The Driftr Podcast – Episode 8

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On Episode 8 we discuss the Question of the Day: What is the 1 thing you can’t travel without, an in-depth review of Chase Ultimate Rewards Program during our Cards and Points segment, take a trip to the beautiful location of London, England, and discuss our thoughts on economy vs basic economy.

Question of The Day

When is the best day to book flights?

  • Anywhere between Tuesday to Thursday
  • Sometimes weekends
  • Most times inner week

Cards & Points

Chase Ultimate Rewards Programs


Transfer Partners

Partner Rewards Program Average Point Value Ultimate Rewards Transfer Ratio Partner Industry
British Airways Executive Club 1.5 1:1 Airline
Flying Blue AIR FRANCE KLM 1.3 1:1 Airline
Korean Air SKYPASS 1.0 1:1 Airline
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 1.5 1:1 Airline
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® 1.2 1:1 Airline
United MileagePlus® 1.2 1:1 Airline
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 1.5 1:1 Airline
Hyatt Gold Passport® 0.98 1:1 Hotel
IHG® Rewards Club 0.64 1:1 Hotel
Marriott Rewards® 0.85 1:1 Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® 0.68 1:1 Hotel


Online Portal

  • Use the online portal for bookings
  • Can save using your Chase Sapphire Reserve (50% more points) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (20% more points)
  • Lower prices sometimes through the portal
  • Can book all kinds of stuff like cars, hotels, and flights

You Can Fly With Us

London, England

Open Discussion

Basic Economy vs Economy

  • Can be found on American, Delta, and United Airlines
  • Can save $15-$30 per flight
  • You can’t pick a seat ahead of time
  • You also will be the last to board
  • On American and United, you cannot have carry on
  • On Delta, you can have a carry on
  • There should be warning signs on the websites for American, Delta, and United
  • Make sure to be careful on third party websites, they do not give warning signs


Learn more about Basic Economy vs Economy here


Travel has been at the center of Brian's life, start as a young child. Summer trips were a hallmark of exploration; Brian's desire to see the world began to develop. Brian has traveled to over 20 countries within the last 2 years, working towards the 30 countries by 30 years old.

Through all of his travels, the power of cards and points has fueled his ability to travel freely. Brian now conducts seminars, workshops, and can be found speaking to the public in order to help share techniques and tips on how others can take advantage of these resources.

Outside of Brian's travel interest, Brian is the Executive Director of the BLF Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit offering annual scholarships and a year long mentorship for college students, developing emotional intelligence, and soft skills. Brian is also the CEO/Co-Founder of Elevation Firm, a Creative Agency that helps develop brands, and improve advertising and marketing strategies for countless businesses.

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