Fly for FREE: Top travel credit cards for the frequent flyer
If you enjoy traveling as much as I do you may find this story from the Albany Times beneficial as they rate the top 6 travel credit cards.
Current bonus: 50,000 points when you spend $4,000 in three months (value of up to $650).
Best for: Flexible redemption.
Benefits: Earn two points for every dollar spent on travel and dining at restaurants and one point per dollar spent on all other purchases. Points are worth 25 percent more when you use them to book travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards, or you can transfer them at a 1:1 rate to several frequent flier programs, including United, Southwest, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
Annual fee: $95, waived the first year
Current bonus: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months your account is open.
Best for: Frequent United travelers.
Benefits: Get a free checked bag when you fly, priority boarding, and two one-time passes each year to United’s airport lounges. You earn two miles per $1 spent on tickets purchased from United and one point per $1 on everything else. – See
Annual fee: $95, waived the first year.
Current bonus: 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of account opening.
Best for: Frequent American Airlines passengers
Benefits: Earn two miles per $1 spent on American Airlines purchases, and one mile per $1 spent elsewhere. When you redeem miles, you’ll get 10 percent of those miles back, up to 10,000 miles per calendar year
Annual Fee: $95, waived the first year
A couple others to consider:
Current bonus: 50,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months.
Best for: Those who routinely fly Southwest.
Benefits: Earn unlimited points that don’t expire — two points per $1 spent on Southwest and Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases; one point per $1 spent on all other purchases. Plus, receive 6,000 bonus points after your cardmember anniversary.
Annual fee: $99
Current bonus: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days (a value of $525)
Best for: Someone who travels frequently, especially internationally.
Benefits: Earn two points for every $1 spent and redeem for travel or cash back statement credits, gift cards and merchandise.
Annual fee: $89, waived the first year
Current bonus: 40,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months of approval, equal to $400 in travel
Best for: Those looking for flexibility
Benefits: Earn two miles per dollar on every purchase and redeem to fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime.
Annual fee: $59, waived the first year