The new year has come around and it is time to start planning for those next vacations/trips. Thankfully there are a couple different types of rewards cards that you can use to help save a little for those trips.
Capital One Venture Rewards Card
If you are looking for a general all purpose rewards card [for international travel] then this card is a good fit. There is no foreign transaction fee. Also, this card is issued through Visa so it should be widely accepted. This card is very flexible as it allows you to use your earned miles with almost any airline.
If you want more info check out their Redeem Easily page.
Chase Freedom MasterCard
This is another good travel rewards card, it has 10,000 bonus sign up miles and no annual fee. Almost all types of purchases qualify for rewards but there is a 3% foreign transaction fee. This a good card if you are going to focus on traveling within the US or if you are planning to use a different card when traveling internationally.
The Downside is that this isn’t a travel specific card and all reward points are given as cash back. This card is a good rewards card and will offer flexibility in giving you rewards for everyday and travel purchases. At the same time it is not travel specific and if you are looking for a card specific for flights or hotels then this card will not be your top choice.
More information can be found here.
The Southwest Rapid Rewards Card
If you commonly fly southwest then this may be a great card for you. After your first purchase you recieve 25,000 bonus miles which is enough for a free flight within the US. You receive the 2 points per dollar spent on Southwest flights and 1 point for other purchases. There is a $69 annual fee but it is not too to earn more dollars in points than the annual fee. At 1 point per dollar spent you need to spend $6900 per year to make up for the annual fee. There is a yearly bonus of 3000 miles that can be used for a $50 economy fare.
This is a good card if you already fly southwest alot and plan to stick to purchases within the US.