Top Travel Credit Cards (as of Dec. 2018)

There are lots of different credit cards out there. They all serve a purpose. Some are for cash back perks, others are meant for balance transfer opportunities, others give you additional bonus points from their stores. The ones that I find the most value are credit cards that give me points for traveling nearly free.
Here are my favorite cards that I use myself. I have quite a few credit cards and can only attest to the value that I get out of my existing cards. Word to the wise…always make sure you have the latest and greatest offer. These offers do change from time to time. DaddyTravels would truly appreciate it if you use the links provided.

Great rewards for Airfare and Hotels

These are perfect starter cards that will give you lots of bonus point for travels. As always, you might be targeted for a better offer, and you might consider looking at your options and find what’s best for you.
These are the perfect starter cards that could easily get you 2 FREE roundtrip tickets from anywhere in the US to NYC or Hawaii, or  just about anywhere in the world. Both cards will allow you to earn 50,000 bonus points, the difference lies on the benefits of the cards and the annual fee.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred

Annual Fee $95 (waived on the first year)

Highlights:

  • Earn 50,000 Bonus Points after spending $4000 within 3 months
  • 50,000 points are worth at least $625
  • Earn 2x on travel/dining
  • No Foreign Transaction fees
  • Points are transferrable to airlines and hotels
  • Click here for more details

 

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Chase Sapphire Reserve  

I have no current active referral link for this, but this card is available, and easily searchable online for a current link that will work for you. Or, send me a message and if there’s a new link, I could send it it you.

Annual Fee $450 (breathe)

 

Highlights:

  • Earn 50,000 Bonus Points after spending $4000 within 3 months
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit (airfare, bus, taxi, Uber, subway, anything travel related will be covered by this travel credit.
  • $100 Global Entry credit (plus TSA precheck) – your application fee will be credited back to you, and this perk allows you to return to the US quickly by avoiding long lines at the airport
  • Priority Pass – this will give access to hundreds of airport lounges that are part of this program
  • Earn 3x for dining and travel

 

For details on the difference, read what I wrote a when I compared these cards, click here…..

 

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Chase Freedom

No annual fee, I have no current active referral link for this, but this card is available, and easily searchable online for a current link that will work for you.

This card offers rotational rewards that give you 5% bonus Ultimate Rewards or cash back. The promo has included purchases with gas stations, groceries, restaurant, the typical everyday spend.  The best part? No Annual Fee.

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PC: Chase

If you have a SMALL BUSINESS, these are the cards that I have. Great sign-up bonuses, and earnings potential.

Chase Ink Business Preferred

Annual fee is $95

Earn 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points by applying for a Chase Ink card...I love this card! You can pay your cell phone bills, internet, travel, advertising, shipping purchases….and you earn 3x per dollar. Excellent cell phone protection. Points are worth 25% more when you travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards

Minimum spend is $5,000 within the first three months from account opening

Annual Fee: $95

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American Express Business Platinum

Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards points. Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases on the Business Platinum Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership.

  • Annual fee: $450
  • $200 Airline Credit
  • Access to Global Lounge and Priority Pass
  • Fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck (valued up to $100)
  • 5x points on flights and eligible hotels
  • 1.5x on eligible purchases of $5,000 or more
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Amex Blue Business Plus.

Currently offering 10,000 Membership Rewards points after you meet  $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Earn 2x with no category restrictions. Plus, get a 0% introductory APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers.

This is one of my default cards since I always get 2x per dollar on all my purchases.Best part? NO annual fee.

Great hotel credit cards with options for airline points transfer

The points earned from our SPG or Starwood Preferred Guest cards were used in hotels such Element Westin in New York, Sheraton Tribeca NYC, Four Points Barcelona Diagonal.

Per American Express:

Earn 75,000 bonus points after they use their new Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Your friend will also be able to choose from a variety of American Express Personal and Business Card Offers. You can receive your referral bonus no matter what Card your friend is approved for.

Annual Fee: $0 in the 1st year, $95 thereafter

Here’s a snapshot of the SPG Card benefits.

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This Chase World of Hyatt Card was the card that got us FREE rooms at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, Park Hyatt Paris, Park Hyatt New York, and a Presidential Suite upgrade at the Grand Hyatt Washington DC. Most recently, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego and received an upgrade to a suite with views of the marina.

Earn 40,000 Bonus Points
after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

Plus, earn an additional 20,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening

That’s up to 60,000 Bonus points – enough for 12 free nights at Category 1 hotels or 2 free nights at Category 7 hotels

Get a free night every anniversary year at any Hyatt that is between Category 1-4. This one is a keeper for me. Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year.

Annual Fee – $95 Annual Fee.

To apply for World of Hyatt card, click here.

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This is Marriott Rewards Premier Plus from Chase. We have used our Marriott points and have stayed at Wailea Beach Resort on Maui (upgraded to a one bedroom suite), JW Marriott in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (upgraded to a Junior Suite), AC Porto Hotel by Marriott in Portugal (upgraded to a Superior Room), AC Sants Hotel by Marriott in Barcelona upgraded to a luxury room with free access to minibar, Fairfield Inn Hotel New York City upgraded to a Penthouse Suite. You can say that I love this card.

The current offer:

  • Earn Two Free Night Awards (valued up to 35,000 points per night)
  • Meet the minimum spend of $3,000 within 3 months
  • Annual Fee of $95
  • Earn a Free Night each anniversary year with the card up to 35,000 points value
  • Automatic Silver Elite Status
  • No foreign transaction fees

See offer terms for more details. Click here for more info and to apply.

 

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IHG, or Intercontinental Hotels Group (includes brands such as Intercontinental, Kimpton, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and more) – this  is another credit card that I keep in my wallet. The current offering is as follows:

  • 80,000 bonus points
  • Automatic Platinum Elite Status
  • 4th Night Reward Free – another great way of stretching your points is by doing this
  • Earn 5,000 points by adding an Authorized User within 3 months of account opening
  • Global Entry or TSA Precheck statement credit of up to $100
  • Earn 10x at IHG properties, 2x with gas, grocery, restaurants, 1x for other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • To apply, click here.

 

Lastly, for more FREE hotel stays, the American Express Hilton Honors card where you can earn 100,000 bonus points – great for Hilton brand hotels worldwide.

Annual fee: Zero

Minimum spend is $1,000 within 3 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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