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Credit card for max perks and comfort
I’m relatively new here, and have been learning a lot from the blog. The Beginner’s Guide mentions cards for making a business traveler’s commute more comfortable, but I haven’t really seen much discussion on that topic.
I travel a lot for work, mostly domestic, with one or 2 international trips a year. Airfare and hotels are largely booked and paid for by my employer. Hotels vary widely by chain, and often I don’t get credit to my rewards accounts because they are booked as group and/or discounted rates. I live in Denver and mostly fly United.
My question is this. What are the best cards to use that will help maximize the comfort of the travel I’m already doing? Right now I’ll be Gold on United by the end of the year, but have no status on any other carriers and don’t anticipate that changing.
The AmEx Platinum looks interesting because its benefits aren’t really tied to one airline, and there are now 2 Gold hotel programs that come with it. The Citi Prestige seems similar, though it is more centered around AA, which I don’t fly much. Are there others I’m missing?
Thanks for the advice in advance.
Not really. If you are looking for perks based cards those are the two that come to my mind. United has a pricey card that gets you into their clubs and earns 1.5 miles per dollar (I think it has a current offer of $100 to offset the $450 annual fee) but if there are priority pass lounges at the airports you travel to, I’d probably hold one of those cards instead. The prestige does have a couple of nice benefits like the additional members in lounges and the automatic and easier airline reimbursement. The AX offers the hotel benefits so if you stay at Hilton and SPG often, that might be worth more. You’ll have to weigh the options and decide.