Top 5 Summer Travel Credit Cards Of 2017

May 24, 2017, Written By Bill Hardekopf

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If you are a big summer traveler, you need to learn what credit cards give you the kinds of rewards and perks that match up with your interests. Most travelers are already familiar with credit cards that provide perks for staying in hotels and flying on a particular airline. If you regularly travel abroad, there are credit cards that will offer significant advantages—such as no foreign transaction fees and bonus points for using particular hotels. Traveling shouldn’t be a difficult proposition—it should be something you enjoy and, with the right card, something you can benefit from financially. If you use any of these credit cards, you’ll be able to make the most out of your summer trip while also earning bonus points, rewards and other perks that simply aren’t available on most credit cards.

Citi ThankYou Preferred

The Citi ThankYou Preferred card has a very attractive rewards program. It pays two ThankYou Points per dollar spent on dining at restaurants and entertainment purchases, and one ThankYou Point per dollar spent on all other transactions. Plus, cardholders earn 15,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in purchases during the first three months. The card has no annual fee. There is an introductory APR of 0% for the first 12 months on both purchases and balance transfers. Then, the ongoing variable APR is between 14.24% and 24.24%, based on your credit worthiness. This card does have both a 3% foreign transaction fee and balance transfer fee.

Capital One VentureOne Rewards

The Capital One VentureOne card is considered one of the best travel rewards card in the industry due to its low fees and great rewards opportunities. It offers 0% APR for the first 12 months on purchases, and then a relatively low 12.74% to 22.74% variable APR after that. For those who like to travel abroad, VentureOne has no foreign transaction fees. You can enjoy your time without having to worry about currency conversions. Best of all, you can get 1.25 miles for every $1 you spend on the card, which can be redeemed for travel expenses. This is in addition to the 20,000 bonus miles you’ll receive (equivalent to $200) if you spend more than $1,000 on your card during the first three months of card ownership. These miles can be used on any airline or hotel ,and have no blackout dates. The card has no annual fee. If you make a lot of purchases on your credit card, you may want to consider the Capital One Venture card. This does have an annual fee of $59 after the first year, but pays two miles for every dollar you spend. In addition, it has an upfront bonus of 40,000 miles once you spend $3,000 during the first three months.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard is a terrific airline credit card for those who are planning to do a lot of traveling. The card offers 50,000 bonus miles if you make $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of card ownership. That could amount to as much as a $500 travel statement credit. You’ll also get double the miles on all purchases that you make, plus 5% miles back when you redeem for travel. It offers a 0% APR for 12 months on balance transfers if they are made within 45 days of opening your account, with a 3% balance transfer fee. The $89 annual fee is waived the first year. The card has no foreign transaction fee. The card may be difficult to obtain since it is designed for people with excellent credit scores.

Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard

The Citi® AAdvantage® Platinum Select MasterCard® has a number of high quality perks that stand out from the competition. The card is tied in to American Airlines. Cardholders receive double AAdvantage miles on eligible purchases on American Airlines and US Airways, and one mile on all other transactions. Cardholders also get 30,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after spending $1,000 in the first three months of your membership. The first checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation. Cardholders can earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage miles back–up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each calendar year. The card’s $95 fee is waived for the first year and you receive 25% savings on eligible in-flight food and beverage purchases. There are no foreign transaction fees on this card, a big perk for international travel. The only drawback to this card is that it is difficult to obtain—it was made for those with stellar credit scores.

JetBlue Card

The JetBlue Card is a very good card that will provide you with a number of perks. You can earn 5,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 within the first 90 days of being a cardholder. You will earn three points for each dollar spent on JetBlue, two points for every dollar at restaurants and grocery stores, and one point for all other transactions. There are no blackout dates on JetBlue-operated flights and you can redeem your points for any seat at any time. You receive 50% savings on eligible in-flight purchases such as cocktails and food on JetBlue-operated flights. The card does not have a yearly fee or any foreign transaction fees, and comes with a special introductory offer of 0% APR for 12 billing cycles on all balance transfers made during the first 45 days of being a card member. The card only requires a good credit score, not an excellent score required on many other travel cards.

As a big summer traveler, you should do your due diligence on figuring out which credit card best fits your individual needs. You will want to select a credit card for your summer travel based on your personal interests. For example, if you plan on staying with friends on your trip, you might not want a credit card that awards bonus points for staying at hotels. Know that each credit card listed requires a strong credit history. Each one of these credit cards has a competitive APR. If you are a regular summer traveler, make sure you pick up one of these top travel credit cards before your next vacation or business trip!

The information contained within this article was accurate as of May 24, 2017. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.

About Bill Hardekopf

Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
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