Another week has gone by and it is time for me to summarize this week’s posts for those who have missed out. Links are provided to each one for curiosity.
This was an interesting week as I went “back to basics” for two posts. I started writing for Travel Update one year ago this week. And several of my earliest posts were card reviews. Those reviews serve as the foundation of PYCR as many of them are linked to newer posts for reference. This week, I reviewed two more cards that I previously overlooked. I also wrote one news post and one perspectives post later in the week.
Without further ado, here’s the weekly review:
Review: Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card
The Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card is a great option for Southwest loyalists who want a little more. It’s a step up from the Southwest Premier Card because it has a few more benefits. The Priority Card has a $149 annual fee (NOT waived the first year) and a higher anniversary bonus than the Premier Card.
Nonetheless, the Southwest Priority Card is the best of the bunch for those who want a personal Southwest card. The additional annual fee is worth the price of admission as you are getting more for your money.
Review: Bank of America Virgin Atlantic Card
The Bank of American Virgin Atlantic Card is an underrated option for travelers who want to go to Europe or the Caribbean. It has a $90 annual fee (NOT waived the first year), an easy to earn sign-up bonus, and an interesting earning structure.
However, it does not have any substantial perks unless you spend at least $25,000 per year on the card. I wish this card came with free checked bags, an annual travel credit, or even in-flight discounts. This way, cardholders would have incentive to keep the card beyond spending and earning. Most other co-branded airline cards have at least one substantial perk. But this one is different.
Virgin Atlantic is a transfer partner with American Express, Chase, and Citi. That means transferring points from any of those issuers to your Virgin Atlantic account might be easier for some.
American Express Business Platinum Card Cutting More Perks
The biggest news of the week came from American Express as they cut more perks from the Business Platinum Card. All these perks helped to differentiate the business version of the Platinum Card from the personal version.
The Business Platinum was the last Amex card to have GoGo WiFi passes, which came as a perk on most premium Amex cards just one year ago. Furthermore, the WeWork membership is ending in January 2020. This perk was a temporary one that was supposed to last for the year 2019. Boingo WiFi is also being discontinued with GoGo and WeWork.
Now, the Business Platinum Card is more like its personal counterpart than ever. The personal version is the better deal for many travelers because it has mostly the same perks and a slightly lower annual fee. Plus, its sign-up bonus is easier to earn.
Taking Inventory: What Cards Does PYCR Have?
This post discussed which cards I have and use every day. It was an updated version of a post that I wrote in May about the same topic. But a few things have changed since May. I have kept five cards, upgraded / product changed one card, cancelled one card, and am wishing to get two cards.
My plan going into 2020 is to stay the course and keep earning Ultimate Rewards (UR) points. I do not have the spend to diversify and earn more than one type of transferrable points. Even my cash back balances are low because I don’t use my two cash back cards that often.
I hope that everyone has a great Sunday! Stay posted for more content next week!