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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.

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Chase Sapphire Reserve card review

Chase Sapphire Reserve card

4.6 rating

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.

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Platinum Delta SkyMiles card from American Express review

Platinum Delta SkyMiles card from American Express

4.5 rating

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. This offer is no longer available on our site.

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Discover it® Balance Transfer review

Discover it® Balance Transfer

3.7 rating

Though not as valuable as some points-based rewards cards, the Discover it Balance Transfer card’s cash back program is one of the best options for cardholders who prefer cash back rewards, thanks to its cash back match in the first year and rotating quarterly categories.

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Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card review

Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card

3.9 rating

The Wells Fargo Propel card is one of the best no-fee travel cards on the market, thanks to its 3x point bonus.

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Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card review

Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card

4.5 rating

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 introductory bonus and an ample point bonus on gas, restaurant, airfare and hotel purchases. (Terms apply)

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British Airways Visa Signature Card review

British Airways Visa Signature Card

4.1 rating

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.

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Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature card review

Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature card

4.3 rating

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.

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Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard review

Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard

4.4 rating

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. This offer is no longer available.

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Delta Reserve credit card from American Express review

Delta Reserve credit card from American Express

4.5 rating

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.

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Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card review

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card

4.3 rating

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.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Card review

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

4.2 rating

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.

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Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard review

Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard

4.1 rating

The Barclays Arrival Premier World Elite Mastercard lacks a sign-up bonus and — compared to similar rewards cards — the spending threshold to unlock its full annual bonus is steep; however, if you use it as your go-to card, the rewards could really add up over time.

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