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I’m a big fan of that one college basketball tournament going on right now whose name I can’t say for fear of violating their trademarks.  Last year, we did a “Top Travel Tool March Mayhem” tournament where we ranked the top miles and points tool, with Award Wallet beating out AutoSlash in the finals.


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.

  1. Chase Sapphire Preferred
  2. Amex Platinum Business
  3. Chase Sapphire Reserve
  4. Chase Ink Plus
  5. Alaska
  6. Amex Platinum
  7. Chase Freedom Unlimited
  8. AT&T Access More
  9. Starwood Preferred Guest
  10. Citi DoubleCash
  11. Citi Prestige
  12. Barclaycard Arrival Plus
  13. Chase Freedom
  14. Amex EveryDay / EveryDay Preferred
  15. IHG
  16. Southwest Airlines
  17. US Bank FlexPerks
  18. Amex Hilton Surpass

CardMadness schedule

Here’s how we’ll run things for the first week of CardMadness

Tuesday 3/14 – First Four games (15-18 and 16-17)

Thursday 3/16 – Sunday 3/18 – Quarterfinal games

Stay tuned to Points With a Crew as we decide what the “best” credit card is


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