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For the past few weeks in conjunction with that one basketball tournament whose name I can’t mention without getting sued, we have been running a Card Madness tournament here at Points With a Crew


This year I thought I’d try a similar tournament to pick the “best” miles and points credit card.  While the definition of a “best” credit card is fairly impossible to judge, since there are so many factors that go into that decision, most importantly figuring out where you want to go before you just sign up for cards, but hey, let’s give it a try!

CardMadness bracket

Here is our CardMadness bracket for 2017.


You could certainly argue with some of the seeds I’m sure, but I think it’s a fairly reasonable list.

Card Madness Opening Round

The opening round games have now finished, and the results are in!

3 big upsets as the Chase Ink and both versions of the Platinum Card® from American Express go down.  The Chase IHG card winning as a #15 seed was a big shocker for me – to the point of wondering if there were any voting shenanigans.  Or perhaps people just didn’t like the healthy $450 annual fee, preferring other premium cards.

Card Madness Quarterfinals

The second round is now complete as well

Card Madness Semifinals

The second round is now complete as well

Card Madness finals

The Card Madness finals ran over the past few days between #3 Chase Sapphire Reserve and #9 Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

In what was probably not a surprise to most people, the Chase Sapphire Reserve was the overall winner, by a count of 70.6% to 29.4%

Thanks to everyone who participated and we’ll see you next year!


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