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The Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Updated on March 6, 2014
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In my last hub I gave you guys a list of some of the top things to look for in travel rewards credit cards. That list came from my own search to find a great card. And while I haven’t made the final decision on what card I’m going to get, I have narrowed down my choices to two of the best travel rewards credit cards.

These two cards are affordable, and offer flexibility and great rewards. When I talk about affordability, I’m talking about annual fees that are less than a hundred dollars, and when I talk about flexibility I mean that reward points can be redeemed for airfare, hotels, cash back, restaurant certificates, etc. Basically whatever you want. So here are the two best travel rewards credit cards I’ve found so far that are affordable and flexible, with great rewards.

Best Options

Chase Sapphire Preferred

I actually have the Chase Sapphire right now and love it. I’m seriously considering upgrading to this preferred card, though. The Chase Sapphire itself has no annual fee, great rewards, and complete flexibility when it comes to redeeming those rewards. The Chase Sapphire Preferred, however, has better rewards, complete flexibility when it comes to redeeming those rewards, no foreign transaction fees, and a $500 sign-up bonus when you spend $3000 in the first three months. Unfortunately the card does come with a $95 annual fee, but that’s waived for the first year.

Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards

The best parts of this card are that there are no foreign transaction fees and no annual fee. It also gives you a $100 sign-up bonus when you spend just $500 in the first three months. That’s a pretty great deal to start off with. It also offers 1.5% cash back on every dollar you spend on the card. The only downside is that this card only offers cash back. That makes it a lot less flexible than the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Since it’s also a lot less expensive and you can use your cash back for any type of purchase you want, though, it’s still a really great option.


Those are the two best travel rewards credit cards I’ve come across. There are tons of other options out there, though. Here are a few of my runner ups.

Runner-Ups

Capital One Venture

This is a fabulous card. There are no foreign transaction fees, a $100 bonus when you spend $1000 in the first three months you have the card, and the annual fee is only $59. You can only redeem awards for travel purchases, though, and I need either cash back or more flexibility in reward redemption in my cards.

Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard

Another great card that only lets you redeem points for travel like airfare and hotels. This card has great rewards, though. It offers a $400 bonus when you spend $1000 in the first three months you have the card, no foreign transaction fees, and it has an $89 annual fee that may be waived for the first year.

In my opinion the best travel rewards credit cards allow cash back or rewards redemption flexibility, but the two cards above are great for anyone who wants to stick strictly to travel rewards.

All of the cards mentioned on this list require good to excellent credit, however, which may make them a little tougher to get for some people. That’s part of what makes them the best travel rewards credit cards, though. By only being available to those with great credit the cards can offer lower fees and better rewards.

So if you’re interested in getting a new credit card and doing some traveling in the near future, take a closer look at these cards. They’re some of the best travel rewards credit cards that I’ve found that are still flexible and affordable.

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