Best JAL Credit Card for those living in Japan

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  1. Simon
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    I am still researching this but it appears the Saison American Express Platinum Business can get you 1.1 JAL miles per 100 yen which is more than anything else out there. 1 point = 2 miles and overseas you get 2 points for ever 100 yen and for normal purchases 1.5 points per 100 yen. Confusing right?

    Somehow according to many sites (like this http://jal-travel-navi.com/card/saison/) this Amex gets 1.1 miles per 100 yen as apposed to 1 mile per 100 yen but it is worth it?

    Does anyone actually have this card? http://www.saisoncard.co.jp/lineup/ca142.html

    Can anyone spread any light on this?
     
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    All sounds good but you have forgotten one big thing, Amex isn't widely accepted. You need another card as your backup plan.
     
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    I haven't looked at it recently but I recall with Credit Saison's point system you get 1,000 yen = 1 point* , and 1 point can be converted to 2 JMB (or ANA:p) miles on www.a-q-f.com.
    That's a generous ★★500 yen per mile★★ :rolleyes:
    (*for shops who don't have any tieups with them, which is probably the vast majority of shops in the world)
     
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  4. joejones
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    If you live in Tokyo I think you should have a card with a Suica/Pasmo chip, if only because there is no other easy way to get miles for your commuting. (Some lines will let you buy a commuter pass with an unaffiliated credit card, but they are few and far between...)

    I have never had problems using Amex in Japan -- only in the US, and only at lower-end places like grocery stores. In Japan it seems like Amex works everywhere that Visa, MC and JCB work.
     
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  5. musashino22
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    AMEX Annual Membership Fee is too expensive. I am already happy with my JAL JGC Club-A Mastercard. Mastercard ran a campaign since 2009 where all your overseas credit card charges will earn you an additional 1 mile for every 200 yen spent so it was like 100yen = 1.5 miles. [​IMG]
     
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  6. Simon
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    Guess it depends how much you spend on it versus the additional annual fee of the Amex. It's all relative depending on your situation.
     
  7. musashino22
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    In a way I do agree with you and I am already happy with my JALCard although I also have an AMEX card - corporate but I rarely use it except when going to Costco.[​IMG]
     
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    Mixing personal purchase with corporate is a big no no for my company. You guys are lucky that ane let you convert to JMB miles with their points in japan!
     
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    change company!
     

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