What to Know Now
Key to any frequent flier’s long term success is a good credit card. While some unlucky travelers are forced to use corporate cards, other, more flexible travelers often use personal cards to accrue extra points and then simply fill out expense reports.
The result: bonus travel perks.
Among the favored cards are the Chase Sapphire card and the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express, but with stiff competition coming down the pipeline, both will need to evolve.
Starwood’s AmEx is the first to announce changes. Later this year, holders of the card will get free Boingo Internet worldwide, no foreign transaction fees and complimentary premium in-room internet access. Oh, and the annual fee will also go up from $65 to $95.
Personally, I don’t give a toss about free Wi-Fi (I get it anyway) or Boingo internet (I carry a hotspot). But it’s good to see AmEx on top of its game. Keep the upgrades coming.
Social Quote of the Day
Not worth the added fee. I have plenty of no-foreign-fee cards already, and I already get Boingo through my Platinum card.
-Mike @ ThePointsGuy
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