One of my readers, Travis, writes a blog of his own and emailed me to share a current series called “Credit Card March Madness.” While I’m not really a sports guy, I do like the idea of going through all the different credit card loyalty programs in a head-to-head matchup. There are so many options out there that people new to the churning game can have some trouble wrapping their heads around the best offer when faced with 20 choices at once.
Today he’s on Round 3: Chase United Explorer vs. Barclay’s US Airways. I hear lots of people talking about thew new Explorer card but personally wouldn’t go near it with a 10-foot pole even though I’m a UA fanboy. On the flip side, I hate flying US Airways, but their card is much more valuable and the miles could be used for a partner flight, which is good enough for me. I’m considering it for my next churn cycle in a couple weeks.
I keep meaning to expand the information I provide here about credit cards, and maybe I’ll get to that this week, but in the meantime I encourage you to check out Extra Pack of Peanuts and join the conversation.
For those of you heading to the Frequent Traveler University in a couple of weeks, you already know that Sunday’s schedule includes a credit card “lion’s den” where representatives from some of these credit card companies will be taking heat (and perhaps some praise) for their product offerings. While I won’t be able to make it, I hope Chase explains why it offers such poor benefits for the UA Explorer card, which is currently among the worst of their otherwise excellent credit card portfolio. A relaunched United Club credit card is in the works, and hopefully there will also be a new card offering soon with a better mileage bonus but fewer of the priority benefits that are useless to those of us who already have elite status. One can only hope.