Oh, how we love credit cards. They unlock those wonderful items we so desire. But, what’s better than having convenient money with the swipe of a card? Well, getting to travel for free on top of that. Travel credit cards usually offer some pretty stellar rewards if you’re willing to put most of your expenses on your travel card. Many companies offer rewards through a variety of benefits such as free airline tickets, hotel reservations, rental cars and total vacation packages. However, not all travel cards are created equal and not all travel cards work for everyone. So here is our list of five of the best travel credit cards currently available on the market in 2017.
1. The Platinum Card- American Express
Everyone knows that American Express is one of the ‘big boys’ in credit cards. In fact, so much, that having an Amex is almost a sign of success or reputation. Well, there’s a reason why Amex is claimed to be a luxury credit card. Amex has a very high requirement for being card member. The Platinum card requires, along with the need for a high credit score, has an annual fee of 550 dollars per year. Benefits:
|Card||Bonus Offer||Bonus Value**||Perks Value||Annual Fee||Total Value|
|The Platinum Card from American Express||60,000 points after you spend $5,000 in the first three months. Terms Apply.||$1,140||$200 airline fee credit to cover incidental fees, up to $200 annual Uber credits, $250 lounge access ($650 total). Terms Apply.||$550||$1,240|
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
The Chase Sapphire card is the second pick on our list. Like the Amex Platinum, this card gives you a pretty high initial bonus (50,000 pts) after spending $4,000 in the first three months. It’s relatively proportional the to the bonus the Amex card gives you while having a significantly lower annual fee, which is only 95 dollars a year. Although the bonus with spend required is similar to the Amex, it offers less in overall perk value.
|Chase Sapphire Preferred Card||50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months||$1,100||N/A||$95*||$1,100|
Chase Sapphire Reserve Card
The Sapphire Reserve card is pretty much the same card as the Preferred, with the addition of an annual 300 dollar credit. The card also offers some smaller perks for higher-end users, but also comes with an increased annual fee. The annual fee is 450 dollars compared the 95 dollars of the preferred card.
|Chase Sapphire Reserve||50,000 points after you spend $4,000 in the first three months||$1,100||$300 annual travel credit||$450||$950|
Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card
This Citi travel card has a nice entry bonus that comes in at a better deal than the previously mentioned cards. You get a 60,000 point bonus with only needing to do 3000 dollars in spending for the first three months. Although the points are over-all valued less than the other cards on this list. The Citi card has an annual fee of 95 dollars a month.
|Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard||60,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months||$840||N/A||$95*||$840|
Starwood Preferred Amex Card
The Starwood card by Amex is an easier entry level travel card but obviously offers fewer bonuses. The initial bonus requires 3,000 dollars in spending for the first three months to be awarded 25,000 points. The card also comes with no additional perk value and has a yearly fee of 95 dollars.
|Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express||25,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months||$675||N/A||$95*||$675|