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9 Best Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2017

We’re entering the busiest travel season of the year, summertime. Memorial Day kicks off the travel season end of this month. With kids off from school and many industries in their slowest time of year, this is often the best time of year for people to take their vacations. Whether you’re escaping the heat or heading to a tourist attraction, you’re spending your money.

Summer travel is the perfect time to examine your credit cards and make sure your money is working for you. From free bag checking on flights to cash bonuses, there are several great travel credit card offers available. We’ve compiled a list of the 9 best credit cards for travel for May 2017.

Here are a few other articles that may help you on your summer travels:

9 Best Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2017 Shortlist:

  1. Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
  2. Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card
  3. Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  4. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card
  5. BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card
  6. Discover it® Miles
  7. Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard
  8. Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard
  9. Chase Freedom Unlimited

The Details:

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1. Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card

Welcome Bonus: 40,000 Miles

Bonus Requirement: Spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months of approval

Rewards Rate: Unlimited 2X miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

Annual Fee: $0 intro for first year, $59 after that

Why We Love It: Rewards don’t expire and can be redeemed toward statement credit. It’s currently available in a special limited edition metal version.

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2. Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card 

Welcome Bonus: 20,000 Miles

Bonus Requirement: Spend $1,000 on purchases within 3 months of approval

Rewards Rate: Unlimited 1.25 miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

Annual Fee: $0

Why We Love It: 0% intro APR for 12 months; 12.74% – 22.74% variable APR after that. Rewards don’t expire and can be used toward statement credit.

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3.  Chase Sapphire Preferred Card 

Welcome Bonus: 50,000 Bonus Points

Bonus Requirement: Spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening

Rewards Rate: 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide

Annual Fee: $0 intro for first year, $95 after that

Why We Love It: You get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals, and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards.

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4. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card

Welcome Bonus: 30,000 Bonus Miles and a companion fare from $121 ($99, plus taxes and fees from $22)

Bonus Requirement: Make $1,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days

Rewards Rate: Earn 3 miles for ever $1 spent directly on Alaska Airlines and Virgin America and 1 mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases

Annual Fee: $75

Why We Love It: Free check bad on Alaska and Virgin America flights for you and up to six other passengers on the same reservation, no foreign transaction fees, no mileage cap, and miles won’t expire.

5. BankAmericard Travel Rewards Credit Card 

Welcome Bonus: 20,000 Online Bonus Points

Bonus Requirement: Make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days

Rewards Rate: Unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all purchases

Annual Fee: $0

Why We Love It: No annual or foreign transaction fees, plus an Introductory 0% APR for first 12 billing cycles for purchases. (After that, a Variable APR that’s currently 15.74% to 23.74% will apply.)

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6. Discover it Miles 

Welcome Bonus: Matches all rewards new cardmembers have earned at the end of their first year

Bonus Requirement: Automatic

Rewards Rate: Unlimited 1.5X rewards on every purchase, every day

Annual Fee: $0

Why We Love It: Rewards never expire and you can use them as a statement credit. Plus, at the end of the first year, they’ll double the amount of miles you’ve earned.

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7. Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard 

Welcome Bonus: 50,000 Bonus Miles

Bonus Requirement: Spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days

Rewards Rate: Earn 2X miles on all purchases

Annual Fee: $0 intro for first year, $89 after that

Why We Love It: Miles don’t expire, and they can be redeemed for travel statement credits. Get 5% miles back toward next redemption every time you redeem.

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8. Citi/ AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard 

Welcome Bonus: 30,000 American Airlines Advantage Bonus Miles

Bonus Requirement: Make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

Rewards Rate: Double Advantage miles on eligible American Airlines purchases

Annual Fee: $0 intro for first year, $95 after that

Why We Love It: First checked bag free on domestic American Airlines itineraries and no foreign transaction fee on purchases.

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9. Chase Freedom Unlimited 

Welcome Bonus: $150 bonus

Bonus Requirement: Spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening

Rewards Rate: Unlimited 1.5% cash back

Annual Fee: $0

Why We Love It: 0% intro APR for the first 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers. ( After that, 15.74%–24.49% variable APR.)

Which card are you going to add to maximize your travels this summer?

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