SWAG Saturday – all about business (UPDATED)

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This morning I talked about Skybonus. Think about it, between Skymiles, Skybonus and CrossoverRewards you can earn 3x points for all Delta flights. But can you get 6x? You betcha! As Delta flyers, American Express Membership rewards points transfer 1:1 that is one-to-one from their program to Skymiles and they go almost instantly. This is nice if you need a few points to top off or get that reward.

So how does one get 6x on each Delta tickets? In addition to the 3 above, if you are an individual you use the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold card that pays 3x points for purchasing airline tickets. But today is about business not personal. What cards are the best Business cards going today?


Skyclub, more upgrades, more low level tickets – oh and 10,000 MQMs with your first purchase is nice. For a business that spend $60,000 each year by 31DEC you get 30,000 Bonus MQMs and Skymiles.

Also great business cards since you can earn 5x points on many different types of purchases. Also they have 50,000 bonus points after you spend $5000 in the first 3 months from account opening.

You can have both a personal and business FlexPerks card and funnel the points to one FlexPerks account. They are offering 17, 500 Bonus FlexPoints after the first $2,500 in net purchases in the first 150 days. Great for just buying a ticket and they give you $25 incidental credit when you pay for them the day you fly on the ticket you purchased with your FlexPerks card.

This one gives you 1 point for each dollar, but year end gives you a 50% bonus so net you end up with 1.5 points per dollar and they can be used to buy air or hotel or car rentals.

So for today’s SWAG giveaway, since it is all about business, lets have a BUNCH of stuff and all good for a business traveler that is a TUMI Delta kit, a Motorola Bluetooth Keyboard and an AC & USB Car adapter:swag business

To win this week, of this list above, tell me what card you think is the BEST choice for a business traveler to have. If you want to expand on why that is fine too, but not required to win. Just tell me the BEST one for a shot at this week’s SWAG. As always, the T&C are HERE. – René

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  1. I’m just starting so right now I’m more about accumulating miles that anything else. I’d go with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express.

  2. Just a small tip I noticed: When booking airline tickets through the American Express travel site, the tickets I was looking up were $15 higher consistently than on Delta’s website. This wiped out the benefit of the 3rd point per dollar for me.

    Not sure if it is always this way, but something to pay attention to when booking tickets.

  3. Chase Ink Plus – Ultimate Rewards are great points to have, and the 5x category bonuses can really add up.

  4. My vote would be for the Am Ex Business Reward Gold as the best card for business travelers.

  5. Chase Ink is the best card. Lower fee than other and easier to get points through UR mall.

  6. Chase Ink Plus is the best for me. Easy to get points and great for using with Ultimate Rewards.

  7. Probably the Amex card or the Chase one since both MR and UR are exceptional rewards programs

  8. It’s got to be the Reserve for Business. Miles and MQM plus Delta lounge access. But wait, there’s more – you get all the free well brands and skunky beer you can manage to drink.

  9. Really depends how much you travel. If you travel alot, you don’t need to necessarily have the reserve card, if not so much, that would be a good card to own

  10. For me it has to be the Chase cards. The 5X spend at office supply stores alone makes it a great voice got me.

  11. Chase Ink/Bold – love the 5x points options and some many ways to use the points!

  12. I vote for the Amex Gold Rewards since for business you can’t always fly Delta and that one gives 3x on any airline.

  13. Gotta be the Ink Bold/Plus for no foreign transaction fees, 5x at office supply stores, and comps for unforeseen flight changes/costs

  14. AmEx Business Reserve. For me the perks while traveling make it the most desirable.

  15. I would say one of the Chase INK cards. The points are so flexible, and even though you can’t transfer to DL, you can book travel through them for 1.25 cents per point in redemption value. Oh! And booking DL travel through Travelocity gives and extra 2x UR points right now!

  16. The amex prg card.
    Also Rene, if you book through amex travel mall you’ll get 4x MR points (3 from amex prg and 1 from the mall).

  17. Hi Renee. Love your blog . But I just want to point out that technically it’s not true that you earn 3x the points each delta flight as you mentioned above with skymiles, sky bonus, and crossover. With each delta ticket, you get a crossover reward of an SPG point if you are a delta elite/spg elite. I guess 3x the points ( 3.25 potentially ) would be true if you transferred the crossover spg point back to delta.

  18. INK Plus/Ink Bold for as long as I can get bonus 5X categories. However my normal spend it what really gets me the large volumes of points.

  19. By far the best card is Reserve. The MQM spend bonus and the upgrade tie-breaker is awesome.

  20. The Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card from American Express.
    Works for this guy!


  21. AMEX Business Gold.
    Business traveler to me says the individual is not doing a lot of purchases at office supply stores, which negates the advantage of the Ink cards. Reserve has special benefits for Delta, and while that’s the focus of this blog, may not be the case for everyone. US Bank is too hard to work with.

  22. AMEX Delta Reserve Business. They have a cool feature with the online statement. You can email a digital copy of a receipt (or use the ReceiptMatch app). The system will match it with the appropriate transaction and store it online. This is a very handy business tool for expense reporting and tax purposes.

  23. Open seems to have triggers for different use, if I buy equipment two months later there is a bonus for similar purchase. Maybe they get a higher percentage from certain sellers and it is better for Amex?

  24. I’d lean toward one of the INK cards. I’ve been impressed with the online banking options at Chase, more so than at AMEX. I do like the idea of getting 2x on my VR purchases at 7-11 using my Gold Business Rewards card, though.

  25. Delta reserve to $60,001 spend then Amex Platinum after that, but continue to book Delta with the Reserve

  26. Delta Reserve. Since I am just starting weekly travel w/ over half the year gone, I won’t make the first spend limit to get the bonus miles w/ the other cards. Plus, I get free access to the Sky Clubs…which helps w/ my 2 hour layover every week in ATL

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