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Recommended Cards

The foundation to any great points travel strategy is great cards! We will always share the best card offers - whether or not we receive anything in return!

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Beginner Cards
Best Beginner Cards
capital one venture
Capital One Venture Rewards
75,000 Capital One Miles
after $4,000 in the first 3 months
$95 annual fee
Best Features: 2x on everything, $100 TSA Pre-check or Global Entry Credit (once every 4 years)
sapphire preferred
Chase Sapphire Preferred
60,000 Ultimate Rewards Points
after $4,000 in the first 3 months
$95 annual fee
Best Features: 3x on dining, 2x on travel, 1.25 cents per point through Chase Travel, popular transfer partners, $50 annual hotel benefit
citi premier
Citi Premier
60,000 ThankYou Points
after $4,000 in the first 3 months
$95 annual fee
Best Features: 3x at restaurants, gas stations, supermarkets, and on flights and hotels
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American Express Green
40,000 Membership Rewards Points
after $3,000 in the first 6 months
$150 annual fee
Best Features: 3x at restaurants and on travel/transit (flights, hotels, cruises, trains, taxis, rideshare, tolls, parking, etc.); $189 CLEAR Plus credit annually; $100 LoungeBuddy credit annually
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American Express Gold
90,000 Membership Rewards Points
after $6,000 in the first 6 months
$250 annual fee
Best Features: 4x at restaurants and supermarkets; 3x on airfare; $10 Uber cash each month; $10 dining credit each month (at select locations - including Grubhub)
Premium
Best Premium Cards
venture x
Capital One Venture X
75,000 Capital One Miles
after $4,000 in the first 3 months
$395 annual fee
Best Features $300 annual travel credit, Airport Lounge Access, 10k bonus miles each renewal year, Hertz President's Circle Status, 2x on everything, $100 TSA Pre-check or Global Entry Credit (once every 4 years)
sapphire reserve
Chase Sapphire Reserve
60,000 Ultimate Rewards Points
after $4,000 in the first 3 months
$550 annual fee
Best Features: $300 annual travel credit, Airport Lounge Access, 1.5 cents per points through Chase Travel, $100 TSA Pre-check or Global Entry Credit (once every 4 years), popular transfer partners, excellent travel insurance
amex platinum
American Express Platinum
100,000 Membership Rewards Points
after $8,000 in the first 6 months
$695 annual fee
Best Features: Airport Lounge Access, $200 airline fee credit, $200 hotel credit, Up to $200 Uber Cash credit, Up to $100 Saks Fifth Avenue credit, Automatic elite status with Marriott and Hilton, Automatic elite status with National and Hertz, $100 TSA Pre-check or Global Entry credit (once every 4 years)
Business
Best Business Cards
ink cash card
Chase Ink Business Cash
75,000 Ultimate Rewards Points*
after $6,000 in the first 3 months
No annual fee
Best Features: 5x on phone service, internet, cable, and office supply stores (up to $25k per year), popular transfer partners
*points from this card are only transferrable if you or a household member have the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Chase Ink Preferred
ink preferred card
Chase Ink Business Preferred
100,000 Ultimate Rewards Points
after $8,000 in the first 3 months
$95 annual fee
Best Features: 3x on travel, shipping, internet, cable, phone, and advertising with social media sites (up to $150k per year), combine points with those earned from personal Chase cards
spark miles
Capital One Spark Miles for Business
50,000 Capital One Miles
after $4,500 in the first 3 months
$95 annual fee (waived first year)
Best Features: 2x on all purchases, popular transfer partners, miles can also be used a statement credits for travel purchases
business platinum
American Express Business Platinum
150,000 Membership Rewards Points
after $15,000 in the first 3 months
$695 annual fee
Best Features: Airport Lounge Access, $200 airline fee credit, $200 hotel credit, Up to $400 Dell credit, Automatic elite status with Marriott and Hilton, Automatic elite status with National and Hertz, $100 TSA Pre-check or Global Entry Credit (once every 4 years), 35% points rebate through AMEX Travel
Airline
Best Airline Cards
Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select
75,000 AAdvantage Miles
after $3,500 in the first 4 months
$99 annual fee (waived first year)
Best Features: 2x at restaurants, gas stations, and on American Airlines purchases, first checked bag free on domestic itineraries, preferred boarding, 1 Loyalty Point per dollar on all purchases
Delta SkyMiles Platinum
50,000 Delta SkyMiles
after $3,000 in the first 6 months
$350 annual fee
Best Features: 3x on Delta purchases and at hotels, 2x at restaurants and supermarkets, roundtrip companion certificate each renewal year, Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding, first checked bag free, 15% discount on Delta award flights, TSA PreCheck/Global Entry Credit, $10/month rideshare credit
united quest
Chase United Quest
70,000 United miles + 500 Premier Qualifying Points
after $4,000 in the first 3 months
$250 annual fee
Best Features: $125 annual credit for United purchases, two 5,000 mile anniversary award flight credits, first two checked bags free, 2x at restaurants, on travel, and select streaming
southwest priority
Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority
Earn 50,000 Rapid Rewards
after $1,000 in the first 3 months
$149 annual fee
Best Features: 3x on Southwest purchases, 2x on local transit, 2x on internet, cable, phone, and select streaming, 7,500 anniversary points each year, $75 Southwest travel credit each year, 4 upgraded boardings
Hotel
Best Hotel Cards
marriott boundless
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless
3 Free Night Awards (up to 50k points each)
after $3,000 in the first 3 months
$95 annual fee
Best Features: 35k free night certificate each card anniversary upon renewal, 6x on Marriott purchases, 3x at supermarkets, restaurants, and gas stations (up to $6k per year), automatic Silver Elite status, 15 Elite Night Credits annually
hyatt card
World of Hyatt Card
Up to 60,000 World of Hyatt Points
30k after $3,000 in the first 3 months, plus up to 30k on $15,000 spend in first 6 months
$95 annual fee
Best Features: 4x on Hyatt purchases, 2x at restaurants and airlines, free Category 1-4 night each anniversary year
ihg premier
IHG Rewards Premier
140,000 IHG Rewards Points
after $3,000 in the first 3 months
$99 annual fee
Best Features: Anniversary free night, up to 26 points/$ at IHG properties, automatic Platinum status, 5x on travel and at gas stations and restaurants, 3x on everything else, Global Entry/TSA PreCheck/NEXUS application fee credit
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Hilton Honors Aspire
150,000 Hilton Honors Points
after $6,000 in the first 6 months
$550 annual fee
Best Features: 14x on Hilton purchases, 7x on select travel and at restaurants, 3x everything else, Up to $400 Hilton resort credit, Up to $200 airfare credit, complimentary Diamond status, National Car Rental Executive status, $189 CLEAR membership credit, free night reward each account anniversary
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