02 May 5 Reasons to NOT Apply for the US Bank Altitude Reserve
US Bank released a new credit card in the premium travel rewards card space yesterday. They call it the
Chase Sapphire Reserve Killer US Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite.
This card had a bit of hype to it the last few weeks, and I admit that I have definitely been keeping up with it. Plenty of people have already applied – including Mrs. Miles to Memories – and have been approved for this card.
Greg, over at Frequent Miler, has a comprehensive benefits guide and if you are interested in all the glitz and the glam that is the US Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite, I suggest you head over there to learn more…
Because you won’t learn much over here, except why I am NOT (and why you should NOT) apply for this card!
#1 – You must be a US Bank customer to get the card
I am not a US Bank customer. I would like to be, but it’s not that easy! As soon as the rumors of the “US Bank customers only” requirement started flying around, I applied for an Easy Checking account. While I knew I may have to wait the 35 days from account opening to be considered a customer, I was willing to miss out on the May 1st Opening Day and apply a bit late.
Let me tell you – it was not in fact, easy, to open an Easy Checking account.
There are no US Bank locations in my area (TPA REPRESENT!), and therefore US Bank denied my checking account application.
While a credit card relationship could qualify me as a customer, US Bank has been known to deny applicants based on too many recent inquiries, so I am not sure applying for another US Bank credit card right now would improve my overall chances of approval on the Altitude.
I also read something about opening up a CD with US Bank, but I really don’t feel like bothering with that either… am I just being lazy?
#2 – The card comes with a $400 Annual Fee
That is a lot of money. I have been on record multiple times attempting to justify high annual fees on credit cards, mainly citing the accompanying benefits – specifically, annual travel credits. This card does come with a $325 annual travel credit to soften the blow, but either way you slice it, this annual fee means committing to more money spent.
Considering I already have committed to annual credits on various other credit cards totaling $900 ($300, $200 x2, and $100 x2), I am not sure I’m ready to tack on another $325… yet?
The hell is SageStream and/or ARS? I have no idea, and I have been avoiding US Bank for years due to this reason. Apparently US Bank pulls these lesser known credit reports and I have not given it the time to figure it all out.
I have actually read reports of applicants being denied for having these frozen, so I am not entirely sure if this is still the proper action to take pre-application? Anybody have any further thoughts on this?
#4 – There is no ability to transfer points to loyalty programs
This is not a deal breaker in itself, but if I am allowed to choose (and I am, because this is my life we are talking about here!), I will focus my attention on flexible award currencies like Membership Rewards, Ultimate Rewards, Starpoints, and/or ThankYou Points!
I get that the counter argument here is diversification. Why don’t I invest in both flexible currencies and these US Bank points? Great question…
For some it can be difficult to still earn these flexible award currencies given the various “rules” implemented by card issuers (i.e. Chase 5/24, Amex 1 per lifetime, etc.). For me, I am still somewhat within the “rules” for certain flexible point earning cards, and I won’t be diversifying until I am tapped out on those!
#5 – I can’t handle the denial right now…
I just have this feeling that I am going to get denied! I feel like I am going to go through all of this effort to try and get approved for this card and then when it comes down to it, I’ll be hit in the face with a big fat DENIAL letter!
From what I have read, US Bank is tough on credit card “churners” or those who apply for multiple cards in a limited period of time, and is very likely to deny folks in our hobby, despite high credit scores.
Denial is not just a river in Egypt – it is a very real possibility, and I am just not willing to apply and take that risk!
I am not going to apply for the US Bank Altitude Reserve credit card.
No way, man! Not gonna do it! Nope, never ever ever!
Despite all these reasons why NOT to apply for this card, if I start to hear great things from other credit card junkies, I am sure I will somehow rationalize my way into becoming eligible to apply for this thing!
Are you eligible to apply for the Altitude? Are you brave enough to apply!?
Am I wrong about any or all of the above? And can you convince me of it!? (Doubtful… not on the me being wrong, but on you being able to convince me that I am wrong…)