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Keeping my Altitude Reserve

Recently I decided to fork over $400 to US Bank in order to keep my Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite card for another year.  I did this despite the fact that I have and plan to keep both the $450 Sapphire Reserve Visa Infinite card, and a $400 CNB Crystal Visa Infinite card.  I keep the Sapphire Reserve card for its 3X rewards for travel & dining, and its best in class travel protections.  Plus the…

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A second look at US Bank’s Altitude Reserve

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When US Bank first unveiled their Altitude Reserve card, I argued that the main reason to get the US Bank Altitude Reserve card is for the signup bonus.  It’s certainly an interesting card with it’s 3X earning on travel and mobile wallet.  And with 1.5 cents per point value towards travel, those 3X points are worth an excellent 4.5% back.  For an ultra-premium card it’s not even that expensive.  You do have to pay $400…

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US Bank makes Real-Time Mobile Rewards awesome. Are you listening Chase? Amex? Citi?

UPDATE: Please also see: US Bank Real-Time Mobile Rewards. What works where? Wow.  I didn’t see this coming.  US Bank has just become relevant again in the travel rewards space.  Via a feature called “Real-Time Mobile Rewards,” the US Bank Altitude Reserve and the US Bank FlexPerks cards now allow you to redeem points for travel at 1.5 cents per point without requiring you to book through US Bank’s travel portal.  I never thought I’d…

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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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