U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Unboxing & Weight
On Monday U.S. Bank released their new premium credit card Altitude Reserve. Designed to compete with offerings like the Citi Prestige, Amex Platinum and Chase Sapphire Reserve, this card has a hefty annual fee of $400, but offsets that with travel credits, 3X bonus categories and a 50,000 point bonus.
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Despite saying it would take 7 days to reach us, my wife’s card arrived after just two days. She applied on Monday morning (5/1), the card was shipped on Tuesday (5/2) and it just arrived this morning. On the label, the “From” portion says “Altitude”. Nice touch.
Altitude Reserve Unboxing – The Box
Of course it’s what’s inside that is meaningful. It is clear that U.S. Bank spent some time, effort and money designing the Altitude Reserve’s black box. The card’s name is engraved on the front which is another nice touch.
Open the box and the product continues to impress. On the bottom you will find all of the relevant paperwork including a product guide and disclosures. At the top, surrounded by felt is the card itself.
Altitude Reserve Unboxing – The Card
The card itself definitely has a premium feel compared to the old plastic we are used to. On the front you will find the name of the cardholder along with an “A” to represent Altitude. It seems like the “A” is affixed to the card after manufacturing and is slightly raised from the card surface.
The back of the card contains the number, cardholder name and security code. Pretty much standard with premium cards these days.
Altitude Reserve Weight
Like the Sapphire Reserve, Ritz Carlton Visa Infinite and now the personal Amex Platinum, the Altitude Reserve card is metal. The Altitude Reserve weight is 5/8 oz.
This makes it slightly heavier than the Sapphire Reserve which weighs 1/2 oz. The new metal Amex Platinum is heavier at .7 oz. and the Ritz Carlton Visa Infinite is a full 1 oz! Of all of those cards, I still think Amex has found the perfect medium of weight/feel with their .7 oz card.
Altitude Reserve Unboxing – Conclusion
The Altitude Reserve isn’t the most impressive card, but it looks really nice and U.S. Bank spent a lot of effort on the box design. Overall this card is a winner because of its bonus categories and travel credit, although it won’t be for everyone.
Did you apply for the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve? If so, has your card come yet? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments!