US Bank Will Launch Two New Altitude Cards

After reading this headline, one of two things is probably going on through your head. Either 1) another US Bank article?? Or 2) you jut posed about two different US Bank Alititude cards yesterday! Did they launch them both? Or what’s the deal? 

If you were thinking 1), then you are absolutely right. The news out of US Bank is just ridiculous at this point. It would have been better if they just released everything at once. If you were thinking 2), then read on to find out more!

The New Cards

So actually, yes, there are going to be two different new altitude cards. Luckily though, they are not changing the Altitude Reserve, but rather, just using the name to launch two different cards. This is branding that you could find similar to Sapphire for Chase, or Everyday from American Express or many other cards really. Regardless, here are details about the two different cards:

Altitude Go: $0 annual fee
  • 20,000 points after $1,000 spend within first 3 months
  • 4x: dining and Takeout, 2x on Grocery, Gas stations, streaming services, 1x everywhere else
  • $15 free month of streaming for annual streaming services
  • 0% APR 12 months for purchases and balance transfers
Altitude Connect: $95 annual fee
  • 50,000 points after $3,000 within 3 months
  • 5x: prepaid hotels and car rentals when booked Altitude Reward Center, 4x travel and Gas stations, 2x dining, takeout, groceries, and streaming services, 1x everywhere else
  • $30 free month of streaming for annual streaming services 

Final Thoughts

At this point in time, we don’t know exactly how much the points will be worth. Though, I would wager a guess that these will be worth 1 cent per point on their own, and 1.5 cents per point if you are able to transfer them over to the Reserve card and use it through the travel portal. 

Otherwise, these are pretty interesting cards. They both offer different categories with the exception of gas and streaming services. Why though, does the $0 annual fee card earn twice as much for dining? I’m pretty confused by that move. Otherwise, they seem to cover pretty different rewards. I’m not sure how I feel about that though. Do they expect people to get both cards, and what about the Reserve card? If I’m honest, I could see many people getting confused if they run multiple cards. Otherwise, they don’t seem too bad on their own!

What do you think about these cards? Does one look more interesting than the other? Would you run a setup of Altitude cards? Let us know what you think in the comment section below. 

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