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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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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 :

$1,445

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Annual Fee: $595

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,445

Offer: 85,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months plus get 5x points for 3 months on shipping, wireless telephone services, advertising, office supplies and gas stations, up to 80,000 bonus points per category.

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).

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: 85,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $15,000 within 3 months plus get 5x points for 3 months on shipping, wireless telephone services, advertising, office supplies and gas stations, up to 80,000 bonus points per category.
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,313

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Annual Fee: $0

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,313

Offer: Get $750 in the form of 75,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $7,500 in your first 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 $750 in the form of 75,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $7,500 in your first 3 months
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Chase Ink Business Cash

Annual Fee: $0

Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,313

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Annual Fee: $0

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,313

Offer: Get $750 in the form of 75,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $7,500 in your first 3 months

This card generously offers an excellent 5x on up to $25,000 annually at office supply stores and on internet, cable, and phone services as well as 5X on Lyft rides. It also offers 2x on up to $25,000 annually at gas stations and restaurants.

Businesses with a lot of spend at office supply stores like Staples and Office Depot can really clean up.

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 other Chase cards, points would be worth a flat 1 cent per point and this bonus would be worth exactly $500.

Offer: Get $750 in the form of 75,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $7,500 in your first 3 months
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,275

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Annual Fee: $550

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,275

Offer: 75,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $5,000 in your first 6 months + 10x points at U.S. Gas Stations and U.S. Supermarkets on up to $15,000 in combined purchases, during your first 6 months.

The Platinum Card 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 monthly credits.

The benefits include a $200 in yearly Uber credits and Uber VIP status as well as $200 in annual incidental airline credits for your chosen airline, $100 in annual Saks Fifth Ave credits, access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection, which includes the Centurion Lounges, Priority Pass, and Delta SkyClubs when you are flying Delta.

New: for January to June 2021 only, the Amex Platinum has a $30 monthly PayPal credit as well.

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: 75,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $5,000 in your first 6 months + 10x points at U.S. Gas Stations and U.S. Supermarkets on up to $15,000 in combined purchases, during your first 6 months.
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,190

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Annual Fee: $295

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,190

Offer: Get 70,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $10,000 within first 3 months + receive up to $300 back on eligible U.S. advertising and U.S. shipping purchases. Terms Apply.

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.

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.

Also, get a 25% rebate on airfare paid on points with your card.

Offer: Get 70,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $10,000 within first 3 months + receive up to $300 back on eligible U.S. advertising and U.S. shipping purchases. Terms Apply.
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,080

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Annual Fee: $250

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,080

Offer: Get 90,000 Bonus miles and a $100 statement credit when you spend $3,000 within 3 months plus a $100 statement credit after one Delta purchase within 3 months. Offer ends April 28, 2021.

Get an annual main cabin "Buy One, Get One" companion certificate, plus your first checked bag free and priority boarding on Delta.

Earn bonus Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) and bonus miles at tiered spending thresholds. Spending $25,000 in a year on this card will waive the MQDs requirement for Medallion qualification up to Platinum status.

Delta Business Platinum Bonus Categories

  • Earn 3X miles on Delta purchases.
  • Earn 3X miles on hotels (purchased directly with the hotel - much better than when you have to use a booking portal!)
  • Earn 1.5 miles on purchases of $5,000 or more, up to 50,000 miles per year.

Additional Amex Delta Business Platinum Benefits

  • $100 statement credit every 4 years for Global Entry or an $85 credit for TSA Pre✓® every 4.5 years.
  • Buy One, Get One Companion Certificate on select fares.
  • $39 Delta SkyClub per-visit lounge access.

NOTE: Our rewards calculator and Estimated Rewards Values assume all "Airfare" is on Delta and is therefore counted at 3x points. If you also fly another carrier, you will only earn 1x points for those purchases and your Reward Values would be lower than indicated.

Offer: Get 90,000 Bonus miles and a $100 statement credit when you spend $3,000 within 3 months plus a $100 statement credit after one Delta purchase within 3 months. Offer ends April 28, 2021.
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,080

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Annual Fee: $250

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,080

Offer: Get 90,000 Bonus miles when you spend $3,000 within 3 months. Offer expires April 28, 2021.

Get an annual main cabin "Buy One, Get One" companion certificate, plus your first checked bag free and priority boarding on Delta.

Earn bonus Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) and bonus miles at tiered spending thresholds. Spending $25,000 in a year on this card will waive the MQDs requirement for Medallion qualification up to Platinum status.

Delta Platinum Bonus Categories

  • Earn 3X miles on Delta purchases
  • Earn 3X miles on hotels (purchased directly with the hotel - much better than when you have to use a booking portal!)
  • Earn 2X miles at U.S. supermarkets
  • Earn 2X miles at restaurants, worldwide

Additional Delta Platinum Benefits

  • $100 statement credit every 4 years for Global Entry or an $85 credit for TSA Pre✓® every 4.5 years.
  • Buy One, Get One Companion Certificate on select fares.

NOTE: Our rewards calculator and Estimated Rewards Values assume all "Airfare" is on Delta and is therefore counted at 3x points. If you also fly another carrier, you will only earn 1x points for those purchases and your Reward Values would be lower than indicated.

Offer: Get 90,000 Bonus miles when you spend $3,000 within 3 months. Offer expires April 28, 2021.
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,050

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Annual Fee: $95

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,050

Offer: 60,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $4,000 in 3 months plus up to $50 in statement credits for grocery store purchases.

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 though March 2022
  • 2X Ultimate Rewards points on travel and dining
  • 1X Ultimate Rewards on all other purchases

Also:

  • You'll get 2x total points on grocery store purchases - up to $1,000 per month - from November 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021. (Includes most pick-up and delivery services.)

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. This feature will be on the card until at least April 2021.

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

If you apply for a Chase credit card and don't get an instant approval, you may want to call the Chase reconsideration line.

Offer: 60,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $4,000 in 3 months plus up to $50 in statement credits for grocery store purchases.