The best credit cards for travel

Get the scoop on the best travel rewards credit cards to make the most of your spending

Money

Free foreign transactions are table stakes here, but annual fees can be high. Your choice likely comes down to how you want your rewards: dollars back, flights, or hotel nights.

“Easy choice” cards are great for people who want a no-hassle option and no annual fees. Cards that are “best for maximizers” are for those who aren’t afraid to carry a few different cards to pump up their rewards.

BEST EASY CHOICE CARD

BankAmericard Travel Rewards

This is the best choice for overseas travelers on a budget, thanks to no foreign-transaction fees and no annual fee.

BEST FOR FREQUENT FLIERS

Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite

If you’re looking for a no-hassle card but you spend plenty on travel, the Barclaycard could fit right into your wallet.

BEST FOR MAXIMIZERS

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Enjoy the industry’s most generous sign-up bonus and flexible rewards, but watch out for the APR.

BEST FOR HOTEL POINTS

Starwood Preferred Guest from American Express

Frequently staying at Starwood hotels means racking up valuable points while using this card.