What's in my wallet is a monthly series that explains the reasoning behind each card in my wallet. The cards change depending on if I need to hit minimum spend on a new card or if I want to maximize cash back categories for the quarter.
The 5% cash back category during Q3 for the Chase Freedom is restaurants. I just finished maxing out my category spend with the Discover It card, so the Chase Freedom is going to be my default card whenever I dine out. Learn more about the Chase Freedom Q3 categories in the video below:
American Express Platinum
I recently canceled my Amex Business Platinum card and replaced it with a personal Amex Platinum card. This month, I'm working on hitting $5,000 minimum spend requirement to earn the 60,000 point bonus.
Watch the video below to learn more about why I canceled my Amex Business Platinum card:
I missed out on getting the personal version of the Chase Marriott card because I was over the Chase 5/24 rule. As a result, I applied for the business version to earn the 80,000 point signup bonus and free anniversary night. The Marriott card is a keeper in my books.
The Marriott business card is the only business card that's not affected by the Chase 5/24.
The Cathay Pacific card is another new addition to my wallet. I signed up for the card because I want to experience a first-class international flight with Cathay Pacific. With the increased signup offer, this makes the goal more attainable.
Watch the video below to learn more about the increased Cathay Pacific offer:
What's in your wallet this month?
One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, "Should I get the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the Chase Sapphire Reserve?" Here are three scenarios where it makes sense to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred.
The American Express Hilton Honors Ascend card has an increased offer of 100,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points, plus a free weekend night on your (first) card anniversary. Offer expires 6/27/2018.
The Chase Freedom earns 5x points on select rotating categories each quarter you activate. For Q3 2018 (July-September), the Chase Freedom 5x categories are gas stations, Lyft, and Walgreens.
The Discover It 5% cash back category for Q3 (July-September) 2018 is restaurants. As a reminder, you need to activate the 5% promo to receive the cashback bonus. Earn up to 5% on up to $1,500 in combined category purchases when you activate.
A charge card is a type of credit card where you must pay the statement balance in full each month. Unlike a traditional credit card, you can't just pay a minimum balance.
The Chase Trifecta, which consists of the Chase Freedom Unlimited, Chase Freedom, and either the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the Chase Sapphire Reserve, is the best card system to earn points for free flights.
American Express just launched a cash back card that earns 1.5% on everything to compete with cards like the Chase Freedom Unlimited and the Bank of America Travel Rewards card.
Chase is currently running a banking bonus promotion where you can earn up to $500 for opening a checking and savings account. New customers will receive $300 for opening a Chase Total Checking account and $200 for opening a Chase Savings account.
American Express is enforcing welcome offer restrictions with a new tool. A module will pop up if Amex does not want to grant you a welcome bonus due to too many accounts, signup bonuses received, or introductory APR offers.
Incredible Bank is offering up to $200 to open a free checking account. To receive the extra $100 bonus, you'll need to use a referral code. Use referral code HAA7551 if you want to support Ask Sebby, and we'll both receive $100.