Trip Report: Learning Experiences with LAX lounges and Southwest Airlines

Last week was a busy week for us at rsts11travel, with a few topics around a two day trip to Los Angeles, California.

This was going to be a “quick take” post, but like the trek to an available lounge, it ended up longer than expected. Here’s why.

For the last 8 years or so, we’ve had a pretty consistent airline plan for various reasons. For flights from the Bay Area to Southern California airports other than LAX, or to Las Vegas, we generally fly Southwest. Otherwise, we fly American.

And when flying American into or through LAX, the lounge choices are pretty obvious; with Admirals Club membership through the Citi AAdvantage Executive MasterCard, we visit one or more of the three Admirals Clubs here: Remote Terminal’s mini-lounge, or Terminal 4 or Terminal 5 full size lounges. They’re pretty good, with predictable offerings and reasonable space. Last year we started using Priority Pass for the restaurant credits at Campanile (which has since left the program).

The terminals that American Airlines flies to are all connected airside by walkways, tunnels, or the Remote Terminal shuttle. So we’ve never had to go through security more than once, even if visiting more than one lounge.

This trip was a bit different, in that we flew into LAX on Southwest, a barely-over-$100 round trip fare from SJC which left some budget space for other things. Arriving at Terminal 1 was a bit of a change.

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Quick Take: Amex Centurion Lounge temporary closures coming soon to LAS, MIA, SEA

For our lounging hour, the American Express Centurion Lounge is the place to be while waiting for a flight at any airport that has such a lounge. It’s even worth an extra security screening at SFO, if you can believe it.

Last year, the DFW lounge closed for a few months and relocated. You can read a review of the new lounge here at The Points Guy.

Well, in an effort to modernize and expand offerings in more locations, American Express will be closing their locations at Las Vegas (our most frequent Centurion Lounge) and Miami.

What are the closures?

American Express announced that their Miami location will close on January 14, 2019, for “a short period” to “upgrade and expand the space.” They remind that you can use the Delta Sky Club if flying Delta, or use Priority Pass otherwise (enrollment required, of course).

They will also be closing Las Vegas as of the same date for a “short period” to “renovate and improve the space.”

A short closure with the same phrasing as Las Vegas is also announced for Seattle, coming in March.

How can I get my lounge fix?

The American Express Lounge Collection includes several other networks not operated by Amex, so you won’t be lost or gatebound if you have a layover or an extra hour or two at these airports.

For Las Vegas, you have two options:

  • Club at LAS (Priority Pass lounge) in Terminal 3, Concourse E, gate E2
  • Club at LAS (Priority Pass lounge) in Concourse D, gate D16

For Miami, there are seven locations available across the airport:

  • Global Lounge’s Avianca Sala VIP in South Terminal, Concourse J
  • Air Margaritaville (Priority Pass restaurant) in Central Terminal, Concourse E
  • Corona Beach House (Priority Pass restaurant,) in North Terminal, Concourse D
  • Club America (Priority Pass lounge) in Central Terminal, Concourse F
  • Viena (Priority Pass restaurant) in Central Terminal, Concourse E
  • LATAM Lounge (Priority Pass lounge, limited hours) in South Terminal, Concourse J
  • Delta Sky Club (when flying Delta) in South Terminal, Concourse H

When the Seattle closure comes in March, you have four alternatives:

  • Delta Sky Club (when flying Delta) in Concourse A, Gate A1
  • Delta Sky Club (when flying Delta) in South Satellite, Gate S9
  • The Club at SEA (Priority Pass lounge) in Concourse A, Gate A11
  • The Club at SEA (Priority Pass lounge) in South Satellite, Gate S9

The Priority Pass restaurants above offer a credit per Priority Pass guest ($28 for Viena and Air Margaritaville, $30 for Corona Beach House). Remember that you should tip based on the regular price, not just what you spend over that amount.

If you are using a Priority Pass venue, be sure to register for Priority Pass through the American Express site or mobile app. You’ll want to do this before leaving on your trip, if you haven’t already; we’ve seen a number of people trying to get registered at the last minute, and you don’t want to be stuck without lounge access if you can avoid it.

You can use the Amex app to find any lounges you’re eligible to visit in a given airport, although we’d also recommend you use the Priority Pass app with its digital membership card, so you don’t have another plastic card to carry around.

I don’t have a Platinum card, what do I do?

The options above are aimed at Platinum and Centurion cardmembers since this post is about the Centurion Lounge.

Several other credit cards offer Priority Pass, including Chase Sapphire Reserve, Ritz-Carlton Rewards from Chase (no longer available), Hilton Honors Ascend from Amex, SPG Luxury from Amex, and US Bank Altitude Reserve.

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Priority Pass direct memberships, as of January 12, 2019

You can also purchase a membership without a participating card, directly from the Priority Pass website. These options do not include free guests, while the card-associated memberships offer at least 2 guests per member for free. You may find that the restaurant options aren’t a great deal if you have to pay for the visits, but it may vary (and if the member visit is free, you still save some money).

 

 

Quick Take: Who needs a phone in a hotel bathroom?

A recent business trip brought to mind one of the most baffling concepts we’ve had to consider while traveling:

Why do so many hotels have telephones in their bathrooms?

Update: We got an answer to the question! See the end of this post.

The hotel we stayed in this week had a washroom in the entryway and the full bath, and both toilets had handy wall-mounted corded telephones. This was in addition to the bedside phone and the desk phone.

We can understand a television or a music player, especially with a luxurious bathtub to relax in after a long day of work or sightseeing.

We can almost understand a charging port for a phone or tablet, although we wouldn’t necessarily want an expensive mobile device connected to power in close proximity to a toilet or shower.

We could even accept a speakerphone, for those romantic nights whispering “no, you hang up” when you’re apart from your beloved, or when you need to learn what your children have done with the dog in your absence.

But the thought of the toilet phone is just downright disturbing. Is it just us?

Even if the phone is cleaned regularly, you never know who’s done what in there, and if it’s not sanitized between every guest, do you really want that appliance that’s 2-3 feet from the toilet touching your face?

And while our last hotel did not have this anachronistic feature, we’ve seen some hotel toilet-phones with modem jacks. We’ll admit to taking a cell phone in to keep those social games going or read Twitter or our blog comments, but we’ve never thought “hey, I need to dial into Compuserve while I’m on the toilet.”

This one we really want to hear from you about. Have you seen phones in the hotel washrooms you’ve been in recently? And when was the last time you used one of them?

As an aside, we could see the need to get help if one had an incident in the bath… but in those cases, having the phone as far from the tub or shower as possible, while good for protection from water damage, seems counterproductive. Maybe retrofit the phones with intercom functionality or a simple call button?

Whoa, an answer?

Update: Shortly after posting this, we heard from our friend Howard Marks of Deep Storage who had a logical and accurate answer. Here it is (expanded a bit; any details and links are not his fault).

The American Automobile Association and affiliated clubs have a well-known Diamond Rating system that has been operational since 1976. Until recently, the standard for a 4-Diamond or 5-Diamond rating included a specification that there would be a telephone in the bathroom. We found this in a version of the guidelines posted on the Canadian Auto Association Quebec website.

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This requirement is a qualification for 4-Diamond status, and 4-Diamond criteria are a prerequisite for 5-Diamond.

A newer version of the guidelines was posted in April 2018 and appears to adapt for the changes in technology. There is no mention of a phone in the bathroom section at all. In fact, even the guest room descriptions no longer mention telephones (but they do mention USB charging ports from the 3-Diamond level up).

It’s unlikely that hotels will rip out the phones even if they are no longer required for this status, but I would guess that new properties being built to these aspirations will be less likely to be littered with telephones.

 

 

Quick Take: The Energizer XP20001PD Type-C 45W Power Bank/Battery Pack

Here’s a quick battery review for you. We got the Energizer XP20001PD Ultimate power delivery battery pack on sale at Fry’s Electronics last week. With the 20Ah power in a convenient form factor, it looked tempting.

The packaging is very enthusiastic, referring to the pack as ULTIMATE and calling it a “PD RocketHub.” As far as we can tell, there’s no USB hub functionality to be found. There are a pair of short charging cables included though: One USB-A to Micro-USB B and one USB-C to USB-C. There’s also a tiny instruction sheet.

Specifications:

The XP20001PD has a 74Wh/20000mAh battery with four USB-A ports (5V, max 4.2A over 4 ports) as well as a Micro USB input for charging (5V/2A). The distinction for this pack is a bi-directional USB-C port, supporting 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/2.4A both ways, as well as charging at 36W with 20V/1.8A and outputting 45W at a 20V/2.25A profile.

Testing:

We only tested USB-PD use cases, in and out, since there are many better options if you only need to charge USB-A type devices (like the RAVPower 22000mAh 5.8A three-port pack or the Anker Powercore 20100 4.8A two-port pack).

Our first test was to charge the pack up to full. We found charging of the pack was inconsistent, starting around 18W (19.4/1.72) dropping to .01 amps after a while. The first charge attempt had the pack getting pretty warm too, and it seemed like the battery may have swelled a bit (the pack wobbles when placed either side up on a flat surface). You’ll see from the photos above that this might just be poor construction quality, as other aspects of the design are somewhat ugly as well.

When the pack was connected to a USB Power Delivery device, the four LEDs for battery status switched to one red LED. This was concerning but consistent. Oddly, this happened even with the USB-C to Lightning cable connected, but with it not plugged into the iPad itself.

We tested with our two most common USB-C PD devices, an iPad Pro 12.9″ (1st Generation) with the USB-C to Lightning cable from Apple, and a Dell XPS 13 9370 laptop with a USB-C to USB-C cable from ZMI.

The pack did not rapid charge the iPad Pro as we would have expected. Normally the iPad Pro would start at about 5.1V/2.5A (~13W) and then reset to roughly 14.9V/1.9A (~28W) but we saw the charge start at 5.04V/0.08A  and jump to 15.0/0.06. That’s right, almost up to 1 watt of charging power on the meter. You may find it more productive to use the 12W output on a USB-A port with a standard Lightning charging cable.

The pack was quirky with regard to charging the XPS 13 9370, getting up to a 45W (19.7V/2.24A) profile but cutting in and out. The XPS is quirky itself, as we found with the ZMI battery, but this was excessive. We’d prefer a slow charge warning and 40W of input to a 4-5 second “Charging” / “On Battery” cycle any day.

Wrap it up:

In short, we were disappointed with the Energizer Ultimate “PD Rockethub” charging bank. Even at an out-the-door price of $45, we found the most important functionality (USB-C in and out) was lacking, at least for our devices. We’ll be returning it for a refund shortly.

If you can get it for under $50 and have a lower power laptop (i.e. a sub-30W Macbook) or a lower power mobile device (maybe a Pixel or other phone that charges at 18W), this might be the fit for you.

If you are looking for 28W iPad Pro or 45W laptop charging (especially the newer Dell gear), we’d suggest spending the extra $20 and going with the ZMI 20000mAh pack at $70. It consistently charges the Dell at 40W (albeit with a slow charger warning) and successfully does the 28W rapid charge for iPad Pro. And it also doubles as a USB-C to 2x USB-A hub on the go.

If you want higher powered charging for the Dell laptops, we recommend the PW7018LC Notebook Power Bank Plus from Dell, which provides 65W of USB-PD power and a USB-A port for charging or data connection to your laptop. (We own one of these, purchased at our own expense, and it works nicely.)

Further details:

Our basic USB-C charger testing gear is the Satechi USB-C Power Tester or the Plugable version of the tester. Plugable is rated for 200W (20V/10A); Satechi advertises 65W but told us via email 2 years ago that it would handle 299.7W (30V/9.99A). Both seem to handle 130W through the Dell TB16 Thunderbolt 3 Dock without issue.

GTrusted did a deeper analysis of this pack with much more interesting testing gear than we have. Check it out if you’re interested in the protocol details and deep test results.

Disclosure: As we wrote over on rsts11’s 2018 conference writeup, ZMI provided an unsolicited power pack and charger for us to try out, about two years ago. They did not ask for a blog post or coverage, and other than the free battery and charger, we received no compensation for the review or later mentions.

The Energizer pack in this review was purchased by us at a local retailer without any sponsorship or contact with the manufacturer. The discount we received was through the publicly available Fry’s promo code program.

Celebrating two years of rsts11travel

Two years ago, on December 31, 2016, we launched rsts11travel. For a couple of days the posts were a category on rsts11.com, before the new domain and blog were set up.

Two years and almost 50 posts later, the blog is chugging along and drawing pretty good readership. Some posts strike more of an immediate chord, but others keep drawing your eyes two years later. We definitely appreciate you sharing our posts and tweets wherever they show up, whether you follow us here, on Twitter, on Facebook, or by following our primary writer Robert.

Note that sometimes we throw quick notes up on Twitter or Facebook that never turn into posts here. Sometimes there’s a quick social media promotion from a travel provider, or a blog post from one of the bigger travel bloggers that we want to point you at. So it’s not just post updates, and we try to keep those channels high value/low noise.

Since this is an entirely self-funded blog (except for the occasional work trip that inspires a post), we use affiliate programs to help with the costs of items and events we review. Using the links in our posts and sidebars, like this generic travel search or a more specific like the Anker Powerstrip Pad for travel power extension (including USB-C Power Delivery!) that we just got in this past weekend, brings us a few bucks a month without costing you any more.


Speaking of affiliate programs and shameless plugs, we kept acquiring new carry-on style luggage this year. You may find the Solo Duane 15.6 hybrid bag useful, even though we haven’t reviewed it on the site yet.

Solo Duane 15.6 Inch Laptop Hybrid Briefcase, Converts to Backpack

It holds a chunky 15.6″ laptop (like the Lenovo Thinkpad P50) and an iPad Pro plus the chargers and accessories. Of course you can put a smaller laptop in, like an XPS 13 or XPS 15, or a Macbook of any size made in the last 9 years. Additionally, it works as a messenger/crossbody style bag, a standard laptop “briefcase” bag with handles, or even–get this–a backpack.

Buy it through our Amazon link and we get a little bit of a commission to help with the next item to review. And at $30, or $25 with a current Solo holiday coupon on Amazon, it’s an impressive value.


A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed 2018’s most viewed posts on Twitter. Not surprisingly, three of the top five were from our first week. Somewhat surprisingly, the most viewed post in 2018 was a “quick” update on Caesars Entertainment changes to their Total Rewards program.

(Follow @rsts11travel on Twitter or rsts11 travel on Facebook to get the latest updates, or just follow this blog on WordPress.com.)

Some of our goals for this year are to try out the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas (which replaced the Mandarin Oriental through a management change in late August 2018), cover some more local travel (parks and beaches in California, for example), provide some more newbie help on credit card and travel rewards optimization, and of course keep up with the latest changes in loyalty programs and benefits.

Newsflash: Amex Business Platinum adds new features, $145 annual fee hike

The American Express Business Platinum Card, formerly a $450 annual fee offering with a 35% points back benefit on pay-with-points travel bookings, announced a few changes coming between now and February 2019.

Read about the personal Platinum increase here: http://Changes in Amex Platinum – and 3 reasons to keep the card (March 2017)

See our guide to Justifying a premium credit or charge card for your traveling pleasure here (September 2018)

During 2018, the main noticeable change was that they started issuing cards in metal rather than plastic, matching the personal card option. In return for the satisfying clink or clunk on a table, you give up the ability to have your card run on one of the old kerchunk machines (we’re sure there’s an official name for the impression-based devices, but we don’t know it offhand).

But 2019 brings a few new benefits, at a cost. As with the personal card, if you can use the new benefits, you’ll end up better off than before, even with the annual fee hike.

Dell Statement Credit

This is the most interesting benefit for us: Up to $200 in annual statement credits for purchases from Dell in the US. Details are sparse, but if you can use it, it covers the annual fee hike.

We expect this will resemble the Saks benefit on the personal card, where you get part of the credit periodically through the year. Maybe $100 per half year? Hopefully it will not be restricted to computer purchases. We’ll find out in February.

Expanded Fine Hotels & Resorts rewards and redemptions

This is the second best for us, as we’re big fans of Amex FHR (as shown here (Aria Sky Suites) and here (Delano)). You will be able to earn 5x Membership Rewards points, or redeem MR points to pay, for “select prepaid Fine Hotels & Resorts properties.”

We’ll have to see how these redemptions work, but it seems likely that it will be a one cent per point redemption value, and will probably not cover all FHR properties.

Other benefits being added

Amex has partnered with WeWork to offer a free year of Platinum Global Access to their on-demand workspaces around the world. They value this at $2,700, which if you can use it is definitely a good addition.

The Hotel Collection (a step below Fine Hotels & Resorts) will see an increased hotel credit of $100, up from $75 before, beginning January 1, 2019.

Three new Centurion lounge locations (New JFK and LAX, and the replacement lounge at DFW) will be opening in 2019 as well. This is listed as a new benefit, but it will also apply to personal and cobranded Platinum cards.

Of course, the fee goes up

When the personal Platinum Card added its $200 Uber (and later $100 Saks) benefits, the annual fee went from $450 to $550. Neither benefit is as smooth as it could be, but they definitely made up for the increase.

The Business Platinum Card takes it to a new level, increasing from $450 to $595, effective on “your next membership renewal date on or after your February 2019 billing cycle.” So if your annual fee posts on your February 2019 statement, it will be $595. If it’s January, you get the new benefits for almost a full year.

Odds are, many Business Platinum customers deduct their annual fee as a business expense, so it’s not as sharp a hike as the personal Platinum Card. In addition, the Dell statement credits can easily compensate for the $145 increase, even if you don’t use Hotel Collection, Fine Hotels & Resorts, or WeWork.

So where do we go from here?

We’ll have to see how some of these benefits flesh out in February. It seems likely that the improvements will make up for the increased annual fee, and if you’re deducting the fee it’s even less of an impact, but Amex has complicated some of their benefits (especially Uber) so the final report remains to be seen.

What do you think of the changes? Will you re-evaluate your business card holdings as a result of these changes? Share in the comments.

Quick Deal: Toddy Cold Brew Coffeemaker for $18 at Amazon

This is more for ground travel, or staying at home reading rsts11travel (or maybe on long hotel stays), but Amazon has the Toddy cold brew coffeemaker on sale today for under $18 (usually $30-35 in our experience over the last few years).

The Toddy design and method have been around since 1964, and we’ve used it for about 20 years ourselves. It has nothing to do with the alcoholic beverage you probably thought of at first, although you can make coffee cocktails with it if you like.

If you don’t trust the coffee on the way, fill up a plastic water bottle with concentrate, and just add water on the road for smooth low-acid coffee. Or drink it concentrated, and drive straight through to Hong Kong. [Editor’s Note: Don’t do that.]

How does it work?

Take a pound of coarse ground coffee (or half a pound of tea leaves), about 9 cups of cold filtered water, and 18-36 hours on the counter and you get concentrated beverage that lasts two weeks in the fridge.

There are smaller recipes if you want to make less concentrate, and (perhaps due to spillage) Toddy recommends the smaller batch with 12oz coffee/7c water.

If you’re on the road, most retail coffee shops that sell beans will grind them for you. Or you can put a couple of bags of beans into the Toddy hopper in your suitcase, and bring your faves with you. You may find a 2 liter soda bottle acquired on site to be a safer option than the glass carafe for travel.

We’ve used these on and off for over a decade at home, and odds are, your favorite coffee shop uses the commercial version for your favorite iced and blended coffee and tea drinks. They used to be sold in the coffee shops inside Borders Books stores, but now the accessories may be a bit harder to find in local stores (check Bed Bath and Beyond, or order from toddycafe or Amazon: Stoppers and Felt Filters).

The felt mesh filters should be replaced after 12 uses or 3 months. Stoppers are more likely to get lost than worn out, but it doesn’t hurt to have a couple of spares either way. They now even have a paper filter to simplify cleanup and extend the life of the felt mesh filters.

Check it out!

[Note: Our new “Deals” category will unilaterally promote deals we find for things we use and recommend. These will usually (but not always) feature affiliate links, which means we’ll get a small commission if you purchase through those links, but your price should be unaffected. These are not paid placement, and are not requested or endorsed by the manufacturer or the marketplace involved.]

Newsflash: American Express relaunches Premier Rewards Gold as the Gold Card

Last week at rsts11travel, we looked at some of the premier credit and charge cards and how to make them worth the high annual fees. You may have noticed we hinted at the Premier Rewards Gold card, a mid-range benefit-bearing charge card in the personal lineup. Eagle-eyed consumers also may have noticed that the American Express Gold Card disappeared from the Amex website earlier this year (leaving a gap between the classic green charge card and the Platinum card). 

Well, there were rumors and screenshots suggesting that the Premier Rewards Gold card would be changing, and last Thursday they became more than rumor. 

Promotional image from American Express customer email

Before October 4th, 2018, the Premier Rewards Gold card offered 3x Membership Rewards points on flights booked directly with airlines, 2x on gas stations and supermarkets, and 1x on all other purchases. It also provided a $100 airline fee rebate for a selected airline each year. It was a pretty good card for the $195 annual fee, if you could take advantage of the bonus categories. 

With the updates, the Premier Rewards Card is now the American Express Gold Card. The bonus on gas stations is gone, the flight bonus remains, but restaurants and supermarkets are now earning 4x Membership Rewards points (with a cap of $25,000 in supermarket purchases per year, after which the rate returns to 1x). 

The airline fee rebate is joined with an opt-in offer of up to $10/mo in statement credits on select dining partners. Those partners are Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. If you choose to use this benefit, log into your Amex account and activate the benefit on the “benefits” tab of the site. 

Alas, as we saw with the American Express Platinum card last year, the annual fee is expanding along with the benefits, to a new rate of $250 effective your next renewal date on or after April 1, 2019. You’ll have anywhere from 6 to 18 months to decide if the new annual fee is worth the benefits. 

In the rewards blogosphere, a lot of people are seeing this as a viable competitor to the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, and depending on your travel and dining preferences, as well as your redemption options, it could supplement or replace the CSR in your wallet in 2019. 

One other benefit that may seal the deal for some cardmembers is the metal card offering, including a limited edition rose gold metal card only available for three months. While you can order the new yellow gold metal card through the Amex website, you’ll have to either call the number on the back of your card or use Amex website chat to request the Rose Gold card. 

It sounds like the new card request is effectively a product change, although the benefits have already changed so it’s not a big difference. 

How do you feel about the new American Express Gold Card? Will it change what you carry and use? What will take its place as a gas rewards card? Let us know in the comments below. 

Newsflash: National Car Rental promo with American Express

Most of you who have American Express Platinum cards know that you can get Executive Aisle status as a benefit of those cards. This means you get a wider selection of vehicles when renting, and earn free rentals faster (a free day every 6 rentals, rather than 7 with basic Emerald Aisle membership). 

A National Car Rental car selection at Orlando International Airport. Orlando International Airport – Photo: Rusty Clark ~ 100K Photos via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)
Photo: Rusty Clark ~ 100K Photos via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Well, apparently National really wants American Express cardmembers to rent with them. There’s a new promo today that gets you Executive Elite status just by having an American Express card. Executive Elite sets the free rental day bar at 5 rentals, and has guaranteed availability if you reserve 24 hours in advance. 

Follow this link, log in if you have a current account with National, and you should be upgraded. It took about 30 seconds for us, and an email confirmation of the profile change was in our inbox within a minute or two. 

If you rent after accepting the offer, and pay with an American Express card by the end of January 2019, you are eligible for a free rental day in addition to whatever your rental credits earn you. 

Not a National fan? With this status you may be able to match to Avis and Hertz higher tiers… your mileage may vary, so to speak. 

Justifying a premium credit or charge card for your traveling pleasure

Update: American Express relaunched the Premier Rewards Gold charge card as the Gold Card, making it a viable contender for your premium card needs. See our writeup here.

Update 12/2018: Annual fee for Amex Business Platinum is going up in 2019, with new benefits. More on this update here. Further update coming after the details are fully announced. Also, added note in summary table for the Gogo in-flight passes.

Something that comes up on many travel and credit forums is the topic of seemingly-obscene annual fees on certain premium credit cards. Cards like Citi AAdvantage Executive, Chase Sapphire Reserve, and Amex Business Platinum come with a $450* annual fee, and the gold standard (erm, platinum standard) American Express Platinum went to $550 a year last year.

Once upon a time, annual fees were a given in much of the credit card landscape, and rarely came with enough benefits to counter the fees. Today, many of these cards have features that compensate for, or even exceed the value of, the annual fee. In today’s post we’ll take a look at some of the most common benefits (especially with regard to the four cards listed above), and when you might find them worth the fee. Continue reading “Justifying a premium credit or charge card for your traveling pleasure”