How often do you go to the dentist or eye doctor? If you’re like me, probably not often enough. Sometimes, though, whether you simply need a routine checkup or a more serious issue demands treatment, you’ve got to get your teeth and eyes examined by a professional.
For nearly a century, USAA (full name: United Services Automobile Association) has offered an ever-growing suite of financial products to active-duty and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their family members. According to its website, the San Antonio-based private organization was started, back in 1922, by 25 military officers who couldn’t find an insurance company willing to cover their vehicles.
Today, USAA hawks everything from brokerage and retirement accounts to flood insurance, through about a dozen subsidiaries. USAA itself – the parent company of these subsidiaries – is member-owned, structured under Texas law as an inter-insurance exchange. This is a cooperative model, as opposed to a traditional corporation. All members can purchase insurance through this structure. As a member who owns a slice of the company, you’re eligible to receive a share of USAA’s annual profits.
JetBlue Airways is a popular airline known for providing inexpensive flights to 84 destinations throughout the United States. Its reach also extends to 12 countries in the Caribbean, South America, and Latin America, including the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. The JetBlue Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner) is a simple airline credit card that offers an opportunity for fans of JetBlue to earn TrueBlue points on purchases that can be redeemed for free flights.
- Sign-up Bonus. You can earn a bonus of 10,000 TrueBlue points if you make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of opening your account. These points can be redeemed for two one-way flights, or for one round-trip flight.
Blue from American Express® (a Money Crashers partner) is Amex’s general travel rewards credit card. It’s standard and straightforward, and it may not necessarily offer the extra travel perks and benefits of many airline-specific credit cards.
However, it could still be a useful option for your wallet, especially if you’re looking for a no-annual-fee card that awards points on general travel purchases.
- Sign-up Bonus. You earn a bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points if you spend $1,000 within the first 3 months of opening your account. These points can be redeemed for $100 in gift cards.
The Hilton HHonors™ Surpass® Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner) is similar to its standard version, the Hilton HHonors Card, but provides more rewards and hotel perks in exchange for an annual fee. These perks include Priority Pass membership in airport lounges and complimentary HHonors Gold status.
If you frequently stay at hotels in the Hilton portfolio – including Waldorf Astoria and Embassy Suites – you can earn more free nights with the Hilton HHonors Surpass card than you can with any of the other Hilton HHonors credit cards.
Delta Airlines is one of the most popular airlines in the United States and has been ranked the largest airline in the world, with flights serving more than 300 destinations in 64 countries. American Express offers various credit cards that award Delta SkyMiles and provide flight benefits and perks, convenient for various levels of use.
The Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner) falls in between the Gold Delta SkyMiles and Delta Reserve cards, providing an option for Delta fans who fly more frequently than Gold Delta SkyMiles cardholders, yet not quite as much as Delta Reserve cardholders.
Of the three Delta business credit cards offered by American Express, the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card (a Money Crashers partner) is considered the most elite. It rewards purchases with Delta SkyMiles and provides opportunities to earn elite statuses that feature attractive travel bonuses. The Delta Reserve for Business is an appealing option because of its lack of a foreign transaction fee, its annual and spending-based bonuses, and the fact that it gives business owners a chance to earn more Delta flight benefits than the Gold or Platinum versions of the card – but does it offer enough to justify a higher annual fee?
Delta SkyMiles credit cards range from Gold, the most basic tier with the lowest annual fee, through Platinum, which offers more flight benefits for a higher yearly fee, all the way up to the Delta Reserve Credit Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner). This final incarnation is considered to be the most elite of all the Amex cards carrying the Delta brand – it features the most card and flight benefits in exchange for the highest annual fee.
If you’re in the market for a credit card that awards SkyMiles, helps you earn elite statuses, and provides flight benefits and extra perks, you may want to consider the Delta Reserve.
There are plenty of business credit cards out there that reward office supply purchases and business-related purchases, but those that reward grocery store purchases are rare – and they usually exclude superstores and warehouse clubs, such as Costco and Sam’s Club. The TrueEarnings® Business Card from Costco and American Express (a Money Crashers partner) attempts to fill that gap and provide small business owners with an opportunity to earn rewards on both gas purchases and purchases made from Costco.
The American Express Blue Sky cards are favorites chosen by travelers who want to earn rewards on travel purchases without committing to a specific airline or travel brand. Plus, the card offers the convenience of redeeming rewards as statement credits against a range of travel purchases.
The Blue Sky Preferred® Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner) is different from its partner – the standard Blue Sky card – in that it offers more rewards on purchases in exchange for an annual fee.
- Sign-up Bonus. There is currently no sign-up bonus for this card.