Bits ‘n Pieces for October 4, 2012

News and notes from around the interweb:

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. @Gary

    Would your recommendation of the Sapphire Preferred over the Select still hold if one spends enough annually to get the 25k bonus? I have about 125k in personal spending per year, with 2/3 coming from outside the US. My current strategy is to use the sapphire for all bonus spending like travel and dining, and then use the United Club card at 1.5 UA miles per dollar for general spend. Should I consider switching from the Sapphire to the Select?

  2. @Lee I would still do Sapphire Preferred and put my spend on other cards for their spending bonuses, eg Ink Bold 50k for $10k spend, Ink Plus 50k for 10k spend, an Amex Business Gold Rewards..

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