Best Travel Credit Cards

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The best credit card for every type of traveler.

uber.com

Uber Visa Card by Barclays

Welcome Bonus: $100*

Annual Fee: $0

This card is made for someone who frequently flies, rarely cooks, and is currently waiting for 5 packages to come in the mail. And if you love to make it rain on vacation but don't believe in annual credit card fees, even better. Here are the highlights:

  • 4% cash back on restaurants, takeout, fast food, bars and UberEats.
  • 3% on hotels, airfare and vacation home rentals.
  • 2% on online purchases including Uber, online shopping and streaming services.
  • No foreign transaction fee.
  • Up to a $50 credit for online subscription services after you spend $5,000 or more on your card per year.

The welcome bonus is earned after spending $500 on purchases in the first 90 days.

bankofamerica.com

Bank of America Premium Rewards Card

Welcome Bonus: 50,000 points*

Annual Fee: $95

While this card does have an annual fee, the perks make it worth it. And if you already have accounts with Bank of America, like checking, savings, or retirement accounts, you may also qualify for additional reward boosts between 25% to 75% through their "Preferred Rewards" program. Here are some other highlights:

  • 2x points for every $1 spent on travel and dining (and 1.5x points on everything else).
  • $100 yearly "Airline Incidental" reimbursement .
  • $100 reimbursement every 4 years for TSA Pre✓ or Global Entry.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Complimentary travel insurance that protects against trip delays, cancellations, lost luggage and more.

The welcome bonus is earned after making at least $3,000 in purchases within the first 90 days.

americanexpress.com

American Express Hilton Honors Card

Welcome Bonus: 75,000 points*

Annual Fee: $0

If you're not a huge flier, love a good road trip, and prefer a home-cooked meal over take-out, then this card is more your speed. In addition to all the other perks I'm about to list, the card also comes with complimentary Silver status with Hilton Honors, which gives you a 20% bonus on Hilton Honors points as well as a 5th night free whenever you use points to book five or more nights at a Hilton property. Here are more highlights:

  • 7x points for every dollar charged on card directly with a hotel or resort affiliated with Hilton (including Waldorf Astoria hotels).
  • 5x at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations (and 3x on everything else).
  • No foreign transaction fee.
  • Car rental loss and damage insurance.

The welcome bonus is earned after spending $1,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months.

capitalone.com

Capital One Venture Card

Welcome Bonus: 50,000 miles

Annual Fee: $0 for 1st year, then $95

The Venture rewards card is for someone who wants a flexible and easy to understand rewards system but doesn't always have the time to travel. Not to mention, since the annual fee doesn't apply until the second year, you have a whole year to decide if you want to keep the card. Here are the highlights:

  • 2x miles per dollar on every purchase, everywhere.
  • $100 reimbursement every 4 years for TSA Pre✓ or Global Entry.
  • No foreign transaction fee.
  • 10x miles when you book with Hotels.com (offer lasts through January 2020).

The welcome bonus is earned after spending $3,000 on purchases within first 3 months, equal to $500 in travel.

americanexpress.com

American Express Platinum Card

Welcome Bonus: 60,000 points*

Annual Fee: $550

Now I know your eyes just bulged out of their sockets when you saw that number, but hear me out. I actually have this credit card. If you travel a lot - like at least once a month, a lot - then you want this card. And if you regularly use Uber, deal with airline fees, and occasionally window shop at Saks Fifth Avenue with eyes full of envy, this card practically pays for itself and more. Here are the highlights:

  • Uber VIP status and $15/month in free credits, plus an extra $20 in December.
  • $200 in reimbursements for airline fees for things like checked bags and in-flight refreshments.
  • Reimbursement every 4 years when applying for Global Entry ($100) or TSA Pre✓ ($85).
  • Access to more than 1,200 airport lounges around the world, including the amazing Centurion Lounge (I'm serious, I've been inside - can you say unlimited free food and booze?).
  • 5X points on flights and hotels.
  • Complimentary breakfast and room upgrades (when available) at select hotels.

The welcome bonus is earned after making $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.