Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card (Review)

In the world of travel rewards credit cards, the Capital One Venture Rewards  Credit Card does things a bit differently than most other cards. In this review, I will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of this card.

The biggest difference with the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is that it isn’t tied to any particular airline or hotel. So you can redeem your rewards for travel on any airline or at any hotel. It also lets you use your rewards for other travel related expenses, such as rental cars. So it really does offer you a great deal of flexibility.

Here’s how the card works in a nutshell. You earn 2 “miles” Read the rest of this entry »

Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card (Review)

Welcome to my review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card.

If you read my previous review of the Chase Ink Plus business card, you might have been wondering if there is a similar card for consumers. The answer is YES, and it’s called the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

Like it’s cousins in the Chase family of business cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is among the best consumer rewards cards available.

This card is one of my favorites for a variety of reasons, including…

* A generous new member bonus (typically Read the rest of this entry »

Chase Ink Plus Business Credit Card (Review)

When it comes to business credit cards, the Chase Ink family of cards is among the best business rewards cards available. This review focuses on the Chase Ink Plus business credit card.

The Chase Ink Plus card is one of my favorite business cards for a variety of reasons, including…

* A generous new member bonus (typically 50,000 bonus points when you spend $5,000 in purchases on the card in the first 3 months from account opening)

* Generous ongoing point earning opportunities, as follows:
– 5 points per dollar Read the rest of this entry »

Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card (Review)

This is a review of the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase.

I consider this one of the better hotel rewards credit cards, primarily because of the bonuses you get as a new cardmember.

Upon approval for the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, you get a certificate for a free night’s stay in a Category 1-4 hotel in the Marriott family of hotels. (By the way, the Marriott family of hotels includes Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Gaylord Resorts.)

In addition to the free stay in a Category 1-4 hotel, you also get a generous bonus point offer when you meet minimum spending requirements as a new card member. A typical bonus offer might be 50,000 bonus points after you spend Read the rest of this entry »

Hilton HHonors Card from American Express (Review)

This is a review of the Hilton HHonors Card from American Express.

Hilton HHonors used to be my very favorite hotel rewards program, and this Hilton HHonors Card from American Express used to be my favorite rewards card. I say “used to be” because in 2013 Hilton made some significant changes to the Hilton HHonors program, which had the effect of “devaluing” Hilton HHonors points. (Basically, they started requiring a lot more points for most of their hotel stays.)

But even though I can’t call this my favorite card anymore, there are still some good things about this card that make it worthy of your consideration, especially if you enjoy staying in the Hilton family of hotels.

Speaking of the Hilton family of hotels, the points earned from this card can be redeemed at the following hotels: Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Doubletree, Homewood Suites, Home2 Suites, and even Waldorf Astoria.

This card has its pros and cons, so let’s start with the GOOD things about this card… Read the rest of this entry »

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card (Review)

The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card is one of my favorite rewards credit cards. Actually, there are several Southwest branded cards offered by Chase, but this review is focused on the one called the “Premier” card.

To fully appreciate the value of this card, it’s necessary to understand how the Southwest Rapid Rewards program works. Unlike most frequent flyer programs, which charge a fixed number of miles for a round trip flight (e.g. 25,000 miles for a round trip domestic flight), Southwest does things a bit differently.

With Southwest Rapid Rewards, the number of points you need is tied directly to the cost of the ticket. This is important, because Read the rest of this entry »