The best credit card deals for travel, by category.


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Top Cards


CHASE INK Plus Business

- 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 5X bonus points per dollar spent at office stores, phone, internet & cable TV
- 2X bonus points per dollar spent at gas stations & hotels
- 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else
- Ultimate Rewards points transferable to major airlines and hotels
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- Free employee cards
- $95 annual fee after first year


Citibank American Airlines Platinum

- 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 2 miles per dollar spent at American Airlines
- 1 mile per dollar spent everywhere else
- Priority boarding, free checked bag, reduced mileage awards
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- $95 annual fee after first year


CHASE SAPPHIRE PREFERRED

- 50,000 points after spending $4,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 2X bonus points at travel & restaurants
- 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else
- 5,000 bonus points after adding authorized user
- Ultimate Rewards points transferable to major airlines and hotels
- Sleek, metal card design
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- $95 annual fee after first year


Airline Cards


CITIBANK AMERICAN AIRLINES PLATINUM

- 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 2 miles per dollar spent at American Airlines
- 1 mile per dollar spent everywhere else
- Priority boarding, free checked bag, reduced mileage awards
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- $95 annual fee after first year


American Express Delta Gold

- 30,000 miles after spending $1,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 2 miles per dollar spent at Delta
- 1 mile per dollar spent everywhere else
- $50 statement credit on first Delta purchase
- Priority boarding, free checked bag, in-flight discounts
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- $95 annual fee after first year

 


Chase United Explorer Business

- 30,000 miles after spending $2,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 2 miles per dollar spent at United, restaurants, gas stations & office supply stores
- 1 mile per dollar spent everywhere else
- Priority boarding, free checked bag, 2 United Club passes
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- Free employee cards
- $95 annual fee after first year



Hotel Cards


Chase IHG Rewards Club

- 80,000 points after spending $1,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 5 points per dollar spent at IHG properties
- 2 points per dollar spent at gas stations, grocery stores & restaurants
- 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else
- Platinum Elite status upon approval
- Free night at Category 1-5 hotel after year anniversary
- 10% automatic point rebate on redemptions
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- $49 annual fee after first year


Chase Hyatt Platinum

- 2 free nights after spending $1,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- $50 statement credit after first spend
- 3 points per dollar spent at Hyatt
- 2 points per dollar spent at airlines, car rental agencies & restaurants
- 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else
- Free night at Category 1-4 hotel after year anniversary
- 5,000 bonus points after adding authorized user
- Immediate upgrade to Hyatt Platinum status
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- $75 annual fee after first year


Citibank Hilton HHonors Reserve

- 2 free weekend nights after spending $2,500 in first 4 months of account opening
- 10 points per dollar spent at Hilton
- 5 points per dollar spent at airlines & car rental agencies
- 3 points per dollar spent everywhere else
- Free weekend night after year anniversary
- Immediate upgrade to Hilton Gold status, including free breakfast
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- $95 annual fee



Bank Cards


Chase Sapphire Preferred

- 50,000 points after spending $4,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 2X bonus points at travel & restaurants
- 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else
- 5,000 bonus points after adding authorized user
- Ultimate Rewards points transferable to major airlines and hotels
- Sleek, metal card design
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- $95 annual fee after first year


CHASE INK PLUS BUSINESS

- 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 5X bonus points per dollar spent at office stores, phone, internet & cable TV
- 2X bonus points per dollar spent at gas stations & hotels
- 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else
- Ultimate Rewards points transferable to major airlines and hotels
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- Free employee cards
- $95 annual fee after first year


BARCLAYS ARRIVAL PLUS

- 40,000 points after spending $3,000 in first 90 days of account opening
- 2 miles per dollar spent on every purchase
- Points redeemable on all travel purchases (with 5% bonus)
- Free FICO tracking; free TripIt Pro membership
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- $89 annual fee after first year



Cash Back Cards


Discover it Miles

- 1.5 miles per dollar spent everywhere
- Double miles in first 12 months of account opening
- Use rewards instantly with Amazon Checkout
- Free FICO credit score tracking
- In-flight WiFi credit up to $30 annually
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- No annual fee

 


American Express Blue Cash Preferred

- $150 statement credit after spending $1,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 6% cash back at supermarkets
- 3% cash back at gas stations & select department stores
- 1% cash back everywhere else
- EMV chip card
- $75 annual fee


Bank of America Cash Rewards

- $100 statement credit after spending $500 in first 90 days of account opening
- 3% cash back at gas stations (up to combined $1,500 quarterly)
- 2% cash back at grocery stores (up to combined $1,500 quarterly)
- 1% cash back everywhere else
- 10% bonus when rewards fund a Bank of America checking or savings account
- EMV chip card
- No annual fee



Business Cards


CITIBANK AMERICAN AIRLINES PLATINUM Business

- 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 2 miles per dollar spent at American Airlines
- 1 mile per dollar spent everywhere else
- Priority boarding, free checked bag, reduced mileage awards
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- $95 annual fee after first year


CHASE UNITED EXPLORER BUSINESS

- 30,000 miles after spending $2,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 2 miles per dollar spent at United, restaurants, gas stations & office supply stores
- 1 mile per dollar spent everywhere else
- Priority boarding, free checked bag, 2 United Club passes
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- Free employee cards
- $95 annual fee after first year


CHASE INK PLUS BUSINESS

- 60,000 points after spending $5,000 in first 3 months of account opening
- 5X bonus points per dollar spent at office stores, phone, internet & cable TV
- 2X bonus points per dollar spent at gas stations & hotels
- 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else
- Ultimate Rewards points transferable to major airlines and hotels
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- Free employee cards
- $95 annual fee after first year



No Fee Cards


DISCOVER IT MILES

- 1.5 miles per dollar spent everywhere
- Double miles in first 12 months of account opening
- Use rewards instantly with Amazon Checkout
- Free FICO credit score tracking
- In-flight WiFi credit up to $30 annually
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- No annual fee


Capital One VentureOne

- 20,00 points with $1,000 spend in first 3 months of account opening
- 1.25 points per dollar spent on everything
- Free FICO credit score tracking
- No foreign transaction fees; EMV chip card
- No annual fee

 


BANK OF AMERICA CASH REWARDS

- $100 statement credit after spending $500 in first 90 days of account opening
- 3% cash back at gas stations (up to combined $1,500 quarterly)
- 2% cash back at grocery stores (up to combined $1,500 quarterly)
- 1% cash back everywhere else
- 10% bonus when rewards fund a Bank of America checking or savings account
- EMV chip card
- No annual fee



Credit Building Cards


DCU Platinum Secured

- $30 for shopping each of the first 3 months of account opening
- Secured card (need to put down payment)
- Easier approval odds
- Low APR fee of 11.5%
- Free balance transfers to card
- No annual fee

 


BANK OF AMERICA CASH REWARDS STUDENT

- $100 statement credit after spending $500 in first 90 days of account opening
- 3% cash back at gas stations (up to combined $1,500 quarterly)
- 2% cash back at grocery stores (up to combined $1,500 quarterly)
- 1% cash back everywhere else
- 10% bonus when rewards fund a Bank of America checking or savings account
- EMV chip card
- No annual fee


DISCOVER IT Chrome Students

- 2% cash back at gas stations & restaurants (up to $1,000 quarterly)
- Double cash-back in first 12 months of account opening
- Use rewards instantly with Amazon Checkout
- Free FICO credit score tracking
- EMV chip card
- No annual fee