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Ultra-Premium Credit Card Travel Insurance

This page compares the travel insurance benefits provided automatically by various ultra-premium travel cards such as Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, Amex Platinum, and US Bank Altitude Reserve. For full details about each card’s coverage, please consult each card’s benefit’s guide: Chase Sapphire Reserve Benefit Guide (see also: Sapphire Reserve Travel Insurance) Chase Ritz-Carlton Citi Prestige Benefits Guide Amex Platinum Benefit Directory (see also: American Express Adding & Removing Benefits From Select Cards Jan 1…

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Is the CNB card worth keeping if rumors are true?

The CNB Crystal Visa Infinite card has many perks, but its most compelling perk is that it offers $250 in airline free reimbursements per year, per cardholder, including authorized users.  You can add up to 3 authorized users for free to the main account.  This means that you can earn $250 x 4 = $1,000 in airline fee reimbursements per year.  If you know how to maximize these reimbursements, that’s an incredible deal for a…

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The exact value of CNB Crystal Visa Infinite Points

The CNB Crystal Visa Infinite card may be the single best rewards card available (for details, see: The amazing CNB Crystal Visa Infinite Card. A deep dive).  But, until now, it was tough to pinpoint the value of CNB points.  It has long been the case that points were best used to book travel (flights in particular), but the per point value varied depending upon the flight details.  Fortunately, it seems that CNB has changed…

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Ritz matches best-in-class Sapphire Reserve travel protections. CNB, not so much.

Puttin’ on the Ritz Yesterday Nick published a couple of posts that had me wondering about travel protections provided by the Ritz-Carlton credit card.  He wrote about the Ritz card’s airline fee reimbursements, and he published an airfare deal that was made significantly sweeter by using the Visa Infinite Discount Air program where you get $100 off round-trip domestic airfare for two (both the Ritz card and the CNB Crystal Visa Infinite card provide the…

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Why pay more? Here’s why paying 25K points is sometimes better than 15K

Update: This post references an American Express Business Platinum feature that has changed. As of June 1, 2017, the pay-with-points rebate has changed to 35% for your chosen airline or any airline in business or first class. Additionally, there is a cap of 500,000 rebated points annually. I had a small epiphany the other day.  I realized that when paying for flights, I should use the most restrictive points currency that matches my needs rather than…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: A Repeatable Companion Airfare Discount with the CNB Crystal Visa Infinite

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By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   In my experience, one of the most overrated credit card benefits is the companion airfare discount. It seems these deals always manage to feature a slew of caveats that make the perk a lot less valuable than advertised. Sometimes there are huge fuel surcharges (British Airways) or you have to buy a full fare unrestricted ticket (Amex) or there are blackout dates (the old US Airways). Whatever the issue, there are often too…

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How much are those 100,000 Crystal Visa Infinite points worth?

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On October 1, we published a Quick Deal for a 100K credit card signup offer: New Crystal Visa Infinite Offer – 100K Points, $250 Airline Credit, Free Lounge Membership & Waived 1st Year Annual Fee.  At the time, it was possible to signup for this offer, from anywhere, by applying via email.  Soon, though, we learned from Rene’s Points, that City National Bank would now only accept applications in-person.  That means finding a CNB branch…

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