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Best Credit Cards: December 2018

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By: Bryce Conway – Founder of 10xTravel.com

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 credit card offers for December 2018.

I rank these offers by looking at their signup bonuses, 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.

Quite a few changes this month as Chase has expanded the 5/24 rule to more cards and a couple of cards have gone through dramatic transformations.

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) 

And finally, I added a list of the cards to the beginning of the post for easier reading. You can simply click on “the list” or “the details” below to read more about each card.

As always, feel free to email me with questions (Bryce@10xTravel.com) about your own situation and I would be happy to help you select the best card for you.

Under 5/24:

The List

The Details

Over 5/24:

The List

The Details

 

Best Credit Cards Under 5/24

Chase Sapphire Preferred 50,000 bonus points after $4,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Ink Business Preferred 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after $5,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Chase Sapphire Reserve Earn 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months(Learn more)
Ink Business Cash $500 bonus cash back after $3,000 spend in the first 3 monthsLearn More
Ink Business Unlimited $500 cash back after $3,000 spend in the first 3 monthsLearn More
Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority 40,000 Southwest points after $1,000 spend in 3 months, an additional 20,000 points after you spend $12,000 in the first yearLearn More
United Explorer Card 40,000 bonus miles after $2,000 spend in 3 months, an additional 25,000 miles after $10,000 spend in 6 months(Learn more)
Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card Two free nights, up to 35,000 points each, after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months Learn more
IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card 80,000 points after $2,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
British Airways Visa Signature Card 50,000 Avios after $3k of purchases in the first 3 months, 25,000 Avios after $10k of purchases in the first year, additional 25,000 Avios after $20k spend in the first yearLearn More
Chase Freedom $150 cash bonus after $500 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
Chase Freedom Unlimited $150 bonus after spending $500 in the first 3 months(Learn more)

 

 

 

Best Credit Cards Over 5/24

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card 50,000 bonus miles (worth $500) after spending $3,000 in the first 3 monthsLearn More
The Business Platinum Card from American Express Earn 50,000 points after you spend $10,000, an extra 25,000 points after an additional $10,000 all in the first 3 months. Terms apply.Learn More
American Express Business Gold Card Earn 4x points on select business categories. Terms Apply.Learn More
Capital One Spark Miles for Business 50,000 miles after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months, an additional 150,000 miles when you spend $50,000 in 6 monthsLearn More
Capital One Spark Cash for Business $500 cash back after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months, plus earn $1,500 when you spend $50,000 in the first 6 monthsLearn More
The Platinum Card from American Express Earn 60,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. Terms apply.(Learn more)
Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Earn 75,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Terms apply.(Learn more)
Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card 125,000 Hilton Honors points after $2,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card 125,000 Hilton Points after $3,000 spend in the first 3 monthsLearn More
Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card $500 cash back after $3,000 spend in 3 monthsLearn More

 

The Details: Best CardsUnder 5/24

 

1) Chase Sapphire Preferred  

Image result for chase sapphire preferred

Current Offer:

  • 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases 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

(Full offer details here: Learn More )

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Breaking: Major Changes to Multiple Capital One Cards!

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Edit: This post has been updated to reflect ongoing changes to Capital One products today.

Hi Travel Junkies,

Big news today in the world of points and miles involving three cards offered by Capital One.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Capital One Venture card is now offering a bonus of 75,000 miles (worth $750+) after $5k spend in 3 months
  • Capital One has introduced a handful of new transfer partners for many of their cards! More info below.
  • The Capital One Spark Miles for Business is offering a bonus of up to 200,000 miles (worth $2,000) after $50k spend in 6 months (tiered bonus)
  • The Capital One Spark Cash for Business is offering a bonus of up to $2,000 cash after $50k spend in 6 months (tiered bonus)

New Capital One transfer partners, per One Mile At A Time:

  • Aeromexico
  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • Avianca
  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  • Etihad Guest
  • EVA
  • Finnair
  • Hainan Fortune Wings Club
  • Qantas
  • Qatar

All transfers will be at a rate of 2 Capital One miles to 1.5 miles in the partner airline program. Which effectively makes Venture and Spark Miles 1.5x on everyday spend for any of these partner airlines.

Points earned from Venture, VentureOne, and Spark Miles for Business can be transferred.

What does this mean for you?

  • The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card just became a much more appealing option, though I still would not suggest grabbing this card if you are below 5/24
  • The Spark Miles for Business and Spark Cash for Business now have two of the highest welcome offers in the business card world. Though the spend required to earn said bonuses is steep, $50,000 in the first 6 months
  • Note that Capital One Business cards report to personal credit, so they do add to your 5/24 count. I also would not suggest getting these if below 5/24.

——- Original Post—–

For years the Venture card has been one of the easiest travel credit cards on the market due to the fact that their points can do one thing and one thing only; Erase any travel purchase at a value of 1 cent per mile.

Which is great for flexibility, but leaves much to be desired with potential upside. One of the major reasons Venture regularly sits near the bottom of our monthly best credit card rankings.

capital one venture card

Today that changes as Capital One has announced the following changes to the Venture card.

  • Venture is now offering a bonus of 75,000 miles after $5k spend in the first 3 months
  • Those 75,000 miles are worth a minimum of $750 of free travel

(Note that this offer has now changed)

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card 50,000 bonus miles (worth $500) after spending $3,000 in the first 3 monthsLearn More

So what does this mean for you?

  • Venture just became a better option, but you should still not get this card if you are below 5/24
  • Stay tuned for more details to drop in the next hour or so

 

Happy Travels,

Bryce

Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.

Best Credit Cards 2018 | Top Credit Card Offers November 2018
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Best Credit Cards: November 2018

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By: Bryce Conway – Founder of 10xTravel.com

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 credit card offers for November 2018.

I rank these offers by looking at their signup bonuses, 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.best credit cards 2018 | Top Credit Card Offers November 2018

Really only a couple of changes this month and plenty of cards to choose from.

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) 

And finally, I added a list of the cards to the beginning of the post for easier reading. You can simply click on “the list” or “the details” below to read more about each card.

As always, feel free to email me with questions (Bryce@10xTravel.com) about your own situation and I would be happy to help you select the best card for you.

Under 5/24:

The List

The Details

Over 5/24:

The List

The Details

Best Credit Cards Under 5/24

 

 

Best Credit Cards Over 5/24

The Details: Best CardsUnder 5/24

 

1) Chase Sapphire Preferred  

Image result for chase sapphire preferred

Current Offer:

  • 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases 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

(Full offer details here: Learn More )

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What Happens When You Put 70 10xT Readers, a Magician, and an Open Bar in a Vegas Penthouse? This.

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By: Bryce Conway, Founder of 10xTravel.com

Hi Travel Junkies,

After throwing a banger of a party in 2017, we knew that we had to up our game for the 2018 Las Vegas Reader Meetup.

So we did.

We booked an even bigger (~4,000 square feet) Penthouse Suite and invited more readers. Who proceeded to buy up all of the available tickets in less than 30 seconds.

We hired a bartender and a flight attendant to serve drinks from a fully-stocked wet bar. Which included custom 10xT champagne shipped from Europe.

We even hired a magician. Who proceeded to steal the show in the best way possible.

The result of all of this? See for yourself.

So why did we do this?

Its simple. To say thank you for being the best readers on the internet. We appreciate all that you do for us and this is our way of showing it.

We also love to party in Las Vegas Penthouses. Which is definitely more fun with a crowd.

Thanks to 10xT Reader Kennedy Carey for once again creating an amazing video of the event. You can find Kennedy on Instagram or check out his company website here.

Also a big thanks to Johnny with King of Clubs Las Vegas for help with the accommodations and and event planning. If you are headed to Vegas be sure to reach out to him (Johnny@kingofclubslasvegas.com) and tell him Bryce sent you. You can even book this exact same suite from the video.

Congrats to our 10xT Las Vegas Giveaway Winners, Adel from Seattle and Clara from Atlanta! Each of whom won a free flight, hotel, limo ride, $100 cash, and tickets to the big event.

10xT 2018 Vegas Meetup

Congrats to the 2018 Giveaway Winners Adel and Clara!

And finally, thanks to everyone who attended the weekend’s events! Everything went perfectly and we had an absolute blast hanging out with all of you.

Most importantly, I didn’t have to call our insurance agent on Sunday morning and make a claim for what was left of a Vegas hotel suite.

So what do you think? Should we do it again next year?

Happy Travels,

Bryce

Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.

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Best Credit Cards: September 2018

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By: Bryce Conway – Founding Editor of 10xTravel.com

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 credit card offers for September 2018.

I rank these offers by looking at their signup bonuses, 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.

Best credit cards september 2018

Quite a few changes this month as many cards are offering peak bonuses to round out the summer. There are also a couple new cards that just hit the market.

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) 

And finally, I added a list of the cards to the beginning of the post for easier reading. You can simply click on “the list” or “the details” below to read more about each card.

As always, feel free to email me with questions (Bryce@10xTravel.com) about your own situation and I would be happy to help you select the best card for you.

Under 5/24:

The List

The Details

Over 5/24:

The List

The Details

Best Credit Cards Under 5/24

 

 

Best Credit Cards Over 5/24

The Details: Best CardsUnder 5/24

 

1) Chase Sapphire Preferred (50,000 – Learn More )

Image result for chase sapphire preferred

Current Offer:

  • 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases 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

(Full offer details here: Learn More)

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Last Chance to Win a Free Trip to Vegas! Contest Ends Thursday at 11:59pm EST

Hi Travel Junkies,

One last reminder to enter to win one of two FREE trips to Las Vegas to attend the 2018 10xTravel Las Vegas Reader Meetup! Contest ends at 11:59pm on Thursday, August 16.

Last year’s winners, Kelsey and Stephanie!

It takes ~30 seconds to enter and the prize packages are awesome

Here’s what each prize package includes:

  • A round trip flight to Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Free limo ride from the airport to your hotel
  • Two free nights in a Bella Suite the Venetian
  • Two tickets to our 10xT Vegas Reader Meetup (so you can bring a friend)
  • $100 in cash to spend however you like

Use the widget below to enter. There are a number of ways to increase your number of entries, and therefore your odds of winning.

10xTravel 2018 Las Vegas Giveaway

Winners will be announced on Friday, August 17, 2018 and are subject to the terms & conditions here: https://10xtravel.com/10xt-giveaway-rules/

Good luck!

Happy Travels,

Bryce

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Best Credit Cards: August 2018

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By: Bryce Conway – Founding Editor of 10xTravel.com

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 August 2018.

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.

Not a lot of changes this month, which is a good thing in my opinion because there are a ton of great offers out there right now.

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 (Bryce@10xTravel.com) 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

Image result for chase sapphire preferred

Current Offer:

  • 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

(Full offer details here: Learn More)

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Best Credit Card Offers: July 2018

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By: Bryce Conway – Founding Editor of 10xTravel.com

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 July 2018.

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.

Not a ton of changes this month, though there is another new card in the top 7 that just launched.

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 (Bryce@10xTravel.com) 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

Image result for chase sapphire preferred

Current Offer:

  • 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

(Full offer details here: Learn More)

Continue Reading

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The Interesting Tale of How I Booked ANA First Class to Tokyo (Twice)

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By: Bryce Conway, Founder of 10xTravel.com

Hi Travel Junkies,

I just booked two round-trip flights for my wife and I to fly to Tokyo this October on ANA First Class!

After a couple weeks of searching, much of it with the help of 10xT Editor-in-Chief Spencer Howard, I was able to secure two first class tickets from Houston to Tokyo, then home via Washington D.C. for just 120,000 Virgin Atlantic miles (transferred from Amex Membership Rewards) and $256.51 per ticket.

This is arguably one of the best redemptions in all of points/miles, as these first class tickets typically go for ~$20,000 each. And for good reason, each passenger has their own little “cubicle” type seat complete with a 23″ TV to make the 15+ hour flight a little less painful.

ANA First Class seat, image courtesy of ANA.com

Oh, and they serve Krug Champagne and Hibiki 21 Whisky on board, which retails for ~$500 a bottle if you can find it. So bank on a boozy flight review from me this coming October.

ANA serves Hibki 21 Whisky in First Class, which retails for ~$500 a bottle

Anyway, booking ANA First Class with Virgin Atlantic miles is nothing new in the world of points/miles. But my process of securing this tickets was a bit unique.

Here’s how it went down.

The Initial Search

My wife and I had a couple million points/miles to burn and our sights set on taking another trip to Asia this coming fall for ~7-10 days. To be honest, the flights themselves were just about as important as the destination. We were open to going just about anywhere if we could score First or Business Class flights at saver level with convenient itineraries.

So Spencer and I started running through all the options and comparing notes.

ANA First Class was easily the top choice because it is one of the best products in the sky and you can book it for just 120,000 miles round-trip via Virgin Atlantic. But there were a few problems with this strategy:

  1. ANA generally only releases 2 first class saver-level seats per flight
  2. You have to book a round-trip flight to get the 120k price, meaning you have to find saver space both to and from Tokyo
  3. ANA only flies to Tokyo from a handful of US airports (and my hometown of Columbus, OH is definitely not one of them)
  4. Most folks in the points/miles world are aware of how to use just 120k miles to book ANA F round-trip and…
  5. Those folks had a 6+ month head start on me in booking these tickets

Naturally, I was not very optimistic that I would find availability.

And I was right. After days of searching Spencer and I were only able to find one single option that worked for the rest of the year. Which of course fell on the few dates that I was not able to travel for the remainder of 2018. I had to pass on it.

But having spent a few days reading about ANA First Class I was determined to book via any other available method. Even if it was going to cost a substantial amount of points/miles.

Booking ANA First Class (The First Time)

So I found saver space on United from Houston to Tokyo for 110,000 miles and $5.60 per ticket, transferred 220,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United, and booked two one-way flights. Continue Reading

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Introducing the 2018 10xTravel Las Vegas Giveaway!

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By: Bryce Conway

Hi Travel Junkies,

Earlier this month I told you about the upcoming 2018 edition of our 10xTravel Las Vegas Reader Party.

The quick recap is that we booked a ~3,000 square foot Penthouse Suite at the Venetian Las Vegas and will be filling it with 70+ 10xT Readers, premium booze, snacks, etc. This is our second go-around with a Vegas Reader Party and hopefully the first of many more to come.

Today I am also thrilled to announce the 2018 10xTravel Las Vegas Giveaway! We are giving away two all-expenses paid trips to Sin City to attend the party and you can enter to win right now via this widget.

10xTravel 2018 Las Vegas Giveaway

Here’s what each prize package includes:

  • A round trip flight to Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Free limo ride from the airport to your hotel
  • Two free nights in a Bella Suite the Venetian
  • Two tickets to our 10xT Vegas Reader Meetup (so you can bring a friend)
  • $100 in cash to spend however you like

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