Are Credit Card Concierge Services Worth Anything?

Many credit cards offer access to a concierge. “So what?” you might ask (I know that’s what Sharon would say) (Note from Sharon: Yup!). Well, a concierge may be able to help with your vacation plans or get tickets for shows or concerts you couldn’t get yourself. Being an obsessive planner, I never found much value added by talking to a concierge. They’ve often just sent me cut and paste lists from Yelp! or TripAdvisor, and that’s something I can do myself. But if you’re the type that’s too busy to look up good restaurants in San Francisco near your hotel, this might be an excellent service for you.

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Differences Between The Luxury Hotel Program For Sapphire Reserve Cardholders & The One For Everyone Else

The Chase Sapphire Reserve advertises itself as the card for smart, sophisticated travelers. It has many features that justify the hefty $450 a year price tag, like a $300 annual travel credit, primary car insurance coverage, Priority Pass membership and Global Entry/TSA Precheck reimbursement.

If you go to the page on the Sapphire Reserve website, you’ll find a link to the Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection.


The Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection is a network of more than 1,000 of the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas. When you use your Chase Sapphire ReserveSM or J.P. Morgan ReserveSM card to purchase your stay, you enjoy complimentary guest privileges including daily breakfast for two, a room upgrade (when available at select properties), early check-in and late check-out (when available at select properties) and a special amenity unique to each property such as lunch or dinner for two, a spa treatment, golf green fee waivers, welcome gift, or airport transfers.

Here’s a direct link to the website. You’ll be asked to log in with your Chase ID associated with your Sapphire Reserve card. When I tried with a different account, the link sent me to the general Ultimate Rewards page. But what if you don’t have a Sapphire Reserve for, you know, reasons? Continue reading “Differences Between The Luxury Hotel Program For Sapphire Reserve Cardholders & The One For Everyone Else”

Luxury Hotels At Walt Disney World

You’ve never had as many choices for hotels at Walt Disney World as you do today. However, staying at Disney isn’t cheap. If you’re looking to go for a week in July, the cheapest Disney hotel will cost over $200 a night and that’s one of the “Value” resorts. If you’re looking to stay at one of the Monorail resorts, be prepared to pay at least $500 a night. Once Disney was able to charge that much for their rooms, other hotels began to take notice. Hotels with names like Four Seasons and Waldorf Astoria.  Continue reading “Luxury Hotels At Walt Disney World”

Silvercar Is Our Favorite Rental Car Company (That We Never Get To Use)

Silvercar. My most favorite car rental company. I’m a huge fan of so many of the things they do to make renting a car more enjoyable. I’ve never felt they were out to wring every penny out of me when I rented a car from them. Sure, their cars are more expensive than the other guys. However as the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”

So what makes Silvercar so different than all of the other car rental companies?

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