POP: Andaz 5th Avenue 1 Bedroom Balcony Suite

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POP: Andaz 5th Avenue 1 Bedroom Balcony Suite

Let’s be honest. Sometimes you don’t want to read a whole review. So we’ve created a new series called POP: Pictures Only Post. Posts in this series will feature the product, minimal description, and focus on 5-10 Pics.  A more detailed review will come in the following week or two, but here’s a quick look at the Andaz 5th Avenue 1 Bedroom Balcony Suite.

Surprise trips are pretty, pretty, prettttttty, sweet. Surprising your Valentine with a trip across the country to stay in Manhattan in a Suite overlooking the New York public library and getting a free confirmed upgrade for lie-flat transcon biz on the way back…that’s a run-on sentence AND just ridiculous. Miles…ya did good, son.

Sexy…but not once did someone open the door for us to enter. #Fail

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The “Hang Out” check-in

I’ll post more on this later, but in my opinion it’s the worst feature of the brand. Andaz are sexy, sleek, rich hotels and the first impression is a cluster cluck of a check-in. Not a fan.

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Hardwood. Balcony. Floor to Ceiling windows. Great use of a Diamond Suite Upgrade.

Great Views…would be absolutely incredible in nicer weather. The Terrace suites below would be RIDICS.

Hope you like your bathrooms sexy and your showers doorless

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Breakfast in bed? Or… on the floor? Whatever, it’s New York. Anything goes 😉

Diamond breakfast is free via room service or the restaurant

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Even the gym has style and funk

Downstairs bar is open concept…not open bar 😉


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The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based. 

Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

Super solid welcome offer.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

  • 3x on dining
    •  including eligible delivery services for takeout
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
  • $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Primary rental car coverage is my favorite

There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 

1 Comment

  • Gary February 12, 2017

    Andaz 5th is not the same as use to be. It’s old and tired and very dirty

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