Travel Benefit Cards

Travel Benefit Cards

The following cards tend to provide shortcuts for elite status, travel perks and/or discounts. Other than the Platinum cards, they are most interesting for someone that utilizes or intends to utilize that particular hotel or airline significantly.

Card NameUpfront BonusesSpending BenefitsOther Key BenefitsAnnual FeeIssuer's DescriptionHow to Use
Sapphire ReserveChase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card50k points (UA, BA, SW, Hyatt, etc. or $750 Cash) after spending $4k in 3 mos. 1 point/$
3x for Travel and Dining
(directly book travel at 1.5c/pt)
  • Priority Pass lounges
  • $300 tvl credit
  • Global Entry
  • Global Evac.
  • Pur. protection
  • No FTF's
$450General, Travel, Dining
AMEX Platinum Charge Card
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  • The Platinum Card® from American Express40k points after spending $3k (personal card only); See this page for up to date info on the Biz version1 point / $
    • Centurion, lounges with guests
    • DL. Priority Pass lounges solo
    • $200 toward 1 airline's fees
    • Global Entry
    • Global Evac.
    • Pur. protection includes loss
    • No FTF's
    $450Click on the Credit Karma Banner above to get additional details about this card.Keep in carry-on for travel benefits
    Citi Hilton Reserve Credit Card
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  • Citi® Hilton HHonors Reserve card2 weekend nights after spending $2.5k in 4 mos. + 1 more/yr after spending $10k
    3 points / $
    5x on airfare and car rentals
    10x at Hiltons
    • Auto Gold
    • Diamond status after spending $40k
    • No FTF's
    $95Click on the Credit Karma Banner above to get additional details about this card.Keep in safe and pay $95/year for a Saturday night at an expensive hotel (e.g., The Bentley on South Beach)
    Chase Hyatt Visa Card
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  • Chase Hyatt Card2 free nights at ANY Hyatt hotel worldwide after spending $1k in 4 mos. + 1 more (cat <=4) each year1 points/$
    2x for restaurants, airfare (direct) and car rentals
    3x at Hyatts
    • Auto Plat.
    • No FTF's
    • Chip
    $75Click on the Credit Karma Banner above to get additional details about this card.General Spend, Restaurant, Air, Car Rental
    Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card80k points after spending 3k in 3mos, free night @renewal (<=cat 5)1 point /$
    2x for airfare, dining and car rental
    5x for Marriott
    • Auto Silver Elite
    • 15 elite nights + 1 night/$3k spent (auto gold at $105k, auto plat. at $180k)
    • No FTF's
    $0 1st Yr.,
    then $85
    Click on the Credit Karma Banner above to get additional details about this card.Only good for big marriott spending.

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