Here’s Your Inside Strait to the Best Travel Credit Cards!

By Boston Chauffeur
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One of the most important items that business and leisure travelers carry are their preferred credit cards to generate the most bonus miles per trip and cost savings. The good news is the competition among credit card providers to increase their customer base is as fierce as ever which translates to even sweeter and more lucrative rewards for travelers.

BestAirline Credit Cards (Courtesy photo. Gazellereview.com)

(Courtesy photo. Gazellereview.com)

The editors at Nerdwallet.com recently compiled their list of the best travel credit cards for September 2019. Here is a quick summary of the five best credit cards on their list.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred CardYou earn 2 points per $1 spent on dining and travel and 1 point per dollar on everything else. Points are worth 25% more when you use them to book travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, or you can transfer them at a 1:1 rate to several other loyalty programs. Plus, the card comes with a sign-up bonus: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

Capitol One Venture Rewards Credit Card – You earn an unlimited 2 miles per dollar spent on everything, and (through January 2020) a whopping 10 miles per dollar at Hotels.com/venture. You can redeem miles for a statement credit against most travel expenses. You’re not restricted to one airline or hotel, as is the case with co-branded cards, and unlike with many cards, there’s no minimum amount required to redeem — so you can even use rewards to pay for a $5 cab ride. Just book your own travel, then pay for it with rewards. The sign-up bonus is awesome, too: Enjoy a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $500 in travel.

The Bank of America Travel Rewards Credit Card – You earn 1.5 points per $1 spent on anything, and each point is worth 1 cent. That’s a relatively high rewards rate considering that the annual fee is $0. Plus, if you’re a Merrill customer, you can earn a bonus of up to 75% of the points you earn, depending on how much you have in your accounts. Points can be redeemed for a credit against travel purchases, giving you the freedom to book during any season, with any carrier or hotel chain. Further, you can use points for credit against travel purchases for up to 12 months after those purchases post to your account — a much longer window than most other cards offer. 

The Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card – This card gives you 3 points per dollar spent in a wide array of categories, including (but not limited to) restaurants, gas stations, ride-shares, transit, streaming media services, and travel. There aren’t many cards that offer bonus rewards on so much, with or without an annual fee. Throw in the sign-up bonus and the 0% introductory APR period, and it’s a $0-annual-fee travel card like no other.

Ink Business Preferred Credit Card – New cardholders can 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. That’s $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards® You earn 3 points per dollar spent on travel, telecommunications, shipping and advertising on social media and search engines, on up to $150,000 in combined spending each year. All other spending earns 1 point per dollar. Points are worth 1.25 cents apiece when used to book travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®; they can also be transferred on a 1:1 basis to travel partners such as United, Southwest, Marriott, and Hyatt.

Happy travels!

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