Top Credit Card Picks from ShermansTravel

By Anne Roderique-Jones, Head of Content, ShermansTravel.com

As experts in the travel industry, we’ve learned a thing or two about saving money with a rewards credit card. But with hundreds of cards on the market, where do you even begin? We rounded up the very best credit cards from our partners that deliver on rewards, plenty of cash back, welcome bonuses and tons of other perks. Because there’s nothing better than being able to travel the world for free.

BEST OVERALL TRAVEL REWARDS CARDS

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Earn 60,000 points, worth up to $750, after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months

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Earn 5 points per $1 on travel booked through the Ultimate Rewards® portal; 3 points on dining (including eligible takeout and delivery), on select streaming services, on online grocery store purchases (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs); 2 points on travel; and 1 point per $1 on everything else

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months

REWARDS RATE

Earn 10 miles per $1 on hotel and rental car bookings through Capital One Travel; 5 miles per $1 on flights booked through the portal; and 2 miles per $1 on all other purchases

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 60,000 points, worth up to $900, after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months

REWARDS RATE

Book through the Ultimate Rewards portal to earn 5x points on flights and 10x points on car rentals and hotels (after your annual $300 travel reimbursement). Earn 3 points per $1 spent on other travel (after your travel credit) and on dining; 1 point per $1 on other purchases

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within three months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

REWARDS RATE

Earn unlimited two miles per every dollar spent

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on your new card in your first six months of card membership

REWARDS RATE

Earn 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel (up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year); 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com; and 1X points on other purchases

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after spending $4,000 on eligible purchases within the first 6 months of card membership

REWARDS RATE

Earn 4x Membership Rewards® points at restaurants as well as at U.S. supermarkets (up to $25,000 spent each year, then 1x). Earn 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com

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BEST AIRLINE & HOTEL CARDS

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ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 80,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months

REWARDS RATE

Earn 4 miles per $1 spent on United purchases, 2 miles per $1 spent on all other travel and dining and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases

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CREDIT CARD

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn up to 100,000 bonus Avios. Spend $5,000 in the first 3 months to earn 75,000 Avios and spend $20,000 in the first 12 months to earn another 25,000 Avios

REWARDS RATE

Earn 3 Avios per $1 on British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and LEVEL purchases; earn 2 Avios per $1 on hotel accommodations purchased directly from hotels; and earn 1 Avios per $1 on other purchases

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CREDIT CARD

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 50,000 points when you spend $1,000 in the first three months

REWARDS RATE

Earn 2 points per $1 on Southwest purchases; local transit and commuting (including rideshares); and on internet, cable, phone services and select streaming. Earn 1 point per $1 on other eligible purchases. Receive 3,000 bonus points each year after you cardholder anniversary

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 95,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first three months.

REWARDS RATE

Earn 6 Marriott Bonvoy points for every $1 spent participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels, 3X points at restaurants worldwide and on flights booked directly with airlines, and 2x points on other eligible purchases

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ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 175,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening

REWARDS RATE

Earn up to 26 points total for every $1 spent at IHG hotels; 5 points per $1 spent on travel and at gas stations and restaurants; and 3 points per $1 on your other purchases

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BEST CASH-BACK CARDS

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn an additional 1.5% cash back on everything you buy (on up to $20,000 spent in the first year) – worth up to $300 cash back.

REWARDS RATE

5% cash back on travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®; 3% cash back at restaurants, including takeout and delivery; 3% at drugstores; 1.5% cash back on your other eligible purchases.

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WELCOME OFFER

You can take advantage of an intro 18 months no interest on balance transfers before a RegAPR APR kicks in. Citi is a CardRatings advertiser

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Earn 2% cash back on every purchase in the form of 1% back when you buy and another 1% back when you pay.

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn $200 cash back after $500 spent in the first three months

REWARDS RATE

Earn 5% back on up to $1,500 spent in categories that rotate quarterly (activation required); 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®; 3% back at restaurants (takeout and delivery included); 3% back at drugstores; and 1% back on all other eligible purchases

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn a one-time $200 cash-back bonus after spending $500 on purchases in the first 3 months.

REWARDS RATE

Earn 1.5% cash back on every purchase.

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn a $200 statement credit after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card within the first six months.

REWARDS RATE

Earn 3% cash back at U.S. supermarkets, U.S. gas stations and on U.S. online retail purchases (up to $6,000 spent in each category per year, then 1%), and 1% back on other eligible purchases

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ANNUAL FEE

AnnualFees

WELCOME OFFER

Earn a $250 statement credit after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card within the first six months.

REWARDS RATE

Earn 6% back on up to $6,000 spent at U.S. supermarkets annually and 6% back on select U.S. streaming services; unlimited 3% back at U.S. gas stations and on transit purchases, and 1% back on other purchases.

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ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 20,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 within the first 90 days of account opening.

REWARDS RATE

Earn 4 points per $1 on dining, takeout and food delivery; earn 2 points per $1 at grocery stores (including grocery delivery), gas stations and on streaming services. Earn 1 point per $1 on other annual purchases.

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BEST BUSINESS CARDS FOR TRAVEL

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ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening

REWARDS RATE

Earn 3 points per $1 on the first $150,000 spent in combined purchases on travel, shipping purchases, internet, cable and phone services, advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines each account anniversary year. Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases-with no limit to the amount you can earn

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 70,000 bonus Membership Rewards® points after spending $10,000 on eligible purchases in the first three months.

REWARDS RATE

Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points on the 2 select categories where your business spent the most each month, and 1X on other purchases. Four points apply to the first $150,000 in combined purchases from these 2 categories each calendar year.

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ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 120,000 bonus Membership Rewards® points after spending an $15,000 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months of card membership

REWARDS RATE

Earn 5x the Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels through amextravel.com. Earn an extra half-point (1.5 points) per $1 on eligible purchases with U.S. construction material and hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software and cloud system providers, and shipping providers and on eligible purchases of $5,000 or more (up to a cap), and earn 1 point per $1 on other eligible purchases

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 15,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months. You can also take advantage of an introductory 0% APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening (then, RegAPR).

REWARDS RATE

Earn two Membership Rewards® points per $1 spent on all eligible purchases up to $50,000 spent per calendar year, then one point per $1.

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

AnnualFees

WELCOME OFFER

Earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening

REWARDS RATE

Earn 2 miles per $1 spent at restaurants, gas stations, office supply stores, local transit and commuting, and on United purchases. Earn 1 mile per $1 on everything else

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 in the first three months

REWARDS RATE

Earn 4 points per $1 on Southwest purchases; 3 points per $1 with Rapid Rewards® hotel and car partners; 2 points per $1 on social media and search engine advertising as well as on internet, cable and phone services; and 1 point per $1 on other purchases

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

For a limited time, earn 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $6,000 in purchases on your new card in the first 3 months (offer ends 3/29/23).

REWARDS RATE

Earn 3 miles per $1 spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile for every eligible $1 spent on all other purchases.

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 75,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points after making $3,000 in purchases on your new card within the first three months

REWARDS RATE

Earn 6x points at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels; 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, on wireless phone services purchased directly from U.S. providers, and on U.S. shipping purchases; 2x points on all other eligible purchases

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn 130,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on your new card in the first three months.

REWARDS RATE

Earn 12X bonus points on eligible purchases made directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio; 6X points at U.S. gas stations, on U.S. purchases for shipping, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers, on flights booked directly with airlines or with Amex Travel, on car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies, and at U.S. restaurants; and 3X points per $1 on all other eligible purchases

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ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles – equal to $500 in travel – once you spend $4,500 on purchases within the first three months from account opening

REWARDS RATE

Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on all your purchases and 5 miles per $1 spend on hotels and car rentals through the Capital One portal

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BEST AIRPORT LOUNGE ACCESS CARDS

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LOUNGE DETAILS

Complimentary access to the American Express Global Lounge Collection® of more than 1,300 lounges worldwide. Access for guests varies by lounge network and enrollment may be required

WELCOME OFFER

Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on your new card in your first six months of card membership.

REWARDS RATE

Earn 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel (up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year); 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com; and 1X points on other purchases

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CREDIT CARD

LOUNGE DETAILS

Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network

WELCOME OFFER

Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months

REWARDS RATE

Earn 10 miles per $1 on hotel and rental car bookings through Capital One Travel; 5 miles per $1 on flights booked through the portal; and 2 miles per $1 on all other purchases

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LOUNGE DETAILS

Complimentary access to Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club locations and to the worldwide network of Priority Pass Select lounges after a one-time enrollment

WELCOME OFFER

Earn 60,000 points, worth up to $900, after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months

REWARDS RATE

Book through the Ultimate Rewards® portal to earn 5x points on flights and 10x points on car rentals and hotels (after your annual $300 travel reimbursement). Earn 3 points per $1 spent on other travel (after your travel credit) and on dining; 1 point per $1 on other purchases

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CREDIT CARD

LOUNGE DETAILS

Complimentary United Club membership. Authorized users do not receive their own membership and must be accompanied by the primary cardholder and qualify under the then-current guest access policies

WELCOME OFFER

Earn 80,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months

REWARDS RATE

Earn 4 miles per $1 spent on United purchases, 2 miles per $1 spent on all other travel and dining and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases

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LOUNGE DETAILS

Receive 10 complimentary Priority Pass Select lounge visits each year after enrollment

WELCOME OFFER

Earn 130,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on your new card in the first three months.

REWARDS RATE

Earn 12X bonus points on eligible purchases made directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio; 6X points at U.S. gas stations, on U.S. purchases for shipping, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers, on flights booked directly with airlines or with Amex Travel, on car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies, and at U.S. restaurants; and 3X points per $1 on all other eligible purchases

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BEST BUSINESS CARDS FOR CASH BACK

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ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn a $900 cash-back bonus after you spend $6,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.

REWARDS RATE

Earn 5% back on the first $25,000 in combined spending at office supply stores and on internet, cable and phone services each account anniversary year. Earn 2% cash back on the first $25,000 in combined spending at gas stations and restaurants each account year. Earn 1% back on everything else.

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn $900 cash back after you spend $6,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.

REWARDS RATE

Earn an unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase. Combine this card with CardName to make your points worth more.

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn a $250 statement credit after spending $3,000 on your card in the first 3 months. You can also take advantage of an intro 0% interest on purchases for 12 months from account opening (then, RegAPR)

REWARDS RATE

Earn 2% cash back on the first $50,000 spent on eligible purchases per calendar year, then 1% after that.

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CREDIT CARD

ANNUAL FEE

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WELCOME OFFER

Earn $500 bonus cash back when you spend $4,500 in the first three months of account opening

REWARDS RATE

Earn 1.5% cash back on every purchase

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