Which Premium Reward Card is Right for You? (2021)

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“Premium” reward cards have high annual fees. But they come with annual credits, lucrative signup bonuses, valuable benefits (such as free airport lounge access), and high bonus reward rates, which can make these fees worthwhile.

The most famous premium cards are the Amex Platinum Card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve, but there are also several lesser-known premium cards available from other credit card companies.

The ongoing benefits of premium credit cards can be very valuable. Depending on your travel patterns, you may want to add one or more of these cards to your "permanent" credit card collection.

Even if you don't, you probably want to eventually apply for each of these cards, if only to collect their extremely lucrative signup bonuses. By spreading your applications over time, you’ll not only earn hundreds of thousands of points, you'll be able to freely access airport lounges for years to come.



Our recommendation: Sign up for all the premium cards (over time)

If you are comfortable getting credit cards just for their signup bonuses, the answer to "Which premium card you should get?" is easy—you should sign up for "all of them". Credit Card Signup Bonuses: The Easiest Path to Free Airplane Tickets and Hotel Nights

When you factor in their signup bonuses and annual credits, every premium credit card is well worth getting, at least for the initial year.

  • Most premium cards have generous signup offers. For example, a typical bonus for the Amex Platinum cards ranges from 60,000 to 100,000 Membership Rewards points, valued at $900 to $1500. If you highly value (and are patient enough to redeem) premium cabin frequent flyer tickets, these points are even more valuable.
  • Each of the premium cards have travel credits which can offset their expensive annual fees. For example, the Sapphire Reserve comes with an automatic $300 travel credit and $120 worth of DoorDash credits that can partially offset the annual fee. While you need to pay out $550 in fees, you’ll receive back $300 in free travel (on top of the signup bonus) and up to $120 in free food, dropping the effective out-of-pocket cost for your initial year to a more reasonable $130-250.
  • In some cases, you can take advantage of the travel credit twice in your initial year. For example, the Amex Platinum, Citi Prestige, and Hilton Aspire cards allow you to earn travel credits every “calendar” year. That means you can use the credit twice during your signup year. For example, if you sign up for the card in August, you can use the full credit between August and December, and then again between January and August.
  • For some premium cards, you can get back more in credits than you need to pay in annual fees—and that doesn’t even include the value of the signup bonus or ongoing benefits.

  • You can earn the signup bonus from multiple different versions of the Amex Platinum card. Amex has partnered with a number of other companies, such as Charles Schwab, to offer slightly different versions of their Platinum cards. While you can only earn each Amex signup bonus once per lifetime, you are entitled to earn the bonus from each different version of the Platinum card.
Signup bonuses and initial year credits
Card Signup Points Net Signup Value Credit
Amex Platinum Card (multiple versions) 50-100,000 $200-1,700 $200 x2 airline incidental (one airline), $200 Uber (spread out on a monthly basis), $50 x3 Saks
Amex Platinum Business Card 75-125,000 $500-2,000 $200 x2 airline incidental (one airline), $100 x3 Dell
Chase Sapphire Reserve 50,000 $650 $300 travel, $60 DoorDash in 2021
Citi Prestige 50,000 $700 $250 x2 travel
Hilton Aspire 150,000 $200-1,300 $250 x2 airline incidental (one airline), $250 Hilton resort, free night certificate
Marriott Brilliant 100,000 $550 $300 Marriott
US Bank Altitude Reserve 50,000 $675 $325 travel and dining
  • If you plan to apply for all the premium cards (over time), you’ll get a “free” year to decide whether the ongoing benefits are worthwhile. You don't need to evaluate these cards ahead of time. You can try out each card for a year, subsidized by the signup bonus. If it delivers enough value, you can hold onto it. If it doesn't, don't.

Obtaining continuous airport lounge access

One of the main attractions of premium cards is the airport lounge membership. Every premium card provides free access to airport lounges, for you and some number of additional traveling companies. You'll get a Priority Pass membership that provides access to over 1,000 lounges and restaurants at airport all over the world. They aren’t the fanciest lounges around, and there may not be one in the terminal you are using for your flight, but you should still have plenty of opportunities to take advantage of this benefit on your travels. Get Free Airport Lounge Access from a Credit Card.

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Most people are going to always want at least one card that provides this benefit.

  • If want to hold onto one of these cards (for other reasons), you’re all set. For example, if you are planning on holding onto the Sapphire Reserve card to use in conjunction with the Freedom Unlimited as your general purpose reward card or the Citi Prestige card for its 4th night free benefit, you'll already have airport access lounge access from those cards. Many premium cards can be worth holding onto for their unique benefits and/or valuable bonus reward rates, giving you ongoing airport lounge access as a side benefit.
  • You still may want to spread out your Amex Platinum applications for access to additional lounges. The Amex Platinum card provides access to additional lounges, beyond the Priority Pass program, most notably the Amex Centurion lounges. If this is important to you, you should spread out your Platinum card applications.
  • There are currently four different versions of the Platinum card that don’t have daunting access restrictions: the regular, Schwab, Morgan Stanley and small-business versions. By signing up for a different one each year, you’ll have ongoing access to the additional Amex lounges (and the other benefits), while you are offsetting each year's annual fee with each card’s signup bonus. Hopefully, other versions will become available sometime over the next four years, and you can extend this strategy even further.

    Even if you want to permanently hold onto an Amex Platinum card, you are better off signing up for a different version each year and saving your favorite version until last.

  • Unless you have a membership from a non-Amex card, you won't get access to Priority Pass restaurants. Many of these restaurants are among the best options within the entire program, providing $28 per person of free food and drink that is frequently better than what you could find in a typical Priority Pass lounge. So it is a good idea to spread out your non-Amex cards as well (if you aren't keeping any long term).
  • Each person will usually need their own card, if they want to access lounges while travelling separately. While each card lets the cardholder bring in at least one guest, this doesn’t let another member of your family access a lounge without you. To do this, they will need their own card, or you will need to add them as an authorized user (which usually requires an extra fee).
Lounge Access Policies
Card Guests Notes
Amex Platinum Card (multiple versions) 2 Access to range of additional lounges, but no access to restaurants and other alternative spaces that are part of the Priority Pass program.
Amex Platinum Business Card 2 Same as above.
Chase Sapphire Reserve 2
Citi Prestige 2 or entire family
Hilton Aspire 2 No access to restaurants and other alternative spaces that are part of the Priority Pass program. And no access to the extra lounges that are available with the Platinum Card.
Marriott Brilliant 2 Same as above.
US Bank Altitude Reserve 1 Limited to only four visits per year.
UBS Infinite Unlimited
CNB Crystal Infinite Cardholder only
Ritz Carlton Unlimited
  • Even if you don't want to hold onto any of these cards, you can obtain free lounge access for years to come. By simply spreading out your applications over time, you can make sure you are always within the first year of having a card that provides a lounge access membership. The signup bonuses and travel credits will more than pay the cost of the card for that year.
  • As a result, we don't count lounge access as being a valuable benefit when deciding whether to hold onto a premium card. While lounge access is valuable, you are likely to have it available from another card and therefore it isn't a reason to decide to keep any single premium card. You'll need to justify the card based on its unique benefits.
  • There are some exceptions. Only a few cards allow more than 2 guests, if this is important to you, it may be another reason to hold onto one of those cards for the long run. And only the no-longer-available for new signups Ritz card allows you to add free authorized cardholders who also get their own Priority Pass memberships.

Keeping one or more cards for the long term

Some premium cards have unique benefits which are potentially very valuable. Depending on your travel patterns, it may be worthwhile to make the card part of your core credit collection, keeping it beyond the initial year.

The Sapphire Reserve Card

If you follow our general recommendation, and decide to use the Chase Unlimited combo for your everyday spending, you'll want to hold onto the Chase Sapphire Reserve card.

In order to get full value from your Ultimate Rewards points, you need to have the Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, or Ink Preferred card. If you wind up taking advantage of the Sapphire Reserve, you also get to take advantage of it's other benefits, such as the best reward rate on many travel purchases, airport lounge access, and primary rental car insurance. The Sapphire Reserve has a $550 annual fee, but an automatic $300 travel credit makes the effective annual fee only $250, and for now a $60 per year DoorDash fee can lower it even more. Get a Great General Purpose Reward Card and Use It for All of Your Spending.

Citi Prestige Card

If you find yourself getting value from the unique 4th night free benefit, you may want to hold onto the Citi Prestige card. You may also want to keep the card for its 5x ThankYou point reward rate on dining, online travel agencies, and airfare.

A unique feature of the Prestige card is its 4th night free benefit. When you book your hotel room via Citibank, they will reimburse the cost of one night on almost any hotel reservation of four or more nights, up to two times per year.

For example, if you pay $1,200 for a four night stay at a fancy beach resort or ski resort, Citibank will give you $300 back. Later in the year, if you pay $900 for a four night stay at a another hotel, Citibank will give you another $225 back. Depending on your travel patterns, you can save hundreds of dollars per year.

The drawback is that you need to book through the Citibank website. Since you may wind up paying a higher rate for the reservation, won't get any hotel program benefits, and still need to pay the taxes, the "free night" might not save you any money. Get Your 4th Night Free with the Citi Prestige Card.

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The Citi Prestige card also has the highest possible reward rate on restaurants and purchases from online travel agents and a very lucrative reward rate on airfare (but no free travel insurance).

The annual fee is $495 per year, but it comes with an automatic $250 travel credit, dropping the effective annual fee to $245. If you are a Citigold customer, you'll get a $145 annual fee refund, dropping it to $100.

Amex Platinum Card

The value of holding onto the Amex Platinum card depends on how much you can take advantage of its various benefits and travel credits. It can be very attractive to some people, and less attractive to others. Because it is available in many different flavors, it is possible to get a different version each year, rather than holding onto any one version of the card.

Unfortunately, it isn't straightforward to determine whether the unique benefits of the Amex Platinum card are worth paying its $550 annual fee (beyond the initial year). It has several different benefits, rather than a main signature feature. Furthermore, some people will struggle to take full advantage of its different credits, while other people will be able to use them to almost completely offset the annual fee.

Regardless of the exact value you place on the card, you have the option of getting a new version each year. That way, you are always receiving a fresh signup bonus (and a double-dose of the airline incidental credit). It may be quite a few years before you have to make the final decision about whether to hold onto an Amex Platinum Card beyond its initial year.

  • The Amex Platinum card gets you into more Airport Lounges than the other cards. Like the other cards, it comes with a Priority Pass membership, but the Amex Platinum also provides access to Amex’s own Centurion lounges, to Delta lounges (when flying Delta), and to a small set of additional lounges. This is a big advantage if you live in a Delta hub or a city with a Centurion lounge. Get Free Airport Lounge Access from a Credit Card.
  • On the other hand, the Priority Pass membership that comes with this card (and with any other Amex card) does not provide free access to participating restaurants and alternative spaces. It only provides access to traditional airport lounges.

    In addition, unlike some of the other cards, you are limited to 2 free guests when you visit Priority Pass lounges (and when you are visiting one of their own Centurion lounges); and only the cardholders receive free access to Delta lounges. So, if you frequently travel with a family, and don’t pay the $175 additional fee to add authorized cardholders, the Platinum card’s lounge benefit can be less valuable than the lounge benefit from some of the other cards.

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  • The Platinum card gives you automatic Gold status at Hilton (and Marriott / Starwood hotels). At Hilton that’s good enough for free breakfast. While you can also easily get Hilton Gold status from one of the Hilton credit cards, they each come with their own annual fees. Get Free Breakfast or Club Floor Access with the Right Credit Card.
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  • Along with the Citi Prestige card, the Platinum card earns the highest reward rate on airfare. You’ll earn a whopping 5x Membership Rewards points on your airfare purchases. For every $1,000 that you spend, you’ll earn approximately $40 in extra rewards by using the Platinum card, instead of using a card like the Sapphire Reserve. Unlike the Citi Prestige, the Platinum card offers some of the same free travel insurance benefits that are currently available from the Sapphire Reserve card. The Platinum card's 5x reward rate on hotels may sound good at first, but isn’t worth much, because of the drawbacks associated with needing to purchase pre-paid rates on a 3rd party booking site.)
  • Amex's “Fine Hotels & Resorts” is a valuable program, but you can get similar benefits elsewhere. If you stay in luxury hotels, you can get great benefits with the Platinum card’s highly-touted Fine Hotel and Resorts program. But to be fair, many of the hotels in the program participate in similar programs run by the other credit card programs or luxury travel agents. On the other hand, Amex’s Fine Hotel & Resorts more frequently provides 3rd and 4th night free offers. While the potential upside can be high, you might not get any real value from this in any given year, especially if you don’t often pay for the most expensive hotels and resorts. Take Advantage of Luxury Hotel Programs for Valuable Extra Perks.

The annual fee for most versions of the Platinum card is $550. Like the other high-end cards, it comes with some credits that can offset that fee, but unlike the Citi Prestige, Altitude Reserve, and Sapphire Reserve cards, it isn’t easy to get full value from these credits.

  • You get $200 worth of Uber credits each year, but not everyone uses Uber every month. The card gives you a $15 credit per month and an extra $20 in December. The credits only apply to rides within the US or food delivered via Uber Eats. If you frequently use Uber, this credit will wind up coming right off your bill and the effective annual cost of the card drops by up to $200. However, if you only use Uber infrequently, you’ll only get a partial benefit.
  • You get $50 of Saks credit every six months, but not everyone shops at Saks. The card comes with a $50 credit for purchases between January and June and another $50 credit for purchases between July and September. You'll need to spend at least $50 in a single transaction to qualify for the credit. Once you've activated this feature, it works automatically when you use your card at Saks or on Saks online.
  • You get a $200 "airline incidental" credit, but it hard to take full advantage of it. The travel credit on the Amex card is MUCH less useful than the travel credit you get from from the Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, and Altitude Reserve cards.
  • It only covers incidental expenses like baggage fees and onboard food, not airfare, or even seat upgrades. And it only pays for fees on a single airline that you choose at the beginning of the year. Odds are you already have ways to avoid these fees on airlines you fly frequently (such as the airline credit card's free baggage benefit). But if you choose a less frequently flown airline, you might not be able to naturally take full advantage of the credit.

    On the other hand, if you are willing to work harder and bend the rules, there are some “tricks” that allows you to receive the "full amount" of incidental airline credit. Small denomination gift card purchases no longer work, but there are a few things that still might. Get Full Value from Your Airline Incidental Credits.

Depending on how fully you can use the Uber, Saks, and Airline Incidental credits, the effective annual fee of the Platinum card ranges from $50 to $550 (after the initial year). If you don’t frequently use Uber and don’t want to play games with the airline incidental credit, you might bear nearly the full brunt of the $550 annual fee. On the other hand, if you can take full advantage of the credits, you aren't paying much for the Platinum card's other benefits.

Amex Platinum Business Card

If you decide you want to hold onto an Amex Platinum card, you should consider the business version instead.

The business card costs $50 more, provides all the valuable unique benefits of the personal card, except for the Uber and Saks credit. And it gets a few interesting extra benefits, that are not available from the personal card:

  • You can redeem your Membership Rewards points to pay for certain airplane tickets at a value of 1.54 cents each. While you should be able to get more value than this by transferring your Membership points to airline partners to redeem for frequent flyer tickets, having the Business Platinum card gives you the option to get solid value from your points with hardly any effort. It makes the Membership Rewards program much more attractive for people who don’t want to mess around with frequent flyer tickets.
  • This only works for tickets from a single airline of your choice (plus business and first class tickets on any airline). Choosing the airline you frequently fly may limit your ability to take full advantage of the airline incidental credit.

  • You'll receive a $100 credit towards purchases from Dell every six months. You can use this a total of three times during your initial year.

The annual fee is $595, which is $50 more than the fee for the personal card. In addition, you don’t get the $200 Uber and the $100 Saks credit. If you would get full value from these credits, the business card will wind up being about a wash. If you get little value from them, the business card will wind up being a better deal.

You need to have some sort of business to be entitled to get this card. It can be a part-time gig and you don’t need a special Tax ID number. Amex requires that the business revenue is at least $1,000 per year, but many people believe that is a projection of revenue over the following year and not a summary of revenue over the previous year. Unlock Extra Reward Points with Business Credit Cards.

There is one other consideration. With the business version, it costs $300 to add an authorized user. With the personal version, you can add up to 3 authorized users for $175 total. If you need to add someone else on the card (so that they get airport lounge access when they are traveling alone), the pendulum can swing back to the personal card.

Altitude Reserve

Anyone who can make $5,000 or more of mobile wallet purchases each year, should hold onto the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve card for its 4.5% reward rate on these purchases. Plus you'll get 12 Gogo Inflight Internet passes per year.

The signature feature of the Altitude Reserve card is a 4.5% reward rate whenever you use a mobile wallet, like Apple Pay or Google Pay, to make a payment. This is much higher reward rate than you would get from any other card. For each $1,000 you spend with your mobile wallet (at brick and mortar stores, in apps, or online), you’ll earn somewhere between $15-25 in extra rewards. If you one of many Samsung phones or the Gear S3 smart watch, you can use your mobile wallet at any location that has a credit card swipe machine. Maximizing the Altitude Reserve Card's Mobile Wallet Rewards.

Depending on your overall rewards strategy, you might also take advantage of the card's 4.5% reward rate on travel purchases.

The Altitude Reserve costs $400 per year, but comes with an automatic $325 travel and dining credit, making the effective annual fee $75. This makes it the least expensive of the premium cards. But U.S. Bank will usually deny your application if you've gotten too many recent cards. So if you want this card, you'll need to get it early.

Keep in mind that this card only has limited airport lounge access—you only get 4 visits per year (and 4 total guest visits). Since you are likely to want at least one of the other cards that offers full access, this isn’t a big deal. But if this is going to be your only premium card, you’ll need to live with more limited lounge access.

The Hilton Aspire Card

If you can take full advantage of its various "credits", you'll definitely want to hold onto the Hilton Aspire card.

The Hilton card provides an annual $250 airline incidental credit, an annual $250 Hilton Resort credit, and an annual free weekend night certificate (good at almost any of Hilton's most expensive hotels). If you use fully use the two credits, you'll already receive $500 back, which is more than the $450 annual fee. And you can get hundreds of dollars of additional value from the free night certificate. In addition, you'll get automatic Hilton Diamond status, good for free breakfast and lounge access (and a better chance of an upgraded room, particularly overseas). In this case, holding onto the card is an easy decision.

The problem is that you may struggle to take full advantage of the annual credits. The $250 airline incidental credit follows the same rules as the credit from the Amex Platinum card—it only covers "incidental expenses" (not ticket purchases) from a single airline of your choice. Unless you make the effort to use "tricks", it is very hard to naturally take advantage of this credit. The $250 Hilton resort credit covers room rates, but it only works at "resort" hotels. If you don't have an opportunity to visit a Hilton resort in any given year, it doesn't provide any value. If you don't wind up getting value from these credits, the free night certificate and Diamond status may not be worth the annual fee. For example, if you get $50 in value from the Airline incidental credit and you only stay in a Hilton Resort every other year, the effective annual fee is $275. That may be worthwhile for the free night and Diamond status or it may not.

The Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card

Holding onto the Bonvoy Brilliant card (old SPG Luxury card) allows you to get a valuable hotel certificate each year for the equivalent of $150. For some people it also provides the only possible path towards very valuable high-level Marriott status.

The card's $300 hotel credit can be used to offset actual room charges and not just incidental expenses. Given the number of hotels in the Marriott program, many people will naturally spend more than $300 at Marriott hotels over the course of the year and get full value from this credit (unlike the Hilton Aspire card's credit that must be used at a limited number of Resort hotels). This lowers the card's out-of-pocket cost to $150.

$150 is a worthwhile price to pay for a free night certificate every year, especially since, unlike the certificates from the "regular" Marriott cards, it is capped at 50,000 points (rather than 35,000). 50,000 points are valued at $350, and can be used for free nights at many nice hotels, even in more expensive locations. Of course, the certificate is less valuable than the points, because it has less flexibility and expires after one year.

Marriott Platinum status is the status level that comes with free breakfast and lounge access (at most hotels), as well as free room upgrades to the best available room (including regular suites) at check-in. The Bonvoy Brilliant Card allows you to receive Platinum Status by spending $75,000 with the card in a year. Assuming you have a way to generate this amount of spending, doing this could conceivably be worthwhile, as this is a compelling status level and can last for up to two years. You'll need to stay frequently enough to get enough benefit, but not so frequently that you would naturally earn this level of status.

Holding onto a premium card for travel and restaurant spending

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It may be worthwhile to hold onto at least one premium reward credit card to earn its bonus category rewards and not just to take advantage of its ongoing benefits.

The right strategy depends on what type of points you want to earn. Our normal recommendation is to focus on points that provide good value for easy reward redemptions. However, if you are comfortable using your points for frequent flyer tickets, and especially if you highly valuable premium-cabin award seats, you generally want to earn as many transferable points as possible.

Strategy 1: Easy redemptions

  • Our normal recommendation is to use the Sapphire Reserve for your travel and restaurant spending. Ultimate Reward points are the easiest to use and the Sapphire Reserve card comes with the best travel insurance.
  • If you spend a lot on travel and restaurants, it might be worth using the Citi ThankYou combination instead. The Citi Prestige card earns 5x ThankYou points on Restaurants, Airfare, and Online Travel Agencies and the Citi Rewards+ card gives you a 10% rebate on the first 100,000 points you redeem. From a straight "cash out" perspective that gives you more than 5 cents per dollar for the first $20,000 in bonus category spending each year. But you'll give up the free travel insurance benefits and the occasional outsized Hyatt redemption. The effective annual fee is about the same as the Sapphire Reserve.
  • If you don't spend very much and don't value the airport lounge benefit, there are some no-annual-fee options. The most valuable is the Wells Fargo combination, which provides a 4.5% reward rate with no annual fees. If you want a simpler plan, there are several no-annual fee cards, such as the Costco card, which give you a 3% reward rate on both of these categories.

Strategy 2: Maximum transferable points

  • If your confident you are going to use your points for frequent flyer tickets, the Citi Prestige card is usually the best option. It earns 5x points on restaurants, airfare, and purchases from online travel agencies. There are a number of options for what card to use for your other travel spending.
  • If you already have an Amex Platinum card for other reasons, you should use it for your airfare purchases instead. Membership Reward points are a little more valuable than ThankYou points and you'll get free travel insurance benefits. We would never recommend getting the Amex Platinum card primarily to bump up the rewards on your airfare spending, but if you already have the card anyway you might as well use it. And if you are cycling through different versions of the Platinum card, there is a good chance you'll have one to use.
  • An Amex-only option isn't usually worth it. You could get the Amex Green card and earn 3x Membership Reward points on travel and restaurants. While its $150 annual fee is about $100 less than the effective cost of the Prestige card, you'd be giving up 2x points on restaurants and online travel agencies. Even at a value of 1.5 cents per point, it would only take $3,000 in spending in these categories to earn enough extra points to make up the fee difference. Plus the Citi Premier cards can be used with businesses that don't take Amex.
  • If you are planning on spending $25,000 at grocery stores, you can use the Amex Gold card to boost your restaurant spending up to 4x MR points, without needing to absorb even more in annual fees. Even then, you'd have to have a fairly strong preference for Membership Reward points to settle for fewer points per dollar.

Other benefits available from most premium cards

While each premium card has valuable unique benefits, they also share some general features, beyond airport lounge access.

  • Global Entry rebate. Each high-end card (and some lower-end cards) also pays up to $100 for Global Entry / TSA PreCheck application fees. Since, you only need to pay these fees once every five years, each card’s credit can only be used once every four to five years. If you need to pay fees for family members, you may need to take advantage of the TSA fee credit from multiple cards. The Hilton Aspire cards is the only premium card that doesn't offer a TSA credit. 
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  • Some sort of elite car rental status. Most of the high-end reward cards entitle you to elite status with at least one car rental company. While this is nice to have, it isn’t much of a reason to go out and get these cards. Elite car rental status usually just amounts to a one-car class upgrade, and some extra bonus points from the rental company’s reward program.

Side-by-side comparison


Chase Sapphire Reserve Amex Platinum Card Citi Prestige card U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Hilton Aspire
Points Earning
Type of points Ultimate Rewards Membership Rewards ThankYou Altitude Hilton
Bonus Categories 3x Travel

3x Restaurants

5x Airfare, prepaid hotels through Amex travel 5x Restaurants

5x Airfare

5x Online Travel Agency

3x Hotel and Cruises

3x Travel

3x Mobile Wallet

7x Flights and rental cars with Amex travel

7x Restaurants

14x Hilton

Lounge Access
Locations Priority Pass Priority Pass

Centurion

Delta

Priority Pass Priority Pass (4 times only) Priority Pass
Guests 2 2 (none at Delta) Family or 2 1 per visit 2
Restaurant Access Yes Yes Yes
Other Benefits
Primary Rental Car Insurance Yes Yes
Includes Travel Insurance Yes In 2020 Yes
Cell Phone Insurance Yes Yes
Free Roadside Assistance Yes Yes Yes
Global Entry Fee Credit Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hotel Elite Status Hilton Gold

Marriott Gold

SPG Gold

Hilton Diamond
4th night free at any hotel Yes
Other notable benefits DashPass and Lyft Pink memberships Fine Hotel Resorts

Amex Offers

Discount Airfare Program

12 Gogo inflight Wi-Fi passes per year Annual free night certificate
Credits
Travel Credit Applies $300, any travel $200, airline incidentals w/1 airline $250, any travel $325, any travel or dining $250, airline incidentals w/1 airline
Per Year Cardholder year Calendar year Calendar year Cardholder year Calendar Year
Other credits $60 DoorDash credit in 2020 and 2021 $15/month ($35 in December) for Uber rides or Uber eats. 2x $50 credits at Saks. $250 resort credit (cardholder year)
Applies Automatically Automatically Automatically Automatically Automatically
Signup Bonus
Bonus 50,000 points 40-100,000 points 40-50,000 points 50,000 points 100,000 points
Spending Requirement $4000 $5000 $4000 $4500 $4000
Annual Fee
Base Fee $550 $550 $495, $350 for Citigold $400 $450
Authorized card Holder $75 $175 for up to 3 $50 $75 $0



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