How to Destroy Metal Credit Cards and Hotel Occupancy Ready to Plummet

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  1. You really think he just needed to destroy an expired card? I can think of other reasons why I would like to take a blow torch to my Chase card. 😉

    As for Chase Private client, it is a mystery. My mother was CPC, then all of a sudden she wasn’t, with no change in her business practices. Chase even went so far as to send out new CSP cards that did not say CPC on them, mid card cycle.

    I have no reason to expect I’d be a CPC, and have received nothing in writing, but when I call Chase, they thank me for being a CPC. Go figure.

  2. I destroyed my shredder on an old Chase Marriott card that had a metal base. Not worth it – just mail back the cards.

  3. On destroying the metal card, try tin snips. They work like scissors on a plastic card.

    Something like this: Stanley 14-563 FatMax® Compound Action Aviation Snips, Straight

  4. You can also request they give you regular plastic cards (my CSR is plastic). They have the added advantage of not easily slipping out of your wallet or cel/card holder, and weigh a lot less. At one point I had 4 metal cards falling out all over the place and x4 they weigh a ton.

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