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I earn various category bonuses, but in no case less than 1.5 transferable points per dollar spent.
Etihad First Apartment
The only spend I put on my Platinum Card from American Express is airfare to earn 5 points per dollar. I keep the Platinum card for the benefits, not primarily for spending.
And I do still put some unbonused spend on my Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express even though it’s perhaps a bit suboptimal to earn 1 Starwood point instead of 1.5 Chase points, but I want to build that account balance.
Starwood’s Al Maha Desert Resort
Finally I put $40,000 spend on my Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard and $50,000 on the American Airlines AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card to reduce the heavy lift necessary to retain my American Airlines Executive Platinum status.
This is your opportunity to take shots at my strategy, or to offer your own an explain why it makes sense for you. What cards are you using for the most spend?