I got mine 6 months ago when it was a 100,000 UR points bonus. Totally worth it!
I just upgraded to Amex Platinum and the card is metal which is almost the coolest feature of it.
No, not just booking travel through Chase. The real value is actually transferring points to a travel parter and making award reservations through their loyalty programs.
It’s too bad they stopped offering the 100,000 point signup bonus, that made this bad boy irresistible.
Nope, it’s been around for several years. Get two Southwest cards and you’re either at, above, or somewhat below their 110,000 point threshold based on what promotions are being run. Right now they’re offering 60,000 points *per card*, at least until 6/29. So sign up for 2 cards now, spend $4k in the next 3 months,…
Used my points to book a round-trip flight to Japan in three weeks, and also pay for 2/3 of the hotel stays. If you’re patient and save up frequent flyer points, with this card or another, it’s quite feasible for even people of modest means to travel abroad every few years.
I just got the Chase Sapphire Preferred, my second card (I’m 24), about 8 months ago. Is it worth springing for the Reserve?
One of the values for me for this card is the insurance coverage. I hope I’ll never use it, but Sapphire Reserve comes with $100,000 medical evacuation coverage. Recently an acquaintance of mine, who was in fine health, suffer a catastrophic accident abroad, and the cost to fly him in air ambulance was about $70,000.…
I’ve been thinking about this card, though I have the Sapphire Preferred and Amex Platinum now which are my primary travel cards. Some of the perks are very close between the Sapphire cards and the Amex...it really depends on individual spending habits, which airlines and airports, etc to determine which is the better…
I don’t fly for vacation (yet), preferring road trips.
They seem to have forgotten how customer retention works. Or maybe they figure if they make the price high enough it will become a super-exclusive status item. Like a lower-end black AMEX. for people who aren’t in the 1%.
Dining is pretty broad as well. Coffee shops are covered and I think bars may be as well.
The annual fee on the Platinum is actually higher now.
I ditched AMEX Platinum for this too. The AMEX program just got worse and worse over the years, but the annual fee stayed just as high. Too bad, because I always like their service.
I’ve found you can call and get access to main cabin rates if you just find the letter code of the booking. The UR site was only giving me AA basic economy but I called and a very helpful rep booked me for main cabin with my points at the same rate I was seeing on the AA website.
There are also some really nice random perks. For example, I got a free bottle of champagne, and free breakfast every day at the hotel I stayed at in Vegas. Even these random perks can make the realistically $150 annual fee a nonissue.
The annual fee is high, but that $300 travel credit offsets it to $150 basically immediately. I went through mine in about a month.
Yes, I’ve had plenty of success using it domestically too. I’ve had multiple guests with me with no issues as well
When I got it about a year ago they gave 100,000 points instead of 50,000. Needless to say, I love this card :D. Extremely highly recommended.
When I signed up a few months ago I got 100,000 points. PIIIIIMMMMMPPPPP.