U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card Unboxing and Weighing it

We recently received our card in the mail and couldn’t wait to unbox it! Scroll down to the end of the post for an important note about purchasing gift cards.  

How much does the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve metal card weigh?

We weighed the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve and compared the weight to the Ritz-Carlton card.

The card weighs 16 grams, which is 4 grams heavier than the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Click here to see the post where we weighed the Amex Platinum and compared it to the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Ritz-Carlton cards. 

U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve weighs 16 grams

U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve weighs 16 grams

The Ritz-Carlton Rewards credit card

In all of our weight comparison experiments, the Ritz-Carlton has come out on top at 29 grams. The sticky notes weigh 2 grams.

Unlike the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve and the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Ritz-Carlton is a full metal card that has a premium feel to it (plus a $450 annual fee).


What you need to know about the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve

Don’t buy Visa gift cards

There are a ton of data points on Reddit and Flyertalk with people talking about how their accounts were shut down because they bought Visa gift cards. It doesn’t seem to matter what the amount is, or if you bought them using mobile payments.

A lot of data points also had organic spend, in addition to the gift cards.

Currently, there is not enough information to see if it applies to other cash equivalent gift cards. Our guess is they have Level 3 data to see what you’re purchasing. The reason they are shutting accounts down is because U.S. Bank sees this as abuse.

American Express has done something similar for their leaked links, especially the Platinum card. Each transaction was audited for gift cards and any cash equivalents automatically flagged/canceled the account.

Bottom line: if you buy Visa gift cards, your account will most likely get shut down.

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