Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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 :) 


3 comments:

  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.

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  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.

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  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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