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Holiday Gift Ideas: Credit Card Benefits to Share

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Christmas is almost here, but your Christmas shopping may not be done. Do you still have some loved ones on your holiday shopping list? Not sure what to get them? 

Here are 8 gift ideas any traveler would love to receive – and with the right card, they won’t cost you anything extra!

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    Lounge Access

    Add the gift recipient as an authorized user on your Capital One Venture X card. 

    Venture X cardholders can add 4 authorized users for free, and each authorized user gets lounge access. Venture X cardholders and authorized users have access to Priority Pass lounges (+unlimited guests), Plaza Premium lounges (+2 guests), and Capital One lounges (+2 guests).

    To access Priority Pass lounges, the user will need a Priority Pass membership. If you are gifting this membership, you don’t even have to give them the credit card to access it (though you should let them know you’ve added them as an authorized user since it will show up on their credit report). The card will be sent to the primary cardholder, and then you can sign them up for Priority Pass

    This will get the authorized user and any guests into Priority Passes lounges for free. They’ll be thanking you every trip they go on!

    Priority Pass authorized user

    Other notable cards, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Amex Platinum card, also include Priority Pass benefits for primary cardholders and authorized users. However, many of these cards charge annual fees to add authorized users. The Chase Sapphire Reserve charges $75 per authorized user and the Amex Platinum card charges $175 for up to three additional cardholders. 

    Capital One Venture X
    Capital One® Venture X : Earn 75,000 bonus miles
    • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
    • $395 annual fee
    • $300 annual travel credit when booking through Capital One’s portal
    • 10,000 points every year on account anniversary (worth at least $100)
    • Statement credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck
    • Easy airport lounge access for your whole family
    • Miles can be redeemed to erase any travel purchase. 75,000 miles = $750
    • Can be transferred to a variety of partners like Jet Blue, Wyndham, Avianca, Turkish Airways and more.
    • Get our downloadable checklist here so you can max your benefits

    TSA PreCheck/Global Entry

    Give the traveler in your life the gift that allows them to zip through security lines. 

    A lot of travel cards offer a statement credit every four years that covers the cost of TSA PreCheck or Global Entry. You can find out more about our favorite cards that offer this benefit here

    If you don’t need this benefit for yourself, or have multiple cards that offer TSA PreCheck/Global Entry, you can pay for a friend or family member to get TSA PreCheck or Global Entry. As long as you pay with a card with this benefit, it doesn’t matter who uses it. 

    Note that for TSA Precheck, you may need to show the card at your interview so this is easier to gift as Global Entry.

    3 Months of Skillshare + Discounted Annual Membership

    Skillshare is an online learning community where you can watch online classes and create projects – from art to web development to management classes, Skillshare has something for everyone. 

    If you have a Visa card, you may qualify for 3 months of Skillshare free and a discounted annual membership. You can check your card’s eligibility here

    This Christmas, sign up a loved one so that they can try their hand at exploring their creativity and learning new skills!

    Hyatt Free Night Certificates 

    Know someone that could use a night away? Have a Hyatt free night certificate that you don’t know how you’ll use? Give Hyatt a call and tell them you’d like to gift your free night certificate. 

    The easiest way to earn a Hyatt Free Night Certificate is with the personal World of Hyatt card that includes an annual Free Night Certificate for a category 1-4 Hyatt.

    World of Hyatt – Learn how to apply
    • $95 annual fee
    • 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening
    • Provides 1 free night certificate every year on account anniversary (up to a category 4 hotel)
    • If you spend $15,000 per year on the card you will earn an additional free night certificate

    Hyatt also allows you to transfer World of Hyatt points to another member at no cost. So even if you don’t have a free night certificate, you can give someone the gift of a night away. 

    In order to transfer (or combine) points, members must fill out this form and it can take a couple weeks for points to transfer. Members can only transfer or receive points once every 30 days. 

    Our favorite way to earn Hyatt points is through a card that earns Chase Ultimate Rewards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Business cards.

    Chase Sapphire Preferred – Learn how to apply
    • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
    • $95 annual fee
    • Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to a variety of partners like Southwest, Hyatt, United, and more!
    • You can also redeem points through the Chase Travel Portal. 60,000 points = $750 of travel
    • Great option for booking all-inclusive resorts or hotels in Hawaii.
    Chase Ink Business Cash® – Learn how to apply – BEST EVER 90k
    • $0 annual fee
    • Earn $900 (90,000 points) after you spend $6,000 in 3 months
    • If you have a Sapphire card, you can transfer the Ink points to the Sapphire card to get all the airline and hotel transfer benefits!
    • Earn 5% cash back on the first $25,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply stores and on internet, cable and phone services eacInh account anniversary year.
    Chase Ink Business Unlimited® – Learn how to apply – BEST EVER 90k
    • $0 annual fee
    • Earn $900 after (90,000 points) after you spend $6,000 in 3 months
    • If you have a Sapphire card, you can transfer the Ink points to the Sapphire card to get all the airline and hotel transfer benefits!
    • Earn unlimited 1.5% Cash Back rewards on every purchase

    Marriott Bonvoy Points

    Marriott allows members to transfer up to 100,000 points per calendar year to another membership account. You’ll need to call Marriott Rewards Guest Services and have both the sending and receiving membership accounts information available. 

    Marriott points transfer
    Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card
    Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless®
    • $95 annual fee
    • Earn 3 free nights (each valued up to 50,000 point) after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from your account opening
    • 1 Free Night Award annually after your Card account anniversary (up to 35k)
    • Earns 6 points per $1 at Bonvoy (Starwood / Marriott) properties and 2 points per $1 on everything else.
    • After holding this card for 1 year, you can upgrade to the Ritz Carlton card, which is one option for families to get airport lounge access.

    Shipt – Free Same Day Delivery

    With Shipt, members can get free same day delivery of groceries and home essentials on orders over $35. Participating retailers include Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS, and Target. Check what stores offer same day delivery in your area here

    Shipt free delivery

    While all Visa cards are eligible for at least a free month of Shipt, if you have a Visa Infinite card (like the Venture X or Sapphire Reserve), you can get 3 years of same-day Shipt delivery for free! 

    Use your benefit to sign up someone else up here, but make sure the name and address matches their store accounts.

    Capital One Venture X
    Capital One® Venture X : Earn 75,000 bonus miles
    • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
    • $395 annual fee
    • $300 annual travel credit when booking through Capital One’s portal
    • 10,000 points every year on account anniversary (worth at least $100)
    • Statement credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck
    • Easy airport lounge access for your whole family
    • Miles can be redeemed to erase any travel purchase. 75,000 miles = $750
    • Can be transferred to a variety of partners like Jet Blue, Wyndham, Avianca, Turkish Airways and more.
    • Get our downloadable checklist here so you can max your benefits
    Chase Sapphire Reserve
    • $550 annual fee
    • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. 
    • $300 travel reimbursement. This is automatic credit for any hotel, airfare, parking, car rental, etc.
    • Fee reimbursement for Global Entry for 1 person (which is $100). This benefit is available once every 4 years.
    • Airport lounge access for primary card user and 2 guests traveling with them through Priority Pass
    • Premium Trip insurance: If your flight is delayed 6 hrs or more for any reason they will reimburse you up to $500 for hotels, food, etc. — as long as you pay for at least a portion of your fare with the card (like taxes).

    Southwest $75 Gift Card

    If you have the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card, your card benefits include a $75 Southwest Annual Travel Credit. You can use this credit to buy gift cards. Give the traveler in your life a Southwest gift card!

    Southwest Priority Card – learn more (my affiliate link)
    • Limited-time offer: earn Companion Pass® good through 2/28/24 plus 30,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
    • $149 annual fee
    • $75 annual statement credit for Southwest purchases
    • 4 upgraded boardings per year
    • 7500 points per year on your card member anniversary
    • 3x earning on Southwest flights; 2x on local transit, internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming
    • 1,500 Tier Qualifying Points for every $10,000 spent
    • Check your Companion Pass strategy before applying

    Flights

    All US airlines (and most international ones) let you use your points to book a ticket for someone else. Book a ticket for them to take a getaway or come for a visit!

    Editorial Disclosure – Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.

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