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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

default Apple Pay card

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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Four minute video: How to use Android Pay

This morning, Greg confirmed all of the details on the launch new US Bank Altitude card and before that, we published a US Bank Altitude Reserve Complete Guide. In my opinion, the killer benefit on this card is going to be 3X on mobile payments made through Android Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay. In the comments to Greg’s post this morning, reader Larry brought up a great idea: Larry isn’t the only person in this boat — I’m…

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I’m calling it: US Bank Altitude will be DOA.

I’m calling it: The US Bank Altitude card is Dead On Arrival. This morning, Greg wrote about US Bank’s Sapphire Reserve Killer. Long story short: US Bank is making a foray into the premium card market. This card would presumably do what the Citi Prestige and the American Express Personal and Business Platinum cards haven’t done: kill the buzz on the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Unfortunately, I think the only thing the US Bank Altitude Reserve…

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