By: Bryce Conway – Founding Editor of 10xTravel.com
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Every month I share a post with what I believe are the top credit card offers on the market according to the 10xT staff. Today we are going to take a look at the best offers for October 2017.
I rank these offers by looking at their signup bonus, cardholder perks, ongoing value, and any fees they may charge. And while the best offer for you will vary depending on a number of factors, I am going to rank the top offers based on the order in which I think they should be chosen by the average person.
If you’ve ever watched the NFL Draft before, consider this list my version of “Todd’s Big Board”. It’s simply the best overall cards available without regard to a specific points/miles need.
I also divide these top credit offers in to 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)
As always, feel free to email me with questions about your own situation and I would be happy to help you select the best card for you.
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
Once again, the Chase Sapphire Preferred comes in at #1 overall because of its incredible signup 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 multiple airline and hotel partners. This gives you a ton of options for redeeming your points no matter where you want to travel.
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 $625 toward travel.
Transferring them to Chase’s many transfer partners can provide the highest redemption values if you know where to look.
One of the best examples of this is round trip to Hawaii for just 25,000 Korean SKYPASS miles. Meaning that the 50,000 point signup bonus from this card could score you two round-trip flights to Hawaii.
Note that Chase has imposed new restrictions on the Chase Sapphire cards that limit your ability to get multiple versions of them. [More details on that here].