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Best credit card card for Hawaii family travel??

Postby Deedle » Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:59 pm

Looking at getting out of my general credit union cash back card and get a card with travel rewards.

Was trying to decide between Chase Sapphire Preferred or Amex skymiles but open to other suggestions.

I'm looking at wanting to travel to Hawaii for a family vacation and thought this could be a cheaper option for airline tickets.

Any help appreciated!


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Postby Deedle » Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:19 am

Any advice here? I went ahead and applied for the sapphire preferred.

Would it be a good idea for my wife to apply for a different card to try and double up on points/miles? Maybe for the type that can transfer them from carrier to carrier?

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Postby Snowman » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:18 pm

The SPG Amex allows you to transfer over points to FF programs and hotel programs, and the CSP is a good card for traveling as well, but the requirements are a little bit more stingy to be approved for. Skymiles is good if you fly Delta. Personally, I'd prefer to have the SPG and the CSP, but an airline co-branded card if I fly with a particular airline. All depends on what your spending is like and who you fly with. Good luck on getting approved for the CSP.
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Postby Deedle » Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:11 pm

What is the SPG AMEX? Sorry, new to the short names for these cards. We do not fly all that often, so for this trip carrier would not a huge kicker. Last time we went to Hawaii it was direct with Delta from ATL. Enjoyed that perk (but tickets were bought for honeymoon). I ended up applying for the CSP and was approved @ $5k. Its 2-points for eating out and travel I think are the best for us.

As I said earlier, since this card is in my wife's name, would we benefit more with a card in my name with the possibility of transferring points to another carrier? I guess this sounds like a way to cheat the system though. Is it?

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Postby Robrus1 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:48 am

Starwood Preferred Guest Amex. Snowman posted a link to a review of the card for you. It's not cheating the system, necessarily, especially if you plan to keep the cards for a while and accumulate points to use for travel or shopping or whatever. If you apply, get the promotional points and use them, and then cancel the card, I suppose that's cheating the system a bit, but that's your call. The CSP is a great card and worth keeping, in my opinion.
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Postby Deedle » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:43 am

Gotcha, Thanks for the help. I'm thinking of going with either the Venture or the United Plus Explorer (to combine with the CSP)...............by doing the explorer card, could I ultimately combine my points solely for the plane tickets since they would both be under Chase UR? We never fly for most vacations (2month old) thus not previously having a travel reward card.

Really the only purpose of getting these two cards are to earn my tickets to Hawaii or at least get them at a discounted price....I will more than likely keep both though.

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Postby jlam572 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:45 am

I live here in Hawaii. Not sure about the sapphire preferred but my Amex gives me one point per mile on many partners...i fly hawaiian because their miles are WAAAAY more reasonable than some other airlines. Its 7k miles for an interisland round trip, and not sure about coach class to the mainland...I have been looking at first class to the mainland it runs about 40k miles per way. Its nice because I can pay one way with miles (amex points) and the other charge my amex. So its $400 for a first class ticket round trip to california pretty much for me. (and 40k amex points/hawaiian miles)
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Postby Money card » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:56 pm

what about the capitol1 venture card which is 2 miles on everything from gas to grocerys, to dining airfare with a lower annual fee than the sapphire perfered. what about a Fidelity American Express 2 points on everything this card has no annual fee?

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Postby Deedle » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:30 am

Money card wrote:what about the capitol1 venture card which is 2 miles on everything from gas to grocerys, to dining airfare with a lower annual fee than the sapphire perfered. what about a Fidelity American Express 2 points on everything this card has no annual fee?


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!

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Postby Money card » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:47 pm

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.



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