Just for grins, I did a survey of the credit cards that FTG readers were approved for over a two week time period. I wanted to see if promoting and posting on my blog and others actually influenced readers in their card choices. I found the results to offer a mixed results.
I’m not allowed by contract to talk about how many cards were approved of each type, but I think I can rank them in from most popular to least popular without violating any terms and conditions with the card issuers. Heck they might actually want to know how their cards are doing in comparison to other cards on the market. Here we go for a recent time period of 15 days the end of December 2012:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is the #1 card of FTG readers
- Combined INK Bold and Plus cards
- SPG Business and Personal cards combined
- Citi Hilton Honors Signature card
- Combined Delta Personal and Business cards
Here was I learned from the data … Our readers are a smart group of travelers choosing a good solid day in and day out card as the top choice. In my opinion only choice number 2 was a direct influence of the 5X on office spend coupled with a nice sign-up bonus.
Again at #3 FTG readers took long term value and a solid day to day card over other cards. SPG has been one of my favorites for years and it still is popular, but looks like Chase has stepped up their game and Amex may need a big offer to compete in the future with the Ultimate Rewards cards. I carry the SPG card in my wallet day in and day out along with an Ultimate Rewards card.
The Citi Hilton Honors card at 4th most popular surprised me, but then again didn’t. With a smaller minimum spend and a very large hotel chain behind it, it may have been a solid choice for newbies to the game.
Fifth on the list really surprised me as we do not actively promote this card. There are quite often better Delta card offers from non-FTG links. Again it could be newbies just getting a starter card for their own personal airline of choice, and for many that makes sense.
Remember these are only cards that we receive affiliate commissions on as we can’t track the AA two browser trick (now dying or dead) or the Barclay US Airways Chairmans card on Rick’s Top Ten Travel Deals.
So were you surprised by the results or did it confirm your choices as popular cards in the space?
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