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BEST FOR OVERALL FLEXIBLE TRAVEL REWARDS
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Our rating:4.9 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

5x
5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
3x
3x on dining.
2x
2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.

At A Glance

Intro offer
60,000 points Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
Annual fee
$95
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% variable
BEST FOR FLAT-RATE CASH BACK
Chase Freedom Unlimited®
Our rating:5.0 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

5%
Enjoy 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, our premier rewards program that lets you redeem rewards for cash back, travel, gift cards and more;
3%
3% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service
1.5%
1.5% on all other purchases

At A Glance

Intro offer
Earn an Additional 1.5% Cash Back Intro Offer: Earn an additional 1.5% cash back on everything you buy (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year) - worth up to $300 cash back!
Annual fee
$0
Regular APR
16.49% - 25.24% variable
BEST FOR FLAT-RATE BUSINESS REWARDS
Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card
Our rating:4.0 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

1.5%
Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase made for your business

At A Glance

Intro offer
$750 Earn $750 bonus cash back after you spend $7,500 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
Annual fee
$0
Regular APR
14.74% - 20.74% variable

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BEST FOR INTRO APR ON BALANCE TRANSFERS
Chase Slate Edge℠
Our rating:4.5 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

This card doesn't offer cash back, miles, or points

At A Glance

Intro offer
No current offer
Annual fee
$0
Regular APR
16.49% - 25.24% variable
BEST FOR FLEXIBLE CASH BACK
Chase Freedom Flex℠
Our rating:4.3 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

5%
5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter you activate. Enjoy new 5% categories each quarter!
5%
5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, our premier rewards program that lets you redeem rewards for cash back, travel, gift cards and more
3%
3% cash back on drugstore purchases and dining at restaurants, including takeout and eligible delivery service
1%
Unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases.

At A Glance

Intro offer
$200 Earn a $200 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
Annual fee
$0
Regular APR
16.49% - 25.24% variable
BEST FOR TRAVEL
Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Our rating:5.0 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

740-850 (Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

10x
Earn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5x
Earn 5x total points on air travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3x
Earn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1x
Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases

At A Glance

Intro offer
60,000 points New Offer: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
Annual fee
$550
Regular APR
18.49% - 25.49% variable
BEST FOR SOUTHWEST TRAVEL
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card
Our rating:4.2 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

3X
Earn 3X points on Southwest® purchases.
2X
Earn 2X points on local transit and commuting, including rideshare.
2X
Earn 2X points on internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming.

At A Glance

Intro offer
Earn 50,000 points New Offer: Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
Annual fee
$99
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% variable
BEST FOR SOUTHWEST BENEFITS
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card
Our rating:4.1 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

3X
Earn 3X points on Southwest® purchases.
2X
Earn 2X points on local transit and commuting, including rideshare.
2X
Earn 2X points on internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming.

At A Glance

Intro offer
Earn 50,000 points New Offer: Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
Annual fee
$149
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% variable
BEST SOUTHWEST CARD WITH A LOW ANNUAL FEE
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card
Our rating:4.4 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

2X
Earn 2X points on Southwest® purchases.
2X
Earn 2X points on local transit and commuting, including rideshare.
2X
Earn 2X points on internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming.
1X
Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

At A Glance

Intro offer
Earn 50,000 points New Offer: Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
Annual fee
$69
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% variable
BEST FOR UNITED MILES
United℠ Explorer Card
Our rating:3.7 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

2X
Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on dining, hotel stays, and United® purchases
2X
Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on dining including eligible delivery services
1X
1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases

At A Glance

Intro offer
Up to 70,000 Bonus Miles Earn up to 70,000 bonus miles. Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus, earn an additional 10,000 miles after you spend $6,000 total on purchases in the first 6 months your account is open.
Annual fee
$95, waived first year
Regular APR
17.99% - 24.99% variable
BEST FOR MARRIOTT REWARDS
Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card
Our rating:3.9 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

14X
Earn up to 14X total Bonvoy points per $1 spent at over 7,000 hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy® with the Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Card.
2X
2X Bonvoy points for every $1 spent on other travel purchases (from airfare to taxis and trains).
1X
1X point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

At A Glance

Intro offer
30,000 Points Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
Annual fee
$0
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% variable

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Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Our rating:5.0 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

740-850 (Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

10x
Earn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5x
Earn 5x total points on air travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3x
Earn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1x
Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases

At A Glance

Intro offer
60,000 points New Offer: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
Annual fee
$550
Regular APR
18.49% - 25.49% variable
United℠ Explorer Card
Our rating:3.7 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

2X
Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on dining, hotel stays, and United® purchases
2X
Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on dining including eligible delivery services
1X
1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases

At A Glance

Intro offer
Up to 70,000 Bonus Miles Earn up to 70,000 bonus miles. Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus, earn an additional 10,000 miles after you spend $6,000 total on purchases in the first 6 months your account is open.
Annual fee
$95, waived first year
Regular APR
17.99% - 24.99% variable
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card
Our rating:4.4 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

2X
Earn 2X points on Southwest® purchases.
2X
Earn 2X points on local transit and commuting, including rideshare.
2X
Earn 2X points on internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming.
1X
Earn 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases.

At A Glance

Intro offer
Earn 50,000 points New Offer: Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
Annual fee
$69
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% variable
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card
Our rating:4.2 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

3X
Earn 3X points on Southwest® purchases.
2X
Earn 2X points on local transit and commuting, including rideshare.
2X
Earn 2X points on internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming.

At A Glance

Intro offer
Earn 50,000 points New Offer: Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
Annual fee
$99
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% variable
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card
Our rating:4.1 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

3X
Earn 3X points on Southwest® purchases.
2X
Earn 2X points on local transit and commuting, including rideshare.
2X
Earn 2X points on internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming.

At A Glance

Intro offer
Earn 50,000 points New Offer: Earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
Annual fee
$149
Regular APR
17.49% - 24.49% variable

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Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card
Our rating:4.0 Our writers, editors and industry experts score credit cards based on a variety of factors including card features, bonus offers and independent research. Credit card issuers have no say or influence on how we rate cards. The score seen here reflects the card's primary category rating. For more information, you can read about how we rate our cards.

Recommended credit

670-850 (Good to Excellent) CreditCards.com credit ranges are a variation of FICO® Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Rewards rate

1.5%
Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase made for your business

At A Glance

Intro offer
$750 Earn $750 bonus cash back after you spend $7,500 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
Annual fee
$0
Regular APR
14.74% - 20.74% variable
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Best Chase credit cards compared

Card NameBest ForAnnual FeeReview Score
Chase Sapphire Preferred® CardBest for overall flexible travel rewards$954.3 / 5
Chase Freedom Unlimited®Flat-rate cash back$04.8 / 5
Ink Business Unlimited® Credit CardFlat-rate business rewards$03.5 / 5
Chase Freedom Flex℠Flexible cash back$04.3 / 5
Chase Sapphire Reserve®Travel$5504.3 / 5
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit CardSouthwest travel$994.2 / 5
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit CardSouthwest benefits$1494.1 / 5
Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit CardSouthwest card with a low annual fee$694.3 / 5
UnitedSM Explorer CardUnited miles$95, waived first year3.7 / 5
Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit CardMarriott rewards$03.3 / 5
British Airways Visa Signature® CardSign-up bonus$954.0 / 5
Ink Business Cash® Credit CardNo annual fee business card$03.9 / 5
The World of Hyatt Credit CardBest for Hyatt rewards$954.0 / 5
Ink Business Preferred® Credit CardOverall business rewards value$953.8 / 5
IHG® Rewards Premier Credit CardBest for IHG rewards$994.3 / 5
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit CardBest for annual free night award$954.4 / 5

Best for overall flexible travel rewards: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Best features: As a premier Ultimate Rewards card, the Sapphire Preferred allows you to get 25% more value when you redeem for future travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. Plus, its 5X points on travel purchased through the Chase portal, 3X points on dining and 2X points on other travel purchases and 1X points on all other purchases give you ample opportunity to earn points in the portal.
  • Biggest drawbacks: Despite being a top travel card, this option misses on some luxury travel perks, such as airport lounge access.
  • Alternative: Although it’s a great travel card, those who want a luxurious experience along with perks like complimentary anniversary bonus miles and annual travel credit will want to consider an upgrade to the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card.
  • Bottom line: The Chase Sapphire Preferred is versatile and a great option for travelers thanks to its travel rewards program and generous sign-up bonus.

Read our Chase Sapphire Preferred review or jump back to this card’s offer details.

Best for flat-rate cash back: Chase Freedom Unlimited®

  • Best features: This card gives significant and unlimited cash back across multiple categories. Your cash back will never expire, so you won’t have to worry about using rewards within a certain time period. Plus, you can use your cash back toward gift cards, travel or Amazon.com purchases and even have the option of transferring points to combine with other cards in Ultimate Rewards.
  • Biggest drawbacks: A travel credit card that charges a foreign transaction fee doesn’t offer the best value when traveling overseas or making purchases with foreign merchants.
  • Alternative: If you don’t want to keep track of bonus rewards categories, a flat-rate credit card like the Wells Fargo Active Cash® Card keeps things simple by offering 2% cash rewards on your purchases.
  • Bottom line: People who spend across several categories can benefit from Chase Freedom Unlimited’s widespread cash back offerings. If you’re looking for a card with no annual fee that can add some cash to your wallet, this is a great choice.

Read our Chase Freedom Unlimited review or jump back to this card’s offer details.

Best for flat-rate business rewards: Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card

  • Best features: This card offers 1.5% cash back on all purchases made for your business. Your rewards can be redeemed for statement credits, gift cards, travel rewards, cash deposits and more. Also, they can be transferred in the Ultimate Rewards portal, where rewards can receive a significant boost in value. Rewards are non-expiring and uncapped.
  • Biggest drawbacks: Though it earns flat-rate cash back, there are no bonus categories offering better rates. This card also comes with a 3% foreign transaction fee.
  • Alternative: If your business expenses tend to fall in specific categories like office supplies, gas and restaurants, it’s worth the time to capitalize on bonus reward rates offered by the Ink Business Cash® Credit Card.
  • Bottom line: Small-business owners looking for an affordable card to help boost rewards should look to the Ink Business Unlimited.

Read our Ink Business Unlimited review or jump back to this card’s offer details.

Best for flexible cash back: Chase Freedom Flex℠

  • Best features: Active cardholders who want to take advantage of bonus rewards are best suited for this card. Freedom Flex cardholders can earn 5% cash back in rotating bonus categories each quarter (on up to $1,500), 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards, 3% back at drugstores and restaurants and 1% back on all other purchases.
  • Biggest drawbacks: The 5% cash back rates on rotating categories are capped at a $1,500 limit each quarter (then 1%). Also, remembering to activate the rotating bonus categories can be a tedious (yet essential) task.
  • Alternative: Someone looking for widespread rewards without having to jump through a lot of hoops will likely get more value out of the flat-rate Chase Freedom Unlimited.
  • Bottom line: It takes a little extra work to reap the full benefits of Chase’s rotating categories schedule, but the right cardholders can make it worthwhile.

Read our Chase Freedom Flex review or jump back to this card’s offer details.

Best for travel: Chase Sapphire Reserve®

  • Best features: The Sapphire Reserve rewards cardholders annually through a $300 travel credit. After that travel credit is earned, the real fun begins. That’s when cardholders can earn big, first when you use the Chase Portal for travel purchases: 10X points on hotels and car rentals as well as 5X points on air travel. You’ll also earn 3X points on other travel purchases after the $300 credit. You’ll also get 3X points on dining at restaurants. These rewards are unlimited and won’t expire, and there are no blackout dates or expiration dates when redeeming travel.
  • Biggest drawbacks: In addition to the high annual fee ($550), this card doesn’t come with an introductory APR offer.
  • Alternative: The Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card is a close contender to the Sapphire Reserve but has a smaller $395 annual fee and larger sign-up bonus. Learn more about Capital One Venture X vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve.
  • Bottom line: Travelers looking for a more luxurious experience on their rewards-earned trips should look into the Sapphire Reserve. If this card fits your lifestyle, the strong rewards, bonuses and travel perks make the price tag worth it.

Read our Chase Sapphire Reserve review or jump back to this card’s offer details.

Best for Southwest travel: Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier® Credit Card

  • Best features: In addition to long-term 3X points earned on Southwest purchases, cardholders can earn a welcome offer: Earn 50,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Biggest drawbacks: Your rewards tickets can’t be used on layover flights, and there are limited options for booking international travel.
  • Alternative: Even frequent Southwest flyers will want to take a look at the versatile Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card. It won’t help you qualify for the Companion Pass®, but depending on your spending habits, the sign-up bonus, rewards (including a minimum of 2X points on all eligible purchases) and other perks may be more to your liking.
  • Bottom line: The Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier® Credit Card makes traveling easier and more affordable for loyal Southwest travelers who commit to the airline.

Read our Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier credit card review or jump back to this card’s offer details.

Best for Southwest benefits: Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

  • Best features: Much like the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier, this card also offers the opportunity to earn the sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first three months. Cardholders can earn rewards in numerous categories, including 3X points on Southwest purchases and 2X points on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases, plus 7,500 points each account anniversary.
  • Biggest drawbacks: The card doesn’t offer luxury perks like lounge access, and rewards can’t be transferred to other airlines or partner networks.
  • Alternative: Travelers looking for more flexibility may get more value out of the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card. The $95 annual fee is smaller, and the 5 miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars (when booked through Capital One Travel), along with 2 miles per dollar on every other eligible purchase may be a better fit for people who don’t fly Southwest often.
  • Bottom line: If you fly often with Southwest, this is a great addition to your wallet. Not only does it make the travel experience easier, there’s significant savings to be had even with the annual fee.

Read our Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority credit card review or jump back to this card’s offer details.

Best for Southwest with a low annual fee: Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

  • Best features: Cardholders will be rewarded for their loyalty with a 3,000 point bonus each account anniversary. The card also features 2X points on Southwest purchases, 2X points on purchases with the airline’s hotel and car rental partners and 1X points on other purchases. With an annual fee of just $69, this card still offers a generous sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Biggest drawbacks: Southwest’s flight network is more limited than other major airlines, and there isn’t much flexibility in rewards redemption.
  • Alternative: If you want the best prices and are not loyal to one airline, you might be better off with a general travel rewards card. The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card has a higher annual fee ($95) but offers higher rewards for your hotel and car rental purchases (when booked through Capital One Travel), as well as your everyday purchases outside of travel.
  • Bottom line: If you’re interested in an affordable airline card and like to travel with Southwest, the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card is a solid option.

Read our Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus credit card review or jump back to this card’s offer details.

Best for United Miles: United℠ Explorer Card

  • Best features: This United card is packed with rewards and benefits: Earn 2X miles at restaurants and hotel stays, 2X miles on United purchases and 1X miles elsewhere. Cardmembers also earn 25% back as a statement credit on United in-flight purchases. Other notable perks include priority boarding, access to the United Club with two one-time passes each anniversary year, up to a $100 credit toward Global Entry or TSA PreCheck, and your first checked bag is free.
  • Biggest drawbacks: There is limited flexibility when it comes to redeeming and transferring miles.
  • Alternative: If you are not loyal to United, the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card lets you earn unlimited double miles on all of your everyday purchases along with 5 miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel.
  • Bottom line: The features and benefits on this card make it a worthwhile choice for people who regularly fly on United Airlines. And thanks to the annual fee being waived for the first year, the occasional traveler will also be able to make good use of this card.

Read our United Explorer card review or jump back to this card’s offer details.

Best for Marriott Rewards: Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card

  • Best features: If you stay often with the world’s largest hotel network, you may want to check in with this card. This no-annual-fee card not only gives consumers a chance to redeem points for a variety of hotel rewards, it provides a fast track to Marriott Silver Elite status. Plus, points can be combined with cash to pay for hotel stays. So you won’t have to worry about meeting a minimum before redeeming.
  • Biggest drawbacks: The rewards offered by the card aren’t as valuable as some other travel card options. You might also run into some booking problems if you’re looking to book stays during busy times of the year.
  • Alternative: If you frequent other hotels outside of Marriott, a general travel rewards card like the Discover it® Miles could be a better fit.
  • Bottom line: If you tend to stay with Marriott, this could add a lot of value to your travels. There’s no annual fee and a slew of hotel perks.

Read our Marriott Bonvoy Bold review or jump back to this card’s offer details.

Best for British Airways fans: British Airways Visa Signature® Card

  • Best features: If you fly regularly on British Airways, this card could be a good option. Just a few of the perks include 3 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and LEVEL and the sign-up bonus of up to 100,000 Avios (75,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first three and earn an additional 25,000 Avios after you spend $20,000 in the first 12 months of account opening). Also, points don’t expire (as long as your account isn’t inactive for 36 months), and it’s possible to get even more value on partner airlines and upgrades on future flights.
  • Biggest drawbacks: Flight availability can be very limited at times, and long-distance flights can still be very expensive, even when redeeming points. British Airways is known to add steep surcharges, and the value of the British Airways Avios falls short of the point value found in the loyalty programs of major competitors.
  • Alternative: If you prefer an easy and straightforward travel rewards card that lets you earn high rewards in bonus categories as well as an unlimited 2 miles per dollar on all other purchases, the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card will be a better fit.
  • Bottom line:  If you frequent British Airways and know how to avoid their high fuel surcharges (such as by booking with their partners like American or Alaska), the British Airways Visa Signature® Card can provide exceptional value.

Read our British Airways Visa Signature review.

Best for no-annual-fee business card: Ink Business Cash® Credit Card:

  • Best features: Like the Ink Business Unlimited, you can connect this no-annual-fee card with the premier Ultimate Rewards cards to enjoy a boost in rewards toward travel in the future. Also, as a sign-up bonus, you can earn $750 back after a $7,500 spend within the first three months from opening an account.
  • Biggest drawbacks: There’s a $25,000 annual limit on bonus categories, so if your purchases exceed that amount in the 5% or 2% categories in a year, the earnings rate will reduce to 1%. There’s also a $2,000 minimum to redeem rewards.
  • Alternative: Businesses that spend heavily in areas that fall outside the Ink Business Cash bonus categories may prefer a flat-rate card like the American Express Blue Business Cash™ Card. All eligible purchases earn 2% on up to $50,000 per calendar year (then 1%).
  • Bottom line: Thanks to a strong sign-up bonus and common rewards categories, the Ink Business Cash® Credit Card is a great no-annual-fee credit card for small businesses.

Read our Ink Business Cash review.

Best for Hyatt Rewards: World of Hyatt Credit Card

  • Best features: Frequent travelers will want to take a look at this high-earning hotel card. If you’re a World of Hyatt member, on top of a generous sign-up bonus, you’ll earn up to 9X points on Hyatt hotel purchases, as well as 2X points on restaurants, eligible airfare purchased directly from airlines, local transit and fitness club memberships (1X points on all other purchases).Cardholders will be eligible for a free night (at a Hyatt category 1-4 hotel) each year, and as a promotional offer, can earn a second night’s stay after spending over $15,000 in the year.
  • Biggest drawbacks: There are limited redemption options outside of hotel stays. Hyatt has more than 1,000 properties worldwide, but if there isn’t one where you plan to travel, a free hotel stay isn’t worth much.
  • Alternative: Travelers who aren’t sure if there will be a Hyatt near their destinations may want a more well-rounded travel rewards card. That’s where the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card comes in. The unlimited 2 miles per dollar you earn on all eligible purchases, along with 5 miles per dollar on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel offers a lot of value while also giving travelers the flexibility to redeem miles for a variety of travel-related expenses.
  • Bottom line: Loyal Hyatt members could squeeze some serious value out of the World of Hyatt credit card.

Read our World of Hyatt credit card review.

Best for overall business rewards value: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card

  • Best features: The Ink Business Preferred will reward you with the same 25% boost toward travel redemptions made in the Ultimate Rewards portal that the Sapphire Preferred offers. Earn 100,000 points after a $15,000 spend within the first three months and earn 3X points on the first $150,000 spent each year on combined purchases on travel and select business categories. This card also comes with the ability to transfer points and features travel and purchase protection.
  • Biggest drawbacks: There is no intro APR offer for purchases or balance transfers, and your spending will need to align with the select rewards categories to get the best value.
  • Alternative: Startups and small businesses that spend a lot outside this card’s bonus categories or have a tight budget preventing them from hitting the sign-up bonus requirement should look to the American Express Blue Business Cash™ Card.
  • Bottom line: Small business owners looking to earn rewards points rather than cash back should consider this card. Access to the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal and heightened rewards in common categories can provide serious value to business expenses.

Read our Ink Business Preferred review.

Best for IHG Rewards: IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card

  • Best features: Thanks to a large sign-up bonus, hotel rewards and annual bonuses, this card is a great option for vacationers and business travelers. As a strong yearly promotion, cardholders will receive 10,000 bonus points each year they spend $20,000 and make one additional purchase, plus a rewards night when you redeem points for a stay of three consecutive nights or more. Additionally, this card earns you up to 26X points total on IHG purchases, 5X points at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants, and 3X points on all other purchases.
  • Biggest drawbacks: The rewards value of the IHG’s points is low compared to other travel cards.
  • Alternative: The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless gives you access to more properties and comes packed with plenty of perks to make it a sound alternative.
  • Bottom line: If you’re an IHG Rewards Club member, this card is a must for your travels. Frequent travelers looking for a large hotel network tied to their card might also want to consider this card.

Read our IHG Rewards Premier credit card review.

Best for annual free night award: Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card

  • Best features: Cardholders will receive a free night stay each anniversary. The comped night surely helps make up for the $95 annual fee, but let’s not forget about the contribution from earning 6X points at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels and at least 2X points on all other purchases.
  • Biggest drawbacks: Room availability can be low during busy times of the year. Also, your anniversary free night award is only eligible on standard rooms valued at 35,000 points or less.
  • Alternative: Fee-averse travelers or those who don’t plan on spending enough to justify the $95 annual price may want to consider the Discover it® Miles.
  • Bottom line: If Marriott is your hotel of choice, this card can take your capabilities to a new level. Although there is an annual cost, typical travelers can easily outearn the fee with hotel perks, rewards points and bonus offers.

Read our Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card review.


What is Chase?

JPMorgan Chase Bank & Co., or Chase Bank, is a national bank and one of the largest credit card issuers in the world. Chase credit cards are best known for their generous sign-up bonuses and boosted redemption travel rewards. But depending on the card, you’re likely to find a slew of additional perks like high rewards rates on everyday spending, lengthy introductory offers, and generous consumer protections.

Where is Chase accepted?

Whether you are traveling domestically or abroad, you can shop with confidence knowing that your Chase credit card is on the Visa or Mastercard network, which means you can use the card at millions of merchants both nationwide and internationally. These networks offer broader global acceptance than American Express and Discover, and your card may come with an EMV chip that offers payment security while overseas. Plus, some Chase cards will not charge foreign transaction fees.

What credit score is needed for Chase credit cards?

Chase’s credit cards typically require a good-to-excellent credit score (670 or above) to be approved. That’s because Chase’s personal and business options come packed with top-notch rewards, travel benefits and generous welcome offers.

If you have a suboptimal score, improving your credit before applying for a Chase card is probably your best option. However, there are certain circumstances (like if you are a student with a limited credit history) where they may approve you for a card with a sub-670 credit score. Chase will review your full credit history and annual income before coming to a decision.

How to choose a Chase credit card

The best Chase credit card for you will come down to your lifestyle and finances. When you know the credit card features that matter most, you’ll then have to sort through all the options available to you. To make it easier, a tool like CardMatch™ can help you identify the cards you are likely to qualify for based on your credit profile. It takes seconds and won’t affect your credit score (unless you decide to apply).

Here are the types of people likely to get the most benefit from having a Chase credit card along with those who will find greater value with another credit card issuer.

Who should get a Chase card

  • Rewards chasers: If you’re looking for high-end rewards across multiple categories and worthwhile sign-up bonuses, Chase has several options, and a savvy cardholder can capitalize by pairing more than one. Complementary rewards cards can take your earnings capability to a whole new level and give you a chance to take advantage of multiple sign-up bonuses. Also, with the boosts available through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, cardholders can squeeze even more value out of their rewards cards.
  • Travelers: The Ultimate Rewards portal is a major reason Chase has some of the best travel cards on the market. When using points for travel in the portal, you can receive as much as 50% extra points-value with a card like the Sapphire Reserve. The Ultimate Rewards program also serves as the connection to the long list of Chase’s airline and hotel partners, allowing you to transfer points and book travel through a wide variety of options.
  • Airline and hotel loyalists: Through partnerships with companies like Southwest, Marriott, United, Hyatt, British Airways and others, Chase offers a selection of airline and hotel cards that can get loyal customers rewarded. Frequent guests of Chase’s partners can take advantage of room and flight upgrades, free night’s stays, huge rewards rates and a variety of other benefits.

Who should skip a Chase card

  • Credit builders: Although Chase has a variety of credit cards for many types of cardholders, someone trying to rebuild their credit score or credit newcomers will have to look elsewhere. With so many high-end rewards cards, Chase’s options typically require high credit scores. Those wanting to open a credit card account with Chase may have to start elsewhere on their journey, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a real possibility for the future. Secured cards and cards for limited credit history can be great tools to help build your credit score.
  • Debt consolidators: If you’re looking to open a credit card to gather outstanding balances and pay down your debt, a balance transfer credit card can be a wonderful route. Although many Chase cards feature 0% intro APR offers on purchases, they don’t extend the same offers to balance transfers.
  • Road trippers: If you drive for work, often travel on the road or spend a large portion of your money on gas for any reason, you might want to look elsewhere. While Chase has answers for nearly any type of rewards-hunter, someone who seems to be constantly fueling up might have better luck with one of the top gas credit cards.

What are the benefits of having a Chase credit card?

Chase gives you numerous reasons to consider one of their cards, including generous welcome offers, 0% APR opportunities, high-rate cash back rewards, a worthwhile travel program and more. When carrying a Chase card, you can expect the following as a baseline to your benefits:

  • Travel benefits: Many Chase cards feature insurance for things like flight cancellations, rental car collision damage, emergency care when abroad and more. You might be eligible for flight upgrades, complimentary in-flight meals and breakfast at your hotels, free checked bags and annual statement credits for travel. You can use the rewards portal to transfer points at a 1:1 or better rate to JetBlue, Southwest, United, Marriott, Hyatt and more.
  • Exclusive opportunities: You’ll have to keep an eye out for particular offers and partners, but a Chase card can often be a ticket into a highly sought-after vacation spot, event, restaurant or club.
  • Pay Yourself Back: Chase began offering the Pay Yourself Back feature in early 2020, which allows cardholders to redeem their rewards on past purchases with better value (typically boosted from 25% to 50%). The feature is available with the Sapphire series and other select Chase cards until March 21, 2022.
  • Access to your FICO score: Chase Credit Journey is a useful perk for keeping track of your financial progress, you’ll be able to monitor your credit score any time and it won’t impact your credit.
  • Theft and damage: Chase cards will often give protection against damage and theft, meaning if you buy an expensive item (TV, laptop, etc.) but don’t get insurance with the retailer, you may be eligible for reimbursement through your card if something goes wrong.
  • Automotive: Chase offers 24/7 access to a variety of roadside assistance services while traveling in the U.S. and Canada for a flat fee, plus primary auto rental collision damage waivers.
  • Price protection: With this perk, you can typically get reimbursed for the difference between what you paid for an item and the new (lower) price that it’s currently selling for.
  • Return protection: This benefit is useful when you’ve bought something and its return window has closed or the store you bought it from doesn’t allow returns. There may be limitations with what you can do, but it may save you when you have to take something back.
  • Fraud protection: Your Chase card will be protected from unauthorized charges. Chase will help keep watch for unusual transactions, and reporting suspicious or unauthorized activity should keep any unwanted charges off of your account.

What is the Chase Ultimate Rewards program?

Chase cards feature things like rental car insurance, select complimentary hotel upgrades, purchase coverage and more. But the most notable extra that comes along with Chase credit cards is access to the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal. Within the portal, there are a number of ways to use your points when you’re ready to take advantage of your well-earned rewards:

Redemption options

  • Travel partner transfers: Move your points to any of Chase’s airline or hotel partners at 1:1 value with select cards.
  • Boosted rewards: It depends on your card(s), but you can get 25% or 50% more value out of your points when redeeming for travel in the portal. Chase’s high rewards rates and supercharged value allows for some of the most powerful travel cards on the market.
  • Shop Through Chase: A way for cardholders to spend with select partners, you can use your points with stores like Nike, Apple, Walgreens, Home Depot and more. Some offers may be for a limited time, but you can earn as high as 10 points per dollar or take advantage of a 30% discount with this feature.
  • Chase Dining: You can use your points towards takeout, reservations and exclusive culinary experiences that wouldn’t otherwise be available.
  • Chase Experiences: Concert-goers, sports fans and adventurers may love the doors Chase opens here. You’ll find a wide variety of entertainment options and exclusive experiences made available to you in the Ultimate Rewards portal.

Your capabilities in Chase Ultimate Rewards will vary depending on your card, but rewards chasers and travel-happy cardholders have a lot of opportunities thanks to the portal.

Is a Chase credit card worth it?

Simply put, yes. Chase is one of the most well-respected credit card providers in the world. If your credit score allows it and you find one tailored to your interests, a Chase credit card will add some convenience and benefit to your life.

There are choices for small-business owners, family shoppers, frequent flyers, hotel regulars and more. And even if a Chase card comes with an annual fee, there are plenty of ways to still make it worthwhile.

Start with the sign-up bonus. Chase gives some of the best welcome bonuses on the market. So be sure to look for cards with terms within your budget and hit the spending requirement to get some early rewards. On top of the initial earnings, be sure to use your card when spending in its specialized rewards categories. Regularly capitalizing on the high rates will save you a little extra and lead to bigger rewards. Finally, as a general rule for making any credit card worth it: Don’t overspend, and pay on time to protect your credit card and avoid costly and unnecessary fees and interest.

How we picked the best Chase credit cards

Research Methodology: We analyzed Chase’s suite of credit cards to identify their top credit cards currently on the market. The major factors we considered were:

  • Base rewards program: Does the card provide ways to earn worthwhile rewards? Thanks to Chase Ultimate Rewards, most Chase cards have strong rewards structures. We sought out the best ones to capitalize on.
  • Available bonuses: Many Chase cards feature welcome bonuses and other promotional offers, giving out bundles of points, cash back or a free night at a hotel. Finding bonuses that are worth the spending and effort helped narrow down our top options.
  • Rewards flexibility: With so many hotel, airline and travel choices available, we looked to find cards that give you worthwhile redemption and transfer options when it comes to redeeming rewards. Although some of the cards here have an obvious partner, you might be surprised at what you’re capable of doing with your points.
  • Other rates and fees: We also looked at whether the card carried reasonable APRs, has an introductory APR offer and whether it comes with an annual fee. If a card is pricey in these departments, other important factors should make up for the costs.

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