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:
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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Annual Fee: $295
Annual Fee: $295
The American Express® Business Gold card is a powerful earner for business owners with high spend on the included bonus categories.
You will earn 4 points per dollar on any 2 out of 6 categories, automatically selected each calendar month based on which ones you spent the most on, up to $150,000 per year. Terms apply.
Categories include airfare purchased directly with airlines, US advertising and media, US gas stations, US hardware/software/cloud computing services, US restaurants, and US shipping.
Our page on the Amex Business Gold Card has the American Express definition of hardware, software, and cloud computing merchants.
Also, get a 25% rebate on airfare booked American Express Travel using Membership Rewards. Applies to all First/Business Class tickets and economy tickets with your one selected airline.
Chase Ink Preferred
Here’s how we calculated your Rewards Value:
Point Value X Multiplier = Rewards Value
Here’s how we calculated your Bonus Value:
Point Value X Bonus = Bonus Value