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A second look at Amex Green vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve

  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.  This post has been updated since the Sapphire Reserve card’s annual fee has increased but, in my opinion, the Green card still falls short in a head to head comparison. Let’s compare the Green…

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Amex Platinum vs Sapphire Reserve

The Chase Sapphire Reserve card and the Amex Platinum card are probably the best known ultra-premium cards on the market.  Now that Chase has increased their card’s annual fee to $550 to match the Platinum card, a number of people have told me that they’re considering dumping Chase in favor of Amex.  Is that a good move? There’s no single answer to which card is better.  They vary on a number of dimensions.  For example,…

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Chase Sapphire Reserve vs Preferred. Which is worth the price?

Sapphire Reserve vs Preferred

Until recently, the comparison between Chase’s Sapphire cards was pretty easy.  The Chase Sapphire Reserve offers 3X travel & dining vs. the Preferred card’s 2X.  The Sapphire Reserve offers 1.5 cents per point value towards travel vs. the Preferred card’s 1.25.  And the Reserve offers a slew of benefits not available to Preferred cardholders. The Sapphire Reserve previously cost $450 per year, but offered an automatic $300 travel rebate.  This made it seem like a…

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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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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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