Want to travel the world and get rewarded while doing so? Look no further than this comprehensive list of travel credit cards I researched. There’s something for everyone: travel credit cards for those just starting out, for those who frequently travel, and even for those of you that often travel through British Airways. *adds to To Do list*
Brief interruption: **Read my post (disclaimer, really) on credit cards and how they work if you’re still unsure on whether or not you should apply for one**
Okay, back to it: travel reward credit cards, when used wisely, can really pay off. Here are a few of the best travel reward credit cards for 2019:
|Credit Card||Annual Fee||Rewards||Promotions|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred||$0 for the first year; $95 after||2x points on travel and dining at restaurants and 1 point for all other purchases; no foreign transaction fees; travel insurance||50,000 bonus points after you spend $4k in the first 3 months (that’s $625 toward travel) Use my referral link to apply!|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve||$450||3x points on travel and dining and 1 point for all other purchases; $300 annual travel credit; no foreign transaction fees; travel insurance; Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® application credit; Priority Pass to airport lounges – plus 2 guests get in free||50,000 bonus points after you spend 4k in the first three months (that’s $750 toward travel)|
|Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority||$149 (split it with your companion!)||2 points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards hotels and cars; $75 travel credit every year; no foreign transaction fees||Earn a Companion Pass (allows someone to fly with you for free) and 30,000 points after you spend 4k on purchases in the first 3 months (offer ends 2/11/19)|
|The Platinum Card®|
|$550||5x points on flights booked with your card; 5x points on prepaid hotels; 1 point for each dollar on eligible purchases; $15/mo for US Uber rides; free access to The Centurion Lounge||60,000 bonus points after you spend 5k on purchases in the first 3 months|
|Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card||$0 the first year; $95 after||10x miles on thousands of hotels; 2x miles on every purchase; Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® application credit; no foreign transaction fees; fly any airline- no blackout dates||50,000 bonus miles once you spend 3k on purchases within the first 3 months|
|British Airway Visa Signature Card||$95||3 Avios (reward currency) for every $1 spent on British Airway Purchases and 1 Avios for $1 spent on everything else; no foreign transaction fees||50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3k within the first 3 months.|
|Discover it® Miles||$0||1.5x Miles for every dollar spent on all purchases; no blackout dates; no foreign transaction fees||Discover will automatically match all the Miles you’ve earned at the end of your first year (i.e. if you earn 30k Miles that turns into 60k Miles)|
|Citi Premier℠ Card||$0 the first year; $95 after||Earn 3x points on travel, gas stations, hotels, public transportation; 2x points on dining and entertainment; 1x points on all other purchases; no foreign transaction fees||50,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months|
Chase Sapphire Preferred, in my opinion, is one of the best travel reward credit cards to start with, while the CS Reserve is the best for people who travel very often (I’ll get there one day). You get frequent travel perks and the point value arguably makes up for the exorbitant annual fee.
Use my referral link to get 50,000 bonus points (that’s $625 toward travel!!) when you apply and get approved for the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card.
*Cue poor Britsh Accent* I included the British Airway Visa Signature Card for those that travel through British Airways frequently.
What travel reward credit cards do you use? Do you enjoy the perks?
This post was last updated on 1/25/19.
Featured image by Margo Brodowicz