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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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6 reasons the Citi Prestige is not a Sapphire Reserve killer

Recently I posted news about big changes coming to the Citi Prestige card as of January 2019: Citi Prestige to add 5X dining & airfare; limit 4th Night Free. In response, some readers asked if this marked the end for the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Others asked whether Chase will respond by increasing the Sapphire Reserve’s category bonuses. After all, while the Sapphire Reserve offers “only” 3X for dining and travel, the new Prestige card will…

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Did Amex’s new Gold card kill Chase’s Sapphire Reserve?

My wife and I each have Chase Sapphire Reserve cards, and our new annual fees just came due.  My previous plan was for my wife to downgrade her card to a no-fee Freedom card, and then I’d pay $75 to add her as an authorized user to my card.  Now, though, a new card has made me rethink my plans.  Now, I’m wondering: should I keep the Sapphire Reserve card at all? Last week Amex…

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[Dead] Sapphire Reserve and Preferred move to 48 month restrictions, 24 month links [no longer] still available

Sapphire Reserve vs Preferred

Update: This language has been updated and referrals now have the same 48-month language. For a while now, both the Chase Sapphire Reserve, and Chase Sapphire Preferred have included 24 month restrictions for new signups.  The restriction reads “This product is available to you if you do not have any Sapphire card and have not received a new cardmember bonus for any Sapphire card in the past 24 months”. Now, though, the public links for both products…

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