Looking to move on from ThankYou points to something strictly travel

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Looking to move on from ThankYou points to something strictly travel

Postby Concrete » Sat May 11, 2013 10:54 am

Right now I have a Citi ThankYou Preferred.. It's alright for travel, but I think I would prefer strictly a travel card. All the other rewards that the ThankYou program offers don't do a whole lot for me and I'm guessing a rewards program dedicated strictly to travel would be better for me.

I generally fly United and prefer to stay in Hilton or Marriott, but I don't particularly need to limit myself to those three cards. I know Capital One Venture (supposedly) gives you free range on which airline you take, and I like that flexibility but I've heard mixed reviews on the card and points system.


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Postby Bksuper » Sat May 11, 2013 8:32 pm

What about the PenFed Premium Travel Rewards Amex for airfare (5% back on all airlines, amex travel benefits, and no FTF, no AF)?
And for hotels, maybe the US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature, so you can choose hotels and restaurants? Or the no AF Barclay Arrival World Mastercard for no FTF master card and miles for hotel/restaurants?
Sole Ownership Cards:
1st Financial Bank Platinum Student Visa, $500 CL, Open Since 3/2012
Citi Forward Student Visa, $6k CL, Open Since 10/2012
Costco TrueEarnings Amex, $6k CL, Backdates to 1/2012
SallieMae Rewards Barclay Mastercard, $2.5k CL, Open Since 4/2013
Jointly Owned Cards (co-owner with mom, not AU, used and paid only by me):
Chase Amazon Rewards Visa Signature, $2k CL, Open Since 8/2012
US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature, $13.5k CL, Open Since 10/2012
Authorized User (Parents Pay/Use)
Costco TrueEarnings Amex $29.4k CL, AU since 11/2012

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Postby nvtech » Sat May 11, 2013 10:08 pm

I am also a traveler and a current Penfed Premier card member.

Honestly to speak...Their 5% is not exactly in cashback.
Yes..You can redeem for your flights with their points but you have very less number of options other than the big 4.

Rest of all redemption's in the form of gift cards are not so great as you can technically get most of them with 5% discount using gift card portals or ebay.

My travel replacement card very soon will be Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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Postby Bksuper » Sat May 11, 2013 11:15 pm

I thought you could redeem their points for $0.01 statement credit in intervals of $25?
Sole Ownership Cards:
1st Financial Bank Platinum Student Visa, $500 CL, Open Since 3/2012
Citi Forward Student Visa, $6k CL, Open Since 10/2012
Costco TrueEarnings Amex, $6k CL, Backdates to 1/2012
SallieMae Rewards Barclay Mastercard, $2.5k CL, Open Since 4/2013
Jointly Owned Cards (co-owner with mom, not AU, used and paid only by me):
Chase Amazon Rewards Visa Signature, $2k CL, Open Since 8/2012
US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature, $13.5k CL, Open Since 10/2012
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Costco TrueEarnings Amex $29.4k CL, AU since 11/2012

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Postby Z06Biker » Sun May 12, 2013 1:58 pm

Personally, I'd suggest either --

a) Chase Sapphire Preferred for it's ability to earn 2x travel and dining, no forex, 7% points dividend come year-end and the 20% off when booking through ultimate rewards, and the amount of 1:1 point transfers to airline and hotel partners (Marriott and Hilton have recently devalued their rewards systems, so I'd rather look to Hyatt, which is another of their transfer partners), or

b) Chase United MileagePlus Club, which limits your points strictly to United Miles (though you can transfer among all the Star Alliance partners), but also offers some major top-tier benefits like elite status at Hyatt and Avis (even above the status offered by Amex Platinum), unlimited United lounge access, up to 2 free checked bags for you and a travel companion, primary rental car insurance, no forex, and 1.5x for all purchases, and 2x for all United-related purchases. You could, alternatively, look at the lower-tiered Explorer card, which offers less benefits, but is still a formidable card and worthwhile contender given you frequency of travel on United...

All the aforementioned also feature access to Visa Sig's Luxury Hotels and Resorts program, and have concierge service as well.
AMEX: PRG Gold, Business Simply Cash, Business Costco, BCE.
Chase: United MileagePlus Club, Sapphire Preferred, Amazon Rewards
Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard
HSBC Cash or Fly World Mastercard
USAA World Mastercard, USAA Platinum Mastercard
Wells Fargo Business Platinum
USC Credit Union Mastercard

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Postby Bksuper » Sun May 12, 2013 5:50 pm

^Does getting 20% off through ultimate rewards for CSP mean that if you book through Chase you get 20% off everything even if you don't pay the whole thing in points or just that your UR points are worth 1.2 cents toward the purchase instead of 1 cent? And how is it better than the no AF barclay arrival world master card, which gets 2 miles/$ in those same categories, has no annual fee, a 10% dividend at redemption, and still has no forex. What do you get for that $95/year besides the flexibility of not turning points into miles, even with a 1:1 transfer.

And does anyone know if you can redeem penfed points for $0.01 statement credit on the PTR amex?
Sole Ownership Cards:
1st Financial Bank Platinum Student Visa, $500 CL, Open Since 3/2012
Citi Forward Student Visa, $6k CL, Open Since 10/2012
Costco TrueEarnings Amex, $6k CL, Backdates to 1/2012
SallieMae Rewards Barclay Mastercard, $2.5k CL, Open Since 4/2013
Jointly Owned Cards (co-owner with mom, not AU, used and paid only by me):
Chase Amazon Rewards Visa Signature, $2k CL, Open Since 8/2012
US Bank Cash+ Visa Signature, $13.5k CL, Open Since 10/2012
Authorized User (Parents Pay/Use)
Costco TrueEarnings Amex $29.4k CL, AU since 11/2012

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Postby Concrete » Mon May 13, 2013 9:42 pm

I was very interested in the United Card but was informed of some pending legislation that could make a card like that pretty useless (although after reading z06biker's explanation, the card may offer more hotel benefits than I thought). Any info on that legislation?

The Chase Sapphire is intriguing. Really I'm looking for a card that isn't strictly airfare, I would like the option to put my points towards a flight OR hotel. It seems like most of the recommendations in this thread satisfy that, which is appreciated.

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Postby nvtech » Tue May 14, 2013 11:21 pm

An other option is Priceline Visa with 2% every where.

If someone who does not want to have their points more specific towards an airline or a specific hotel chain, I guess priceline is a very good choice. I might not use this card for an airline purchase but I would definitely try to use NYOP for 5% on Hotels and Car.

Also I have heard that when you redeem for statement credits for some priceline NYOP purchases, the system would use less points.

For ex:

For a $150 purchase, when you try to redeem, the system will calculate it as 15,000 points.

For a NYOP purchase of $150, the system will dynamically calculate it as 13000 or 12500 ( This is just an example).


I am right now accumulating points and will try to experiment this on my next Priceline purchase.



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