OKA to SAN TAD Update


Sadly DTS is making us fly One World to SAN which means the use of the dreaded Jet Star LCC under American Airlines Codeshare as the only carrier to get off the rock. This makes sure we are extra frustrated by he time we get back home. First off Jet Star has no affiliation with One World and your one world status will get you nothing. You won’t even get a free beverage on your flight. So your 6 “American Airline” flights are just code share with JAL, Compass and Jetstar:

AA Flight # Real Flight # Route
AA 8445 Jet Star GK 302 OKA-NRT
AA 8408 JAL 62 NRT-LAX
AA 5956 Compass Air as American Eagle LAX-SAN
AA 5954 Compass Air as American Eagle SAN-LAX
AA 169 real AA flight LAX-NRT
AA 8449 Jet Star GK 309 NRT-OKA
AA 8479 JAL 65 SAN-NRT
AA 8462 JAL 903 HND-OKA

I wrote this guide just to prepare yourself for some interesting connections. Your mileage may vary but this is an itinerary that may be troublesome if you are not aware of possible pitfalls at each airport.

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Heavy Metal


When CSP was the only metal card on the market that wasn’t invite only, it was a big deal. Now it seems like everyone is switching to metal. Here is the breakdown in weight of the CSP, MPC, Gold Luxury, RC Rewards, Marriott in weights:

Card Weight in g
MPC 11.9
Marriott 12.3
CSP 12.7
Gold LC 21.9
RC Rewards 28.0

The Gold Luxury Card is a far cry in fit and finish and also weight to the Ritz Carlton card. Plus its a hell of a lot cheaper with more benefits. Now if some one can lend me the Palladium and Centurion for a photo session!

Lets take a look in order of weight:

The United Milage Club Credit card is 11.9 grams making it 0.42 oz. It comes in a huge box and feels exactly like the CSP with two layers of plastic and a metal core:


It is a massive box! I was very surprised because there seems to be no interest in seeing the unboxing of it online.

Next is the 12.3 g (0.43 oz) Marriott Card which like all of Chase cards is the same construction as the CSP and United Club card:


This card showed up in a plan #10 envelope with no frills. Esthetically the card is my favorite with a simple centered logo it just looks nice.

The next card is the CSP which I guess is the first readily obtainable metal card. It weighs 12.7 grams (0.45 oz) and is two sheets of plastic surrounding what I guess may be an aluminum core. I used my to pry something and it bent pretty easy.

The newest player is the Gold Luxury Card MasterCard from Barclays bank. Plenty of unboxing photos can be found here and here and macro photos of the fit and finish can be found here. It weighs .77 oz which is pretty hefty.


The heaviest card in the collection is the Ritz Carlton Card which comes in a very nice box. The card weighs nearly a full ounce at 28 grams. Apparently it also weighs more than the J P Morgan Chase Palladium card. This is a solid card made of engraved brass with inserts carved in for the chip and signature panel as well as a separate inlay for the magnetic strip. It makes the same sound of a license plate being dropped when dropped.


All in all the best benefit to all of these cards is having a good tool for scrapping the ice off my car windows. They are cool for a month, but they draw too much undue attention. In my experience these metal cards don’t swipe very well at a lot of terminals including the toll booth in Japan. Plus may places with ApplePay and self swiping terminals you never show off the card or have anyone handle the card. Even in Europe and China they bring the terminal out to you to pay for dinner. So if you want smug satisfaction your card is heavy, then go right for the RC card, and casually drop it on the floor every chance you get. Otherwise is this just another thing that psychopaths dwell on?


Fit and Finish: What a $995 card looks like

Looks like the first 4 digits for the MC is 5452 for everyone, not too many zeros as eluded before. The card honestly feels like the CSP and not even close to the weight of the RC Rewards card. If you were gonna plop down $995 for an awesome looking card you might be very disappointed. The gold plate seems very thin, not wrapping around the sides, and the carbon back is just printed plastic in appearance. Sorry to burst you bubble, but save your money folks and get the RC rewards for better plunk factor. But hey if your military you get it for free, just like this dude!

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The Unboxing: The BEATS by Dr. Dre of Credit Cards

Barclays-Card goldOne of our O-5 readers of the blog just received his Master Card Gold Luxury Card , he was kind enough to share the unboxing photo above. Looks like his spouse was very impressed with the sheer weight and shininess of the new card. It really is the BEATS headphones of cards as weight = expensive. The card was so shiny infact I didn’t really need to censor out the number, it’s practically unreadable.

redditI’m still not impressed with the design and I’m thinking of etching into the gold plate the design above, just as a little joke to my favorite sub-reddit. Maybe masking out a design and using sandblasting to expose the base layer, perhaps using laser etching or acid etching. Once I get my card, I’ll post some photos of the fit and finish, maybe even a video of the unboxing.