What travel cards are in my pocket?

Updated: Feb 19, 2018

Travel Cards




Chase Sapphire Preferred

With this versatile card you can earn Chase Ultimate rewards and can transfer them to any of Chase's travel partner or book through Chase's Portal


Pros:

2X points on travel and dining 1x point per dollar on all other purchases

$0 intro annual fee for the first year, after that $95

No foreign transaction fees

1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs:

Airlines

  • British Airways (Executive Club)

  • Air France/KLM (Flying Blue)

  • Korean Air (SkyPass)

  • Singapore Airlines (KrisFlyer)

  • Southwest Airlines (Rapid Rewards)

  • United (MileagePlus)

  • Virgin Atlantic (Flying Club)

Hotels

  • Ritz-Carlton

  • Hyatt

  • Marriott

  • IHG

Current offer:

50,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months



Chase Sapphire Reserve


A more expensive upgrade to the Chase Sapphire Preferred offering even better perks!

$300 Annual Credit

3X points on travel and 1x points for all other purchases Points are worth 50% more in Chase's Travel Portal

Complimentary Priority Pass Select Membership

Global Entry or TSA Pre-check Fee Credit $450 Annual Fee


This card has been deemed one of the best travel cards out there. It comes with a steep annual fee but after you factor in the 300 dollar travel credit the cost is closer to $150.

The other benefits are great perks worth evaluating for all your upcoming trips! I use the Priority Pass every chance I get, between the free food and drinks it definitely saves me over $150 dollars. Global Entry has also proved its value to me with the amount of time I have saved returning through US customs. When we returned from Belize it took us less than 10 minutes to cross through.


Current Offer:

50,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months.



Chase Freedom

I partner this card with my Chase Sapphire card to fully maximize my point earning ability! Chase allows you to combine your Chase Ultimate Rewards and if you have the Sapphire you can still transfer them to any of Chase's partners.



  • Earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter you activate

  • Enjoy new 5% categories each quarter

  • Unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases - it's automatic

  • No Annual fee

A few examples of the rotating categories have included gas stations, walmart, grocery stores, drug stores.


Current Offer:

Earn a $150 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening


Bank of America Travel Card



  • Earn unlimited 1.5 points for every $1 spent on all purchases.

  • No annual fee

  • No foreign transaction fees.

  • No blackout dates and no restrictions when booking your trip.

  • No expiration on your points.

  • Flexibility to redeem points for a statement credit to pay for flights, hotels, vacation packages, cruises, rental cars or baggage fees

My wife uses this card because she generally doesn't make a lot of credit card purchases. The huge benefit for this card is the no annual fee and the ability to use your points on travel expenses after incurring them! Rather than being limited to certain travel partners you can use it for anything in the travel category. The downside is no bonus points for any specific category.


Current offer:

20,000 online bonus points after you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening - which can be redeemed for a $200 statement credit toward travel purchases.


Check back for the next post on Best Value with Chase Points. An article on how to make sure you are maximizing your hard earned Chase Ultimate Rewards. It covers frrom when to pay out of pocket versus when to use points!

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