If you’re a traveler then you should at least consider adding the Sapphire Reserve to your wallet. Though its annual fee of $450 may raise some eyebrows, the benefits outweigh the costs. Here are some GIFs to help us bring the point home.
1. 3 Points per $1 on Dining
Who doesn’t like to eat? At 3 points per dollar spent on dining, the Sapphire Reserve will help to ensure that your point balance is as full as your stomach.
2. 50% Ultimate Rewards Bonus
When you redeem your points for travel through the ultimate rewards portal, each point has a 50% bonus applied. This means that if you want to spend $1,000 on a flight you’ll only spend 66,667 UR points. Sweet victory!
3. 3 Points per $1 on Travel
Sapphire Reserve is synonymous with a travelers best companion. With 3x earning on each $1 spent for all travel purchases (includes things like Taxis, Cruises, Parking, etc.) you’ll accrue your next vacation while on your current one.
4. $300 Annual Travel Credit
Your first $300 a year you spend on travel? Ya, thats all going to get refunded when you spend it on the Sapphire Reserve. Note: You’re not going to earn the 3x per $1 spent on those credited purchases, but you’ll survive.
5. Priority Pass Lounge Access
It wouldn’t be a travel card without lounge access. How much this is worth to you will depend on how much you use it. Still, its nice to have it even if you don’t use it a ton.
6. Exclusive Access
Reserve card members have VIP access to cardmember only events such as; Sapphire Sundays Brunch Series, Chase Seaport Summer 2018, Chase Private Dining Series, and more! While you’ll need to live in a bigger city to really take advantage, it could also be a destination for you on your next trip.
7. Global Entry or TSA Precheck…For Free!
Receive a statement credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card.
8. Extreme Points Flexibility
With a co-branded card such as the Delta Platinum Amex you’re locked in to only earning Delta SkyMiles. With the Reserve, you can transfer your points to a variety of partners. These include; United, Marriott, Hyatt, Southwest, British Airways, and more!
9. Insurance, Reimbursement, Assistance, oh my!
When you use your Reserve card for travel purchases, you can do so knowing that you’re covered if something goes wrong. Trip Cancellation and Interruption states:
If your trip is cancelled or cut short by sickness, severe weather and other covered situations, you can be reimbursed up to $10,000 per trip for your pre-paid, non-refundable travel expenses, including passenger fares, tours, and hotels.
Then theres the trip delay reimbursement:
If your common carrier travel is delayed more than 6 hours or requires an overnight stay, you and your family are covered for unreimbursed expenses, such as meals and lodging, up to $500 per ticket.
Lost Luggage Reimbursement
If you or an immediate family member check or carry on luggage that is damaged or lost by the carrier, you’re covered up to $3,000 per passenger.
Travel and Emergency Assistance
If you run into a problem away from home, call the Benefit Administrator for legal and medical referrals or other travel and emergency assistance. (You will be responsible for the cost of any goods or services obtained.)
Travel Accident Insurance
When you pay for your air, bus, train or cruise transportation with your card, you are eligible to receive accidental death or dismemberment coverage of up to $1,000,000.
Emergency Evacuation & Transportation
If you or a member of your immediate family are injured or become sick during a trip far from home that results in an emergency evacuation, you can be covered for medical services and transportation up to $100,000.
Emergency Medial and Dental
If you’re 100 miles or more from home on a trip, you can be reimbursed up to $2,500 for medical expenses if you or your immediate family member become sick or injured.
10. Roadside Assistance!?
Who needs AAA? With the Sapphire Reserve you can call up to four times per year at $50 a pop for; tow, jumpstart, tire change, locksmith, or gas.
11. No Foreign Transaction Fees
No travel card worth its salt charges a foreign transaction fee. The Sapphire Reserve wouldn’t dare.
12. Its Metal!
The least important reason to get any credit card ever, but its still pretty cool. The Sapphire Preferred was the first metal card, now its become the standard among premium cards. The Sapphire Reserve is both eye-catching in its design and will garner plenty of comments when you hand it to the cashier.