Your simplest lineup?

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Your simplest lineup?

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:55 pm

What's the simplest lineup of cards you could see yourself adding/keeping? Not necessarily what you will do or are remotely likely to do...just what you see as possible.

If you made the (fairly unrealistic) assumptions that:
1. Simplicity was more important
2. You couldn't get new accounts
3. Nothing would be nerfed
4. No waived/dodged AFs or retention offers
...what would survive?

For myself:
1. IHG (free night and 10% back)
2. Platinum (perks)
3. Citi Double Cash (extended warranty and price rewind)
4. CSP (Costco and travel insurance)
Wallet: Prestige CSP SchwabPlat Freedom It Hyatt SallieMae AAPlat
SD: Arrival BrooksBros BCE ED IHG
Letting new accounts cool off since May
Really not sure what I'll add next or when

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Re: Your simplest lineup?

Postby kcm7 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:53 pm

For me, I could narrow it down to one card and live with it:

-Barclaycard Arrival (no AF)

Dining and travel are, by far, my biggest expenditures. And I try to avoid annual fees.

-Capital One Quicksilver
-Barclaycard Arrival (no AF)
- US Bank (no rewards)

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Re: Your simplest lineup?

Postby Vattené » Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:55 pm

Not much would change for me because I don't travel enough to get too into the perks/travel rewards game.

1. Discover
2. Sallie Mae (if the card's guaranteed to stick around, having one account for category spending still isn't too complicated)

That would be my assumption since I'm still kind of experimenting with MR, but if no nerfing is guaranteed I could see using Amex ED for everything. New accounts aren't permitted, but if PCs are I might even be willing to upgrade to EDP if all my spending were to go through it.
EX - 804 (9/16) | TU - 803 (10/16)
Primary Cards:
American Express EveryDay - $20,000 (10/14)
Discover it - $23,000 (2/14)
AU on Barclay Sallie Mae - $10,000 (8/15)
plus several store accounts of varying usefulness now

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Re: Your simplest lineup?

Postby JonE » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:00 pm

I could probably live with my two non-store cards (Chase Freedom and Discover IT) as my main cards, and only cards in my wallet. That may be the case soon enough since the Synchrony cards are becoming more useless.
Chase Freedom ($2000) | Discover IT ($1400) | Care Credit ($1000) | Walmart ($900) | Amazon ($800)
No applications indefinitely.
Future: CSP/Reserve, Amex EDP.

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Re: Your simplest lineup?

Postby rockyrock » Sun Oct 02, 2016 2:10 pm

Although not getting rid of any cards, I am in the process of doing this.

The winners are: Sam's Club MC (gas, dining, travel) & Double Cash (everything else)
American Express (2005): Premier Rewards Gold & Blue Cash Preferred
Chase: Freedom & UA Club USAA: Signature Visa & American Express
Discover it Bank of Hawaii Hawaiian Airlines WEMC Synchrony Sam's MC
Navy FCU Platinum Visa Citi Double Cash & AT&T Access MC

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Re: Your simplest lineup?

Postby kdm31091 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:28 am

For most purchases I use one of my BOA cards (AAA Visa or Wildlife Cash Rewards). It's just easier tracking spending in one place, especially since I bank with them. I don't have to remember to pay a bunch of bills outside of them. Giving up a little in rewards is worth the convenience.

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