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Best Travel Credit Cards of 2019

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Special Offer

Earn 50,000 points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening — valued at $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Why We Like It

Named 'Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance in 2018, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a top-rated card for travelers.

Earn 2X points per dollar spent on travel and at restaurants worldwide and 1X point per dollar spent on everything else.

Cardmembers receive 25% more value when redeeming rewards for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through the Ultimate Rewards Portal. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel.

Credit Needed Good - Excellent

Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®

Special Offer

Enjoy 70,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.

Why We Like It

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard® is a generous rewards card offering high flat-rate rewards and flexible redemption options.

  • Enjoy 70,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase
  • Book travel your way—no airline, seat or hotel restrictions—and redeem your miles for travel statement credits
  • Get 5% miles back to use toward your next redemption, every time you redeem
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • International Chip and PIN for use at self-service chip terminals around the world
  • Miles don’t expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing

Card Details

Credit Needed Good - Excellent

Chase Sapphire Reserve

Special Offer

Earn 50,000 points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening — valued at $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Why We Like It

Named "Best Premium Travel Credit Card" for 2018 by MONEY® Magazine, the Chase Sapphire Reserve is a highly rated travel rewards card with generous benefits.

Earn 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 annual travel credit. Earn 3X points per dollar spent at restaurants and 1X point per dollar spent on everything else.

Cardmembers receive 50% more value when redeeming rewards for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.

Credit Needed Excellent

Capital One Venture Rewards

Special Offer

Earn 50,000 bonus miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.

Why We Like It

The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is one of the most flexible cards when it comes to redeeming miles. Plus, earn 10x miles per dollar spent on thousands of hotels at hotels.com/venture, now through January 2020.

Credit Needed Good - Excellent

Platinum Card® from American Express

Special Offer

Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.

Why We Like It

The Platinum Card® from American Express has long been a premium rewards charge card with generous travel benefits and luxury add-ons.

Cardmembers enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. (up to $15 per month), plus earn a bonus of $20 in December – potentially saving up to $200 per year with Uber! Terms apply. $550 annual fee.

Credit Needed Good - Excellent