Planning an epic New Year’s celebration? In addition to high spirits and good company, you’ll need the right credit card to pull it off. Check out the Nerds’ top picks below — we have a solid recommendation for every type of fete.
If you’re hitting a bar (or two): Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
But the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card also offers another option when it comes time to cash in your points: You can transfer them at a 1:1 ratio to participating frequent traveler programs. If you’re an experienced travel hacker, this is a huge opportunity to wring a lot of value out of each point.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is also a great option if you frequently travel overseas. It charges no foreign transaction fee and comes chip-enabled.
Finally, this card offers a stellar signup bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Keep in mind that it carries an $0 for the first year, then $95.
If you’re hosting a party at home: Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express
In terms of a welcome bonus, the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express offers a generous one: $200 statement credit after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. Terms Apply. The annual fee is $95. If you’re spending a lot at the supermarket throughout the year you’ll likely still come out ahead because of the card’s high rewards rate.
If you’re catching a movie or concert: Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card
Also, keep in mind that the Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card provides access to another benefit that could make your holiday sparkle: Citi Private Pass. Private Pass will give you the opportunity to buy exclusive tickets to a wide range of entertainment events, so be sure to capitalize on this feature.
When it comes time to redeem all those ThankYou points you’ve been earning, you’ll have a wide range of options. But the Nerds recommend using them for gift cards or cash equivalents. This way, you’ll get the most value out of each point.
Since all these great perks come at an annual fee of $0, this is definitely a card to keep on hand.
Here’s to a happy, healthy and financially savvy New Year!
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