Pigskin fans, take note: It’s possible to get a credit card that behaves like a football rewards card, whether you like to cheer from the stands or shout from your couch.
How’s how to draft a card that suits your spending, depending on the kind of fan you are.
The road warrior
You hoard your vacation days for away games and your frequent flyer miles to get there. You could use a card that earns you extra rewards for going the distance. Consider the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card, which earns 2 miles for every dollar you spend.
The card also comes with a juicy sign-up bonus: Enjoy a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $500 in travel. You could use it to pay for that flight to Green Bay, Wisconsin, or to cover those hotels in Jacksonville, Florida. There are no airline or hotel blackout dates.
Redeeming rewards can be done either through the Capital One travel portal or by requesting a statement credit toward the cost of your trip.
The annual fee is $95, so you can try it out for a season to see whether it deserves top-of-wallet status.
The bar regular
If this sounds like you, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card could be your ticket to big rewards. It earns 2 points per $1 spent on dining and travel (you’ll earn a total of 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022), and 1 point per $1 spent on everything else.
Parking garage fees, taxis, transit and rideshares all count as travel with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, so however you choose to get to and from your preferred barstool or booth, this card has you covered.
Plus, points earned on the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card take on a 25% increase in value when used to book travel through the card’s portal. So buying a round for everyone this week could help get you around on your next trip — maybe even to the playoffs, if you can peel yourself away from the sports pub.
The card’s annual fee is $95, so you can try it on for size this season. It also offers the following 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®. That could be something to cheer about, too.
The couch potato
If you’re filling your shopping cart to the brim every week with munchies and libations to keep you company at kickoff, you might as well earn some cash back for it.
The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express pays 6% cash back at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $6,000 per year in purchases, then 1%). Terms apply. If you spend at least $31 a week at the supermarket, it’s worth the annual fee of $95. Beyond groceries, the card also earns 6% cash back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions, 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations and on transit (including such things as taxis, rideshares, parking, tolls, trains and buses), and 1% back on other purchases. Terms apply. It also comes with a welcome offer: a $250 statement credit after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. Terms Apply. That could help cover the cost of plastering team logos and memorabilia all over your den.
The casual observer
You could benefit from a general purpose flat-rate rewards card like the Citi® Double Cash Card – 18 month BT offer. The card pays 2% cash back on all purchases: 1% when you buy, and 1% when you pay the bill. So whether you choose to stay in and order a pizza or chip in on a tailgate extravaganza before the big game, you can still earn solid rewards.