drmoo wrote:Thanks for the responses.
Still a novice at rewards cards.
Doesn't sound like the credit cards will really help me that much in Airline rewards. We travel prob 3-4 times a year or so. We do tend to fly United as we are closer to one of there hub cities.
Hotel - since we live in a small community, we usually like to spend a night or two in a hotel in a bigger city near by for food and shopping.
Marriott Rewards may be an option, last I read, the Hilton rewards program took a huge noise dive although we would rather be with them. We have SPG now, not thrilled with the properties.
Spending - mostly restaurants and housing goods (i.e. target and supermarket).
Leaning towards the CSP I guess then. Amex Plat is what I want, but not sure the $450 annual fee is justified.
Both MR and UR are great programs but one may be a better fit for you--something only you can decide.
I love my CSP. It is a good match if you fly United as well. A co-branded United card will only get you 2x, the same as a CSP but you don't have the versatility of UR.
I have a Marriott card but it only comes out at Marriott properties. The free 1-5 night each year more than makes up for the AF though so I keep it around.
Amex Platinum is a little questionable right now. It certainly isn't good for earning rewards, the PRG or one of the Everyday cards would do you much better. My Platinum is up for renewal in August and as it stands now I will not be renewing it.
Of course YMMV. Good luck!