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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 :

$1,313

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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: $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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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.

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 :

$1,200

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Annual Fee: $95

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,200

Offer: 50,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in 3 months and 50,000 more bonus points if you spend $20,000 in your first year

Earn 2x Capital One miles on all purchases. Use as a travel eraser at 1 cent per point or transfer to airline miles at 2:1.5 ratio (equals 1.5 airline miles per dollar spent).

Earn 5% on Capital One Travel-booked hotel and rental car bookings

1) The bonus value for the early spend bonus on this card assumes you will transfer the points to miles. If you use as a purchase eraser, the early spend bonus value will be $500, exactly.

2) 5X on Hotels and Car Rentals applies only when you book via Capital One's own travel service. Otherwise, you will earn the standard 2X miles.

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Offer: 50,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in 3 months and 50,000 more bonus points if you spend $20,000 in your first year
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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 :

$1,120

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Annual Fee: $69

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,120

Offer: Up to 80,000 Rapid Rewards points: Earn 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 in 3 months plus an additional 30,000 points after spending $10,000 in your first 9 months. Also, get 5 points per $1 that you spend on Southwest between 12/1/2020 and 3/31/2021 – on up to $2,000 in spend per month.

This is the entry-level Chase Southwest card and has the lowest annual fee of the three. Get 2x points on Southwest flights and 3,000 points per card anniversary in exchange for your annual fee each year.

Note: Our rewards calculator and Estimated Rewards Values assume all of your "Airfare" is on Southwest and is therefore counted at 2x points. If you also fly another carrier, you will only earn 1x points for those purchases.

Offer: Up to 80,000 Rapid Rewards points: Earn 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 in 3 months plus an additional 30,000 points after spending $10,000 in your first 9 months. Also, get 5 points per $1 that you spend on Southwest between 12/1/2020 and 3/31/2021 – on up to $2,000 in spend per month.
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,120

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Annual Fee: $99

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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,120

Offer: Up to 80,000 Rapid Rewards points: Earn 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 in 3 months plus an additional 30,000 points after spending $10,000 in your first 9 months. Also, get 5 points per $1 that you spend on Southwest between 12/1/2020 and 3/31/2021 – on up to $2,000 in spend per month.

A mid-level personal Southwest card with a modest annual fee. Get 6,000 points per card anniversary and 2x points on Southwest flights.

Note: Our rewards calculator and Estimated Rewards Values assume all of your "Airfare" is on Southwest and is therefore counted at 2x points. If you also fly another carrier, you will only earn 1x points for those purchases.

Offer: Up to 80,000 Rapid Rewards points: Earn 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 in 3 months plus an additional 30,000 points after spending $10,000 in your first 9 months. Also, get 5 points per $1 that you spend on Southwest between 12/1/2020 and 3/31/2021 – on up to $2,000 in spend per month.
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Estimated Bonus Value :

$1,120

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