The 15 Best Credit Cards for Frequent Travelers

By Staff WriterLast Updated April 23, 2019
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Travel cards are ideal for frequent travelers who want to use them for benefits like free sky miles, discounts on selected hotels and restaurants, membership perks and so much more. Every card offers its own unique advantages, so it's up to you to decide which cards are best for your lifestyle. Start by reviewing this list of the 15 best credit cards for frequent travelers like you.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

This card gives two points for every dollar spent on travel and dining. There's no annual fee for the first year, but you need excellent credit to qualify.

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Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

This mileage card earns two points on every dollar spent along with 50,000 bonus miles or $500 worth of travel expenses when you spend $3,000 during the first three months. There are no foreign transaction fees and no annual fee for the first year.

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Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card

This card gives you three points for every dollar spent on travel. There's no annual fee, and you get a signup bonus of 30,000 points if you spend $3,000 within the first three months.

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Card

This travel points card earns three points on every dollar spent on travel. Points are worth $0.015 each, and you can earn 50,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 within the first three months. However, the annual fee is $450 a year.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

This travel points card has a hefty annual fee of $550, but you can earn five points per dollar on flights booked directly. Additionally, 60,000 points are offered when you spend $5,000 within the first three months of opening an account.

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Citi ThankYou Premier Card

This corporate card gives you points for purchases made for gas and at gas stations. It comes with 60,000 bonus points worth around $750 when you spend $4,000 within the first three months. On an ongoing basis, it gives you three points for every dollar spent, making it one of the highest paying travel cash cards.

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Capital One Spark Miles for Business

Earn two miles per dollar spent with no annual fee for the first year when you opt for this card. For a limited time, the Spark card is offering 200,000 points on signup, provided you spend $5,000 within the first three months and $50,000 within the first six months.

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard

This travel card offers a generous bonus of 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first 90 days. There are no foreign transaction fees throughout the card's life and no annual fee for the first year, after which the fee is $89 a year.

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Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card

The annual fee is $95, but you earn six points per dollar spent. When you spend $3,000 within the first three months, you earn two free night awards.

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Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express

Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card earns you two skymiles for every dollar spent. Although this card comes with an annual fee of $95, it earns 30,000 miles when you spend just $1,000 within the first three months.

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Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card

This travel card is ideal for loyalty hotel rewards, and it comes with a large bonus of 125,000 points when you spend $2,000 within the first three months. Loyalty points are 12X when you spend on Hilton hotels and six points for all other eligible purchases.

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United Explorer Card

This travel card comes with many perks, such as priority boarding privileges, two United Club passes each year and TSA pre-check fee credit. The signup bonus is 65,000 miles, of which you get 40,000 miles when you spend $2,000 within the first three months and 25,000 miles when you spend $10,000 within the first six months.

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IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

With this card, you earn 10 points for every dollar spent at Intercontinental Group of Hotels. The signup bonus is 80,000 points when you spend $2,000 within the first three months.

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Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express

You earn six points for every dollar spent on eligible purchases at SPG and Marriott Rewards hotels. You have no annual fee for the first year, and 75,000 bonus points are paid when you spend $3,000 within the first three months.

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British Airways Visa Signature Card

This card earns points not just when you travel with British Airways, but also with other partner airlines. It also comes with many other convenient perks that help you get the most out of every dollar you spend on travel.

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