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I’d love some reader advice on what wallet to carry for someone who has a lot of credit cards and doesn’t want to leave them all in a drawer… but without spending a ton of money and still getting something decent-looking that I can take out in a business environment to pay for a meal.
For a few years I had a great wallet. It wasn’t great because it was a $265 Ghurka wallet. In fact, I had never heard of Ghurka when I bought it, I got it for free by stacking multiple deals at Vente-Privee and I only wanted it because it had five credit card slots on each side. And, of course, I could stick more than one card in each slot.
Overstuffing it wore out the wallet, and I replaced it with another one I have gotten for free (and had sitting in a drawer for a few years). It’s a Tumi, but only three slots on each side.
I stack the cards in this one, too, and that wears it out faster. With only six total card slots I’m limited in what I’m able to carry with me. And all things equal I’d be more like George Costanza:
I’m not going to compromise on what I carry. I want to carry my Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, my Citi Prestige Card, and my
Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express for spending.
That gets me a Visa, a MasterCard, and an American Express. It gets me three transferable currencies. And it gets me bonuses on travel, dining, and entertainment — plus strong earning on unbonused spend.
I also want to carry my Platinum Card from American Express. If I only wanted the card for elite statuses, like Hilton Gold and National Car Rental Executive, I wouldn’t have to carry it with me. But I need it for smooth entry into American Express Centurion lounges (though I’m told they can look you up at the desk but that’s a bit of drama I’d rather avoid).
I don’t need to carry my Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ Mastercard® for American Airlines Admirals Club access. First, if I’m flying American I can gain access with my Citi Prestige Card. Second, the Citi Executive card gives me a membership so that my frequent flyer number shows I should gain access. But if I’m wanting to access the lounge when I’m not flying American same day, I feel a little less weird showing the card rather than asking them to look me up. (Authorized cardmembers gain access to the club by showing the card, since they don’t get true memberships — just access — and therefore need to carry the card.)
You can tell lounge access is important to me — I’m going to carry my Priority Pass Select Card in my wallet, too. That gains access to Alaska Airlines lounges, to The Club lounges, to many international airline lounges in the US and of course to many lounges around the world. I carry the one that came with my Citi Prestige not the one that came with my American Express Platinum — both come with unlimited visits, but Prestige comes with unlimited free guests (up to 2 each visit).
I need my Drivers License, my security access card for work, my ATM card.
And I want to carry other cards as well, plus anything new that I’ve signed up for where I need to meet a spending requirement. (This year I’ve already met the $40,000 spend thresholds on both the Citi Executive Card and the Barclaycard Aviator Silver to earn 10,000 American elite qualifying miles from each and also the $40,000 spend threshold on the Hyatt co-brand to earn 5 stays and 10 nights towards re-upping my Gold Passport Diamond status.)
So I need slots. I also want a decent or at least professional-looking wallet (not cheap-looking) but I also do not want to spend a lot of money. My two most recent wallets are decent-looking and even pricey but I didn’t spend any money for them.
How do I get a decent-looking wallet with plenty of slots without spending a lot? Do readers have any recommendations? What do you carry?