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Question: Do any of you use credit cards strictly for points and other travel benefits?

elemmac

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#21
This is all great info. Thanks. I am deciding between the Chase Saphire and Capital One. They both have a $95 annual fee from what I can tell. @santacruz skier How did you get no annual fee for capital one or is that an introductory offer?
If you go with the Sapphire and you travel a decent amount...really just one decent sized trip a year, it’s well worth going for the Sapphire Reserve. The $400 annual fee seems completely absurd but it includes $300 back towards travel, which automatically gets taken off your bill. Plus you can get TSA PreCheck fees back, a Priority Lounge Pass for the airports for free, Executive status with National Car rental which gets you free upgrades...and you gain points faster than the Sapphire Preferred.

I feel like I’m sales pitching right now, haha. But having started with the Preferred card and then moved to the Reserved, I’m definitely not sorry.
 

QCskier

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#22
I recently became a fan of this website: https://thepointsguy.com/ where they have all kinds of useful information regarding credit cards and reward points. I'm in Canada so a lot of the information is irrelevant to me but I still enjoy the other parts of the site like the reviews and travel news sections.
 
#23
Plus you can get TSA PreCheck fees back, a Priority Lounge Pass for the airports for free, Executive status with National Car rental which gets you free upgrades...and you gain points faster than the Sapphire Preferred.
I did not know about the executive status for car rental. Thanks for the tip! I also really like my Sapphire Reserve card and have found it excellent for travel.... it was the reason why I could go to Banff this past spring for spring skiing!
 

mustski

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#24
Thanks all. We went with the Sapphire Preferred and the Capital One Venture. By the time I paid for 2 cruises (6 fares) airfare to Europe and our lodging in Europe and San Juan, PR - I had enough point for 3 airline tickets to San Juan, PC from LA and it's a reasonable flight at reasonable times! Yay. Thanks for the advice. We are not normally credit card people but it just made sense this year.
 

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