7 Best Credit Cards to Help Achieve Your Travel Goals – June 2017

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It’s an exciting time for folks in the miles & points hobby!  Because there are excellent sign-up bonuses and ongoing perks available on lots of travel credit cards.

Choosing the right card can make it easier for you to achieve your travel goals, like a round-trip Business Class flight to Tokyo!

Best Travel Credit Cards June 2017

Emily and I Love to Take Advantage of Lucrative Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses to Help Us Get Big Travel With Small Money!

I’ll share my top 7 travel credit cards that get you Big Travel with Small Money.

Best Travel Credit Cards June 2017

Link:   Hot Deals

Whether you’re a veteran or are new to miles & points, these 7 credit cards can boost your loyalty account balances and get you where you want to go!

And don’t forget to check out my post about why even thrifty folks like me get annual fee cards.  Because the benefits you get can easily offset the fee expense!

1.   Chase Ink Business Preferred

Link:   Chase Ink Business Preferred

Link:   My Review of the Chase Ink Business Preferred

With the Chase Ink Business Preferred, you’ll earn 80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

Points linked to your Ink Preferred are worth 1.25 cents each when you redeem for travel through the Chase travel portal.  This makes the the sign-up bonus alone is worth $1,000+!

Or you can transfer points directly to terrific travel partners, like Southwest, to book award travel.

Best Travel Credit Cards June 2017

Redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards Points With Travel Partners for a Trip to the Emerald City!

The card also comes with:

Keep in mind, this card is impacted by Chase’s tougher application rules.  So if you’ve opened 5 or more credit card accounts (from any bank) in the past 24 months (with the exception of certain small business cards), it’s unlikely you’ll get approved for the card.

And remember you must have a small business to qualify for this card.  That said, team member Keith’s friend listed $100 of revenue on his application for his eBay side business.  And he was instantly approved for the card.

2.   Chase Southwest Credit Cards

Link:   Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Link:   Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card

Link:   Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

Link:   Great Time to Earn Companion Pass! All 3 Southwest Cards Now Offering 60,000 Points

Folks looking to get the Southwest Companion Pass might consider the limited-time Chase Southwest card offers.

Because you can earn 60,000 Southwest points with the Chase Southwest Premier Personal or Chase Southwest Plus cards after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account.

And you can earn 60,000 Southwest points on the Chase Southwest small business card after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.

The annual fee ($99 for the Premier personal and small business cards & $69 for the Plus) is NOT waived the first year.

Best Travel Credit Cards June 2017

Use Southwest Points to Travel to Wonderful Destinations Like Los Angeles! And Bring a Friend or Love One for Almost Free If You Have the Companion Pass!

By earning the bonus from 2 of the cards, you’ll have more than the 110,000 Southwest points required in a calendar year to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.

Emily and I think the Companion Pass is the best deal in travel!  Because a friend or family member can travel with you for almost free on paid and award ticket for up to 2 years!

Note:   It’s unlikely you’ll be approved for any of these cards if you’re impacted by Chase’s strict card limits.

3.   Chase Sapphire Preferred

Link:   Chase Sapphire Preferred

Link:   My Review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is my favorite travel card for folks new to miles & points.

You earn 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account.  And Chase Ultimate Rewards points are my favorite points because they’re so flexible!

The sign-up bonus is worth $625 when you redeem your points for travel through Chase’s travel portal.  And potentially more if you transfer your points to travel partners like Hyatt.

For example, Emily and I used our Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book free nights at the Grand Hyatt Macau.

Best Travel Credit Cards June 2017

Emily and I Used Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Book an Award Stay at the Grand Hyatt Macau

With the Sapphire Preferred card, you’ll also get:

  • 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases worldwide
  • 5,000 bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you add an authorized user and make a purchase within the first 3 months
  • Primary car rental insurance – Covers damage or theft to your rental car, when you pay for the rental with your card
  • Trip delay reimbursement – Get up to $500 back per ticket when your trip is delayed more than 12 hours
  • NO foreign transaction fees

The $95 annual fee is waived the first year.  So you can use the card for 11 months without paying anything.  Then, decide if you like the benefits enough to pay the annual fee.

Keep in mind, this card is also impacted by Chase’s tougher application rules.

4.   Barclaycard Arrival Plus

Link:   Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard

Link:   My Review of the Barclaycard Arrival Plus

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus is currently offering the highest sign-up bonus I’ve seen on the card.

You’ll earn 50,000 Barclaycard Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 90 days of opening your account.  That’s worth $525 in statement credits towards travel purchases of $100 or more!  Because you’ll receive 5% of your miles back when you redeem them for travel.

Travel purchases include things like:

  • Airlines
  • Campgrounds
  • Car rental agencies
  • Hotels and Airbnb
Best Travel Credit Cards June 2017

Redeem Barclaycard Arrival Miles for Your Next Airbnb Stay!

With this card, you’ll also earn 2 miles per $1 on all purchases.  And the $89 annual fee is waived the first year.

Another perk of this card is the Chip + PIN capabilities, which can come in handy if you’re traveling to Europe.  I used this feature just to pay for gas on my trip to Iceland

Don’t forget to check out my post on 10 ways to redeem your Barclaycard Arrival miles for Big Travel!

5.   US Bank Altitude Reserve Card

Link:   U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Card

Link:   My Review of the US Bank Altitude Reserve Card

The US Bank Altitude Reserve card is a new card in the miles & points world!

You can earn 50,000 points after spending $4,500 on purchases within 90 days of opening an account.

The points are worth 1.5 cents each when redeemed through US Bank’s travel portal.  So the sign-up bonus alone is worth $750!

Best Travel Credit Cards June 2017

You Can Redeem Points From the US Bank Altitude Reserve Card for a Comfortable JetBlue Mint Business Class Ticket!

Just remember, you must already have a relationship with US Bank, like a loan, checking account, mortgage, or credit card, to be approved for this card.

Million Mile Secrets team member Harlan was recently approved for this card.  His existing US Bank relationship includes having the no annual fee Club Carlson℠ Rewards Visa® Card.

With this card, you’ll also get:

And it comes with a $325 annual travel credit every cardmember year.  This is an amazing perk to offset the card’s $400 annual fee, which is NOT waived the first year.

I recommend this card for folks who are unable to get Chase cards because of their application rules.

But if you’re new to miles & points, I’d suggest applying for Chase travel cards first.  Then, you can apply for cards like the US Bank Altitude Reserve after you hit Chase’s card limits.

We don’t earn a commission on this card, but we’ll always tell you about the best deals.

6.   Chase Sapphire Reserve

Link:   Chase Sapphire Reserve

Link:   My Review of the Chase Sapphire Reserve

You’ll earn 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening with the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

The sign-up bonus is worth at least $750 when you redeem points for travel through the Chase travel portal.  Because points linked to your Sapphire Reserve are worth 1.5 cents each toward travel booked through Chase!  This is a great way to increase the value of your points on other Chase Ultimate Rewards cards.

You’ll also get benefits like:

  • 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel & dining
  • $300 statement credit for travel purchases (like airfare, Airbnb, hotels, car rental, Uber, etc.) each calendar year
  • Priority Pass Select for access to airport lounges
  • $100 statement credit for Global Entry
  • No foreign transaction fees
Best Travel Credit Cards June 2017

When You Pay for Dining Purchases With Your Sapphire Reserve, You’ll Rack Up Points Quickly Because You Earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points!

The card comes with a $450 annual fee, which is NOT waived the first year.  But you can easily offset this fee with perks like the $300 travel statement credit.  Team member Keith has the Sapphire Reserve and quickly used up to the travel credit for airfare purchased earlier this year.

Keep in mind, new applicants will receive their $300 travel credit after each cardmember anniversary, instead of each calendar year

And remember, this card is affected by Chase’s “5/24 rule”.  Here’s a post with a guide to checking if you’re over the “5/24 limit.”

Emily and I don’t earn a commission on this card, but we’ll always share the best offers with you!

7.   AMEX Delta Cards

Link:   Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Link:   My Review of the Limited-Time AMEX Delta Sign-Up Bonuses

Through July 5, 2017, the AMEX Delta credit cards have increased sign-up bonuses.  They’re both the highest public offers I’ve ever seen for these cards!

The AMEX Delta Gold card comes with 60,000 Delta miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 4 months of account opening.

And you’ll earn a $50 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase in the first 4 months of opening your account.  You’ll also get:

  • 1 free checked bag for yourself and up to 8 traveling companions on the same reservation
  • 2 miles per $1 you spend on Delta
  • 1 mile per $1 you spend on everything else
  • 20% discount on certain Delta in-flight purchases
  • Priority boarding
  • Discount on Delta SkyClub lounge passes
  • Pay With Miles (each point worth 1 cent)
  • No foreign transaction fees

The card has a $95 annual fee, waived the first year.

Best Travel Credit Cards June 2017

You Can Redeem Delta Miles for a Business Class Award Flight to Cape Town on KLM Like Team Member Keith Did!

And with the AMEX Delta Platinum card, you’ll earn 70,000 Delta miles and 10,000 Medallion qualifying miles after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 4 months of account opening.

And you’ll earn a $100 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase in the first 4 months of account opening.  You’ll also get:

  • First checked bag free for yourself and up to 8 traveling companions on the same reservation
  • 2 miles per $1 you spend on Delta
  • 1 mile per $1 you spend on everything else
  • 20% discount on certain Delta in-flight purchases
  • Priority boarding
  • Domestic round-trip companion certificate each year on your card anniversary
  • Discount on Delta SkyClub lounge passes
  • 10,000 Medallion qualifying miles and 10,000 bonus miles when you spend more than $25,000 in a calendar year.  And an additional 10,000 Medallion qualifying miles and 10,000 bonus miles when you spend $50,000 in the same timeframe
  • Pay With Miles (each point worth 1 cent)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Terms Apply

The card has a $195 annual fee, NOT waived the first year.  I’ve written about whether it’s worth paying the annual fee on this card.

Don’t forget to check out my post on how to use Delta miles for expensive US flights.  And how you can redeem Delta miles to get to Europe!

Bottom Line

My top travel credit cards for June 2017 are:

These cards come with fantastic sign-up bonuses that will help you get Big Travel with Small Money!

For example, the Chase Ink Business Preferred sign-up bonus is worth at least $1,000 when you redeem points for travel through the Chase travel portal!

Some of these cards don’t earn us a commission, but we’ll always tell you about the best offers out there.

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4 responses to “7 Best Credit Cards to Help Achieve Your Travel Goals – June 2017

  1. I was denied for Ink Business Preferred a month ago with a year old business making $10k a year. The reason was business too new and revenue insufficient. Not sure how your friend got approved with $100 from eBay.

    • Said friend here. Not sure what your annual income is aside from your business but they may have also been a deciding factor.

    • Thanks for sharing the data point! There are many factors Chase considers when reviewing a small business application. I’d recommend contacting the small business reconsideration department to see if you can provide additional information to get approved. Here’s a guide that might help:

      http://millionmilesecrets.com/2012/12/05/chase-business-reconsideration/

    • Rookie mistake. Always say you’ve been in business for at least a few years…even if you have to list it as a sole proprietorship. (and no, Chase will not come to to your door asking for proof).

      As long as you don’t give them an easy out like too little revenue or too new of a business, the only things left for them to look at are your income, credit score, 5/24. If you get denied, at least you’ll know its due to one of the latter.