I’ve been utilizing travel credit cards to earn free travel for my family since 2015. I try to keep this hobby as simple as possible, as it can get complicated fast and math is not my favorite subject 🙂
Be sure to check out my credit card strategy, but I am often asked which cards I hold. Here are the seven travel credit cards that are currently in my wallet.
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My 7 Travel Credit Cards
1. Southwest Chase Rapid Rewards Business Premier
This was the first travel credit card for which I applied and was approved, and it started my journey toward earning my first Southwest Companion Pass, so one of my family members could always fly free with me.
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2. Southwest Chase Rapid Rewards Premier (personal)
This is the second travel credit card I secured, and it got me most of the way to the 110,000 points needed to earn the Southwest Companion Pass. My next plan is to try to upgrade to the new Southwest Priority Card in a few months, because of it’s awesome benefits for frequent Southwest flyers. Check out my review of the card below:
3. Chase Sapphire Preferred
This is my all-time favorite credit card because it earns double points on dining and the points can be transferred to Southwest Rapid Rewards, as well as a host of other airline and hotel programs, including British Airways (great for Europe trips!). Plus, there is NO ANNUAL FEE the first year and it consistently offers a 50,000-point bonus after meeting a $4,000 minimum spend.
My review of Chase Sapphire Preferred:
4. Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express (personal)
Plus, it’s a great card for earning more airline miles as you can transfer them at a 1:1 ratio to many airlines and they kick in a bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer.
5. Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
Same reasons as the above, though this one has a larger minimum spend. This card gives you an additional opportunity to earn MORE SPG points.
6. Discover it® – Cashback Match
I like this card for the ability to earn 5% Cash Back on purchases in rotating categories each quarter (like at Amazon.com around the holidays and restaurants/dining, gas and warehouse clubs) and the opportunity to double your cash back earnings in your first year.
Here is my full review of this card:
7. Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite MasterCard®
This is one I wished I had not gotten at first, but I got sucked in by a 50,000 bonus American miles deal. I did not have a strategy for using those American miles initially. Make sure you have a strategy before signing up for any credit card!
I did end up using my miles to book a trip to Monterey, California for two through American’s Reduced Mileage program that lets you save up to 7,500 miles round-trip for select cities which change by month. Check out the current Reduced Mileage destinations. And in hindsight, I’m glad I did sign up for this card :), because it made for an awesome romantic California getaway for my husband and I and did not require us to use any Southwest points.
- Chase Ink Preferred – 80,000-point welcome offer!
What travel credit cards are part of your strategy? Which are you thinking about applying for? What questions do you have? Feel free to email me at lyn AT gototravelgal.com if I can help you determine which would be the next best card for you!
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