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The members at FlyerTalk.com are among the most savvy users of airline miles and hotel points from credit cards. These are the real-life George Clooneys from ‘Up in the Air’ and obsess over every detail of mile and point credit cards.
They are increasingly warming up to the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card as it now offers 2x points on all travel and dining purchases along with 1:1 transfer to United, Hyatt, and several more.
Below is a sampling of reviews (hat tip to FlyerTalk), what they like about the Sapphire Preferred® Card, and how they’re getting the most out of its Ultimate Rewards (‘UR’) points program.
They really seem to think this is becoming a better value than the $175 American Express Premier Rewards Gold card, especially since the Sapphire Preferred® Card only carries a $95 annual fee, waived the first year:
“I’m loving the Sapphire more and more.
IMO, Chase is going hard after AMEX Gold members… and this card is seriously becoming worthy of keeping in my wallet. If they manage to add Southwest as a transfer partner for the Sapphire card… then yea, I may just get of my Amex Premier Gold”
“I am really getting pushed away from my Amex Gold to this card. The membership fee is way cheaper than Amex. You can get double points on airlines and hotels as stated, and the points transfer rate is really good. You get 25% more transfer rate. I also like the option of getting 1% cash back if I have no where to use my points. Continental Air is my main airline.”
“Just got my first bill, and timeshare fees, dining out and car rental all posted at 2X points. This is an awfully good card! ”
“I have always found Chase reps to be knowledgeable and friendly. There are no long telephone wait times either. If you have questions – you should give them a call first. 99 times out of 100 – they’ll be able to answer your questions.”
“The benefits of this card are as good or better than any other card given personal needs. The 7% dividend points are a plus. Historically when we have redeemed miles for flights in the past we had to call their travel agent and do it over the phone and also were charged a $25 or $50 fee to book with the agent. The last time I booked a flight was earlier this summer and I was able to do it completely online. The ticket “cost” was the same as what I could have booked it heads up with the airline.”
Surprisingly, I found the booking is easy. Seconds after I finished booking, the itinerary showed up in my Delta account. The only things you need to do differently is to set UR points to be redeemed to zero so it will all be charged to the credit card and enter your FF account #. What surprised me the most is that it actually gave me a preferred seat! These seat are reserved for elite members.
“I am current on 3 months long business trip across southeast asia. I have been charging most of my purchases to the Chase Saph. Preferred.
I like earning rewards, and since this card doesn’t charge FOREX, i was willing to pay a bit more on bad exchange rate from credit card company.
However, while i was reviewing my statement, i noticed that lord and behold, chase actually gave me better exchange rate than my crisp $100 USD would!!
as an example, in the city of bangkok my crisp $100 USD on aug 20 of 2011 would land me
28.91 baht/1$ if i went to street dealer
28.70 baht/1$ if i went to official bank.
chase gave me
thanks chase. Since i basically churned most of good Cc deals these days, until new offer comes out, THIS will be my go-to card.
(asian nations hate american express, so my amex plat and amex *wood is useless here)”
“We were in LAX this last week – and Chase SP contacted us immediately when a big credit draw from our hotel showed up on my card. With AMEX – I always tell them when we are going to be out of the US. Since our Chase card is pretty new – I don’t mind this kind of inquiry – even if it’s domestic. Robyn ”
“I discovered the changes at Hilton and received this card in the mail. I’ve downgrade to the no fee Hilton amex and will now be using sapphire for my primary card. The addition of UA was a game changer. ”
“I think you’ll get the best return for your points transferring them to one of the mileage programs and redeeming for airplane tickets (I vote for UA/CO, but if there was availability somewhere I wanted to go on BA or Korean I would do that). Hyatt is another good redemption value, especially if you redeem in expensive cities like Paris and Hyatt.
Priority Club points are worth about $0.006 each since you can buy them for that much on the cash and points options. Since I value a mile at about $0.015, I wouldn’t transfer UR points to Priority Club unless I was a few points short of an award night I wanted to redeem. I’m not sure what to value a Marriott point at, but I do think the mile is worth more. I wouldn’t transfer to Marriott unless I had an award night picked out in Europe.
Keep your points in Ultimate Rewards until you decide what to use them on, or until you close your card. ”
“although I’m keeping my points in UR for now, my intention is to transfer them to Hyatt — at the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris you can redeem 20,000 points for a night that could easily cost you upwards of $1000. I think the Park Hyatt in the Maldives offers a similarly impressive “rate of return”
“The Chase UR rewards program is now currently my favorite and I am doing heavy spending on the card. I have over a million SPG, so I’m giving that card a rest and doing all spending on Sapphire Preferred® Card. You can’t beat 2x on travel & dining and having the ability to transfer to Hyatt or Continental at 1:1 plus a nice rewards catalog. ”
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