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Reward Cards
There are basically two types of credit cards. The first type offers points or miles that can be used to offset travel expenses. The second type is specific to airlines and hotels. Look for cards that offer signup bonuses, free airline tickets  and/or hotel stays. 

Credit card terms change frequently.  

Please check the issuers' websites for current offers, 0% APR terms, balance transfer fees and points / miles expiration guidelines before applying.

 

Citi Double Cash

Pays 2% cash back, 1% for purchases and 1% when you pay for them. No restrictions on the type of purchase.

The rewards add up quickly when you use it to pay for groceries, restaurants, movies, gas, auto and health insurance, airline tickets, hotel rooms and anything else you usually pay for with a credit card.

As long as you are disciplined, keep track of your purchases on a daily basis and pay on time you will do great!

The card offers an 18-month 0% APR on balance transfers upon approval.

 

Capital One: Venture and VentureOne Cards

Venture Card

Upon approval and spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months the card offers 40,000 bonus miles which can be redeemed for $400 in travel.
When redeemed for travel, the card offers a 2% reward level on every purchase.
Purchases earn 2x miles, and when redeemed for travel they are worth $0.01 each. If the miles are used for other purchases not related to travel, the value of each mile is cut in half.

VentureOne Card

A one-time bonus of 20,000 miles ($200 in travel) once you spend $1,000 on purchases within 3 months of approval.
Earn unlimited 1.25 miles per dollar on every purchase, every day and pay no annual fee.
Fly any airline and stay at any hotel,.
0% APR on purchases for 12 months; variable APR after that.
No restrictions on travel and no blackout dates.
No foreign transaction fees.
Miles do not expire.

 

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

25,000 bonus Starpoints® after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
Can be redeemed for hotel stays at Starwood properties such as the Westin, Sheraton, and W Hotels.
Starpoints can be transferred to airline miles with most major airlines on a one to one basis.
You can convert 20,000 Starpoints to receive 5,000 airline miles with many carriers.
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
No Foreign Transaction Fees on international purchases.
Boingo Wi-Fi on up to four devices at Boingo hotspots worldwide. Enrollment required.
Free nights at over 1,200 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries with no blackout dates.

 

Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Master Card

40,000 to 50,000 bonus miles/$400 to $500 in travel credit (see current offer at the Barclay’s web site), when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.
Earn 2X miles on all purchases.
Redeem for travel or cash back statement credits, gift cards and merchandise. Redemption values vary.
5% miles back to use toward your next redemption.
Miles don't expire.
No foreign transaction fees.
0% introductory APR for 12 months on balance transfers made within 45 days of account opening, and variable APR thereafter.

 

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

50,000 bonus points with $4,000 spent on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening ($625 towards travel when redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards).
2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide.
1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
5,000 bonus points after adding the first authorized user and making a purchase in the first 3 months of account opening.
No foreign transaction fees. $0 Intro Annual Fee for the first year, then $95 (See Current Terms Before Applying).
1 on 1 point transfer to many airline and hotel loyalty programs.
No blackout dates or travel restrictions.

 

BankAmericard Travel Rewards Credit Card

Unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all purchases.
20,000 online bonus points if you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days.
No annual fees.
No foreign transaction fees.
Points don't expire.
No blackout dates or restrictions
Redeem points for a statement credit for travel related expenditure.
0% Introductory APR for 12 billing cycles for purchases, variable APR afterwards (check current offerings).
Additional 10% bonus points on every purchase with an active Bank of America checking or savings account. Preferred Rewards clients: 25% - 75% bonus points instead of 10%.

 

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card

25,000 points when you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first three months the account is open.

6,000 bonus points on each account anniversary and points on purchases charged to the card.

The number of points required depends on the fare. More expensive flights require more points.

 

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

30,000 bonus miles after $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after a Delta purchase within your first 3 months.
2 Miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. 1 mile per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
Check your first bag free on every Delta flight.
Board earlier with Priority Boarding.
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95. See Current Terms Prior to Applying.

 

Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card

80,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
Earn 7,500 bonus points when you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
1 Free Night Stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date.
Earn unlimited Marriott Rewards points and get free stays faster.
Earn 5 points per $1 spent at participating Marriott locations & 2 points per $1 spent on airline tickets purchased directly with the airlines, at car rental agencies & restaurants.
Earn 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else.
Receive 15 Elite Credits guaranteeing Silver Elite Status or better. And Earn 1 Elite Credit for every $3,000 spent on purchases.
$85 Annual Fee.

 

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
Check your first bag for free - save up to $100 per round trip.

Addition 10,000 miles each calendar year when you spend at least $25,000 in net purchases on your card.
Priority boarding privileges. Visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year.
No foreign transaction fees.
Double miles on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.
Miles don't expire as long as your credit card account is open. No limit to the number of miles earned.
Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United flight.
$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95.

 

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of card membership.
3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases.
No foreign transaction fees.
$100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
$75 hotel credit on qualifying charges. Room upgrade upon arrival if available with The Hotel Collection at americanexpress.com/hc.
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.

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