My new Chase Reserve card came!

The Sapphire Reserve is the big sister to the Sapphire Preferred (which I already have). I think it might be the most hyped/blogged-about card of all time. Like it's so hyped that they've run out of metal cards and are issuing temporary plastic ones.

 I don't need to go over the details, but a couple of things made me decide it was worth the $450 annual fee:

  • The $300 annual travel reimbursement is actually easy to use – none of this ridiculous "pick one airline on January first where you could earn this credit, and no changes until next year" stuff that Amex does. So it's effectively $150 a year vs. $95 for my Sapphire Preferred
  • 3 points per dollar on dining and travel. Since those are two of my biggest categories of spending, it's a no-brainer. 
  • Chase's Ultimate Rewards points have had a short-but-useful list of transfer partners but they recently added Flying Blue too – so now KLM and AirFrance are onboard.
  • If I'm stuck on a long layover on an Economy/Domestic ticket, the included Priority Pass airline lounge membership might come in handy. 
  • The 100,000 point signup bonus ain't too shabby, either :) 


  1. Be sure you activate the Priority Pass membership on Chase's website. You'll get the PP card in the mail a couple weeks later.

  2. Good point... Even though I don't think I'll use it, I should activate it now in case I end up stuck somewhere and really want it.

  3. Yeah, the PP lounges in the US seem to be relatively few and far between. They're supposed to be plentiful and very nice overseas, though.


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