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We’ve compared the perks and protections across premium credit cards to attempt to see which comes out on top, but really the best pick for you depends on what benefits you value the most. If you’re going to pay $450 (or more) a year for a card, it better be giving you bonus points where you spend the most and deliver you valuable extras like annual travel credits you can use and access to a chain of airport lounges that you frequent.
So let’s see which cards fit the bill for readers. Here’s where alliances were drawn when we asked you to pick one premium card above all the rest over in the TPG Lounge. (Some comments have been lightly edited for clarity.)
Chase Sapphire Reserve
“Chase Sapphire Reserve for the win! Best earn rates and transfer partners. I just spent a week in the Bahamas at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar all with Chase UR points — it would have cost $5,300 but it just cost 120,000 points and didn’t spend a dime of my own!” — Rob M.
“Chase Sapphire Reserve is my favorite card. I love that the $300 annual statement credit for travel includes parking garages, toll roads, taxis and Uber and Lyft, in addition to airline and hotel charges. I love transferring Ultimate Rewards points earned on my Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Chase Freedom (especially the quarterly 5x points offers of the Freedom card) to my CSR account where points are worth more when using them to reserve travel directly from the Ultimate Rewards portal.” — Ann Marie W.
“CSR. We use the Priority Pass lounge benefit every time we fly. I also filed a trip cancellation claim last month and they processed and paid out the claim without any hassle.” — Kathy R.
“Citi Prestige. That 4th Night Free perk is a GAME CHANGER. I used to stay about 3 nights in a city and then move on with my itinerary, but since utilizing the Prestige card I’ve thoroughly enjoyed staying 4 nights now and slowing down some.” — Nelson M.
“I love Citi Prestige’s 4th Night Free benefit since I travel Sunday night – Thursday afternoon for work every week. My client reimburses me for all 4 nights that I paid for so I get to pocket the 4th night rebate. I get thousands of extra dollars per year that way!” — Shaina G.
“Citi Prestige. The 4th Night Free makes me significant money back each year. Plus I love the trip protection. Not in love with the airline partners but have used points with great success on Singapore business, which is amazing.” — Lara H.
The Platinum Card® from American Express
“Amex Platinum, because of the 5x points on airfare [and on hotels booked through Amex Travel] plus the automatic Gold status with Hilton, SPG and Marriott. Not to mention the lounge access!” — Danny A.
“The Business Platinum® Card from American Express. With Delta Club, Centurion Lounge and other lounge access, a $200 annual airline fee credit and Gogo passes it pays for itself.” — Scott P. (Note that the personal version of this card only offers Boingo hotspot access.)
“American Express Platinum. Simply because they were the first one to approve me for a premium card. It works with more airlines, which I like. Also 5x the points when I book flights and hotels. I like their points offers, and their customer service has been very patient and answered all my questions even when I bombard them with questions.” — Donna V.
“I’m still ecstatic with my United MileagePlus Club Card. Amazing how fast the miles pile on with this card – far more than just with actual flights. Wish I’d listened to you sooner!” — Donna P.
“Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express because I’m so Delta-oriented and it gets me 30,000 MQMs (so, I’m Platinum instead of Gold), free companion flight, Delta Sky Club access, MQD waiver, upgrade priority in tiebreaker situations and more.” — Hugh H.
Finally, for those of you who are curious, we tallied which cards got the most love on the TPG Lounge post and here were the results as of late afternoon on Thursday, January 4, 2017:
- Chase Sapphire Reserve: 58 responses
- Amex Platinum/Business Platinum: 32 responses
- Citi Prestige: 6
- Amex Centurion: 3
- Delta Reserve: 1
- United MileagePlus Club Card: 1
- United Presidential Plus Card (no longer available): 1
This is one of the top premium cards out there since you earn 3x on all travel (excluding $300 travel credit) and dining and have access to great perks like a $300 travel credit each cardmember year, 50% more value when you redeem points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards and you get elite travel benefits like Global Entry application fee rebate, Priority Pass Select and special rental car privileges.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Named "Best Premium Travel Credit Card" for 2018 by MONEY® Magazine
- $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
- 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. $0 foreign transaction fees.
- Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Access to 1,000+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select
- Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®