We use Diners Club and they have an excellent program good on almost any major airline anywhere in the world. The card itself , is not as accepted at as many retail locations, but if you travel, rent cars, hotels and airline tickets, its one of the best programs out there.(just not as well known).
I use Visa cards issued by Marriott. Points earned for every dolllar spent and no annual fee. We've used the points for complete vacations to Hawaii (twice), Marco Island, Fla., Newport Beach, Calif., Panama City, Fla., World Center, Orlando, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Don't know if it's the best but I've been with them for so long it's not likely I'll change now.
Marc.. to be honest I don't know if Canadian Am Ex plans and US Am Ex are the same, or not.
The Plat. Am Ex I have is approx $200 US /yr. However, I think it's well worth it for the extra 1/2 mile (1 1/2 miles total) for each dollar spent. I use my card for both personal and my business expenses, and end up putting close to $200,000/yr on it.
The 1/2 mile bonus works out to somewhere around 100,000 FF miles. Thus worth the $200.
Location: Greater Tampa Bay area (south of the BIG BRIDGE!)
Re: Air Miles and CC
We have the same Platinum Am EX that Marc has ..... it's $135 US per year and we earn DOUBLE miles on most purchases and get a bonus of 10,000 miles when we spend more than $25,000 each year (which we do) and 1 free companion ticket upon annual renewal.......it sure is well worth it to us, too.
Absolutely, one of the cards that let's you strategically apply the miles to different airline accounts (Amex, etc.) is a very good bet, as long as. . .
1) you run fairly high dollar amounts through the card to justify the annual fee (if you have kids in college, running the tuition and fees through can get you a couple free trips a year--and about the only revenge you'll get on high college costs). We did that for eight straight years (2 normal kids, not one slow one), and called the free trips our "education bonus."
2) you pay off your balance in full every month (which everyone should do anyway)