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Is US Bank about to shake things up with a new transferable currency?

The US Bank Altitude Reserve is the king of “everywhere else” cards, provided your “everywhere else” is in-person purchases that can be made via a digital wallet like Apple Pay, Google Pay, or Samsung Pay. That’s because the the card earns 3x on mobile payments and those points can be redeemed for 1.5c each in value under the right circumstances. But the Altitude Reserve has been a lone wolf of sorts in the US Bank…

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What’s in Greg’s wallet?

Yesterday, in response to reader inquiries, Nick revealed the credit and debit cards he carries in his wallet.  Now it’s my turn.  But please note that these are not recommendations for what you should do.  Everyone’s circumstances differ.  What’s best for me likely is not best for you.  Further, I’m not arguing that what I have is necessarily best for me either (although I think it’s pretty good).  It’s just a list of cards that…

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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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The two better methods to book the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

This morning, I published a post looking for some reader feedback on the best of a few options to book an award stay (See: Hunting for the best redemption: Hyatt, UR, or Citi Prestige?). I got some great feedback from readers — and specifically, there were two awesome suggestions that I thought were worth pointing out as even better options than the ones I considered. Quick Review In a nutshell, I am debating a possible stay at the…

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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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Altittude Reserve not awarding 3x with Google Pay?

We’ve had a couple of comments from readers that Google Pay is not coding at 3x on the US Bank Altitude Reserve. As you’ll remember, the Altitude Reserve lists mobile wallets like Apple Pay and Android Pay as a 3x bonus category. We reported a few months ago that Google was combining Android Pay and Google Wallet to create Google Pay. They have since sunsetted the Android Pay platform, but it seems like US Bank has not caught up. 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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