Bank Reward Credit Cards

These cards are not linked to a hotel or airline chain. Their points can usually be transferred to partners or used to book travel directly from their rewards site.

American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card

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  •  25,000 MR Points after spending $2,000 in 3 months
  • Earn 15,000 MR Points after spending $15,000 in one year
  • Earn 3pts per $1 on airfare, 2pts per $1 on gas and groceries, and 1pt per $1 on everything else
  • 2.7% foreign transaction fee
  • $175 annual fee (waived first year)

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

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  • 40,000 Ultimate Rewards Points after spending $3,000 in 3 months
  • 2pts per $1 on dining and travel (rental cars, taxis, tolls, hotels, airfare, etc)
  • 1pt per $1 on everything else
  • Transfer points 1:1 to Southwest, United, British Airways, Hyatt, Priority Club, Marriott, and others
  • 7% point dividend on points earned each year (bonus points count too)
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • $95 annual fee (waived first year)

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Chase Sapphire Card

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  • 10,000 Ultimate Rewards Points after spending $500 in 3 months
  • 2pts per $1 on dining, 1pt per $1 on everything else
  • $0 annual fee

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Chase Freedom Card

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  • $100 cash back after spending $500 in 3 months
  • 5% cash back on quarterly categories
  • 1% cash back on everything else
  • $0 annual fee

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Citi ThankYou Premier Card

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  • 25,000 ThankYou Points after spending $2,000 in 3 months
  • 1.2pts per $1 on supermarkets, gas stations, drugstores, commuter transportation, and parking merchants. 1pt per $1 on everything else
  • Get 33% more value when redeeming points for travel through the ThankYou redemption portal
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • $125 annual fee (waived first year)

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