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Our Favorite Travel Rewards Cards and Loyalty Programs
These are the credit cards that have easy-to-earn bonuses that we have used for years because the benefits outweigh the annual fee, or that we have obtained multiple times because they were so helpful on our travels.
Southwest Rapid Rewards – Earn a Companion Pass (meaning whenever you buy a plane ticket, your companion gets one free) plus 30,000 points after you spend $5000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Annual fee is $69, charged on your first statement.
The Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express – Earn 40,000 Bonus Miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card and up to $50 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants within your first 3 months. $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99.
Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® – Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $2,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening Annual fee $99, waived for the first 12 months.
Barclays Aviator AAdvantage Card – Earn 60,000 AAdvantage® bonus miles after making your first purchase and paying the $99 annual fee in full, both within the first 90 days. When offered, this is an easy bonus to earn at the last minute, if you need more American Airlines points!
THE MARRIOTT BONVOY BOUNDLESS™ CARD – Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from your account opening. $95 annual fee. Or, opt for the 50,000 points bonus for no annual fee with the Bold card.
Hilton Honors Card – Earn 80,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 in eligible purchases on the Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
Overall Travel Cards
Capital One Venture Card – earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months to be used for tons of different airlines and hotels. $95 annual fee.
CHASE SAPPHIRE PREFERRED® – Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $1,000 toward travel when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year after account opening. $95 annual fee.
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