Rewards Credit Cards - Reviews
Credit card rewards come in many forms -- from miles to cash back to points -- that can redeemed for a variety of goodies. Some cards offer large sign-up bonuses, others offer extra earnings on bonus categories. Some cards charge annual fees. All these differences can make it difficult to compare.
We've created a rating system to cut through the complicated details and compare cards on a similar basis. Our ratings take into account the estimated value of their rewards, the ease of redeeming rewards and special perks and benefits.
Chase Sapphire Reserve card
Last reviewed: March 6, 2018
The price of admission for this luxury card from J.P. Morgan Chase is steep, but its large sign-up bonus and generous travel allowance more than make up for the card’s $450 annual fee.
Platinum Delta SkyMiles card from American Express
Last reviewed: March 1, 2018
High-rolling customers of Delta Airlines will be well-served by the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card’s elite benefits, though the card is probably beyond the means of most cardholders.
Hilton Honors Ascend card from American Express
Last reviewed: March 6, 2018
A good value for Hilton hotel fans, the Honors Ascend card makes it easy to quickly earn free night’s stays by offering a substantial sign-up bonus and an ample point bonus on gas, restaurant, airfare and hotel purchases. (Terms apply)
Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature card
Last reviewed: February 8, 2018
One of our favorite travel cards, this premium hotel card was tailor made for fans of luxury hotel stays: for just $75 a year, it offers some of the generous rewards available on hotel stays and regular purchases as well as some the industry’s best bonuses.
Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard
Last reviewed: March 8, 2018
This premium airline card offers a generous sign-up bonus in the card’s first year and some modest perks for frequent American Airlines passengers; but unless you’re a heavy traveler, you could have a hard time justifying the card’s annual fee after the first year.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
Last reviewed: February 23, 2018
The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card offers valuable rewards for frequent travelers, as well as the potential for savvy rewards card users to glean some extra value out of their rewards.
The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express
Last reviewed: February 27, 2018
The perk-heavy American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card offers one of the most valuable rewards programs on the market, making it our go-to card for year-round travelers.
Delta Reserve credit card from American Express
Last reviewed: January 22, 2018
The Delta Reserve card offers a great rewards value thanks to its free annual companion pass; but you can get the same benefit with the Platinum Delta card, for a lower annual fee.
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card
Last reviewed: March 19, 2018
A good deal for budget-conscious West Coast residents who frequently fly Alaska Air, the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card pairs a generous sign up bonus and valuable rewards program with one of the lowest APRs available on a travel card.
British Airways Visa Signature Card
Last reviewed: February 26, 2018
One of the best airline cards on the market, this super charged premium card offers frequent transatlantic flyers an accessible sign-up bonus that amply rewards heavy spenders, a plentiful point bonus on airfare, valuable travel perks and generously priced rewards points that are worth more than twice the average credit card rewards point.
Club Carlson Rewards Visa Signature card
Last reviewed: November 15, 2017
For cardholders who prefer to stay at mid-tier hotels such as Country Inn and Suites or the Radisson, the Club Carlson Rewards Visa Signature card offers a fair amount of value, including a sizable sign-up and an above average rewards rate on regular purchases.
Bank of America Premium Rewards card
Last reviewed: March 16, 2018
The new Bank of America Premium Rewards card combines the features of a cash back card with the features of a premium travel card for a great value.