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Chase Sapphire Preferred vs American Express Gold review – 8 ways it trumps

by on Wed September 14, 2011 • No Comment

Chase’s Sapphire Preferred® Card is aimed straight at owners of the long loved American Express Gold Card®. People like the American Express cards for the ‘Membership Rewards’ program that lets you transfer them into the miles of several airlines at 1:1, as well as a large assortment of gift cards. What you might not know is that Chase allows 1:1 mile transfers as well via its Ultimate Rewards program, including United Airlines — and it now offers 2x points on all dining and travel purchases, with no foreign transaction fees and a lower annual fee.

Looking at the table below you’ll see at least 8 ways the Sapphire Preferred® Card has better features…

CardAmerican Express GoldChase Sapphire PreferredAdvantage
EarningRegular: 1 point/$; Premier Rewards: 3x airfare, 2x gas/groceries, 1x all else2x dining and travel, 1x all elseChase
Annual bonusPremier Rewards: 15,000 points after $30,000 in spending7% annual bonus on all points earned (even if you spent them during the year)Similar
Car rental insuranceYes, secondary coverageYes, secondary coverageSimilar
Foreign transaction fee3% of purchasesNo feeChase
Lost baggage insuranceYes, up to $500 checked, $1,250 carry-onYes, up to $3,000Chase
1:1 Point transferDelta, Air Canada, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, JetBlue, Air France / KLM, AeroMexico, ANA, ElAl, Hawaiian, Iberia, and Singapore Airlines. Hotels include Hilton and ChoiceUnited, British Airways, Amtrak, Hyatt, Marriott, IHG Rewards, Korean Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore AirlinesSimilar
Purchase protectionYes, up to $1,000 per claimYes, up to $500 per claimAmex
Return protectionYes, up to $300 per item, $1,000 per yearYes, up to $500 per item, $1,000 per yearChase
Travel accident insurance$250,000 $500,000 Chase
Trip Delay InsuranceNo - must pay extra feeYes, up to $300 for 18 hour+ delays. $100/day for baggage delays up to 5 days.Chase
Warranty extensionYes, up to 1 yearYes, up to 1 yearSimilar

Chase is the only way to earn United miles at full value via credit card spend. All of Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card’s travel partners offer 1:1 transfer to mileage accounts and of course you can redeem your Ultimate Rewards points for hundreds of gift cards or merchandise, just as you can with American Express Membership Rewards.

Now American Express has some perks like better seating at some Broadway shows and well regarded customer service, but we think Chase is trying very hard to win market share and will continue offering new benefits and place hard emphasis on customer service.

Old habits are hard to break, but breaking this one could earn you more points and save you more money with better benefits. It’s a consumer’s market for premium credit cards right now.







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