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As much as us die hards love airline and hotel transfer partners (and they are, indeed, generally the most lucrative way to redeem transferable points like Bilt’s), many really prefer easy redemption via a portal.

Today, Bilt – the company that lets you pay rent by credit card to any landlord for free and also earn transferable points in the process – is launching that exact functionality, powered by Expedia, which will provide Bilt members the ability to book travel with points valued at 1.25 cents per points (exactly the same as redeeming points on a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Chase Ink Business Preferred® via the Chase travel portal.

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Bilt’s Official Press Release follows with all the details:

We are excited to announce the Bilt Rewards Travel Portal powered by Expedia will launch on June 30th. Bilt Rewards members can earn and redeem Bilt Points when booking 500+ airlines, 700K+ properties, 120+ car rental companies, and $220K+ popular activities for your next adventure.

Redeem

All Bilt Points redeemed through the portal will be worth 1.25 cents towards the travel cost. That means 10,000 Bilt Points = $125 when redeemed through the portal. You can use a mix of points and cash to cover the cost of a trip and there is no minimum number of points you must redeem.

Earn

Bilt Members earn points on any purchases made through the Bilt Travel Portal. This includes purchases paid fully with any credit/debit card as well as purchases paid with points and a card. On points+cash bookings, you will earn points on the portion paid with a card.

Bilt Mastercard Cardholders will earn 2X points on all Bilt Travel Portal purchases when paying with their Bilt Mastercard. Cardholders already earn 2X points per dollar spent on direct travel bookings and now have the ability to expand where they earn bonus points on travel by booking through the portal.  Bilt Mastercard Cardholders will also be able to use included travel protections like Trip Delay and Trip Cancellation protection on any trips paid for with the Bilt Mastercard.

Bilt Rewards members have two ways to access the Bilt Travel Portal. On desktop, members can visit travel.biltrewards.com and log in with their Bilt Rewards credentials. They can also access the portal in the Bilt Rewards app. Head to the “Travel” tab where you will see the option to search for flights, stays, cars, or Things to do using the Bilt Portal.

Theme park tickets (for you Disney lovers!) are available in the portal as well.

What’s also cool is that you can toggle between real-time award availability for United, American and Aeroplan in addition to Bilt Travel Portal results – all in the Bilt App. So it’s easy to see which is the better redemption. I like that they make it easy.

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A list of Bilt transfer partners can be found on our master transfer partner matrix here.

You can sign up for Bilt here.

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New to all of this? My “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available on Amazon and at major booksellers.

I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at the South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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