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The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (in the interest of full disclosure, I get a referral if you sign up through that link) has lots of benefits, though probably my favorite day-to-day (as in, every time I whip it out to pay for something) “benefit” is how sexy the card is. For those of you that have no clue what makes the card different, it’s really thick and the numbers are on the back, so it looks pretty snazzy.
In the past couple of weeks I’ve received the following comments when making purchases in the US:
- “That’s the coolest card I’ve ever seen.”
- “Is this the card that comes with a private jet?”
- “Wow, is this that special card with no spending limit?”
- “You know what they say about guys with thick credit cards?” (sadly I’m not joking on that one…)
Little do they know it’s a card with a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year, and not the American Express Centurion credit card. But that hasn’t stopped me from almost for a second thinking I’m that much of a high roller. Until I go outside the US.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has no foreign transaction fees and offers double points on hotels, so it’s a no brainer to use abroad. But clearly the admiration of the card isn’t universal.
When checking in at the Park Hyatt Shanghai I gave my Chase Sapphire Preferred card for the guarantee, and the front desk agent asked me if I had a credit card instead of a debit card. I had to catch my tongue, because I was about to tell him all the things I’ve been told about the card that aren’t true — “Do you know who I am? Do you know that this credit card comes with a private jet and has no credit limit? I think it’ll suffice for this hotel stay.”
And this has actually been the case the last four times I checked in at hotels abroad. They either assume it’s a debit card or ask me why I’m giving them a useless card with my name on it.
Has anyone had similar issues abroad?