Credit Card Strategy and Combinations.
There are as many credit card strategies as there are credit cards. This section is not meant to imply that the
suggested credit card combinations are the best and the only ones, but to give an idea of the types of strategies
commonly used and also to stimulate new credit card combination ideas. We appreciate if you could share your credit card strategy with our readers.
Reward Strategies and combinations
Citibank's ThankYou Redemption Network. There are a few Citibank credit cards that are based off their ThankYou
Redemption Network - the Citi Premierpass, Citi Diamond Preferred Card, AT&T Universal Rewards card. Though the underlying reward is the same, the way points are accumulated are different. This is where the opportunity lies.
Citi Premierpass with Citi Diamond Preferred Rewards Card. - This makes a great combination for the frequent traveller and high spender. The Citi® Premierpass Card allows you not just to earn points from your purchase, but also from the miles you fly. You also earn points from your companion's miles if you pay for their ticket. Frequent flyers can rack up those points very quicky with this card. The Citi® Diamond Preferred Reward® Card lets you earn 5 points for every dollar you spend on standalone supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations. Use the Premierpass card for air travels. Use the Diamond Preferred Rewards card for "everyday purchases". Just make sure your ThankYou Points are registered under your name. You can also combine the Citi® Premierpass Card and the AT&T Universal Rewards Card with the same results (as the AT&T card is almost identical to the Diamond Rewards card).
Discover Card Combinations
Discover Platinum Gas Card with Discover Platinum Card. - The unique feature of Discover cards is that though they are tiered cash rebate cards, you can actually exchange any rebates you earn for up to double the value in gift certificates or gift cards of Discover merchant partners (once you do that, it technically is a reward card).
The Discover® Platinum Gas Card pays a 5% cash rebate for the first $1,500 in expenditure and 3% rebate for the next $1,500. Exchange it for gift certificates and you can potentially earn up to 10% "rebate" for gas purchases. The Discover® Platinum Card
works the same way. Once your annual expenditure exceeds $3,000, you earn a 1% cash rebates. You can double the value by exchanging them for gift certificates. Hence, the strategy is to use the Discover Gas Card for gas purchases (earn at least 5% rebate) and use the Discover Platinum Card for "other purchases" and exchange your cash rebates for gift certificates. You will end up earning more than the standard 1% rebate (reward) with this card combination.
Cash Rebate Strategies
As mentioned in our Editor's Choice and Cash Rebate credit card page, combining a non-tiered "everyday purchase" and a tiered cash rebate credit card is one way of maximizing total rebates you earn. This combination works because you can earn more than 1% for both "everyday purchases" and other purchases".
Citi Dividend Platinum Select Card with Blue Cash from American Express - The American Express Blue Cash is a tiered rabate card but you do not need to carry a balance to earn maximum rebates. Once your annual expenditure exceeds $6,500, you earn 5% rebates on "everyday purchases" and 1.5% on "other purchases". The Citi Dividend Platinum Select Card on the other hand has a simple rebate formula that pays a 5% rebate for "everyday purchases". Use the Citi® Dividend Platinum Select® Card
for 'everyday purchases". For your first $6,500 in annual spending on the Blue Cash from American Express®, use it for "other purchases". Once you have spent $6,500 on your Blue Cash Card, you can continue to charge your "everyday purchases" to the Citi Dividend Card or you can switch and spend everything on the Blue Cash. The Blue Cash allows you to earn rebates of up to $60,000 in annual spending.
Auto Credit Card Strategy
Those looking to save money on their next auto purchase should consider combining the Cit Drivers Edge with a dedicated auto credit card. For example, one can combine the GM Card with the Citi® Driver's Edge® Platinum Select® Card
. The GM Card lets you earn 5% rebates on ALL purchases which can be used towards the purchase of a new GM vehicle. You can use rebates anywhere from $1,500 to $3,500 on one vehicle (depending on the model). The Citi Drivers Edge allows you to use rebates for a vehicle even with another auto credit card and also on top any deals a dealer gives you. You can redeem rebates for either a purchase or lease or a new or used domestic or foreign vehicle. You to earn 1% rebate for every purchase. On the first year, you can earn 6% rebates on standalone purchases at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations. You can use up to $2,500 in rebates for each vehicle. Hence, depending on the GM model you choose, you can save anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000. Your spending strategy would be to charge all "everyday purchases" to the Citi Drivers Edge for the first year and all other purchases to the GM Card. After the first year, just keep using both cards until you earn enough rebates that you can use for the GM model you want and unitl you reach $2,500 in rebates for the Citi Card. Best of all, there are no annual fees for both cards. The Citi® Driver's Edge® Platinum Select® Card
rebates are valid for 5 years, while the GM Card GM Card rebates are valid for 7 years, giving you enough time to earn those rebates.
Personal and Small business Credit card combination
If you own a small business, combining a business credit card and a personal credit card is a great way to chalk up
your reward points. Here are some possible combinations.
Personal and Business Airline Card Combination
Gold Delta Skymiles credit card and Gold Delta Skymiles Business Card - You can combine the Gold Delta Skymiles Credit Card and the Gold Delta Skymiles Business Card to help you earn delta skymiles fast. Both cards allow you to earn double points on Delta Airlines and "everyday purchases". You can earn miles for up to $100,000 in spending for each card. Hence, when combined, you can earn miles for up to $200,000 in spending. Despite the cap, spending on eligibale Delta purchases will still earn miles (at a rate of one mile for every dollar spent) even after you exceed the spending threshold. Both cards have no additional card fee. Give an personal card to your spouse, use both your personal and business card and earn Skymiles real fast.
Chase Continental Airlines World Mastercard and Business Rewards Green Card - The Chase Continental Airlines World MasterCard®
allows you to earn double miles for Continental Airlines purchases and purchases from selected Chase merchant partners. It has an $85.00 annual fee, but this can be partially or more than fully covered bacause every year, you get 2 continental airlines travel discount certificate worth anywhere between $25.00 to $100.00 each. The Business Green Rewards Card is based on membership rewards program, which has Continental Airlines as one of their partners. You can therefore exchange rewards points for Continental OnePass miles at a rate of one-for-one. You can also earn unlimited miles and points for both cards.
Personal and Business Reward Program Combination
Blue from American Express® and American Express® Platinum Business Card - Both the Blue from American Express® and the Platinum Business Credit Card from American Express® have the same underlying reward program, the Membership Rewards Option program. This is a slightly watered down version of the full-blowm membership rewards. Both have no annual fee. For the Platinum Business Credit Card, there is no additional card fee for the first two additional cards. You can earn unlimited points with both cards, which do not expire.
Citi Diamond Preferred Rewards Card with CitiBusiness Card with ThankYou Network - Both cards are based off Citi's ThankYou Redemption Network reward program. With Citi® Diamond Preferred Rewards Card, you earn 5 points for every dollar you spend on "everyday purchases". You can also earn up tp 75,000 points in one calender year. With the CitiBusiness Card with ThankYou Network, you earn can earn 3 points for certain office supplies, and earn up to 100,000 points a year. Both cards have no annual fee and both have reasonably low aprs. The CitiBusiness Card also has no additional fee.
Those who travel a lot and have a small business that requires air travels should consider getting both Citi® PremierPass(SM) Card
and the CitiBusiness® PremierPassSM Card
because you can earn flight points very quickly. Aside from earning points from the dollars you spend, you also earn points from the miles you fly. By combining your spending on your personal and business card, you can rack up those ThankYou points very fast.
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