Best Airlines Miles Card

ATCJoe85

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What’s the best points card?
Different factors can play into the answer... my personal fave is the Sapphire Reserve.
I've flown LH F and SQ F, and TK and SQ J using a combo of my Sapphire and UA card bonuses/earnings.
Lobster, Caviar, Dom or Krug, fine wine, and semi-private suites--- all are part of the points and miles lifestyle. Come join the dark side.

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32andBelow

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Different factors can play into the answer... my personal fave is the Sapphire Reserve.
I've flown LH F and SQ F, and TK and SQ J using a combo of my Sapphire and UA card bonuses/earnings.
Lobster, Caviar, Dom or Krug, fine wine, and semi-private suites--- all are part of the points and miles lifestyle. Come join the dark side.

#ShootTheShitPart2
And you don’t have to use the chase points on travel. You can use it on like anything. I redeemed it for a big Amazon card once to buy a new entertainment setup
 

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Different factors can play into the answer... my personal fave is the Sapphire Reserve.
I've flown LH F and SQ F, and TK and SQ J using a combo of my Sapphire and UA card bonuses/earnings.
Lobster, Caviar, Dom or Krug, fine wine, and semi-private suites--- all are part of the points and miles lifestyle. Come join the dark side.

#ShootTheShitPart2
Preach.

Singapore A350 Business SIN-SFO... Whew I could've lived on that plane. Even better when its (essentially) free. Made my sister-in-law and mother-in-law sign up for the Marriott card so we could do a week at the Ritz in O'ahu for free. Park Hyatt St. Kitts & Nevis (Chase Hyatt card sign up bonus) was freakin paradise

And you don’t have to use the chase points on travel. You can use it on like anything. I redeemed it for a big Amazon card once to buy a new entertainment setup
Oh no... Points for gift card guy? Wash this man right here
 

bomber996

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And if those flights you're paying points for aren't international business or first class, you're still doing life wrong ?
My bigger concern is not paying for bag fees when hauling my skis around. Thank you Southwest. My priorities are different. Plus, using points to get a $700/night room at Hyatt slopeside is pretty badass IMO. YMMV.
What’s the best points card?
Depends on what you want. I'm on a Chase setup. Works well for what I want.
 

Phillyman2633

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What’s the best points card?
I got the Amex Platinum with 100k point signup bonus...that's enough points for a round-trip anywhere in the world for 2 people. 5x points on flights and hotels...Centurion lounge access at the airports, priority pass, $200 Uber credit yearly, bunch of other perks. Not a bad deal.
 

32andBelow

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I don't know who you are, but if you ever do this again, I will find you.
Why? It’s just money either way lol. When someone gets a 700 dollar room with points it doesn’t mean they got a good deal. But sorry I got something I use every single day for free boi.
 

ATCJoe85

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Preach.

Singapore A350 Business SIN-SFO... Whew I could've lived on that plane. Even better when its (essentially) free. Made my sister-in-law and mother-in-law sign up for the Marriott card so we could do a week at the Ritz in O'ahu for free. Park Hyatt St. Kitts & Nevis (Chase Hyatt card sign up bonus) was freakin paradise
Nice. Think it was a 777 on our SIN-HKG-SFO leg.
We nabbed suites JFK-FRA-SIN-BOM.

Been to PH St. Kitts when rates were low and Prive got us a two category upgrade to a Park Exec Suite.... plus the works (breakfast, dining credit, comped massage). Loved that trip.

Bet Ritz was nice. Just went to my first Ritz in Half Moon Bay a few months back.

Why? It’s just money either way lol. When someone gets a 700 dollar room with points it doesn’t mean they got a good deal. But sorry I got something I use every single day for free boi.
It's still dependent.
For instance: 120,000 points translates to 1,200 Cash Back.
But you could potentially use those same points for a round-trip first class ticket on All Nippon West Coast to Tokyo... a ticket that would normally run 12K+.
Value proposition when transferring points to airlines and hotels increases significantly vs redeeming for gift cards or cash back.
 

32andBelow

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It's still dependent.
For instance: 120,000 points translates to 1,200 Cash Back.
But you could potentially use those same points for a round-trip first class ticket on All Nippon West Coast to Tokyo... a ticket that would normally run 12K+.
Value proposition when transferring points to airlines and hotels increases significantly vs redeeming for gift cards or cash back.
But chase points don’t work that way. They are used in dollar amount. And they run promotions. Like right now you can pay yourself back at the same rate as the travel point rate. Where you make a bunch of points is using your cards to pay for travel and dining.

Either way it doesn’t matter because I used to work for an airline and flew free including international business. Prolly wouldn’t do it now that I am an atc
 

corn4ahead

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But chase points don’t work that way. They are used in dollar amount. And they run promotions. Like right now you can pay yourself back at the same rate as the travel point rate. Where you make a bunch of points is using your cards to pay for travel and dining.

Either way it doesn’t matter because I used to work for an airline and flew free including international business. Prolly wouldn’t do it now that I am an atc
But you can transfer them 1:1 to their partner airlines. Which, makes them extremely valuable. Or you can redeem through the chase travel portal with either 1.25 or 1.5 value depending on which sapphire card you have.
 

32andBelow

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But you can transfer them 1:1 to their partner airlines. Which, makes them extremely valuable. Or you can redeem through the chase travel portal with either 1.25 or 1.5 value depending on which sapphire card you have.
Yah. As I was just saying you can get 1.25 on basically anything rn. I’ll have to look into transferring them.
 

Phillyman2633

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It's still dependent.
For instance: 120,000 points translates to 1,200 Cash Back.
But you could potentially use those same points for a round-trip first class ticket on All Nippon West Coast to Tokyo... a ticket that would normally run 12K+.
Value proposition when transferring points to airlines and hotels increases significantly vs redeeming for gift cards or cash back.
As awesome as first-class is, I think I'd rather have 3 round-trip economy flights over one first-class. You could just be a total suck ass and bring candy or some shit for the pilots and FOs and get the upgrade fo frizzle
 

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wtb a “best airline miles card” thread.
 
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