Chase Sapphire Reserve is the best for earning thanks to its favorable everyday bonus categories that help you earn more points in the long term.
With Chase Ultimate Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards tied at 2 cents apiece in TPG’s valuations, it’s up to you to look at the different transfer partners and decide which ones best suit your needs.
Sapphire Reserve customers get a 50% bonus when redeeming points for travel directly through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal.
This gives you an absolute minimum redemption value of 1.5 cents per point, meaning you can book a seat on any flight that’s for sale, even if there isn’t award space available.
Ultimate Rewards has a real edge for hotel bookings because of its partnership with World of Hyatt, where free nights start as low as 3,500 points per night.
On the airline side of things, popular redemption options include United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, British Airways Avios, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club and Flying Blue (Air France-KLM) — though the last three also partner with Amex Membership Rewards.
Some of the best are ANA Mileage Club
However, if you opt to use your points directly through American Express Travel, you won't get nearly the value you do through Chase.
Chase Sapphire Reserve comes out on top for redemption options since it offers a 1:1 transfer ratio for all of its airline and hotel partners, the Pay Yourself Back feature and more flexibility with its 50% bonus for travel booked in Ultimate Rewards.
both cards feature airport lounge access and additional travel and food delivery credits,
Up to $200 annual Uber Cash for eligible U.S. purchases ($15 each month, with a $20 bonus in December).
Up to $189 annual Clear membership statement credit.
Access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection, which includes Centurion Lounges, Priority Pass (excluding restaurants), Delta Sky Clubs on same-day Delta flights, Plaza Premium, Airspace and Escape lounges.
Gold status with Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors.
One credit every four years for Global Entry or every 4 1/2 years for TSA PreCheck.
while the $200 Amex airline credit only applies to select fees such as seat assignments or checked bags
and you're limited to a single airline you designate each year.
Another area where Amex excels is by offering Gold elite status with both Marriott and Hilton to Platinum cardholders.
Amex Platinum is the clear winner when it comes to perks and benefits, which include its $1,400-plus in annual statement credits, expanded airport lounge access, travel protections, and elite status with Marriott and Hilton.
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