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Travel Credit Cards

There are several kinds of credit cards that can be used to redeem for free travel.

There are, of course, Airline Credit Cards, which allow you to rack up airline miles and come with perks like free checked bags and priority boarding.

There are Hotel Credit Cards which allow you to earn hotel points good for free stays and often come with perks like elite status (or credits towards elte status) and annual free nights.

Next are the four major transferable point currencies, meaning you can transfer your points to a variety of airline and hotel partners and you aren’t locked into one program that may or may not have availability when you want it:

You can see all four major bank card currencies below:

Credit Cards That Earn Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Credit Cards That Earn American Express (Amex) Membership Rewards Points

Credit Cards That Earn Capital One Miles

Credit Cards That Earn Citi ThankYou Points

And lastly, there are cards like the Venture from Capital One and the Spark Miles Business Credit Card from Capital One which let you erase travel purchases with your points and cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, and  Chase Ink Preferred with which you can transfer the points to partners or redeem inside their travel booking portal at a set rate.

We base our ratings below on the value of the points of each card multiplied by the amount of the bonus. Pretty simple!

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$2,040

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Annual Fee: $695

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$2,040

Offer: 120,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees).

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

  • 5X Membership Rewards points on flights and prepaid hotels booked via AmexTravel
  • 1.5X Membership Rewards points on any single purchase that is over $5,000
  • 1.5X Membership Rewards at Construction material and hardware suppliers, Electronic goods retailers and software & at cloud system providers, and with Shipping providers
  • 1X Membership Rewards points on other purchases

(1.5X purchases are capped at $2,000,000 in spend per calendar year.)

Card Benefits

  • Hilton Gold status (enrollment required)
  • Marriott Gold status (enrollment required)
  • Receive up to $100 as a statement credit every 4 years after you apply for Global Entry or every 4.5 years for TSA Pre✔®
  • Access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection which includes Centurion, Delta, and Priority Pass Lounge access (enrollment required)
  • Fine Hotels and Resorts benefits
  • $200 airfare credit for incidentals like luggage fees on your chosen airline. (enrollment required). Terms apply.
  • $200 in Dell statement credits twice annually, up to $400 total (Jan-June and July-Dec; Enrollment required / terms apply).
  • Up to $120 a year in wireless credits; up to $10 per month, Enrollment required / terms apply.
  • Up to $360 in Indeed credits ($90 per quarter; enrollment required, Terms Apply)
  • Up to $150 in credits with Adobe on annual prepaid plans for eligible Creative Cloud for teams and Acrobat Pro DC with e-sign, enrollment required, Terms Apply.
  • Up to $189 in fee credits for a CLEAR® airport security service plan. (Enrollment required; credit is a statement credit.)

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: 120,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees).
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,700

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Annual Fee: $695

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,700

Offer: Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards Points when you spend $6,000 in your first 6 months. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum Card®, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees)

The Platinum Card® from American Express is full of caché and its heavy metal design will catch more than a few looks. While the fee isn't small, you get a lot back in the form of statement credits and other perks and benefits.

Statement Credit Offers

  • $200 in Uber credits annually ($15 per month with a $20 bonus in December)
  • $100 in annual Saks Fifth Avenue shopping credits per year ($50 January-June and $50 July-December) as statement credits (Enrollment required)
  • $200 in annual airline fee credits (as statement credits) for your chosen airline (Enrollment required)
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit which is good for up to $20 back each month on select digital subscriptions with Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times.(Enrollment Required)
  • $200 Hotel Credit as statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, with a two night minimum stay, with American Express Travel. (Enrollment Required) 
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit as statement credits when you pay for your CLEAR® membership with your Card. (Enrollment Required) 
  • $300 Equinox Credit as a $25 statement credit valid each month at Equinox, valid for Equinox All Access, Destination, or E by Equinox membership fees, or for Equinox+.(Enrollment required)
  • $300 statement credit when you purchase a SoulCycle At-Home Bike, up to 15x per calendar year. An Equinox+ membership is required to purchase a SoulCycle at-home bike and access SoulCycle content. Must charge full price of bike in one transaction. Shipping available in the contiguous U.S. only. (Enrollment required)
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: The cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership is covered with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax. (Plus Ups are excluded.)

(All above offers require enrollment after you receive the card.)

You also get access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection, which includes the Centurion Lounges, Priority Pass, and Delta SkyClubs when you are flying Delta. (Enrollment required)

In addition, you get elite status in two hotel programs (enrollment required):

  • Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite
  • Hilton Gold

While the Bonvoy Gold status is mostly good for small room upgrades and bonus points on stays, Hilton Gold confers free breakfast - a benefit that can really add up!

More Platinum Card benefits:

  • Reimbursement (as a statement credit) for your Global Entry or PreCheck membership fees every 4 years.
  • Secondary Car rental CDW/LDW collision/damage coverage
  • Lost, damaged or stolen baggage insurance
  • Extended warranty, purchase protection and return protection on covered purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Access to the Platinum Concierge line

Cell phone protection:

Coverage for a Stolen or damaged Eligible Cellular Wireless Telephone is subject to the terms, conditions, exclusions and limits of liability of this benefit. The maximum liability is $800, per claim, per Eligible Card Account. Each claim is subject to a $50 deductible. Coverage is limited to two (2) claims per Eligible Card Account per 12 month period.

  • Eligibility and Benefit level varies by Card. Terms, Conditions and Limitations Apply.
  • Please visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for more details.
  • Underwritten by New Hampshire Insurance Company, an AIG Company.

NOTE: This card earns 5x on airfare and hotels, however, the airfare must be booked direct with the airline or at Amex Travel and the hotels must be prepaid at Amex Travel to earn 5x. This site's Estimated Rewards Values will calculate all airfare and hotels at 5x points, so if your hotels are booked directly (which you generally need to do to earn hotel points and status/benefits) please note that they will not earn 5x and your actual rewards value will vary accordingly.

Offer: Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards Points when you spend $6,000 in your first 6 months. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum Card®, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu. Terms apply. (Rates and Fees)
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Citi Premier Credit Card

Annual Fee: $95

Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,280

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Annual Fee: $95

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,280

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

This card is an excellent general travel, dining, and grocery card with a low annual fee.

Citi ThankYou cards are great because they have a range of interesting and advanced airline partners that you can transfer your points to, including Avianca, Turkish, and Cathay Pacific.

There are frequent transfer bonuses as well. If you are looking to get started collecting ThankYou points, this is the best starter card for the program.

How Does the Citi Premier Earn Citi ThankYou Points?

  • 3X Points at Dining
  • 3X Points at Grocery Stores / Supermarkets
  • 3X Points on Gas
  • 3X Points on Flights and Hotels
  • 1X Points on All Other Purchases

Other ThankYou Premier Card benefits

  • The annual hotel savings benefit will give you $100 off a $500 prepaid hotel booking in the ThankYou travel portal.
  • No foreign transaction fees

Thank You points can be transferred to a variety of airline frequent flyer programs, such as Avianca, Etihad, Turkish and Cathay Pacific.

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

$1,200

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Annual Fee: $95

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,200

Offer: 75,000 bonus Miles when you spend $4,000 within your first 3 months

The Capital One Venture card is one of the most flexible in the industry, particularly if you are a frequent traveler. It earns double miles on every purchase with no bonus categories to remember. You can redeem these points for previous travel purchases (worth a penny a point) or transfer them to travel partners.

You can use your miles to get reimbursed for any travel purchase on your card or redeem your miles by booking a trip through Capital One Travel at a value of one cent per point for an effective 2% cash back on all purchases - or you can transfer them to a range of airlines and hotel partners.

1) The bonus value for the early spend bonus on this card assumes you will transfer the points to miles. If you use it to rebate charges for travel, the early spend bonus value will be 1 cent per point, exactly.

You can transfer to several airline and hotel partners. See the full list of Capital One Miles transfer partners and transfer times.

Offer: 75,000 bonus Miles when you spend $4,000 within your first 3 months