I know, I know, #FirstWorldProblems. There is no way to write this that does not come across whiney compared to other issues but there you are. As some say, I will have some “whine with my cheese“!
So why do I hate this time of year? I have, as you can see, both Delta AMEX Reserve cards in my wallet. I have spent $60,000 on each so I do not need to spend another penny on either one and what would be the point since I can not earn MORE MQMs (well I do use them to buy Delta tickets now and then for 2x points). Once 01JAN2014 rolls around they will move from back slot to front slot.
Also in the back slot on the primary side is my US BANK FlexPerks card. There are times when I am say at my local food mart or pharmacy that this card is very useful and so I buy some things with it now and then.
Next level. Chase INK PLUS is always in my wallet. I tend to buy “things” at my local office supply store now and then plus I use it always to pay my cell bill and cable bill and anything else that pays out nicely in Ultimate rewards points. I have spent ½ million total for the past two years for Grand Cayman trips and am already back up to 50,000 total again. Now I can not wait to find out from others if the fact that the INK PLUS is now a VISA card (the old was a Mastercard) makes this a new product so I can get a new card bonus again! On the other primary side, is my SPG AMEX card. Gotta have that as much as I am staying at SPG hotels this year both for extra points when I stay and just to rack up some more points to burn.
Then the front pockets. My Chase Sapphire Preferred does get a workout. Restaurants – you bet. Car rental in the USA, ALWAYS a VISA CARD and the Sapphire works for that very well. I also dump all our points from all our Ultimate rewards card to that account. I use it in Sweden since no international transaction fees. It just always lives in my wallet.
Then over to primary #1 card for the rest of this year. Barclays Arrival. I use this card; I shop all kinds of places with it. It has a home for now but by year end it will be moving to the back slot as I will be all about AMEX for a while to meet my MQD spending exemption. But by then I should have built up to a nice point total to spend to get me from point A to point B!
I do hope your stress and concerns are as trivial as mine. There are an amazing amount of points out there and so many strategies to help you reach whatever travel goals you have. What does your wallet look like this time of year? – René
PS – don’t forget about SWAG Saturday at 1:PM!
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