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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    What do folks pay for an annual fee? The Marriott card is $85, but it's waived the first year and includes 50k points to start. You also get one free night stay a year at category five property. There's a new Fairfield in Waterbury, VT that's a category five. Heading up antique car show weekend and the room rate was $175, so I'll have already made back the annual fee.
    I've never paid a fee. The only way I would do so is with some sort of reward like the free hotel stay.

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  2. #12
    The personal card is the Starwood AMEX - me and the wife rack up a bunch of points a year that covers a bunch of hotel stays a year - I hope when the Marriott-Starwood merger is finalized that things don't change.

    My business card is the Capital One double points VISA - the $50 annual fee pays for itself many, many times over with the double the points feature, and for travel, Capital One rewards are so easy to use and redeem

    I still miss the old ASC Edge VISA Days!!! My wife and I used to be able to rack up enough annual rewards points to pay for at least all of 1 of our season passes and also a good chunk of another pass. That was one credit card that really fit our lifestyle!! affy:
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  3. #13
    None for me
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  4. #14
    I have an airline-related Visa through Citi (United? I forget) and a BoA cash back card, neither of which I use much. Discover card seems to rack up cash back relatively quickly, though I haven't used it much in the past couple of years. The one that seems to build up useable rewards fastest is Best Buy, which I really just use for boat-related things. Bought an Apple watch with last year's boat purchases, and it gives some kind of elite GeekSquad service, or something, including a free visit every year form them to set up a home theater system, or home network, that sort of thing. I've never used it, but could be nice.

    I need to get a personal Amex so I can tie the account to my corporate card and take the points, just can't get over the idea of paying a fee for a card.
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  5. #15
    Barclay world arrival and amex blue preferred

  6. #16
    I once had a credit card that entered me into a drawing to win a trip to space. I never won, but they did send me some NASA patches for my jacket and a plastic twelve inch model of a rocket ship. I lost the patches but I still have the rocket ship.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by Domeskier View Post
    I once had a credit card that entered me into a drawing to win a trip to space. I never won, but they did send me some NASA patches for my jacket and a plastic twelve inch model of a rocket ship. I lost the patches but I still have the rocket ship.
    Winner.
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  8. #18
    If you like to travel, the Southwest card racks up points pretty quickly. Jet Blue is just behind it.
    With Southwest, you get 50,000 points for spending $2,000 in the first 3 months. Its approximately a 1.5 round trip flights. If you earn 110k points in a year, your significant other will fly free with you for up to two years on the companion pass program (easy to do if you use it for business). Premier card has no foreign transaction fees, either but you have to have high usage such as using it for business expenses.

    We also rock a Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
    Its got no foreign transaction fees, 2x points per dollar on restaurants/bars, their rewards points are 1:1 with their participating travel programs (no blackouts), and a pretty good sign on bonus that would yield about one flight from a major carrier. When I call, there isn't any of that automated bullshit either.

    All of those cards require excellent credit, though.

    I'd also have a Marriott card, but work has an assigned corporate card now-a-days. Unfortunate in regards to points, but easier on my monthly budgeting.

    The AmEx cash rewards card sounds solid in terns of rewards, but what is the redemption rate? Is it inflated?
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  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by frapcap View Post
    If you like to travel, the Southwest card racks up points pretty quickly. Jet Blue is just behind it.
    With Southwest, you get 50,000 points for spending $2,000 in the first 3 months. Its approximately a 1.5 round trip flights. If you earn 110k points in a year, your significant other will fly free with you for up to two years on the companion pass program (easy to do if you use it for business). Premier card has no foreign transaction fees, either but you have to have high usage such as using it for business expenses.

    We also rock a Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
    Its got no foreign transaction fees, 2x points per dollar on restaurants/bars, their rewards points are 1:1 with their participating travel programs (no blackouts), and a pretty good sign on bonus that would yield about one flight from a major carrier. When I call, there isn't any of that automated bullshit either.

    All of those cards require excellent credit, though.

    I'd also have a Marriott card, but work has an assigned corporate card now-a-days. Unfortunate in regards to points, but easier on my monthly budgeting.

    The AmEx cash rewards card sounds solid in terns of rewards, but what is the redemption rate? Is it inflated?
    Unfortunately companies have caught on to the benefits of rewards points. All of my business expenses have to go onto my corporate AmEx. I miss the days of cashing in those points. Likewise I don't care about foreign transaction fees. All my foreign travel is to Germany for work. Almost all of that is on my corporate card, and for anything else I can get reimbursed for transaction fees given I have the statement.

    Does anyone have experience with the new-ish GM BuyPower card? I have the old GM card which gives 5% back, but caps redemption limits at $1,500 when I buy a new truck. The new version offers 5% on the first $5k per year, then 2% after that. No redemption limits. No annual fee. No foreign transaction fee.

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  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by yeggous View Post
    Unfortunately companies have caught on to the benefits of rewards points. All of my business expenses have to go onto my corporate AmEx. I miss the days of cashing in those points.
    I have a corporate AmEx, but the rewards points are actually linked to me personally, not the company account (I just need to have a personal AmEx to connect them to, which I haven't done).
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