Travel Hacking: A Comprehensive List of Travel Credit Cards

There are dozens of travel credit cards out there. With all of the options, decision making can get a bit overwhelming! Which card do I choose? How do I know which card is right for me?

This list is here to help. Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list of current travel credit cards and what sign-up bonuses they offer (this list will be updated regularly). As you browse through the options, think realistically about a few things:

Am I willing to pay all credit card bills on time? Am I comfortable calling to cancel the card when the time comes?

What type of reward am I looking for? Flights? Hotels? Something else?

How much can I spend in the allotted time, without overspending or spending unnecessarily?

Am I willing to pay an annual fee in exchange for more points, or do I want all annual fees waived?

Note that these offers are limited, and my vary depending on your credit score and eligibility. I’ve highlighted my favorite offers below in red.

{Airline Credit Cards}

The Bank of America Alaska Airlines Personal Card
Earn 25,000 miles after approval (no minimum spend required) + a $99 companion certificate
$75 annual fee NOT waived for the first year

The Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard
Earn 50,000 miles after after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months + Group 1 Boarding + First checked bag free
$95 annual fee WAIVED for the first year

The Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard
Earn 50,000 miles after making $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months + AAdmiral Club Access + Priority AAccess
$450 annual fee NOT waived for the first year

The British Airways Visa Signature Card
50,000 miles after you make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
$95 annual fee WAIVED for the first year

The Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express
30,000 miles after you make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months + First checked bag free
$95 annual fee WAIVED for the first year

The American Express Delta Reserve Card
10,000 elite miles after first purchase (no minimum spend required) + Delta lounge access + First checked bag free
Plus: Earn 15,000 elite qualifying miles after spending $30,000 in one year
$450 annual fee NOT waived for the first year

The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard
40,000 miles after you make $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days + No blackout dates
$69 annual fee NOT waived for the first year

The Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard
35,000 miles after you make $1,000 in purchases within the first 90 days + 50% off companion ticket + First checked bag free
$89 annual fee NOT waived for the first year

The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card
50,000 points after you make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months + 6,000 points on your cardmember anniversary
$99 annual fee NOT waived for the first year

The United MileagePlus Explorer Card
30,000 miles after you make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months + Priority boarding + First checked bag free
$95 annual fee WAIVED for the first year

The Barclay’s US Airways Credit Card
50,000 miles after your first purchase (no minimum spend required)
$89 annual fee NOT waived for the first year

The Bank of American Virgin Atlantic Credit Card
20,000 miles after your first purchase (no minimum spend required)
$90 annual fee NOT waived for the first year

{Hotel Credit Cards}

US Bank Club Carlson Premier Credit Card
50,000 points after your first purchase + 35,000 points after you make $2,500 in purchases within the first 3 months
$75 annual fee NOT waived for the first year

The American Express Hilton HHonors Card
40,000 points after you make $750 in purchases within the first 3 months + Silver Elite status
NO annual fee

The American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass Card
60,000 points after you make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months + Gold Elite status
$75 annual fee NOT waived for the first year

The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card
2 weekend nights after you make $2,500 in purchases within the first 4 months + Gold Elite status
$95 annual fee NOT waived for the first year

The Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card
40,000 points after you make $1,000 in purchases within the first 4 months + Silver Elite Status
NO annual fee

The Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card
50,000 points after you make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months + 1 free night + Silver Elite status
$85 annual fee WAIVED for the first year

The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express
10,000 points after your first purchase + 15,000 points after your make $5,000 in purchases in 6 months
$65 annual fee WAIVED for the first year

{Other Travel Reward Cards}

The American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card
25,000 points after you make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
$175 annual fee WAIVED for the first year

Barclay Card Arrival Plus MasterCard
40,000 points after you make $3,000 in purchases within the first 90 days
$89 annual fee WAIVED for the first year

The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
40,000 points after you make $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
$95 annual fee WAIVED for the first year

The Citi Thank You Premier Card
20,000 points after you make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months + 30,000 points after you make $3,000 in purchases during your 2nd year
$125 annual fee WAIVED for the first year