Best Cards to Get you Traveling in Style
Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway or planning a month-long vacation, the right credit card can help you travel in style. Plus, when you take advantage of rewards programs, there is a good chance that you can earn free travel.
As a frequent traveler, you want to make sure you have perks like travel insurance and no foreign transaction fees. It can also help to look for a travel rewards card with a good concierge service and other perks. If you want to travel in style, here are some of the best credit cards to consider:
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
If you want plenty of travel perks, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, a Credit Cards House advertiser, might be the card for you. Every dollar you spend on Delta purchases gets you 2X the miles. As long as you fly primarily using Delta, this is a rewards card that allows you travel in style. There are no foreign transaction fees with this card, and your SkyMiles® never expire. You also receive priority boarding and get your first bag (and the first bags of up to three companions) checked for free on every Delta flight.
The Gold Delta SkyMiles card comes with access to American Express Travel deals. These deals include special discounts on luxury cruises (and chances to earn extra miles) and a concierge to help you arrange convenient travel and navigate through your options to find the best value.
This is one of the best credit cards for perks because it’s fairly easy to upgrade to first class using your points. An upgrade to first class might cost 5,000 points on a trip, working out to a value of 1.9 cents per point if the upgrade cost is $95. Currently, they are offering a welcome bonus of 30,000 bonus miles after making $1,000 in purchases on your new card within the first 3 months of membership. That is more than enough miles for a round-trip domestic flight or to upgrade your seat assignment. You can also earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new card within your first 3 months.
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
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The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, a Credit Cards House advertiser, is one of the best hotel travel rewards cards out there. The card currently offers 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. You earn extra Starpoints® for each stay at a Starwood or Marriott Rewards® hotel, and you can earn free nights at more than 1,300 hotels all over the world. This card also allows you access to American Express Travel for extra discounts and deals on luxury trips. Plus, there are no foreign transaction fees.
Other great perks to enhance your travel include the fact that you can get premium Internet in your room for free, as well as complimentary access to Boingo Wi-Fi at more than 1,000,000 hotspots all over the world. You can almost always be connected when you travel using this card.
It’s also worth noting that when you have this credit card, with Platinum status you are automatically eligible for an upgrade to the best room available when you check in, plus other bonuses, depending on the hotel resort and room type. You can also buy room and suite upgrades from between 1,000 and 10,000 points, depending on the category of the hotel and the room or suite you want.
For example, for 10,000 points at a category 4 hotel you might be able to upgrade from a standard room that costs $147, to a suite that normally costs $420 per night. That works out to a value of 2.7 cents per point. Starwood also allows you to redeem using cash and points together, so it’s not either/or. Depending on the scenario, and how you use your cash in conjunction with points, you can have a stylish, luxury experience with points that have a value of 3.5 to 3.9 cents each.
Finally, SPG also offers luxury experiences. You can redeem your points and enjoy upgrades on unique VIP travel experiences, such as playing golf with pros and sitting in a luxury suite to watch a baseball game.
Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®
If you are loyal to American Airlines, you can travel in style with the help of the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® from Citi, a Credit Cards House advertiser, thanks to discounts on in-flight purchases, preferred boarding, and other perks. You can earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $2,500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
One of the advantages of this credit card is the fact that there are several Oneworld alliance partners, including luxury airlines, that accept your points when booking. You will get the best value for your points when booking international flights or when upgrading. You can get especially good value for your miles when you book using business or first class on international travel. You can see a value of between 1.7 cents per point and as much as 2.3 cents per point, depending on the upgrade, where you are traveling, and when you plan to travel.
This card also features double miles on gas station and restaurant purchases. Using this card gets you a free checked bag for you and up to four companions each traveling on your reservation. You also get 25% off in-flight purchases while earning double miles on purchases. This includes food and beverages purchased in-flight.
If you want to travel in style, you can do so at a discount—or even for free—when you choose the right travel rewards card. Consider your travel needs, including whether or not you have loyalty to a single brand, and determine which card will help you accomplish your travel goals.
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