Recommended Credit Cards For Travel

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Delta Reserve American Express

This was our very first travel perks Credit Card.  We applied for this card when I lived in North Dakota and the only company flying out of our airport was Delta.  I knew I would be solely flying with them, so I knew I wanted their perks.  We love having free access to the club, the annual companion pass, no foreign transaction fees AND priority boarding.  We also qualify for the annual mile boost which normally boosts us up to get at least one free ticket if not two.  Another HUGE perk for us is that the annual $450 fee is waived for us since we are a military family, so we pay no fee to have this card. 

If Delta is your go-to airline, this is the card for you!

Travel Perks

  • Earn 70,000 bonus miles after you spend $4,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months.

  • Complimentary Delta Sky Club® Access‡ You can relax before your trip with complimentary Sky Club® access.

  • First Checked Bag Free‡ With your Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card on your upcoming flight, we’ve got the first checked bag covered.‡

  • Earn 2 Miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta.‡

  • Earn 1 Mile for every eligible dollar you spend on purchases.‡

  • Annual Miles Boost®‡ Earn 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 15,000 bonus miles after you spend $30,000 on purchases on your Delta Reserve Credit Card in a calendar year. Earn an additional 15,000 MQMs and an additional 15,000 bonus miles after you spend $60,000 on eligible purchases on your Delta Reserve Card in a calendar year.‡

  • Priority Boarding‡ Receive Priority Boarding on Delta flights; board early, stow your carry-on bag and settle in sooner.‡

  • Baggage Insurance Plan‡ Travel more comfortably knowing you can be covered by the Baggage Insurance Plan♦ for eligible lost, damaged, or stolen baggage when you purchase the entire fare for a Common Carrier ticket (e.g. plane, train, ship, or bus) on your eligible Card. Coverage can be provided for up to $1,250 for carry-on baggage and up to $500 for checked baggage. For New York State residents, there is a $10,000 aggregate maximum limit for all Covered Persons per Covered Trip. Please read important exclusions and restrictions.

  • Companion Certificate‡ Receive a Domestic First Class or Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card.*‡

    • Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.

  • 20% Savings on In-Flight Purchases‡ Receive a 20% savings in the form of a statement credit on all eligible in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and audio headsets. Some in-flight purchases do not qualify.‡

  • Concierge Service‡ Our Concierge staff is available to you day or night as a personal resource for many different aspects of your life.

  • No Foreign Transaction Fees¤‡ No matter where you go or what you buy, you will not be charged foreign transaction fees from American Express for purchases made outside of the United States with your Delta Reserve Credit Card.¤‡

  • Global Assist® Hotline‡ Sometimes the unexpected happens when you travel. A passport is lost. You come down with a sudden illness. A lawyer is needed. Being a Card Member can make things easier. Global Assist® Hotline‡ can help you prepare for your trip with customs information and more. And while you’re traveling more than 100 miles from home, coordination and assistance services such as lost passport replacement assistance, translation services, missing luggage assistance, and emergency legal and medical referrals are a phone call away. Card Members are responsible for the costs charged by third-party service providers.

  • Entertainment Access®‡ Stay in the know with exclusive access to ticket presales‡ and Card Member-only events in a city near you. Check out Broadway shows and concert tours, family and sporting events, and more.‡

  • Premium Roadside Assistance‡ Whether you need a tow or a jumpstart, we'll send help your way 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Emergency services like towing up to 10 miles, changing a flat, or jumpstarting a battery are a phone call away—even if you're in your driveway—and we will pay for included services up to four times a year. There are some vehicle exclusions and other important restrictions.‡

  • Dispute Resolution‡ If there is a fraudulent or incorrect charge on your statement, American Express will work with you to help resolve the issue.‡

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Card from Chase


Travel Perks:

  • 2 Rapid Rewards Points for every $1 spent on all Southwest Airlines purchases

  • 2 Rapid Rewards Points for every $1 spent on all Southwest Airlines Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases

  • 1 Rapid Rewards Point for every $1 spent on all other purchases

  • 3,000 Rapid Rewards Points each year on your anniversary

As a Cardmember, you'll enjoy exclusive Cardmember-only redemption options such as:

  • International flights to over 800 destinations Worldwide

  • Stays at over 70,000 hotels worldwide, ranging from major hotel brands to boutique hotels

  • Gift cards to over 45 of your favorite retailers