I love getting away from home during vacations. Depending on what my bank balance looks like you may find me exploring some exotic part of the planet or just chilling at the nearest and most affordable resort town.

For most Americans vacations provide an opportunity to get out there and make new friends, or visit old ones. According to a forecast from the US Travel Association, US tourism is set to reach the highest point ever in 2018, and you can be sure that I'm going to be a proud part of that statistic.

Many hotels and airlines offer their own credit cards. Taking advantage of the privileges and rewards that these cards give you can help you get a lot more out of your vacation in 2018 without spending much more money. What I like about these credit cards is that just by using them to make purchases that I would make anyway, I end up being rewarded with flights or hotel stays. That leaves me with more money to spend on something else.

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Limited Time Offer
United℠ Explorer Card

United℠ Explorer Card

Limited Time Offer
APPLY NOWAt Chase's secure website
  • Limited time offer! Earn up to 65,000 Bonus Miles.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants and on hotel stays
  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Fee Credit
  • 25% back on United inflight purchases
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $120 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club℠ with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on purchases from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
APPLY NOWAt Chase's secure website

N/A

17.99% - 24.99% Variable

$0 Intro for First Year, then $95

Why we like it
  • Rewards Program.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Limited time offer! Earn up to 65,000 Bonus Miles.
Excellent Credit


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Limited Time Offer
Barclaycard Arrival Plus<sup>®</sup> World Elite Mastercard<sup>®</sup>

Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®

Limited Time Offer
APPLY NOWAt Barclays' secure website
  • Limited Time Offer: Enjoy 70,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase
  • Book travel your way—no airline, seat or hotel restrictions—and redeem your miles for travel statement credits
  • Get 5% miles back to use toward your next redemption, every time you redeem
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • International Chip and PIN for use at self-service chip terminals around the world
  • Miles don't expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
  • See Rates & Fees
APPLY NOWAt Barclays' secure website

0% intro for first 12 billing cycles following each BT that posts within 45 days of account opening

17.99%, 21.99% or 24.99% variable based on your creditworthiness

$89 (waived first year)

Why we like it
  • Excellent travel rewards program.
  • 0% intro APR for balance transfers for first 12 billing cycles following each BT that posts within 45 days of account opening.
We least like
  • No intro APR period for purchases.
Good/Excellent

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Chase Sapphire Preferred<sup>®</sup> Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

APPLY NOWAt Chase's secure website
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
APPLY NOWAt Chase's secure website

N/A

17.99% - 24.99% Variable

$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95

Why we like it
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel.
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs.
Excellent Credit

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Gold Delta SkyMiles<sup>®</sup> Credit Card from American Express

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

APPLY NOWAt American Express' secure website
  • Earn 30,000 Bonus Miles after spending $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 miles on every dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile for every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on Delta flights - that's a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Want even more flexibility? Pay with Miles is a Card Member feature that gives you the option to redeem miles for all or part of the price of your tickets on Delta.com.
  • Settle into your seat sooner with Priority Boarding.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
APPLY NOWAt American Express' secure website

N/A

17.74%-26.74% Variable

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

Excellent/Good

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