If you’re a fan of Amateur Traveler you’ve likely heard Chris talk about how he uses travel credit cards to earn free travel every year. Why pay for a plane ticket to China if you can get there with points that you earn just by buying groceries and eating out?
Chris has known Brian from The Points Guy for years. Brian was a guest on This Week in Travel talking about travel hacking and is a well respected expert in the travel industry.
There are a lot of different travel credit cards and it can seem overwhelming to pick the right card or cards. So we have worked with the experts here at TPG to choose 6 great ones.
Even though it’s only nine years old, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is practically the granddaddy of travel rewards credit cards. Yet throughout all the changes in the credit card market over those nine years, the CSP still stands as one of the best all-around points and miles cards, especially for those who might be just starting out in the world of travel loyalty programs.
While the addition of transfer partners represents a great opportunity to maximize your rewards by redeeming them with carriers like Aeroplan and Etihad, those who’d rather not jump through hoops won’t lose out: The Purchase Eraser feature will remain, as will the card’s other strong benefits like a 10x earning rate at Hotels.com, which earns it the top spot on the list of best cards to use when booking hotels online.
People ask if it’s worth it, and I say if you value lounge access — like Delta Sky Clubs and American Express’s gorgeous Centurion Lounges — and if you use them several times a year, then yes, getting the Amex Plat makes a lot of sense. Plus, the Centurion Lounges are amazing (and expanding).
While there are many small business credit cards out there, this one has a unique set of perks that may make it a great option for business owners looking to maximize their earning potential and unlock valuable rewards through the Ultimate Rewards program.
Cobranded airline credit cards have evolved significantly over the years. To keep them competitive with other travel rewards cards on the market, issuers have been adding non airline-specific perks and bonus categories. Among the most improved airline cards is the United Explorer Card.
Even though the annual fee is significantly lower than the premium Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card, the mid-level Boundless is the logical first choice for many Marriott travelers.
Want to learn more about traveling comfortably for little to no cost? The Points Guy has everything you need to know on how to accumulate extra airline and hotel points and miles without being a road warrior, and how to earn perks to travel in style for free.
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