Will flights purchased online through your typical websites (such as Orbitz, Vayama, Statravel, Kayak, Cheaptickets etc.) count as "airline" or do you have to book directly through the airline?

 

Your input based on previous experience is appreciated.


Whenever I've booked from those sites in the past, it would book 2 transactions...one was the ticket which billed directly from the airline and then any associated fees made up the 2nd transaction.  Those would be booked by the travel agency.  If it's still billed this way, you'd get credit for the actual ticket. 

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wollepopolle
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Re: Question about Chase Freedom 5% category "Airlines, Hotel, Gas"

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Twistoff, good link and informative read! Thanks.

 

Oftentimes, I do find the meta search sites cheaper than the airlines' websites. I'll certainly double check but I won't book a flight that is $200 more expensive just to get the $75 cashback. That makes no sense.

 

As usual, if you don't read the fine-print, Chase (and many other banks) will disappoint you.They could easily expand their "travel" category to travel agencies. Bank of America has had a special offer recently, and they've expressly included this category. I think Chase's rewards definition is easy to mistake for what it is not. For me, a small B&B should of course be honored as a travel purchase. But of course it isn't.

Nasty fine-print. I'll make sure to stay one step ahead of Chase.

 

Visorboy, you might be right but I am very nervous to book it that way, not knowing if the two charges will actually happen.I've purchased tickets from Vayama in the past, and there was no direct airline charge.

 

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700orbust
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Re: Question about Chase Freedom 5% category "Airlines, Hotel, Gas"

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The same seat on the same flight won't be $200 more b/t travel sites...it just doesn't happen anymore. I have found at most a $9-10 difference b/t certain sites. And occasionally you can find a coupon for Expedia that might knock off 10%, which is cool (more often for hotels). I got credit from Discover for flights booked through expedia before...and like the other poster said, its usually billed straight from the airline. 

 

 I'm sharing my experiences from booking mainly economy class tickets...if you're discussing first-class, perhaps there could be some deviation there...but doubtful. The internet is way too competitive with airline booking to have huge swings in pricing for the same seat.

 

About the only "trick" left is timing. 

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wollepopolle
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Re: Question about Chase Freedom 5% category "Airlines, Hotel, Gas"

Good tips. Much appreciated.

\However, I just re-checked a trip that I recently booked. On Sta Travel the ticket is still almost $200 cheaper than on Air France's website. I tried all different variables. Still, Air France is more expensive. We're talking the exact same flight here.

The next tickets I book will be with another airline. I will try and compare various sites and see if using the Chase Freedom makes sense.


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