Best Credit Cards for Travel | CardJoy

Travel cards offer some of the best rewards and benefits in the industry. With sign-up bonuses ranging up to 50,000 points, rewards as high as 2.2x miles per dollar spent and 0% intro APR and balance transfers for up to 15 months, the right travel card can help you defer the cost of your trip and offset some related expenses at the same time. Several of our recommendations also have no transaction fees for foreign currency transactions (the industry often charges 3%).

Travel cards fall into two broad categories: branded rewards cards and flexible rewards cards. Branded cards are affiliated with a single company and generally offer fantastic rewards rates for purchases made with that company. Flexible travel cards earn at a steadier rate and the rewards can be used on a broader array of purchases. The basic rule of thumb is that if you travel often and prefer a particular brand (hotel, airline etc) it's worth investigating branded cards but generally it's a safer bet to select one of the flexible travel cards.

Best Overall Travel Card


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Best Overall Travel Card: No Annual Fee


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Best Hotel Branded Card


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Best Airline Branded Card


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Best Sign-Up Bonus Travel Card


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