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AmEx, Chase Sapphire (split from Global Entry)

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AMEX is basically screwed at the high end. Have you seen the Chase Sapphire Reserve Deal? Its so dumb - 450 annual fee includes 300 buck airline credit on any airline (instead of the dumb AMEX pick one airline thing which has no value to me as I rarely fly domestic)- including tickets? 100k points + Global Entry + Lounge + better rental car coverage + 3x points on airfare and hotels

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You're understating how amazing that CSR deal is. That $300 credit is on any travel spending, including airfare, hotels, taxis, &c., rather than just incidental airline expenses. It's almost impossible to not use up that credit if you do any travel at all.

 

I think the only AmEx perk that I sort of care about is access to the Centurion lounges.

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You know I've tried multiple times to hit a centurion lounge but they are always inconvenient for my flights.

 

On my to do list this week is to see what amex will do to retain me.

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AMEX is basically screwed at the high end. Have you seen the Chase Sapphire Reserve Deal? Its so dumb - 450 annual fee includes 300 buck airline credit on any airline (instead of the dumb AMEX pick one airline thing which has no value to me as I rarely fly domestic)- including tickets? 100k points + Global Entry + Lounge + better rental car coverage + 3x points on airfare and hotels

i just got that offer and am probably going to pull the trigger on it. right now i have a stockpile of $1000 AA giftcards that i may never use

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You know I've tried multiple times to hit a centurion lounge but they are always inconvenient for my flights.

 

On my to do list this week is to see what amex will do to retain me.

please do share your experience.

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I was just thinking about which travel credit card to get next. What I don't understand about Chase Sapphire is how they award travel points? Do I have to go through them to book?

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I was just thinking about which travel credit card to get next. What I don't understand about Chase Sapphire is how they award travel points? Do I have to go through them to book?

for the $300 they go by category of charge, i would guess they can do the same for points

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Yahoo Finance has a summary of the pros and cons for current Chase users and new customers.

 

One point is Chase has enforced the 5/24 rule (5 cards in 24 months) to automatically decline churning risks.

 

Another is that Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb count for spending credits.

 

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/is-chase-sapphire-reserve-the-best-travel-credit-card-ever-185403826.html

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You're understating how amazing that CSR deal is. That $300 credit is on any travel spending, including airfare, hotels, taxis, &c., rather than just incidental airline expenses. It's almost impossible to not use up that credit if you do any travel at all.

 

I think the only AmEx perk that I sort of care about is access to the Centurion lounges.

I have Amex platinum and for me its great as I get

1/3 points back that I book on United. I travel maybe 20 flights or so and book another 40 for my company.

So that is 60 flights at 1/3 off.

 

It's also good for lounges but, really it's for booking flights

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You can't transfer AmEx points to United though. You can with Chase points.

 

And Chase Sapphire Reserve is a 50% bonus on bookings made directly with points as well.

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I was in the DFW Centurion Lounge Sunday. We also have one in Las Vegas. They are both head and shoulders above the Sky Clubs. People behave so much more civilly in the CL vs the SC. And, most times they are much less crowded. Also the cocktails, wine and food are much better. The employees are more pleasant. The only thing missing is if you are an high level elite with an airline, you get much better help during IROPs in the airline's lounge.

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I generally prefer the Amex transfer partners. There are more options. The only Chase partner I usually transfer to is Singapore. I have the Chase Sapphire Preferred. But think I will switch to the Reserve, since with the bonus and the airline credit, it's a much better deal.

 

I want to hear what the retention offer they give you is.

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