Musings on miles, points, and travel from members of the Saverocity network

Episode 51 – Premium annual fee cards and wasted annual fees

Episode Description

We get together to discuss and debate which of the premium cards (Platinum, Prestige, Preferred) most justifies its hefty annual fee. Then it’s confession time: what annual fees do we pay that are a waste of money? Recorded 16 Mar, 2017.

Episode Notes

2:23 – Citi Prestige, discussed

19:38 – Chase Sapphire Reserve, discussed

29:27 – American Express Platinum, discussed

37:18 – our personal picks for which premium card to keep

43:16 – American Express Platinum changes

47:47 – Confessions of wasted annual fees we pay

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Music: “She” by Still Pluto


  1. March 20, 2017    


  2. Mike Z. Mike Z.
    March 22, 2017    

    Good listen.

    I filed a trip interruption claim with Chase when my wife was hospitalized during our trip to Germany last year. It was a paperwork pain, but we got a check to cover our cancelled flights, cancelled hotels, etc.

  3. September 2, 2017    

    I just listened to this podcast. I know I’m months behind. I was really frustrated as you are experts on these cards but didn’t do a great job of comparing them. For example the CSR has much better rental car coverage than the others. The Amex 5x for flights and hotels is only through Amex travel which isn’t always the best. Also the CSR has priority club membership, etc. Good podcast but I just think ya’ll couldn’t don e a better job on this one.

    I really enjoy the podcast but picture me screaming at you during my 8 mile run while listening to this one 🙂

    • Joe Joe
      September 2, 2017    

      Thanks for the honest feedback, we’ll aim to do better. Hopefully that anger pushed you to run faster!

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