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Old 01-25-2019, 05:04 PM
 
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If an owner-operator, aside from a per-mile rate, I don't think they can expense anything.

Company drivers are so locked down I think everything has to be billed through their fleet card, not sure they can submit receipts and get reimbursed through payroll unless unforeseen like their truck broke down and had to stay in a motel.
don't know how those company drivers do it, if they get a company card with rewards, if company lets them keep it or if it is straight cashback to company

if it was like traveling for job, company pays for it but you can still claim the air miles for being the one that flew
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:42 PM
 
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don't know how those company drivers do it, if they get a company card with rewards, if company lets them keep it or if it is straight cashback to company

if it was like traveling for job, company pays for it but you can still claim the air miles for being the one that flew
This is the gentlemen's agreement among most companies but a small company made local news when it reimbursed its employees less than the IRS mileage rate for driving and kept airline perks when flying for company business. They lost a lot of good salespeople that way.
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:45 PM
 
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I have my CC-points automatically converted to payments to the same CC. Not a lot every month, but it does help.
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:58 PM
 
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I have my CC-points automatically converted to payments to the same CC. Not a lot every month, but it does help.
That's a good "set-it-and-forget-it" way to use them.

I get 125% of cash value if I use mine through Chase's website for travel. I'll check both Chase and Kayak before I book, whichever is more beneficial to use.

After a few trips, I find I get better lodging deals through Chase and better flight prices through Kayak, so that's what I do.
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:35 PM
 
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That's a good "set-it-and-forget-it" way to use them.

I get 125% of cash value if I use mine through Chase's website for travel. I'll check both Chase and Kayak before I book, whichever is more beneficial to use.

After a few trips, I find I get better lodging deals through Chase and better flight prices through Kayak, so that's what I do.

This is the simple way, and often a good deal. But the 'aspirational' redemptions like first class airfare and extravagant hotels for free comes from converting Ultimate Rewards points to airline/hotel currency and redeeming that way. (I assume you are talking about the Sapphire preferred card) Admittedly, this is a good bit more work and rigmarole to find availability for what you want on dates that work, etc.
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:36 PM
 
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That's a good "set-it-and-forget-it" way to use them.

I get 125% of cash value if I use mine through Chase's website for travel. I'll check both Chase and Kayak before I book, whichever is more beneficial to use.

After a few trips, I find I get better lodging deals through Chase and better flight prices through Kayak, so that's what I do.
Redemption through the portal is usually not maximizing your value and often times you’d be better off moving them to travel partner and booking there
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:37 PM
 
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This is the simple way, and often a good deal. But the 'aspirational' redemptions like first class airfare and extravagant hotels for free comes from converting Ultimate Rewards points to airline/hotel currency and redeeming that way. (I assume you are talking about the Sapphire preferred card) Admittedly, this is a good bit more work and rigmarole to find availability for what you want on dates that work, etc.
Duly noted! I had a Sapp Preferred and just upgraded to a Sapp Reserve within the last year!
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:50 PM
 
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Duly noted! I had a Sapp Preferred and just upgraded to a Sapp Reserve within the last year!

In that case, you would be getting 150% vs 125% using the portal.
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:14 PM
 
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This is the gentlemen's agreement among most companies but a small company made local news when it reimbursed its employees less than the IRS mileage rate for driving and kept airline perks when flying for company business. They lost a lot of good salespeople that way.
seems like a good way for companies to keep good drivers to me.

let them rack up the credit card points for hotels/flights so they can see family since they are on the road so much. letting them get a nice hotel room between driving seems like a perk that would keep them around more than offering a few $s more than the next truck company

but again, 2-5% cashback on $50-100k/month on gas for a fleet of trucks might make it worth keeping the money? I don't know their profit margins
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:21 PM
 
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seems like a good way for companies to keep good drivers to me.

let them rack up the credit card points for hotels/flights so they can see family since they are on the road so much. letting them get a nice hotel room between driving seems like a perk that would keep them around more than offering a few $s more than the next truck company

but again, 2-5% cashback on $50-100k/month on gas for a fleet of trucks might make it worth keeping the money? I don't know their profit margins
That's another driver paid for right there. You bet they're keeping it.
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