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Best Travel Credit Cards of 2018

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Special Offer

Earn 50,000 points after making $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.

Why We Like It

Named 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY Magazine in 2016 and 2017, the Chase Sapphire Preferred (a.k.a ‘CSP’) is a top-rated card for travelers.

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

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

Credit Needed Good - Excellent

Barclaycard Arrival® Plus World Elite Mastercard®

Special Offer

Enjoy 60,000 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 60,000 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

50,000 points ($750 value) after making $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

Why We Like It

Similar to the Sapphire Preferred, the Chase Sapphire Reserve (a.k.a. ‘ CSR’) offers a nice signup bonus of UR points which can be transferred to 13 valuable rewards partners. The additional perks and benefits are incredible for avid travelers but will set you back with a $450 annual fee (thankfully, cardholders receive a $300 annual travel credit, which helps offset the annual fee in a big way).

Credit Needed Excellent

Capital One® Venture® Rewards

Special Offer

50,000 miles after making $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of 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, with a brand new partnership with Hotels.com, you will earn up to 10x miles per dollar spent when booking through the Venture portal. That's an incredible deal!

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