‘Tis the season to go shopping, and I am always trying to find ways to stretch dollars during the holidays. Paying for holiday gifts with a card that pays you back has become one of my favorite ways to do just that. Every time I buy a gift or supplies for the party or even the tree itself puts a little more in the piggy bank for me to take out later. The first card out of my purse these days is my Chase Freedom card which earns points for me in the Chase Ultimate Rewards program. I can redeem these points any time for just about anything I want. I can choose travel packages to exotic locations, gifts for my loved ones (or myself), even cash back via direct deposit. Gift cards are available at the same prices I pay in stores (no mark-up), and there are no restrictions or blackout dates on flights. Whether I’m buying groceries or clothes for the new school year, I know I am building towards one less headache this holiday season. Choosing where to go, what to do or what to buy with the points I have earned is fun and exciting as I look through the informative travel guides complete with local activities, dining and lodging recommendations. I can almost imagine myself on a tropical island already. If I feel like spicing things up, I can use my rewards for exclusive, VIP access to concerts, movie premieres and sporting events. I love taking the kids to a holiday blockbuster without paying for much of anything beyond the Gummi Bears. The new site also customizes rewards offerings to my personal tastes when I indicate which rewards I find enticing. Now, I am able to see the offers which appeal to me, saving me time and effort. I find myself checking in regularly to see what new and interesting things are just a few purchases away. Chase Ultimate Rewards has a wide variety of items to suit all the members of my extended family, making it a one-stop shop for holiday shopping and savings. Seeing the look on a loved one’s face when they open that perfect gift warms my heart every time, but knowing that my own business sense made it possible fills me with a special sort of pride. The holidays are all about giving, and anything I can do to give a little more is something I want to do. I never want to be in the dark about where I am or what I have coming to me. Thankfully, the new Chase Ultimate Rewards website was designed for a busy mom like me. They have put everything I need right at my fingertips. It’s easy to keep track of the points I have earned and the purchases that earned them from my phone or tablet with the online rewards activity module. It only takes me a few taps on my phone to know when it’s time to start planning our next family vacation. Thinking about the sun in my face and the sand between my toes makes all the miles of holiday shopping worthwhile, and then some.