Is the Chase Sapphire Reserve still worth its keep? And other top news this week

Jan 11, 2020

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Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG this week. Here’s what you need to know:

Chase increases Sapphire Reserve annual fee, adds bonus perks

(Photo by The Points Guy)
(Photo by The Points Guy)

Chase announced significant changes to its popular Sapphire Reserve premium credit card this week, including a $100 annual fee increase. Here’s everything you need to know about upgrading from the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card; the new Lyft Pink membership included for CSR card holders; and up to $120 in food delivery credits.

If you’re looking for a replacement card, the $695 The Platinum Card® from American Express (see rates and fees) is our top pick for a premium card, while the $95 Chase Sapphire Preferred is the perfect downgrade alternative.


This picture shows a Boeing 737-800 of the Ukraine International airline on September 24, 2019 at the airport in Duesseldorf, western Germany. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP) (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
A Boeing 737-800 of the Ukraine International airline. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP) (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

The Iranian government announced Saturday that its military was responsible for accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian commercial plane Wednesday.

Earn up to 75,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards with this limited-time offer

(Photo courtesy of Southwest.)
(Photo courtesy of Southwest.)

This is the highest offer we’ve ever seen on a Southwest personal credit card sign up, and it’s available for all three personal credit cards. Furthermore, the sign-up bonus is really easy to attain: Earn 40,000 Rapid Rewards points after spending $1,000 within the first three months of credit card ownership, and an additional 35,000 points after spending a total of $5,000 within the first six months of card ownership.

It’s also worth seeing if you may have also been targeted for complimentary Southwest elite status.

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How an Aspen ski trip ended up with my kids in the police station

Photo by Summer Hull for The Points Guy

Everything went askew for TPG’s Summer Hull and family, right as their winter vacation came to an end.

Here’s how you can earn Delta elite status with a single flight

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(Photo by The Points Guy)

And existing Delta Medallions, rejoice: Your 2019 MQMs roll over. But some of you may have had a tough week with sudden elite status that was taken away as quickly as it came.

AA and Citi remind us all to play by the rules when it comes to points and miles

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Some card holders who exploited a sign-up bonus loophole have gotten a slap on the wrist. Here’s what the punishment means. (It’s also a good time to remind everyone not to hoard points and miles.)

Now’s the time to change your Amex airline selection for the year — if you want to.

A traveler walks through the main hall at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington County, Virginia, 3 miles (5 km) south of Washington, DC 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel SLIM (Photo credit should read DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images)
Photo by DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images

In case you missed the memo, Amex airline credits no longer work for gift cards with any airline.

Boeing 737 MAX Update: Lion Air initially considered simulator training for its pilots

RENTON, WA - MARCH 14: Boeing 737 airplanes are seen outside the company's factory, on March 14, 2019 in Renton, Washington. The 737 MAX, Boeing's newest model, has been been grounded by aviation authorities throughout the world after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 on March 10. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

The revelation is just one of a number of damning statements buried within internal Boeing communications which were handed over to Congress in December 2019. One document included an employee confession: “I still haven’t been forgiven by god for the covering up I did last year.”

Related: Here’s the latest on the Boeing 737 MAX

Here’s what you need to know about traveling to the Middle East right now

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Teebank/Getty Images

Despite this week’s volatile international headlines, most tourist destinations are perfectly safe to visit.

The 6 best airline award chart sweet spots

(Photo by JT Genter/The Points Guy)
(Photo by JT Genter/The Points Guy)

Learn how you can fly the last reasonably-priced Emirates first class using JAL points, and discover five other hidden gems that won’t cost you your entire points stash.

Related: Here’s why you shouldn’t hoard points and miles

Talking Points: Everything you need to know about getting into the points and miles game

Benét Wilson, TPG’s credit cards editor, sat down with the Talking Points team to discuss Credit Cards 101. Learn all about how to understand your credit score, about sign-up bonuses and about how you can book yourself one of those gold-studded first class thrones in the sky with little to no cash out of pocket.

For rates and fees of The Platinum Card® from American Express, please click here.

Featured photo by The Points Guy.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs up to two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $80 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® after you apply through any Authorized Enrollment Provider. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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