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11 comments

  1. Rene- Great blog. Question: Currently AX Platinum member and need a new Visa/MC as back up. Looking at Chase Sapphire Preferred and Barclays World Elite. Any thoughts? Thanks.

  2. @JB – Both are / would be good choices. Barclays Arrival+ is sweet because it has REAL chip-N-pin technology for use outside the USA. CSP is great as it has primary auto insurance coverage. Keep in mind the 5/24 rule with Chase now so you may not get approved for it.

  3. Hello! Do Amex platinum card points transfer directly into your sky miles account just as the delta branded Amex cards? I’ve been thinking of changing but don’t really want a new point account. Thanks for great blog!

  4. @Mike – Yes AMEX Membership rewards points transfer almost instantly 1:1 to SkyMiles. There is a small fee to send they over.

  5. Hi Rene’,
    I was lucky enough to get approved for a 100K MR Amex Platinum during their recent 6 hour link. Question? I usually fly Delta, and saw your article re: using the $200 airline reimbursement to purchase $50 Delta egift cards from January of this year- do you know if that’s still available? Thanks.

  6. René—wanted to take a moment to thank you for the advice on getting last minute MQMs for 2016. Per your suggestion on Dec 7th I added a Delta AMEX Reserve card, got it in 2 days and immediately made an online purchase. Happy to say that today (Dec 14th) I saw 10K MQMs added to my account. I will earn 2017 Diamond somewhere tonight over Brazil as I return home from Buenos Aires. 😉

    Still have an AMEX Platinum and wonder if the $450 annual is worth the overlap with Reserve. Only differences I can see are the $200 airline credit and Priority Pass access. Any thoughts?

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  7. @Harry – Well done! I hold both. I get value from both. I get more upgrades with the Delta Reserve card and I use the 1st class BOGO cert. Not easy but works. As for non-Delta Platinum AMEX card I get into Centurion lounges and so much more (bis one gets me 10 international Gogo passes each year worth $50 each). So, personal value call.

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