Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards (2020)

Updated: 2 weeks ago

One of the keys to traveling the world for next to nothing is having the right credit cards.

Virtually all airlines and hotel chains have co-branded credit cards that allow you to accrue points in your preferred program.

Not only do credit card companies offer huge sign-up bonuses just for being approved for a card, but they also offer bonus points for spending in certain categories, even on cards with no annual fee, or the best credit cards with no foreign transaction fees.

I earn around a million miles a year through credit cards, about half of which come strictly from the sign-up bonuses earned by being approved for a credit card and completing a minimal amount of spend. The other half I earn through maximizing everyday spend (allowing me to earn anywhere from 2x to 5x points per dollar) and taking advantage of every bonus promotion available to me. Every year I redeem these points for a handful of first class trips around the world.

There are a lot of misconceptions about how credit scores work, as most people believe that applying for a credit card will negatively impact their credit score. As long as you keep your credit utilization low and make your payments on time, you shouldn’t see a negative impact on your credit score from applying for cards. Keep in mind you’ll need Very Good or Excellent credit to be eligible for many of the more lucrative cards below, and I would recommend never carrying a balance on a rewards-earning card, as the monthly interest payments can easily negate and exceed the value of the rewards.

My credit score is actually much better now than it was before I started applying for lots of credit cards, and I apply for multiple each year.

Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points

American Express Business Gold Card

Foreign Transaction Fee: None
Annual Fee: $295
The card details for the Business Gold Card have been collected independently by OMAAT and have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Why we like this card

Earning 4X Membership Rewards® for small business expenses is an awesome return, and we especially like that it automatically applies to the categories you use most in a billing cycle, rather than having to choose just one or two each year.

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Current Offer
Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 in qualifying purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership.

Card Details
Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points in your top 2 monthly spend categories -- 4X points applies to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each year.