Travel Rewards Card?

by Erika Torres

We are in the market for a new Travel Rewards Card. We’ve currently been using the JetBlue American Express Card but I’ve become frustrated with its limitations and plan to cancel it before the annual fee is charged.

I’ve heard good things about the Citi Thank You Card, and the StarWood Preferred Guest Amex Card (this one sounds awesome!). Does anyone else have any recommendations?Or do you have any experiences with either of these cards?

Ideally, I’d like a card that accumulates either flights or hotel stays or both. We use our credit cards to pretty much purchase all our everyday supplies, so we accumulate points pretty quickly.

I feel like I’m leaning toward Startwood, but am bummed that I missed the extra 20,000 points promotion by a month (it expired Sept. 4–you received an extra 20,000 points if you charged $5,000 within the first 6 months). I feel like these promotions come around often though so I may just wait for another one…



Emily October 9, 2012 - 12:05 pm

I’m in the market for a better rewards credit card too. I have had great experiences with Starwood groups. I have events in about 5 US cities at their properties. I like how many varied hotels they have in every city. I recently discovered how many international sites they have! I hope to plan a trip to Paris and I’m torn if flight/hotel rewards will be best or cash back.

Mrs. Pop @ Planting Our Pennies October 9, 2012 - 6:03 am

We don’t use the travel rewards – we prefer the cash back rewards and have a few pretty good ones that netted us almost $1100 back this year.

But… Mr. PoP’s parents travel a lot, and they use the Discover Escape card. Might be worth looking in to!

Caitlin October 8, 2012 - 11:19 am

I always like referring to the Points Guy ( to find the best travel related credit cards. He also has posts to show you how to maximize your rewards points for all major airlines in the US.

Tabitha October 8, 2012 - 9:51 am

Joe and I use United MileagePlus with Chase, and we recently upgraded to Premium (I think?) which gets us 1.5 miles per dollar. I don’t have any experience with anything other than that, so I can’t really compare it to anything, but I’ve been happy with it overall!

Brittany October 7, 2012 - 10:56 pm

I have been using Chase’s card for American Airlines to earn miles and feel like I’m on my way to some rewards! I’m really liking it.

A October 7, 2012 - 4:46 pm

We just recently got the chase sapphire preferred. Seems to be some decent rewards with a 40000 mile bonus after spending 3000 in the first 3 months. Haven’t got the chance to see how well it is yet, but I’ve read good things.


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