Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Reviews and opinions of the best travel rewards credit cards including airline credit cards and hotel rewards credit cards.

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card

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Editor’s Rating — Great For: Travel rewards with no foreign transaction fees.

  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $200 in travel
  • Earn unlimited 1.25 miles on every purchase, every day and pay no annual fee
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime
  • Enjoy a low intro APR on purchases until February 2016; 11.9%-19.9% variable APR after that
  • Travel when you want-no blackout dates
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Miles don’t expire and there’s no limit to how many you can earn

Credit Needed: Excellent

Average Approved Score: 698*

Lowest Approved Score: 618*

Intro APR, Purchases Intro Term, Purchases Intro APR, Balance Transfers Intro Term, Balance Transfers Regular APR Annual Fee
0%until February 2016 N/AN/A 11.9% – 19.9%* Variable $0

The CarnivalTM MasterCard®

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Editor’s Rating — Great For: Travel benefits and no annual fee

  • 0% Introductory APR for 15 months for each Balance Transfer made within 45 days of account opening, and a variable rate of 13.99%, 16.99% or 20.99% APR thereafter, depending on your creditworthiness
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points when you use your card for the first time
  • Earn DOUBLE points on any CarnivalTM purchase
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else
  • Redeem points for cruises on CarnivalTM or other eligible World’s Leading Cruise Lines vacations, hotel or flight discounts, onboard gifts and services, merchandise or gift cards
  • No Annual Fee
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete details

Credit Needed: Excellent

Average Approved Score: 670*

Lowest Approved Score: 592*

Intro APR
Purchases
Intro Term
Purchases
Balance Transfer
Intro APR
Regular APR Annual Fee
N/AN/A 0% intro for 15 Months
within 45 days of account opening
13.99%, 16.99% or 20.99%* Variable $0

Miles & More® Premier World MasterCard®

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Editor’s Rating — Great For: Travel rewards and low introductory rates

  • Earn 20,000 award miles after first purchase and payment of the annual fee
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Annual Companion Ticket after first purchase and annually thereafter
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Star Alliance airlines and other partners
  • 0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers made within 45 days of account opening. After that, a variable APR currently 15.99% or 24.99%, based on your creditworthiness
  • $79 Annual Fee, waived for SEN and HON Circle Members

Credit Needed: Excellent

Average Approved Score: 730*

Lowest Approved Score: 684*

Intro APR
Purchases
Intro Term
Purchases
Balance Transfer
Intro APR
Regular APR Annual Fee
N/AN/A 0% intro for 15 Months
within 45 days of account opening
15.99% or 24.99%* Variable $79

U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards American Express® Card

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Editor’s Rating

  • Earn 20,000 enrollment FlexPoints with a new FlexPerks Travel Rewards Card after you spend $3,500 in Net Purchases on your Card within the first four months of account opening.
  • 2X FlexPoints at restaurants and on fast food. Plus, use your Card at select membership warehouse clubs.
  • 2X FlexPoints on gas, grocery or airfare - whichever you spend most on each monthly billing cycle - and on most cell phone expenses.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.

Credit Needed: Excellent

Average Approved Score: 0*

Lowest Approved Score: 0*

Intro APR, Purchases Intro Term, Purchases Intro APR, Balance Transfers Intro Term, Balance Transfers Regular APR Annual Fee
N/AN/A N/AN/A 13.99% - 23.99%* Variable $0 for the first year, then $49*

The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®

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Editor’s Rating — Great For: Earning travel rewards and companion discounts

  • Earn 35,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days*
  • Enjoy a complimentary 1st checked bag for the primary cardmember when you use your card to purchase eligible tickets directly from Hawaiian Airlines
  • Receive a one-time 50% off a companion discount on roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines
  • Earn 2X miles on direct purchases from Hawaiian Airlines and 1X miles on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases
  • Get $100 off a companion ticket for roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines at each account anniversary
  • Earn 5,000 annual bonus miles after $10,000 in annual spend
  • Choose from three uniquely Hawaiian card designs
  • See Terms and Conditions for details

Credit Needed: Excellent

Average Approved Score: 715*

Lowest Approved Score: 619*

Intro APR, Purchases Intro Term, Purchases Intro APR, Balance Transfers Intro Term, Balance Transfers Regular APR Annual Fee
N/AN/A N/AN/A 15.99% or 24.99%* Variable $89

Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card

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Editor’s Rating — Great For: Rewards redeemable for any travel expense.

  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 40,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $400 in travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime
  • Travel when you want-no blackout dates
  • Miles don't expire and there’s no limit to how many you can earn
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • No annual fee for the first year; $59 after that

Credit Needed: Excellent

Average Approved Score: 701*

Lowest Approved Score: 612*

Intro APR, Purchases Intro Term, Purchases Intro APR, Balance Transfers Intro Term, Balance Transfers Regular APR Annual Fee
N/AN/A N/AN/A 13.9% – 20.9%* Variable $0 intro for first year; $59 after that
* This information is provided through a relationship with CreditKarma.com. Credit Karma members have received approvals with these TransUnion New Account credit scores. Please note that because other factors may affect credit card approval, these approval metrics are only guidelines and approval is not guaranteed.