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Best Credit Cards to Take to the World Series

July 1, 2020
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If you’re headed to the MLB playoffs or a World Series game, you’ll want to be prepared. Along with your lucky baseball cap and T-shirts in your favorite team’s colors, you should pack the best credit card for the trip. Here are a few of our favorite credit cards with rewards that really knock it out of the park.

Best for the travel hacker: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

If you like to dig to find the very best deals on your flights, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card should be your card on game day. It offers 2X points on dining and travel and 1 point on everything else. You’ll receive a 20% discount if you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards, but you can also put your travel hacking skills to good use by transferring points to various airline and hotel programs:

  • Airlines:
    • British Airways
    • Korean Airlines
    • Southwest
    • United
    • Virgin Atlantic
    • Singapore KrisFlyer
  • Hotels
    • Hyatt
    • IHG
    • Marriott
    • Ritz-Carlton

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has an amazing sign-up bonus: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Sounds like a good start to pay for your upcoming trips to see all the Major League Baseball stadiums in the country. Or, you know, travel anywhere for any reason.

Best for the short distance traveler: Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

If you’re roadtripping or ridesharing to the game, you’ll want a great card to get you there. The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express offers 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations and on transit (including such things as taxis, rideshares, parking, tolls, trains and buses). It also gives 6% cash back on U.S. supermarkets (up to $6,000 in spending, then 1%) and on select U.S. streaming subscriptions, and 1% back on everything else. Terms Apply.

The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express has a bonus offer for new cardholders: $250 statement credit after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. Terms Apply. It has an annual fee of $95.

Best for the tourist fan: Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card

If you want to be rewarded for exploring a new city before and after the game, the Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card may be the card for you. It offers 2 ThankYou points on every dollar spent on dining and entertainment and 1 ThankYou point for everything else. This is a great option for the out-of-towner spending a lot on dining and entertainment.

ThankYou points are redeemable for merchandise, travel, gift cards and cash/cash equivalents. For maximum value, redeem for gift cards or cash equivalents — like mortgage payments or student loan rebates. This will free up more of your cash to spend on noisemakers and bobbleheads of your favorite players.

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