By: Bryce Conway – Founding Editor of 10xTravel.com
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Hi Travel Junkies,
Summertime is finally coming to an end. And while for most people this means the start of a season filled with falling leaves, football, and pumpkin spiced everything, my mind is fixed on something entirely different.
For me the end of summer means that 2018 summer award travel is now available to be booked on many airlines.
So, if you’re thinking about taking a big trip next summer (or any time before that), the best time to get started earning those valuable points/miles is right now. There is no better way to get started than to grab a new credit card with a lucrative sign-up bonus offer.
Last month, we decided to divide our top credit offers into two lists, one for those of you who are over 5/24 and one for those of you who are under.
(If you don’t know what the Chase 5/24 rule is you’re going to want to give this a read)
This new method received quite a bit of positive feedback so we’re going to do it again for September.
And while the best offer for you will vary depending on a number of factors, we’re going to rank the top offers based on the order in which we think they should be chosen by the average person.
As always, feel free to email me with questions about your own situation. (bryce[at]10xtravel[dot]com)
Here we go!
If you are under 5/24, here are the best cards available right now:
1) Chase Sapphire Preferred
- 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
- 5,000 bonus points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months
- 2 points per $1 spent on dining and travel, 1 point per $1 on all other purchases
- Trip delay and primary rental car insurance
- $95 annual fee, waived the first year
The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card has firmly established itself as the best overall card to start with because of its great sign-up bonus, reasonable annual fee (that is also waived for the first year), and the amazing value of the points it earns.
Chase Ultimate Rewards points are widely considered to be among the best points in the industry thanks to their ability to be transferred to 7 airline partners and 4 hotel partners – though, Hyatt is usually the only useful one.
You can also redeem Ultimate Rewards to book travel via the Chase travel portal at a value of 1.25 cents per point, meaning the 50,000 bonus points offered by this card are worth, at a bare minimum, $625 toward travel. Your points can be worth even more in the travel portal when you pair this card with the Chase Sapphire Reserve (see below for more details).