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Oct. 19, 2020
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VOTING IS NOW CLOSED


Over the previous two years, the TPG Awards have honored the best credit cards, loyalty programs and travel providers out there. And even though the travel industry has been hit hard by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, that doesn't mean there's no room for celebration in 2020.

This year, however, we're taking an entirely different approach to the awards, one that will allow all of our readers to be a part of it. We're calling it the "2020 TPG Awards: Travel's Path Forward" — looking ahead at the future of travel and what companies are doing to get us there.

Intrigued? Read on for more information, including how to cast your vote for this year's Readers Choice awards — which closes in less than two weeks.

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The 2020 TPG Awards

As noted above, 2020 has been far from normal, so we've completely reimagined what the TPG Awards will look like this year. We'll still honor the best of the travel and loyalty industries — but instead of a single, live event with a very limited guest list, we're expanding our coverage across four weeks, one devoted to each of the following segments:

During each week — which will begin rolling out in November — we'll launch a variety of exciting and engaging content across all of our channels here at TPG. You'll see our top-notch editorial staff publishing high-quality content on our site, and our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds will include numerous opportunities to engage with us. We'll hand out select "Editors' Choice" awards — and may even have surprise giveaways and special guests throughout each week.

You can read more about this new approach at our TPG Awards home page, and we'll have many more details in the weeks to come, but right now, we need your help ...

Vote now for the Readers' Choice awards

We officially launched voting for the 12 Readers' Choice honors we'll be handing out in 2020 back on Oct. 1, allowing you to determine which companies have done the best job at creating value for their customers — be it through benefits, flexibility or just good old customer service.

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VOTING IS NOW CLOSED


However, you only have a limited window of time to cast your votes, as the survey closes on Friday Oct. 30 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Like last year, you can only vote once.

Each week, we'll also be randomly selecting five voters to each receive a $200 discount code to the TPG store, so casting your vote won't only help determine the winners. It could score you some nice TPG gear. The earlier you vote, the most chances you have to win.

Here's a full breakdown of the awards on the ballot this year:

CategoryReaders' Choice awards
Airlines

Best U.S. Airline Loyalty Program

Best Airline Cobranded Credit Card

Hotels

Best Hotel Loyalty Program

Best Hotel Cobranded Credit Card

Credit cards

Best Premium Travel Credit Card (annual fee of $300+)

Best Travel Rewards Credit Card (annual fee of $1-$300)

Best No-Annual-Fee Credit Card

Best Business Credit Card

Cruises (new this year)

Best Big-Ship Cruise Line (~3,000+ passengers)

Best Mid-Size-Ship Cruise Line (~1,000-3,000 passengers)

Best Small-Ship Cruise Line (less than 1,000 passengers)

Best Cruise Loyalty Program

You can view a complete list of nominees on the survey, and be sure to review our guides to how airlines and hotel chains have adjusted their programs in light of the pandemic as you vote.

Note that each question required a response, but you'll see a "Not applicable" option for all of them. If you don't feel knowledgeable enough to answer a question — if you don't have a small-business credit card or aren't a cruiser, as examples — simply select N/A.


VOTE NOW


Traveler sentiment survey

But that's not all. After you select the award winners, the next portion of the survey includes general questions about your travel habits. How are you approaching travel as we near the end of 2020? What are your plans for 2021? And are there things that could speed up your return to the roads and skies?

We'll use the aggregated data during each themed week, so your responses are entirely anonymous. Please help us capture your overall thoughts on the future of travel.

Bottom line

The 2020 TPG Awards will be very different than years past — but your voice still matters! Take a few minutes to weigh in on which loyalty programs, credit cards and cruise lines are worth of taking home Readers' Choice honors today. Voting closes on Oct. 30 (less than two weeks away), so be sure to lock in your votes before it's too late.

And stay tuned for more exciting announcements about the four weeks of content to come.


VOTING IS NOW CLOSED


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Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

2 - 10X points
10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

Intro offer

75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

$395

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

    75,000 bonus miles
  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023