IIRC MR doesn't transfer to United or Southwest so there's certainly some potential benefit to getting something other than the PRG.
The benefits of the UMPE and the Southwest card are on Chase's site so you can review to see if they seem to be a good fit. I'd also suggest considering travel cards like the Sapphire Preferred. I actually have both the CSP and UMPE. I don't fly very often but wanted the free checked bag, priority boarding, club passes, etc. Travel purchases tend to go on the CSP though. UR with the CSP transfers 1:1 to United (and to Southwest but I don't fly Southwest generally). CSP looks like it still comes with a 40K bonus if the spend requirement is met. CSP would also allow you to transfer points accrued with your Freedom to UA and SWA.
Obi-dan wrote:Also, Amex is my longest card so I don't really want to close that either. Thoughts?
You could keep the PRG open. Or, with backdating, you could app for a non-AF AmEx. Even if you close the PRG your AAoA won't be impacted until the PRG falls off your reports.
Obi-dan wrote:I don't want to have to fly multiple stops every time I fly out of Houston.
How is this relevant to selecting a card? I'm just confused as that seems to be more of a matter of flight selection than the card used to pay for the flight.