Another week has gone by and its time for me to summarize this week’s posts for those who have missed out. Links are provided to each one for curiosity.
This week’s posts had a lot of variety to keep things interesting.
I started off the week with my first Card Wars post which focused on the two Chase Sapphire cards. Both cards are great options for travelers who want to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) points. But they each have subtle differences that makes one better than the other for different situations.
Most travelers might be better off with the Reserve. But there are certain situations when the Preferred wins, like when you already have a premium card.
I went back to basics on Tuesday to review a card that I have been neglecting to review for a while. The Chase World of Hyatt Card is a fantastic option for Hyatt loyalists and travelers of all sorts. Despite having a smaller global footprint, Hyatt is a great alternative for those who don’t want to deal with Marriott. Hyatt is also a great Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner.
On Wednesday I reviewed several cash back and points cards that are great options for department store purchases. There wasn’t much content on the internet about this bonus category, so I decided to change that with this post.
Only two cards have department stores as a direct bonus category. But you can work around that by buying gift cards at other stores.
I will be writing more category-specific posts like this one and the Best Cards For Beginners post from January 8 in the future.
This article was the first of many regarding news in the credit card and travel industries. Unfortunately, it was mostly bad news. Marriott’s new Bonvoy loyalty program is taking effect on February 13 and so are many changes to the hotel chain’s credit cards.
The news broke Wednesday morning that all the Marriott and SPG cards are being rebranded for the Bonvoy program. There will be new card names, sign-up bonuses, spend incentives, smoke, and mirrors. Marriott knows that their cards aren’t that valuable but they’re not doing much to change them for the better.
And did I mention my disdain for Marriott’s marketing department given how badly they are with naming things? First the program itself and now the credit cards. Ugh…
Despite the bad news, this post was one of PYCR’s most popular. I just wish it was better news.
This week’s second Card Wars post featured American Express’ two mid-tier travel cards. Both cards are great options for those who want to collect Amex Membership Rewards (MR) points.
Fortunately, these cards offer great earnings structures and transfer partners for cardmembers. The Gold Card has a $250 annual fee, but over $200 in airfare and dining credits that could help justify it. However, the Everyday Preferred is better for those who don’t want a high annual fee but want to earn a lot of points.
I hope that everyone has a great Sunday! Stay posted for more content next week!