The Grand Finale of the FTU was the “Credit Card Tournament of Champions”. Check out this post for more details, but basically 12 cards went head to head in groups of two, and then the winners of those six debates went on to the final round. A “Best Credit Card in the Whole Galaxy” was then selected from the finalists.
Gary Leff moderated the event and the line-ups was:
United Explorer vs. British Airways Visa (Mommy Points vs Gary Leff)
Chase Sapphire Preferred vs Starwood American Express (Deals We Like vs Million Mile Secrets)
Ink Bold vs. Alaska Visa (Million Mile Secrets vs Gary Leff)
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold vs. Capital One (Million Mile Secrets vs Tommy777)
American Express Platinum vs. Ritz Carlton (Deals We Like vs Tommy777)
Fidelity Amex 2% Cashback vs. Citi AA Mastercard (Gary Leff vs Tommy777)
My debate with Gary was really fun. I like both the United MileagePlus Explorer card and the BA Visa, but I took the angle the the UA card was better as you don’t have to pay astronomical fees to redeem for many of the “aspirational” awards (unlike Mr. Gary Fancy Pants) or have a large chunk of minimum spending to get the whole sign-up bonus. Many of the other benefits of both cards were debated, but in the end, Gary won out with the BA Visa (in large part due to the awesome current 100,000 Avios offer). It was a relatively close contest though!
The six finalists were:
Citi AA card
Seriously – no love for the Ultimate Rewards earning cards?! Next time, I want to represent an Ultimate Rewards earning card and see what happens……however the voting was very scientific and the results are final.
The Frequent Traveler University “Best Credit Card in the Galaxy” award goes to…………….
Starwood American Express!