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Credit Card Draft? Where do I sign up?
I got an email from Dan, who founded PWAC, asking if I’d like to be a part of a Mock Credit Card draft. It’d amount to 5 “experts” selecting credit cards as if we were drafting cards to form the best 5 card wallet. LOVE IT. Miles and I were stoked to be a part of the draft, and we immediately pulled out this picture for inspiration.
- Chase 5/24 is not a factor, nor any other Amex once per lifetime or Citi 24 month rules
- Assume you have no other cards or points
- Signup bonuses DO matter, but if a card fluctuates between good and bad signup bonuses and it’s currently at a low point, feel free to make the argument for it at a higher bonus with your pick
- You can’t pick a card that is not currently open to new applicants (Ink Plus / AT&T Access More / etc)
- No prepaid cards
- Cards issued by foreign banks are fine as long as they’re available to the general (US) public
INTERESTING! What oh what would we choose for our wallet? And how would the order dictate our strategy? Who were we competing against? We had questions.
The 5 experts:
Dan used random.org to determine the order and WE WON!
- Miles / Zach (Miles the Monkey)
- Dan Miller (PWaC)
- Richard Kerr (Award Travel 101)
- Ian Snyder (PWaC contributor and Points Miles Life)
- Sam Doyon (PWaC contributor)
He also structured the draft to snake, meaning I would get the 1st pick, 10, 11, and then 20, 21.
How did I strategize?
I’m not married, don’t have kids, have a very flexible schedule, and want to travel as much and in as many incredible cabins as possible. At this current stage in my life I’m pretty open to paying any annual fee as long as the value of the card exceeds it. With those factors in mind, along with the one’s Dan laid out, I put together a basic strategy:
- Try to Team cards
- Put A premium Ultimate Rewards card with a no fee card that has great bonus categories
- Get a Premium Amex paired with a lower fee card with great bonus categories
- Pick off outstanding co-brand cards with great sign ups bonuses and ongoing benefits that justify the fee and provide continued value
- I’m not a cash back guy at this point. People swear by it, but I love points transferred to partners for crazy travel.
Dan has the full text of the draft if you’d like to see the whole shebang ( trash talking included), but I was very pleased with the wallet I was able to create.
Here are the results:
Me and Miles
- Amex Bis Plat
- Everyday Preferred
- Aviator Red
- Amex Plat
- Amex Biz Blue
- Chase BA
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Ink Cash
- Spark Biz
- Amex Ameriprise Plat
- SPG Biz
- Amex Biz Centurion ( BLACK CARD BABY!)
- BofA Asiana
- Amex Biz Gold
- Citi Premier
- Barclay Arrival
- Ink Biz Pref
- Freedom Unlimited
- Alliant Visa
- Citi Prestige
- SPG Personal
I couldn’t have been happier with the 5 I got, but I thought Dan had a great collection of cards, and I would have been really happy with what he put together. Going first was a large advantage not only in being able to snag the CSR, but also have times when I could clip off 2 cards at a time. I thought Richard really swung for the fence with his Black Amex, and I loved the BofA Asiana play – two cards that really get very little airplay on the blogs. Would love to do it again, and it’s definitely worth reading through the text of the draft to see how everyone approached their selections.
OHHHHHHHH. PWAC was on CBS again this week. Super Shout Out, very cool, and you can watch it here.