hokie12 wrote:Is one better than the other or is there any other cards I should consider? Even if the sign-up offers are the same, is one rewards program more valuable than the other?
These are subjective matters and you really just have to look at the rewards programs and see what suits you best. I find UR points very useful given the transfer partners and the rate at which I earn UR points given my spend and UR cards but YMMV.
hokie12 wrote:Would that card be the best bet, or are there other cards that are more valuable rewards wise to me for my day to day purchases?
Hard to say without a better idea of the volume of your top spend categories. If the Freedom's categories don't suit you and/or the quarterly limits aren't sufficient for your spend then it's not really a good fit. The US Bank Cash+ is probably the highest % you'll find on restaurants but it also has caps.
hokie12 wrote:but was just wondering if the rewards program was better with the Sapphire or Arrival Plus card based on peoples experiences?
You really don't need experiences to determine that. Look at your spend. Look at the rewards earn rates. Look at rewards redemptions. Does one fit you better than the other? They're very different programs. IIRC the Arrival is more of a cash back card but you redeem against travel purchases. With the CSP best value per point is generally obtained by transferring to partners so you need to look at the partners, ensure that they're companies that you'd use and look at their rewards redemptions.