Old Jun 10, 08, 4:08 pm
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: LA area
Programs: SPG Plat, Priority Pass
Posts: 319
SPG Amex vs. Citi PPE as new primary card

Hello all,

Thanks in advance for all of your opinions. I really learn alot from all of you.

I'm looking to make either the SPG Business AMEX or the Citi PPE my primary card. This is for mostly personal use. Business use rarely for things like meals and room incidentals, but not a significant portion.

I'm looking for a everyday primary use card that will maximize free flights for me, preferably in Business, for international destinations, mostly Asia. While I know my spending habits aren't going to get me these flights quickly, I am patient. I saved up 290,000 AA miles using the Citi AA MC over the past 10 years. I donít need to fly any specific carrier in the US, and find it more restrictive anyway because of routes and prices. And besides, I think that all the US major carriers are equally as shabby.

I know there are strong supporters of both SPG Amex and TYN. I'm looking for a card that best suits me.

I read earlier threads about the value of 1 point in each program versus each other and such, but I'm just looking to choose one that will best suited for my needs and uses.

1. I work in travel, and fly to Asia from NYC in economy 2-3 times a year. However I do not get to purchase my own tickets since we ticket them through our air department and it gets settled through the office.

2. My average spending is normally $1000-$3000 per month.

3. I do not need hotel rewards, nor do I stay in Starwood properties, I mainly end up in regional properties, or Four Seasons, Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental, and an occasional Hyatt. Even so, the company pays for hotels, so I don't earn for credit card spending at hotels, just incidental room charges.

So for the times when I would want to travel on a leisure trip, I would want to use my points/miles to redeem for tickets, preferably to international destinations. I don't really fly US domestic carriers except for the once a year for a ski trip to Colorado. Or maybe once every other year a continental US flight. I do have short US sales trips two times a year, but again, the company pays for flights and hotels.

I believe this argument has changed a little. With air ticket costs increasing rapidly due to fuel costs, I would think that the TYN would be less favorable. While I understand that FF tickets are no picnic due to limited award seats, with devaluation of TY points, and the rising costs of flights, I would think that FF tickets using FF miles works out better. .

So I look forward to all of your opinions. And feel free to ask any further questions to help formulate your opinion.
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