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Is the $550 Sapphire Reserve worth keeping? Here’s how to decide.

As we’ve previously reported, Chase is adding new features to their Sapphire Reserve card and raising the annual fee.  The annual fee will increase from $450 to $550 on the following schedule: January 12th 2020: $550 for new cardholders April 2020: $550 for existing cardholders (this change won’t affect you until your next annual fee is due). Given these changes, Is the card worth keeping when your next annual fee comes due? Nick is already…

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[Update: Confirmed] Chase to increase Sapphire Reserve annual fee to $550

Update: Chase has confirmed these changes as reported by The Points Guy. See the “new benefits” section below for full details. Doctor of Credit is reporting that the Chase Sapphire Reserve card’s annual fee will increase from $450 to $550 on the following schedule: January 12th 2020: $550 for new cardholders April 2020: $550 for existing cardholders (presumably this change won’t affect you until your next annual fee is due). We haven’t heard anything official…

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Complete Guide

The $550 Chase Sapphire Reserve card is my pick for the best all around travel rewards card. It has decent perks, best-in-class travel protections, and excellent rewards for spend: 3X points for both travel and dining.  This card earns valuable Chase Ultimate Rewards points. With the Sapphire Reserve card, points are worth 1.5 cents each when redeemed for travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. Application Tips Should you apply? If you spend a lot…

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Awesome credit card combos

A number of banks have their own points programs, and in some cases it’s possible maximize value by combining the benefits of multiple cards.  For example, you can use one card to earn more points and another card to get the most value from those points.  In this post I’ll take a look at card combos from Amex, Chase, Citi, and Wells Fargo. In each of the below cases, I believe that credit cards are…

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Amex Green takes on Chase Sapphire Reserve with narrow miss

  The American Express® Green Card has been completely revamped.  Previously it was a nearly useless $95 per year card.  Now, at a $150 per year, it is a serious Chase Sapphire Reserve competitor with 3X rewards for travel and dining.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, the Green card falls short in a head to head comparison. Let’s compare the Green from Amex to the Chase Sapphire Reserve side by side: Green from Amex Chase Sapphire…

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Sapphire Reserve Travel Insurance

In my post “Keep or cancel Sapphire Reserve?” I estimated how much I value each of the card’s benefits in order to decide whether or not to keep the card beyond the first year.  As several readers pointed out, I didn’t originally include the value of the Sapphire Reserve card’s substantial travel insurance benefits.  That was an oversight. In order to estimate how much to value these benefits, I first reviewed them.  I have to…

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[Expired] Biz Class Houston to Milan from $1673.93 round trip (maybe less?)

An email just hit my inbox from Thrifty Traveler Premium about a fare sale first reported by Mighty Travels at FlyerTalk: British Airways and American Airlines are offering some terrific business class fares during peak summer travel dates between Houston and Milan, with prices from $1813 round trip. When I saw that sale my first thought was that it can get even better: AARP members (anyone can join cheaply) can save even more, bringing the total down to $1673.93. If…

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On my mind (Goodbye Sapphire Reserve?)

I’m struggling with the question of whether or not to say goodbye to my Sapphire Reserve card.  Now that my Citi Prestige card offers 5X for dining, airfare, and travel agencies, the Sapphire Reserve has lost its coveted spot in my wallet (see: Prestige rocks my wallet for 2019).  I’ve temporarily moved the card to my travel wallet, but I’m not at all sure it should stay there.  The logical thing to do is to…

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Should I ditch my Sapphire Reserve?

Last week, news broke about Citi’s upcoming changes to their ultra-premium Prestige credit card: starting next year they’ll add 5X rewards for dining & airfare and limit 4th Night Free to 2 uses per year.  In response, and even though I’m excited about these changes, I listed the reasons why I don’t think that the Citi Prestige has toppled the Sapphire Reserve.  That post was written with an “average” traveler in mind.  I believe that…

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