4 Best Travel And Airline Credit Cards
Frequent travel can be stressful. Dealing with airline schedules
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If you are a road warrior, consider the benefits of one of the following travel and airline-oriented credit cards:
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
There are no foreign transaction fees and the $95 annual fee is waived for the first year. The Sapphire card comes with an impressive series of travel-related insurance coverage and purchase protections. Price protection allows you to be reimbursed for card purchases up to $500 per item when you find the item advertised for a lower price within ninety days of purchase ($2,500 annual limit).
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Security is improved through chip card technology. Other perks include travel accident, trip cancellation, and baggage delay insurance, collision damage waiver for auto rentals, and $0 fraud liability for unauthorized charges.
BarclayCard Arrival™ Plus World Elite MasterCard
The same chip-card security, fraud liability, and insurance perks from the Arrival™ World MasterCard are included, along with a collision damage waiver for auto rentals.
Unique bonuses associated with the Prestige Card include a complimentary extra night at any hotel after a minimum four-consecutive-night booking, an automatic $250 air travel credit automatically applied to your flight-related expenses each year, exclusive discounts on vacation packages and luxury tours, and extensive concierge services. If you travel enough to make the annual fee worthwhile, the Prestige Card is an excellent choice.
There may be other options that are best for you if you tend to use a particular airline, hotel chain, and car rental company exclusively. For example, the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards card is an excellent choice if you travel mostly to destinations that Southwest services and you use their partner hotel and car rental chains.
Review your typical travel habits and see if they match up with a particular card offering. Be sure to check the terms and conditions for spending minimums and other restrictions that may negate the benefits in your case.
A few hours of research can pay off handsomely with extra travel rewards — perhaps enough to take that dream vacation. All you have to do is find the time to fit it around your typically hectic travel schedule.