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If you’re looking for some solid travel rewards cards, here are my current recommendations to consider.  Each of these are cards that Mrs. R2R and I have been using and enjoying or plan to apply for in the near future…

 

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

I’ve signed up for this card as has Mrs. R2R.  With an offer of 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, it’s hard to go wrong.

The Sapphire Preferred card has an annual fee of $95, but it’s waived for the first year.

We like this one quite a bit and use these cards on a regular basis.

Learn more about this card here


Chase Sapphire Reserve Card

Similar to the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, this card has an offer of 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

However, this card has an annual fee of $450.  However, with it, you get a $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.  You also receive up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✔®.

I found out that you can’t sign-up for the Sapphire Reserve card if you already have the Sapphire Preferred card, but they will let you upgrade if desired.

Learn more about this card here


Chase Ink Business Preferred Card

You’ll notice that when it comes to business cards, they tend to have higher travel reward offers.  Currently, the Chase Ink Business Preferred card is offering 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

I opened this card for use by one on my side hustles and definitely had a smile on my face when that 80,000 point bonus hit my statement.  The card does have a $95 annual fee on it though.

Learn more about this card here


Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Card

Mrs. R2R and I had the old versions of this card years ago, but closed them after we started traveling a little less.  I’ll be honest, I really missed a lot of the perks of this one for the past several years.

The card has a number of great benefits to offer:

  • 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre✔® Fee Credit
  • 25% back on United in-flight purchases
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per round-trip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Priority boarding privileges and two one-time passes to the United Club℠ each year on your anniversary

Mrs. R2R recently signed up for this card.  we absolutely love spending our time in the lounge before our flights – especially when we’re early or a flight gets delayed.

Learn more about this card here


Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card

We’re planning to sign up for either this card or the Premier card at the end of this year.  The hope is start building up enough miles to work our way to the Southwest Companion Pass.

You earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.  However, what’s interesting on this card is that you also receive 3,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary.  It has a $69 annual fee.

Learn more about this card here


Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card

This card is similar to the Plus card with a couple small differences.  Like the Plus card, you earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.

However, you receive 6,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary instead of 3,000.  Another difference is that this card carries no foreign transaction fees – great for world travelers!  It has a $99 annual fee.

Learn more about this card here


Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card

Here’s another business card with a nice offer.  Earn 60,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.  You also receive 6,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary.  This card carries no foreign transaction fees and has an annual fee of $99.

Next year, I’ll likely apply for this card for the Route to Retire business.  Along with the Plus or the Premier card, that should help get us close to the Southwest Companion Pass, which will be awesome once we reach that coveted treasure!

Learn more about this card here


Depending on what your goals are, you should find that the travel rewards offered with these credit cards should fit your bill.

Any of these cards can get you a good amount of free travel.  If you’re already paying for your purchases with credit cards, why not take advantage of some of the great travel rewards out there?

I do receive a referral fee at no extra cost to you for signing up for any of these cards so any click-through sign ups are truly appreciated.

Thanks for your support!

 

— Jim