Best new credit cards for Bay Area Travelers

There is no such thing as the “best” credit card for frequent flyers. But there is a best one for YOU based on your travel and spending habits.

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, and you can use miles on several airlines. 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 free checked bags 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 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 for small business owners: Ink Bold Business Card or Ink Plus Business Card. Both offer big fat 50,000 mile sign up bonuses- enough for two free trips!

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 free checked bag. 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 Bay Area Travelers and tell us which card you use most…and why…in the comments below. THANKS!

-Chris McGinnis

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