These are excellent tips. Thanks so much to all who have reached out.
Thus far, I've applied for (and was instantly approved for) the Chase Sapphire Preferred. I've also applied for the Amex Blue Cash Preferred. I may, as a third card, go for a Chase Freedom at some point, though I think for now I'll see how these two do.
Money card: I don't really need to have a card set up for entertaining clients much, nor do I need to get concert tickets too often. I think, for me, I just liked the points structure of the Amex, as well as the 1 for 1 transferability to airlines' mileage programs. The other thing is, I don't buy my own airline tickets much, they are mostly purchased on my behalf. But I do travel enough to international locations enough to warrant me having a card with no forex, hence the need for either the CSP or the Capital One Venture.
Jeffy's dad: You bring up good points. I'm not active with one particular airline. It's usually a toss-up with American, United, and Delta along with their affiliates. I'm sort of regretting not applying for a card with a free checked bag perk.
I certainly hear you about the combo with Chase Freedom and CSP. That's interesting, certainly.
djrez4: I agree with you. How do you like your Amex Preferred Rewards Gold?
Thanks again, all.