Best credit card card for Hawaii family travel??

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Deedle
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Postby Deedle » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:19 pm

Money card wrote:The Fidelity card I believe is a cash back card. the venture card you can tranfer points but you have to have all of the miles.
in other words let's say for example you have 25,000 miles , your vacation or business trip airline ticket is 500.00 you would be
short it's all miles or none with capitol1 theres no breaking up your miles. but yes you can transfer your miles.


yeah, dont know if I like that about the Venture card. what about going with the Marriott rewards and/or delta skymiles to pair with the sapphire?


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Postby Money card » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:04 pm

Do you travel on company business? the Marriott rewards card is for people who travel on business with the lower level version
you get 2 points per dollar spent on Marriott property if 1 of those hotels has a starbucks I'm pretty sure you would only get 1 point
per dollar, there restaurant plus there convient store would be 2 points per dollar. annual fee I believe is 45.00 a year. with the Black
card you get 3 points per dollar spent at all places 5 points per dollar spent on Marriott owned property. I'm not sure what the annual fee is.
these cards like the capitol1 venture card come with concierge service. dining arangements , if your out of town they can get you
sporting events.

The Delta is another card that's for people who travel on business you get 6 bags checked free 1 per person 6 in the group
you get 2 point per dollar spent on Delta owned property including head sets on the plane. 1 point everywhere else.
the annual fee is 95.00 waved the first year. the Marriott waves theres also. I know Hawaii isn't out of this country but if you have to do any traveling out of the country the Delta sky miles has a 2.7 foreign transaction fee per purchase.
My opinion if you travel on company business I would ask , what the people who are in charge of your business expenses what they think.
If you don't travel on business just vacation and you want more of an executive looking card I would go with the Capitol1 venture card.
I know there are a lot of vice presidents and salesman that have this card , the annual fee is waved for the first year. when your year is up
you can always lower it to the venture1 card 1.25 miles spent per dollar and no annual fee.

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Postby Money card » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:27 pm

I think there were some changes made on the Marriott's cards the lower level is 3points per dollar spent on Marriott property.
the higher level is 5 points per dollar spent on Marriott property 2 points per dollar spent on airfare 1 point every where else.
the annual fee is 85.00 waved the first year.

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Postby Deedle » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:38 pm

I dont travel for business at all. My spending is from everyday purchases and will not include mortgage and other bills to accumulate points and minimum spending from the new accounts.

I think i have narrowed down my picks to the following:

Chase Sapphire Preferred - Me and wife
Chase United MileagePlus Explore - Me and Wife
Amex Starwood Preferred - Me
- Possibly Chase Hilton Honors - Me and wife

I think combining all these should put us where we need to be to at least book the flights and possibly a portion of the hotel stay.
Any thoughts or comments to the above gameplan?

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Postby Robrus1 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:43 am

Looks good to me!
Amex Platinum
Amex BCP 21K
Amex SPG 5K
Barclaycard Arrival Plus WEMC 5K
Chase Sapphire Preferred 23.5K
Credit Union 10K
Discover IT 7.75K

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Postby sticf » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:31 am

Deedle wrote:I'm seriously thinking of the venture card. Can you transfer points to other reward carriers with that or the fidelity card? I would like to have a Amex in my wallet though!


As far as I can tell you cannot "transfer" points from the Venture card to other reward carriers (Like you can with Amex or CSP). However, you can pay for any travel charge with points. Example would be checked bags. Lets say you pay $25 for a check bag. You also have 2500 points on the Venture. Once the charge appears online you can select it and redeem your 2500 points for a $25.00 credit to your statement.

This is how CapitalOne can say they have no blackout dates. You are really just buying the ticket as far as the airlines are concerned but getting a credit from CapitalOne for the amount of the charge.

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Postby ClubMead » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:49 am

I would apply for the Sapphire Card ... you and your wife separately.

That gives you 80,000 points once you spend $3K each (plus the 6,000 points for that spending. That is more than enough for a free week at the Hyatt Place on Waikiki Beach (it is category 3 for Hyatt, the Chase points transfer 1:1)

Plus, the card looks cool ...
My Wallet:

AMEX Platinum - NPSL (obtained in 2012; Backdated to 1989)
AMEX Gold Business - NPSL (obtained 2006; Backdated to 1989)
Chase Sapphire Preferred - $30,000.00 (Obtained 2012)
Discover - $3,900.00 (Obtained 1994)
Bank of America - $5,000.00 (Obtained 2011)
Capital One - $7,500.00 (Obtained 2011)

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Postby Deedle » Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:08 pm

Thanks for all the advice!!

As of yesterday both my wife and I have been approved for the sapphire preferred (80k pts) and I have been approved for the Unite MileagePlus (50k targeted offer). That more than takes care of our flight for 3 with points left over. I plan on goign with the Amex SPG or Citi Hyatt and do exactly what "ClubMead" recommended for the hotel!



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