Check your inboxes folks because there is currently an awesome deal going around where you can get 10x the Ultimate Rewards points (assuming you’ve got a Chase Sapphire or Chase Ink Card as well) or 10% cash back on hotel and car reservations made through the Ultimate Rewards portal in the month of July. I don’t believe it is targeted, but I’m not sure to be honest. Look for this in your inbox:
This is especially ideal if you are planning an European vacation when there are no chain hotels available in the destination you are planning on visiting. I find this especially useful for rental car bookings where I’m honestly often just looking for the cheapest price most of the time.
Remember though that these bookings often do not give you elite status nights, points, or benefits if you were to book with the chain hotels because they are considered to be third party bookings. In the event you want those perks you are always better off booking through one of the following programs: Citi Prestige (4th night free), AMEX FHR, or Virtuoso. This is however awesome for rental cars and 1-2 night stays at non-chain hotels.
The only other issue I see with this is that the Chase Freedom card doesn’t come with primary rental car insurance, but this shouldn’t be a problem if you have your own insurance in the U.S.