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Updated: January 19, 2018
Airline and travel cards are exceptionally powerful products that can reward you for all manner of purchases, with airline cards giving particular attention to brand loyalty and with travel cards including general-purpose cards that reward for most purchases. Here, we look at:
We’ll walk you through how the cards work and how to compare them:.
|Airline Cards||Travel Cards|
|Loyal to airline brand||General purpose or loyal to hotel, airline brand|
|Rich rewards for specific purchases||Rewards most purchases or brands|
|Often with annual fee||Often with annual fee|
|Often with sign-up bonus||Often with sign-up bonus|
|Sometimes offers partnerships||Can offer partnerships or reward for most travel purchases|
Amex Membership Rewards from Million Mile Secrets
Chase Ultimate Rewards
Citi ThankYou Rewards
While airline partnerships usually allow you to earn and redeem miles while flying on partner airlines, you typically can’t directly transfer miles from one airline to another, says The Points Guy. You can’t mix and match multiple airlines’ miles, says Million Mile Secrets. So, you can use American Airlines rewards to book a British Airways awards flight, but you can’t use 2 or more airlines’ rewards to book that flight.
|Card||Welcome Bonus||Bonus Requirement||Rewards Rate|
|Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card||50,000 Miles||Spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening||Unlimited 2X miles per dollar on every purchase, every day|
|Discover it® Miles||Match Mile For Mile: We'll match all the Miles you've earned at the end of your first year||Automatic||Unlimited 1.5x Miles per dollar on all purchases, every day|
|Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card||20,000 Miles||Spend $1,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening||Unlimited 1.25 miles per dollar on every purchase, every day|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card||50,000 Bonus Points||Spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening||2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases|
|Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®||60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® Bonus Miles||Make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening||Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases|
|The Platinum Card from American Express||60,000 Membership Rewards® Points||Spend $5,000 within the first 3 months of account opening||5x points on flights booked through the Amex Travel site|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited®||$150 Bonus||Spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening||Unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase|
|Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express||25,000 Membership Rewards® Points||Make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of opening the account||3x points for flights booked directly with airlines, 2x points at US restaurants, gas stations, and supermarkets|
|Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card||20,000 Online Bonus Points||Make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days||Unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all purchases|
|Chase Sapphire ReserveSM||50,000 Bonus Points||Spend $4,000 on purchases in first 3 months||3X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases|
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Below are a variety of frequently asked questions and answers regarding travel rewards and programs. You can also read our detailed reviews of travel credit cards once you have narrowed your choices down to a few cards. The reviews can help you confirm which offer fits your needs. If you’re homing in on a card for a specific airline or hotel, we have reviews for those, too.
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