Free Travel With Rewards Credit Cards
If you’re like me, you don’t have a ton of cash lying around for vacations. So I recommend taking advantage of the credit card sign up bonuses below for FREE TRAVEL and awesome rewards. We have already taken 3 free trips in 8 months this year, and are planning a BIG trip next year…all on points! Contact me if you have any rewards travel questions. I love helping out with this stuff!
Here are my posts on how to travel for free:
- $500 In Free Travel: Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard Review
- How To Travel For Free: A Free Trip To Hawaii For 7 People
- How To Travel For Free: 4 Cities in 8 Days
- Reader Question: How Do I Get My Family To Disney On Credit Card Points?
- Another Free Flight and Hotel on Credit Card Points
- Our Vacation For Free On Credit Card Points
You can read up on using credit cards for travel and hotel rewards, and then start your free vacation plans with the cards below.
These are my favorite cards that I have personally used to get free flights and hotels for our vacations, and recommend for those looking to take some sweet trips! You can compare and apply to travel and airline cards here HERE.
1. Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®
- Named ‘Best for Travel Rewards’ Money Magazine, October 2013
- Earn 40,000 bonus miles if you make $3,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. 40,000 bonus miles equates to $400 off your next trip!
- 0% introductory APR on purchases for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, variable APR, currently 14.99% or 18.99%, based upon your creditworthiness.
- Earn 2X miles on all purchases
- No mileage caps and no foreign transaction fees
- Get 10% miles back when you redeem for travel (i.e. redeem 25,000 miles for travel and get 2,500 miles back)
- Easily redeem your miles for statement credits toward flights, cruises, car rentals, hotels and more
- Complimentary subscription to TripIt Pro mobile travel organizer – a $49 annual value!
Jake’s Review: This Barclaycard is the new kid on the block. I didn’t care much for Barclaycard until this guy popped up earlier this year. As you can see, it’s simple. $3,000 minimum spend in 90 days, get 40,000 points which equals $400 statement credit. You also get a 10% bonus on any travel redemption, which bumps this bonus to worth $440! Add that to the 6,000 points earned for hitting the minimum spend, and that’s a $500 rewards card. Basically, you book a flight or hotel at the lowest price you can, take the trip, and get $400 erased from your credit card bill with the 40,000 points plus 10% in bonus points back. Oh, and you get 2x points on everything. Always. We just picked up two of these cards for rental cars and booking fees on our Hawaii Trip next year! Click Here To Apply Now.
2. Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Jake’s Review: Sign up bonus is 25,000 points after $5,000 minimum spend in 3 months. This card and the Chase Sapphire Preferred were our very first cards to apply for. SPG points are the most valuable around, and can get you a free hotel night as cheap as 3,000 points! Michelle and I each have this card, and I also have the business version because I love it so much. Our 3 trips this year (2013) have all used SPG points for our hotel stays. A weekend in Portland (10,000 pts a night), Disney hotel in Florida (10,000 pts. a night), and anniversary getaway on one of the top floors in the Westin downtown Seattle (only 11, 000 pts and a free upgrade). With a $5,000 minimum spend in 6 months, you will end up with 30,000 points to play with. Get your spouse the card as well, and that’s 60,000 SPG points! With over 350 airlines partners (including Alaska Airlines) and transfer bonuses, as well as the 5th night free on all hotel bookings with points, this is my favorite all-around rewards credit card.
3. Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Jake’s Review: Signup bonus is 40,000 points after $3,000 minimum spend within 3 months. This was the second card in our first credit card app-o-rama. Chase points are extremely versatile, and can be used for cash, hotel, or airline rewards. Michelle and I each have this card, as well as the Ink Bold to build a BIG chunk of Chase Ultimate Rewards points for all kinds of rewards. On our wine tour trip, we got $450 cash back to pay for all the wine and food. Now we have found that we can transfer to British Airways and enjoy short-haul flights FOR CHEAP! Like, we can visit my relatives just north of Sacramento for 9,000 points per ticket. We can also stay at the BEST Hyatt hotels in the world for only 30,000 points. Heck, the Hyatt Regency Maui is only 20,000 points. BOOYAH! This card is a keeper, definitely recommend this for those just jumping into the free travel game.
4. British Airways Visa Signature® Card
Jake’s Review: Signup bonus for each card is is 50,000 miles after $2,000 minimum spend within 3 months. Another gem of a card from Chase, this card boasts one of the best bonuses around! With only a $2,000 minimum spend in 3 months, you can easily hit 50,000 miles very quickly. Michelle and I have one of these each, as does another family member. We’re pooling our points in a “household account”, and can get tickets to Hawaii for as cheap at 12,500 miles one-way! I LOVE Avios points, and can visit my relatives as well, as low at 9,000 miles round trip to California, and 15,000 miles round trip to Arizona. I recommend redeeming your points through their partners, Alaska and American airlines, as there are no fuel charges, and you will use LESS points. It’s an amazing combo.
Favorite Business Cards
If you have ANY sort of side income at all, you have a small business, and can qualify for business cards. You can compare and apply to business cards HERE.
1. Ink Bold/Ink Plus® Business Cards
Jake’s Review: Signup bonus for each card is is 50,000 points after $5,000 minimum spend within 3 months. I personally have the Ink Bold. This card is my points champion. I now have earned over 120,000 Chase ultimate rewards points since 2013, over 80,000 from this card alone. And you can combine these with your Chase Sapphire points for a LOT OF TRAVEL! With partners like British Airways, Hyatt, and United Air, these points are EXTREMELY VALUABLE. Not to mention good for 1% cash back if needed. This card earns quickly as well. 5x points on phone and internet, 2x on gas and hotel accommodations. Contact me directly if you need any help with this card. It’s totally worth it! p.s. the only difference between the Bold and Plus is that the Bold is a charge card, which means you can’t carry a balance on it. The Plus is a traditional credit card. I chose the Bold first because I am rocking a sweet budget and DO NOT recommend EVER letting a balance remain on a credit card to get charged interest. That’s just a waste!
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