Here’s our list of top picks– it should help you decide which one is best for YOU!
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Best all around cards: Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard. Both offer nice 40,000 mile sign up bonuses (after spending $3,000 in first three months), and you can use miles on several airlines, hotels and other travel providers. Neither charges irritating foreign transaction fees.
Best for United flyers who don’t spend enough to have Premier status: United MileagePlus Explorer Card. Offers Premier perks like waived checked bag fees and lounge passes for those who don’t fly or spend enough to get status. Also offers bonus miles for United purchases. And a 30,000 mile sign up bonus!
Best for travelers who love Southwest’s no frills approach to travel: The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Card offers a nice 25,000 points sign up bonus (enough for one roundtrip flight) after spending $1,000 in first three months, plus a 6,000 point bump every year on your cardmember anniversary. In addition, it does not charge foreign transaction fees, and offers two points per dollar spent on Southwest and AirTran flights.
Best for folks who spend a lot of time in Marriott Hotels: Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card. Get a 50,000 point bonus and a free night just for signing up!
Biggest Sign-up Bonus. British Airways Visa Signature Card 0ffers a nice 50,000 mile bonus when you sign up, 2.5 Avios for every dollar spent on BA, and a free companion ticket (any class) when you spend at least $30,000 in a year.
Best card for those who spend a lot of time in Hawaii… or would like to spend more! The The Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard. It offers a nice 35,000 mile sign up bonus, a 50% off companion pass and a waived check bag fees. Mahalo!
Best for Virgin America devotees (new in Jan 2014): Virgin America Visa Signature Card
Best for frequent Delta flyers who don’t spend enough to earn Medallion status: Delta/Amex SkyMiles credit card
This is by no means an exhaustive list! Please help out your fellow business travelers and tell us which card you use most…and why…in the comments below. THANKS!
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