Our Top Picks: Travel Credit Cards

The Best Credit Cards for Travel

We have searched far and wide for credit cards that have the qualities we look for. Our standards may vary from what you desire but we hope that this post will assist you in your search to find adventure for less.

swa_premier_cardChase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier: If you haven’t flown with Southwest Airlines by now we hope this will change your mind! We usually fly Southwest for any trips we take in the  United States and a few locations outside. Southwest typically has flights for much less than the cost of other airlines and offers conveniences such as two free checked bags and no change fees. Not to mention you could qualify for the Southwest companion pass that allows you to fly with another person for free every time you fly for an entire year!

Current promotion:
 25,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 within the first three months of the account opening. But, if you click our link above you can earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 within the first three months.
Pros:
-No foreign transaction fees (plus save 3% on all foreign purchases)
-2pts/$1 spent on all Southwest flights, hotel, and car rental partners
-1pt/$1 spent on all other purchases
-6,000 pts added to your account each year on your cardmember anniversary
-Southwest Airline flights in 90+ locations
-Gift cards at over 70 merchants for as little as 3,000 pts
Cons:
-$99 USD annual fee (however you do receive 6,000 bonus points each year on your cardmember anniversary)
-Limited flights to locations outside of the United States
-Only eligible for Southwest Airlines flights (most are U.S. locations)

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Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select
: Another card perfect for those who are wanting to be loyal to a specific airline company, this one being American Airlines.

Current promotion:
30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in purchases within the first three months of the account opening.
Pros:
-No foreign transaction fees on purchases
-First checked bag free on domestic American Airlines itineraries
-Group 1 Boarding on American Airlines domestic flights
-2mi/$1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases
-Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back
-Reduced Mileage Award
Cons:
-$95 USD annual fee (waived for the first 12 months)
-Only eligible for American Airlines and partners

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Chase Sapphire
PreferredVoted the best travel credit card of 2015 by Money Magazine, this one is the most “well-rounded” travel credit card and is perfect for those only looking to have one or even many. It also offers one of the best sign-up bonuses.

Current Promotion:
50,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months (equivalent to $625 airline or hotel credit). Earn an extra 5,000 bonus points after adding an authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months of opening.
Pros:
-No foreign transaction fees
-2x points on travel and restaurants
-20% off travel redemption
-1:1 point transfer (British Airways Executive Club, Korean Air SKYPASS, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards, United MileagePlus, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, Hyatt Gold Passport, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards)
Cons:
-$0 annual fee for the first year, $95 annual fee every year after

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Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card
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This card is perfect for those that are loyal to a specific hotel chain, this being Marriott and Ritz Carlton properties. With the many locations and price ranges all are sure to find something within their budget.

Current Promotion: 
80,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening. Earn an extra 7,500 points after adding an authorized user within the first 3 months of opening.
Pros:
-No foreign transaction fees
-5pts/$1 for Marriott or Ritz Carlton hotel reservations
-2pts/$1 for airline tickets, car rental agencies, and restaurants
-1pt/$1 for any other purchases on the card
-Annual free night stay in any category 1-5 Marriott hotel after each year anniversary
-15 credits towards elite status annually, giving you guaranteed Silver Elite status each year
-1 credit toward elite status for every $3,000 spent on purchases
Cons:
-$85 annual fee (however you do receive a free night stay at any category 1-5 Marriott hotel annually which more than covers the cost of the card)

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CapitalOne Venture Rewards
: By far one of the most flexible travel credit cards that is perfect for those who want to earn extra points from their daily spending (2X miles/$1rather than the typical 1pt/$1 spent and 2pt/$1 on travel).

Current promotion:
earn 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening (equivalent to $400 of travel credit).
Pros:
-Earn unlimited 2x miles per dollar on every purchase
Cons:
-$0 Annual fee the first year and $59 after that.

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www-venture-one-visa-sig-flat-9-14CapitalOne VentureOne RewardsThe biggest difference you’ll see here is the earn rate. There are less miles per dollar but it comes without the $59 annual fee.

Current promotion:
earn 20,000 bonus miles once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months.
Pros:
-$0 annual fee
-Earn unlimited 1.25 miles per dollar on every purchase
Cons:
-0.75 less travel rewards than the CapitalOne Venture Rewards credit card per $1 spent

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus
Extremely similar to the CapitalOne Venture Rewards program but with a better introductory APR (0%) on balance transfers but does have a 3% balance transfer fee.

Current promotion:
  earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days (equivalent to a $400 travel statement credit).
Pros:
-No foreign transaction fees
-2x miles on all purchases
Cons:
-$0 the first year $89 annual fee after

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bcus-arrival1Barclaycard ArrivalAgain, similar to the CapitalOne VentureOne Rewards program, less miles earned per dollar however no annual fees.

Current promotion:
 earn 20,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days (equivalent to a $200 travel statement credit).
Pros:
-$0 annual fee
-2x points on travel and dining
-1x points on all other purchases
Cons:
-Less rewards points than the Barclay Arrival Plus

What are some of your favorite credit cards that go the distance?

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At this time we do not receive compensation for your application to any of the above credit cards. We are simply giving our honest opinions based on what we have used, seen, and/or researched.

 

 

 

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  1. US Bank Flex Perks is a very good travel credit card. If airline ticket is under $400 it’s 20,000 travel points vs 40,000 points on other cards.

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