Tag Archives: annual fee

Don’t Downgrade Your Chase Sapphire Reserve. Not Yet, Anyway.

UPDATE: It’s now mid-December and I’ve seen enough positive data points to completely discredit this comment that concerned some readers. The premise of this post works as described. One year ago, Chase introduced the Sapphire Reserve to it’s stable of credit cards. It carries a hefty $450 annual fee, but it also offers a myriad of… Read More »

American Express Announces Changes to its Platinum Card

American Express today announced its anticipated refresh of benefits for the Platinum Card. The changes include new Uber benefits, 5x Membership Rewards for certain hotel bookings, and a new metal Card design. But the accompanying annual fee increase casts a rather large shadow over what are only marginal new benefits. The new perks will kick… Read More »

Double-Dipping the Chase Sapphire Reserve Travel Credit

NOTE: For applications after May 21, 2017, Chase has changed the date that the Reserve’s annual travel credit resets from each December to the first statement after your account anniversary. If you applied prior to May 21, 2017, the information in this post still applies. For those who applied more recently, please refer to the… Read More »

Primer on Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 Travel Credit

The annual $300 Travel Credit is easily the most lucrative benefit of the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. Questions about what it covers and when it resets have been plentiful. It’s important to understand the benefit to know if and/or when you should apply. Fully monetizing the credit each year will effectively reduce the annual fee… Read More »

Amex Announces New Platinum Card Benefits

After recent buzz about potential new benefits coming to the Platinum Card, today American Express announced the changes. Beginning October 6, consumers with a Platinum Card from American Express will receive 5X Membership Rewards points on airfare booked directly with airlines or through American Express Travel. Also, Business Platinum Card Members will now earn 50% points back (up… Read More »

More Negative Changes to Citi Prestige Coming

In an earlier post, I wrote about Citi’s plans to discontinue complimentary American Airlines Admirals Club lounge access for Prestige cardmembers. Unfortunately, that was only the beginning. More Citi Prestige changes have been announced and they’re all bad. In addition to the loss of Admirals Club access, Citi is reducing the value of ThankYou points… Read More »

Which Credit Cards Pay For Global Entry or TSA PreCheck?

Long security lines at U.S. airports have been making many headlines lately. According to various news media reports, arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport 2 hours early was not enough time for 450 American Airlines passengers to make their flights earlier this week. Long delays are expected to last through the peak summer travel months. Delays… Read More »