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LVA Travel’s Favorite Cards

The “best” credit card is not the same for everyone. You need perks that are meaningful to the way that you live. The most popular cards offer big sign-up bonuses ($500 or more) and/or great rewards for spending, particularly in high-volume categories, like travel or dining. But your needs may differ: Some cards offer zero interest or no annual fees, while others get you primary rental insurance,

Whatever benefit you’re looking for, we’ve got a great card to fit the bill. The cards below are listed in the order of their total bonus offer values.

Learn more, read: Credit Card Bonus – Two Big Deals – Up To $1000 Bonus (or more, with our  “Southwest Loophole”)

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Chase Ink Preferred

Annual Fee: $95

Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,750

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Annual Fee: $95

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,750

Offer: Get 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points as a bonus when you spend $15,000 in your first 3 months.

The Chase Ink Preferred credit card earns 3x Ultimate Rewards points on all travel, advertising, and shipping, as well on Internet, cable and phone services, up to $150,000 a year.

If your business spends a lot in any of these categories, you can earn a ton of points.

It also earns 5X Ultimate Rewards points on Lyft rides.

You'll get complimentary cell phone insurance when you pay your cell phone bill with this card. (See Chase website for details). No foreign transaction fees.

Offer: Get 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points as a bonus when you spend $15,000 in your first 3 months.
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,400

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Annual Fee: $95

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,400

Offer: 80,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $4,000 in 3 months

Perhaps the best "starting out card" in miles and points.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred has a low annual fee, unlocks transfers from this and any linked Chase Ultimate Rewards-earning card to airline and hotel partners, comes with excellent built-in trip delay insurance, primary car rental CDW coverage and earns 2x points on travel and dining.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Earn Rate:

  • 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on Lyft rides
  • 2X Ultimate Rewards points on travel and dining
  • 1X Ultimate Rewards on all other purchases

Limited Time Chase Sapphire Preferred Bonus Categories - July 1st - September 30, 2020 Only

  • Earn 5X Ultimate Rewards points for Streaming Services
  • Earn 3X Ultimate Rewards points at Gas Stations
  • Earn 3X Ultimate Rewards points for Instacart
  • Get up to $50 in Instacart Express credits
  • Qualifying Streaming Services are listed as: Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Netflix, Sling, Vudu, Fubo TV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube TV.

 

Chase Will Let you “Pay Yourself Back”

Chase Sapphire Preferred cardmembers can always use their points to book travel via the travel portal where they get 1.25 cents per point.

Now, you can redeem in the same manner for grocery stores, home improvement stores and dining, including restaurants, takeout and eligible delivery services. Instead of using a “portal” to make the purchases, you just pay as you normally would and then go into the Chase website to “pay” for that purchase with points. You will get the same 1.25 cents per point in value as you get booking travel. The feature is branded “Pay Yourself BackSM“. 

The only requirement is that the merchant category be in one of the specified categories and you must “Pay yourself back” within 90 days of purchase.

Chase Sapphire Reserve cardmembers get the same opportunity, but at a higher 1.5 cents per point cash-out rate.

Offer: 80,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $4,000 in 3 months
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,400

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Annual Fee: $199

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,400

Offer: Up to 100,000 points: Get 70,000 Bonus Rapid Rewards points when you spend $5,000 in your first 3 months and 30,000 additional points if you spend $25,000 within 6 months.

This card is all about being half of the one-two card combo needed to earn Southwest Companion Pass for two years with just two credit cards.

In fact, you can qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass in one shot by meeting the bonus offer of spending $25,000 within 6 months.

The premium version of the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card, this card offers 9,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points each cardmember anniversary, has multiple spending bonus categories, and includes benefits like 4 upgraded boardings per year, in-flight Wifi credits and Global Entry / PreCheck fee credits.

Note: Our rewards calculator and Estimated Rewards Values assume all of your "Airfare" is on Southwest and is therefore counted at 3x points. If you also fly another carrier, you will only earn 1x points for those purchases.

Offer: Up to 100,000 points: Get 70,000 Bonus Rapid Rewards points when you spend $5,000 in your first 3 months and 30,000 additional points if you spend $25,000 within 6 months.
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,275

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Annual Fee: $595

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,275

Offer: 75,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months

A great card for flights and prepaid hotels earning 5x points, and for large expenses over $5,000 for 1.5x points.

Get a suite of benefits that include Gold Hilton status, Gold Marriott status, the American Express Global Lounge Collection which includes Centurion, Delta, and Priority Pass Lounge access, Fine Hotels and Resorts benefits, and a $200 annual incidental airfare credit. You'll also get $100 in free Dell credits twice annually (Jan-June and July-Dec).

In 2020, the Dell credit is doubled to $200 Jan-June and $200 July-Dec!)

Note: When displaying Estimated Rewards Values and calculations, this card is factoring in airline and hotels at 5x. This requires booking at AmexTravel.com and, if you do not, your earned rewards will change. Hotel bookings made via AmexTravel will generally not earn points or elite benefits.

Offer: 75,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months
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United Club Infinite Card

Annual Fee: $525

Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,200

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Annual Fee: $525

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,200

Offer: 100,000 bonus MileagePlus miles when you spend $5,000 in your first 3 months

Includes United Club membership, two free checked bags, Premier Access (including priority boarding, priority check-in, priority baggage handling, etc), and expanded award availability.

The card also provides a Global Entry / PreCheck credit of up to $100

You can earn a PQD waiver with $25,000 spend.

NOTE: In calculating your rewards for this card, we are making the assumption that all airfare entered is spent on United, which earns 4X. If part of that spend is on other airlines, that spend will earn only 1x on this card, reducing the value of your rewards.

Offer: 100,000 bonus MileagePlus miles when you spend $5,000 in your first 3 months
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$975

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Annual Fee: $99

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$975

Offer: 65,000 bonus AAdvantage® miles after spending $4,000 in your first 4 months

Review: Get a free checked bag and preferred boarding on American Airlines. The free checked bag is valid for for you and up to 4 travel companions. Earn a $99 companion certificate for domestic main cabin travel.

Earn AAdvantage miles at the rate of 2x for American Airlines, telecommunications merchants, cable and satellite providers, car rental merchants, and gas stations, plus 1x for everything else.

Gain access to Reduced Mileage Awards for up to 7,500 miles off rotating origins and destinations each month.

NOTE: Our estimated rewards values assume all of your airline spend is with AA for the purposes of valuing your rewards for this card. If you spend across multiple airlines, your rewards will be lower as this card earns 2x on AA purchases only.

Offer: 65,000 bonus AAdvantage® miles after spending $4,000 in your first 4 months
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$875

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Annual Fee: $0

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$875

Offer: Get $500 in the form of 50,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $3,000 in 3 months

The simplest of the Chase Business cards, it earns a flat 1.5x Ultimate Rewards points for every dollar spent on the card except Lyft rides, where it earns 5X points through March 2022.

It is best used in conjunction with a Chase Ultimate Rewards card that is enabled for points transfers to airline/hotel partners, such as the Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, or Chase Sapphire Reserve, as you can transfer points from this product to one of those.

0% APR Intro Offer

Get 12 months of 0% Interest on new purchases your new card account for 12 months (Terms apply).

Please note: The Estimated Rewards Value of an Ultimate Rewards point earned from this card assumes that you have a Chase Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Preferred, or Chase Sapphire Reserve as well, which allows portal redemptions worth 1.25 - 1.5 cents per point and the opportunity for even greater value with airline and hotel transfer partners. If you do not have one of these cards, points would be worth a flat 1 cent per point and this bonus would be worth exactly $500.

Offer: Get $500 in the form of 50,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $3,000 in 3 months
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$875

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