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Buying gift cards with the Altitude Reserve

The new US Bank Altitude Reserve Card has the distinction of being the first card ever to offer a standard category bonus for mobile wallet payments.  Specifically, the card offers 3 points per dollar for mobile wallet payments (Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and Microsoft Wallet) and travel purchases.  Many readers undoubtedly wonder if they can use mobile wallet payments to as a way of earning points cheaply.  I’ve previously warned people away from…

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How to setup the Altitude Reserve as your default Apple Pay card

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Here’s a quick tutorial for setting up the Altitude Reserve Card with Apple Pay.  Since the card offers 3 points per dollar for mobile wallet payments, you’ll want it to be your default card… 1. Add Altitude Reserve to your iPhone Wallet If your iPhone supports Apple Pay, then the Wallet app will be on your phone already.  Find Wallet and open it (saying “Hey Siri, open Wallet” should do the trick).  Then click the…

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There is a reason to get and keep the Altitude Reserve card

Last week, I argued that the main reason to get the US Bank Altitude Reserve card is for the signup bonus.  I argued that the card didn’t make sense for most people to keep beyond the first year.  It certainly isn’t the one perfect card, and you’ll most likely get quickly shut down if you try to use it manufacture spend. That said, I do think there are reasons for some to get and to…

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Altitude Reserve application now live

The US Bank Altitude Reserve card is now available for applications.  The current offer is for 50,000 points (worth $750 in travel) after $4,500 spend in 90 days.  The card’s $400 annual fee is not waived the first year, but you do get up to $325 in automatic travel reimbursements. Other valuable perks of this card include: 3X points for travel and mobile wallet payments Points worth 1.5 cents each when used to purchase travel…

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Will I sign up for the Altitude Reserve? More importantly, should you?

US Bank’s new Altitude Reserve card is set to launch May 1st.  Here are the basic details of the card: Standard Signup Bonus: 50,000 points after $4,500 spend in 90 days $400 Annual Fee $325 in annual travel credits automatically applied to account for travel purchases charged to card. In this context, “annual” means the cardmember’s membership year. Points worth 1.5 cents each when used to purchase travel (flights, hotels, car rentals) Earn 3X points…

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Altitude Reserve to offer 3X for Samsung Pay LoopPay purchases

On the heels of my publication of the US Bank Altitude Reserve Complete Guide., Doctor of Credit asked an important question: Will the card offer 3X for Samsung Pay MST purchases? @FrequentMiler Also what about MST (looppay) purchases? Do you have full access to the guide to benefits or similar? — Doctor Of Credit (@Drofcredit) April 20, 2017 For review, the US Bank Altitude Reserve card (to be released in May) will offer 3X points…

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Inside Randy Petersen’s huge Altitude Reserve interview

On Wednesday, Randy Petersen (founder of Boarding Area, Inside Flyer, Flyertalk, and more) had an opportunity to interview John Steward, president of Retail Payment Solutions at US Bank, about the new US Bank Altitude Reserve card. The interview was published at Inside Flyer, here: [60 Seconds] US Bank Altitude Reserve Card. In preparation for the interview, Randy asked me if I had any questions about the new card. You bet I did! I sent Randy…

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Surprising details about the US Bank Altitude Reserve

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It is now official.  The US Bank Altitude Reserve card is real, it’s cool, and it’s coming soon (May 1).  You can learn all about the card via our new resource page: US Bank Altitude Reserve Complete Guide. As I pored over official source materials (more about that in a future post), a number of surprising things jumped out at me about this card — both good and bad.  Here’s what I found… Travel means…

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US Bank’s Sapphire Reserve Killer

US Bank will apparently launch a legitimate Sapphire Reserve competitor May 1st.  We expected this from Amex or maybe Citibank, but US Bank?  Really?  Rumors of US Bank’s new card, the US Bank Altitude Reserve, began last week on Flyertalk.  And now Walla.by says that a “source close to the matter has reached out to us to confirm details and timelines.”  Walla.by even posted this grainy card image: Walla.by further posted that the card would…

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