last year i realized that all the frequent flyer miles i had accumulated on United Airlines were pretty much useless. I don't have enough status to ever use them, and their allocation for us normal people is pretty limited. i basically decided they were a waste.
so i started looking into other cards. i heard the amex from costco was pretty good, as is the fidelity visa.. but the one i heard about the most, and the one i settled on, was the starwood american express. i calculated that it was the best bang for buck, and you can pretty much use the points any time. on top of that, they will convert 20,000 points into 25,000 airline miles with a bunch of participating airlines.. so if you are into those airlines, there's really no reason why you wouldn't use this card anyway.
if anyone is thinking of switching cards, take a look at the starwood card here
... you get 10,000 points (which is enough for 3 free nights at a lower end hotel, or 1 free night at a W in many cities)after you use the card once.. and please use my unique ID so i get some referral points too! :) My unique id code is 3073875980 :) :)
I know, it's kind of pathetic how much i love this card, that i'm basically falling for their multi-level marketing schemes... but really, it's an awesome program! :)