Home Credit Cards Here’s Why the Amex Platinum Card is Worth the $550 FeeHere’s Why the Amex Platinum Card is Worth the $550 Fee June 11, 2019 by Out and Out If you can’t tell, I’ve been thinking about ultra-premium cards a lot lately. Which ones to keep and pick up… and my overall card strategy. All roads lead back to the Amex Platinum Card – the original, and a current stronghold. Several years ago, it was my first card that had a big annual fee. Lots has changed in the industry since, but it’s held up remarkably well. It’s still the card to have if you’re seeking lounge access (though admittedly denigrated a bit in the past few years). Among ultra-premium cards, it holds its own – especially if you can get maximum value from the long list of benefits. There are three main ways to approach recouping the cost of the $550 annual fee: through lounge access, with statement credits, or from ancillary … [Read more...] about Here’s Why the Amex Platinum Card is Worth the $550 Fee
Month-long promotion ends April 3 Chris McGinnis Updated 7:19 am PST, Friday, March 1, 2019 Delta's nearly doubled the mileage bonus in it's three SkyMiles credit cards- but only for a limited time Delta's nearly doubled the mileage bonus in it's three SkyMiles credit cards- but only for a limited time Photo: Jim Glab Photo: Jim Glab Image 1 of / 28 Caption Close Image 1 of 28 Delta's nearly doubled the mileage bonus in it's three SkyMiles credit cards- but only for a limited time Delta's nearly doubled the mileage bonus in it's three SkyMiles credit cards- but only for a limited time Photo: Jim Glab Act fast: Delta nearly doubles SkyMiles credit card bonuses 1 / 28 Back to Gallery … [Read more...] about Act fast: Delta nearly doubles SkyMiles credit card bonuses
I did a post recently on how to get into airport lounges when you fly as they can make your layovers a whole lot more pleasant or productive. I noted in there that my choice is the American Express Platinum card. It’s a hefty $450, but gets you into the lounges of three major airlines, with your guests/family. It just got better though: now you can add USAirways to that list as well. True, this airline is perpetually at the bottom of the rankings when it comes to customer satisfaction, but if you do get stuck flying with them, at least your time between planes will be better if you’re passing through Charlotte or another hub where they have a lounge. This post from Dan’s List runs down all the benefits of the card—and there are a lot—plus if you’re a new customer you can get 25,000 miles upon approval that you can deposit into a bunch of different airline and hotel programs. Sweet deal! Update 2014: This card has gotten a lot less valuable the past … [Read more...] about The Amex Platinum Card Just Got More Valuable
With the first installment in our “How we travel now” series, on flying, we included tips on making Delta’s dominance at MSP work for you. Among the pointers: Book the cheapest flight no matter the airline — but get a Delta-branded American Express card for the perk of checking free bags and the free flight that miles could eventually earn. A reader wrote hoping I could help him and his wife settle a disagreement. She is convinced getting cash back from their Visa card is better than using their Delta-branded American Express. He prefers the Amex. He also wondered if they should upgrade from the Gold card to the Platinum card. I’ll attack the easiest question first. The Gold card, at $95 annually (after the first year, which is free), should do the trick and will pay for itself if you travel frequently enough and check bags. Delta charges $30 one-way for a checked bag on flights within the U.S. That’s pretty simple math. The Platinum card ($195 … [Read more...] about Which is better for fliers at MSP: a cash-back or Delta-branded credit card?
Robin Saks Frankel, NerdWallet Published 11:48 am CST, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. Ever come back from a family vacation feeling like you need a vacation? All the planning, packing, kid-corralling and sightseeing can make adventure time an exhausting time. Here’s a tip: Try thinking of your credit card as an efficient little suitcase. If you have the right one, you can unpack a bundle of time- and money-saving benefits that can make your family trip easier. This is how credit cards can help make your family travel more about fun and less about labor. » MORE: How to choose a travel credit card 1. Get treated like a VIP at the airport Many travel credit cards come with an annual fee — but if you’re traveling with a family, it might still save you money. The Chase Sapphire Reserve® offers complimentary Priority Pass Select membership, which lets you and a limited number of … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons Credit Cards Rule for Family Vacations