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I’ll tell you about your options, and why it’s a good idea to have one!
Cards with NO Annual Fees and NO Foreign Transaction Fees
No annual fee cards are helpful to your credit score because you can keep them long-term to extend the average age of your accounts. And using a card responsibly for years improves your relationship with the bank. Both will help you get approved for new cards!
And cards with NO foreign transaction fees are great to use overseas. Because you can use them in other countries without paying extra for the privilege.
1. Barclaycard Arrival
You won’t pay an annual fee or foreign transaction fees with the Barclaycard Arrival card. And you’ll earn 2 Barclaycard Arrival miles per $1 you spend on travel and dining, and 1 Barclaycard Arrival mile per $1 on all other purchases.
Barclaycard Arrival miles are worth 1 cent each towards travel purchases of $25 or more. And you’ll earn a 5% miles rebate when you redeem miles for travel.
Plus, the Barclaycard Arrival includes chip-and-PIN technology, which makes it a terrific card to have when you’re traveling in Europe! For example, some gas stations in Iceland only accept chip-and-PIN cards.
2. BankAmericard Travel Rewards Card
The BankAmericard Travel Rewards credit card has no annual fee or foreign transaction fees and earns 1.5 points per $1 on every purchase, every time.
You can use the points for flights, hotels, or car rentals. And you’ll get a 10% point bonus with an active Bank of America checking or savings account.
And you can redeem your points as soon as you have $25.
3. Capital One Quicksilver Rewards and Venture One
Link: Capital One Quicksilver Rewards
Link: Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card
All Capital One cards have NO foreign transaction fees so you can use them for purchases abroad.
You’ll earn 1.5% cash back on all purchases with the Capital One Quicksilver Rewards. This card also gets you 20% off Uber rides through April 30, 2016.
If you take Uber a lot and want a card with no annual fee or foreign transaction fees, this could be a good option.
And you’ll earn 1.25 miles per $1 spent with the Capital One VentureOne card when you redeem for travel.
While it has no annual fee and no foreign transaction fees, it’s NOT the best 1 on this list because Capital One pulls your credit from all 3 credit bureaus. Instead you could apply for 3 different cards to get 3 sign-up bonuses!
4. Discover it Cash Back and Discover it Miles
Link: Discover it® Cash Back
Link: Discover it® Miles
Discover is offering offering match cash back for new cardholders after the 1st 12 billing cycles. You can get up to 10% cash back with this card!
The Discover it Cash Back card has quarterly 5% cash back categories throughout the year, on up to $1,500 in purchases each quarter after you sign-up. You’ll earn 1% cash back on everything else.
If you’re looking for a card with no bonus categories to remember, the Discover it Miles card earns 1.5 miles per $1 spent (worth 1.5% back) on all purchases. And and the end of the 1st year, your miles are matched.
That said, Discover cards are not as widely accepted as other cards, especially outside the US. So you should always have a backup card.
5. Barclaycard JetBlue
Link: Barclaycard JetBlue Card
With this card, you’ll earn 3 JetBlue points per $1 you spend on JetBlue purchases, 2 JetBlue points per $1 you spend at restaurants and grocery stores, and 1 JetBlue point per $1 you spend on everything else.
This is a terrific card for folks who like flying JetBlue for their free in-flight Wi-Fi, free snacks, and no blackout dates on award flights.
I’m curious to know which of these cards interest you the most!