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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95

50,000 bonus points

2X points on travel and dining

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The Platinum Card® from American Express

Terms Apply

$450

  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points

Earn 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.

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Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Terms Apply

$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.

  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®

Earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels.

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Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

Terms Apply

Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195.

Earn 25,000 points. Terms Apply.

3x points for flights booked directly with airlines. Terms Apply.

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Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express Hilton Hhonors Card from American Express

Terms Apply

$0

  • Earn 50,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points

Get 7X Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases

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The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN

Terms Apply

$450

  • Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.

Get 1.5 points per dollar, on each qualifying purchase of $5,000 or more.

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Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

$69

Earn 50,000 points

2 points/$1 spent on Southwest® purchases

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JetBlue Plus Card

$99

  • Earn 30,000 bonus points

1-6 pts/$1

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

$89 - Waived first year

  • 50,000 points

2 pts/$1

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Chase Freedom Unlimited℠

$0

$150 Bonus

Unlimited 1.5% cash back

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Here you'll find a list of our 10 featured credit cards. These include a variety of:

Our favorite overall credit card is the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card. This card offers earn 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide.

It also gives you access to all Chase travel partners: you can do a 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs to be used for their travel rewards.

However, there are nine other cards we think you'll find very valuable. Each card will be different for each person based on your personal preferences, personal spending habits, unique goals, and financial situation.

You should do your own comparisons and research to make sure you find the cards that are right and best for you. In the future, we will also have a credit card comparison tool to help you decide more quickly!

Featured Travel Rewards Credit Cards

These travel rewards cards aren't affiliated with any specific airline or hotel, but still offer general travel rewards and are often referred to as "bank credit cards" or "bank rewards cards."

This category includes cards from Chase Ultimate Rewards as well as Barclaycard.

Much of our list is made up of these cards, including the following:

All of these cards except for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® give you the ability to earn points and transfer to a multitude of travel partners for even higher-valued redemptions.

As a rule of thumb, you should try to get a redemption value of at least $0.02 per point when redeeming your awards with these cards.

A full list of travel partners is available in the detailed review for each card, as well as the rewards portal review. Travel partners include large airlines like British Airways, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines, in addition to hotels like Starwood Hotels, Marriott Properties, and Hilton Hotels.

Points earned by these cards never expire as long as you keep at least one card open in each program. For Chase Ultimate Rewards, you will need to transfer earned points to another rewards card before closing a card in order to keep your points.

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® simply earns points within its own "account" on the card which can be redeemed for statement credit against travel purchases.

Most Popular Airline Credit Cards

Our most popular airline credit card is The JetBlue Plus Card.

JetBlue is a great low cost carrier. The cards help you earn extra points as well as get other small perks.

You'll earn 6x points for JetBlue purchases, 2x points at restaurants and grocery stores, and 1x points on everything else with the JetBlue Plus Card. It has a $99 annual fee.

With this card, you get a free first checked bag, the same 50% off in-flight purchases discount. There is no 0% introductory APR, however.

The Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card is also a great card. It earns 2x points on flights with Southwest and 1x points everywhere else.

All points earned on the card will go towards earning the Southwest Companion Pass.

Most Popular Hotel Credit Cards

Our most popular hotel credit card is the Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express. With this card, you earn 7X Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a participating hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio.

You also get 5X Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations.

Get 3X Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.

The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is our other well-ranked card. This provides high quality Starpoints, which can be transferred to numerous airline travel partners.

You will earn 2 Starpoints® for each dollar of eligible purchases spent on the Card at participating SPG® & Marriott Rewards® hotels. Earn 1 Starpoint for all other purchases.

Most Popular Cash-Back Credit Cards

The Chase Freedom Unlimited℠ is a newer card compared to the others, and a great addition to the points earning lineup offered by Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Technically this is a a cash-back credit card, and it earns unlimited 1.5% cash-back on every purchase. While this doesn't seem to be the best deal on the surface, it becomes extremely powerful when combined with other Chase cards, and specifically at least one Chase Travel Rewards Card.

When you have a travel rewards card from Chase, you can then use the cash-back earned just like you would other points, effectively converting this card into a travel rewards card.

This is great, since you can use the Chase Freedom Unlimited℠ for all purchases that would only earn you 1x points otherwise, giving you an extra 0.5-point edge over all other transactions.

While it may not seem like much individually, over time this extra bonus really pays off.

This card is very similar to the classic Chase Freedom® that is still available. Overall, the earnings structures are similar, but you won't be limited to the $1,500 cap on spending in bonus categories with the newer card.

With the Chase Freedom®, you earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter you activate. There is also unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases.

Most Popular Chase Credit Cards

Slicing the cards a little differently, here are the cards on this list provided by Chase Bank:

These cards were already discussed above. Cash-back earned with the Chase Freedom Unlimited℠ can be transferred into Chase Ultimate Rewards points as long as you also have the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Most Popular Barclaycard Credit Cards

The other five of our Top 10 favorite cards are provided by Barclaycard. All have been discussed above:

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you find some value in our 10 Most Popular Credit Cards with rewards for 2017. If you have any other ideas on cards to review, please contact us.

For other types of cards, see our other categories: