Regular readers of this blog know that I consider the Chase Sapphire Preferred card to be pretty much the best all-around credit card for spending.
Of course, there’s nothing more rewarding than a credit card signup bonus (and Sapphire Preferred has one of the best).
But for most spending that isn’t helping you earn a signup bonus, Sapphire Preferred is outstanding — double points on travel and dining, Visa acceptance, no foreign currency transaction fees, flexible points. It’s one of the cards that I’m keeping even now that my annual fee is about to hit.
Milepoint member AndyAndy, though, decided not to keep his. He downgraded his Sapphire Preferred card to a regular Sapphire card with no fee. And since he needed to get rid of his existing card, he needed to get creative.
See, Sapphire Preferred is heavy. It’s not the standard credit card plastic you ca stick in a shredder or cut up with scissors. If you send it back into Chase they’ll dispose of it for you, how I have no idea.
AndyAndy tried to do it himself. Finally resorting to a blow torch.
(Photo used with permission.)
It didn’t quite work. As he explained,
On the back, the numbers are still legible, so no pictures of that! I remembered some early debate about what the card was made of, but don’t know if the issue was ever conclusively resolved. Well, I can, with confidence, say that the core is metal and the skin is plastic.
Even though I’ve had the card for a year, I still get comments from many store clerks. A good number of folks in my office have gotten the card, you’d think nearby restaurants and other businesses would be used to it by now. But a common reaction is still to do a double take, note the weight, and look impressed.
That’s not a reason to get a credit card, but there’s little question the design of this one sets it apart. Although environmentalists may not like its lack of biodegradability…