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I've been a long-time Chase United card holder that earns one point for every dollar spent. We have redeemed many miles for Business and First Class travel overseas over a ten year+ period. However, things have changed so much in the last year with the United program devaluing points and making it harder than ever to secure desired routes on required dates. I began to research options to the United program and this led me to other airlines and other credit card travel benefit programs.

On twitter, there is The Points Guy, who regularly posts updates on the best travel award programs and credit cards tied to them. A huge benefit for consumers right now is that there is great competition to get new customers. Based upon TPG's recommendation, I just signed up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve, which gave me a bonus of 100,000 points and can be used on a number of different carriers. If you go to his site, it is easy to search for his latest update on the benefit and cost comparison between cards.

Currently you get from Sapphire Reserve 10/2016 :

100,000K miles after spending $4K

$300 in travel credit

3x points for travel and dining

Priority Pass lounges worldwide at airports

$100 TSA or Global entry credit

No blackout

I can combine my these miles with my balance of United. Or I can use these new points for Virgin Atlantis, British Airways, Air France, and other airlines as well as some major hotel chains. You can find the complete list on their website.

The rewards, loyalty programs are changing fast these days. I would recommend that you research to find a loyalty and airline program that works with your long-term travel plans and then compare the latest credit card programs to benefit your needs.