This will be a long discussion, so let’s clear our minds and go down the Rabbit Hole together.
They’re many ways to solve problems. In this business, I like to identify the problem and work backwards to the solution.
My daughter has a travel problem. My kinda Problem. She needs to fly from A to B on a Thursday and return the following Sunday. Sounds simple enough right? We need to get a ticket. How hard can it be. If you’re loaded and don’t care call a travel agent and pay cash. If you want a money-saving challenge (and you are cheap like me) read on.
In today’s world, buying a plane ticket can be overwhelming. There are so many ways to buy them (Orbitz, Priceline, Delta etc…) and they all have “The Best Deal”. I don’t count on deals, I count on smart (or at least my version of it). Random Scenario Time….
You have to choose 4 credit cards. That’s It. Which 4 do you choose? They must give you the best of everything with Hotels and Airlines and they must be sustainable. Sustainable means that once you use up the points they give you, the card must provide extraordinary value for you to keep using it to earn points, perks or SOMETHING. This is where it gets subjective and everybody has an opinion.
Here is my 4: Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Business Platinum, Starwood (SPG) and American Express Everyday Preferred.
What does this even have to do with the Airline Ticket Problem? Lots…Below is a brief description of some of the benefits of my 4.
Quick Note, Chase Points are called Ultimate Reward Points (UR) and Amex Points are called Membership Rewards Points (MR). Check out each card for details (I just covered a few of the details that apply to our long forgotten problem). Keep in mind this list does not include all benefit etc…and is subjective; Translation, no whining if you disagree.
Tomorrow let’s get back to the “problem” and it’s solution. This is a two-parter…