Best credit cards for vacations?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

American Express. Points don’t expire and you get them no matter what airline/hotel you use. For travel expenses (flights, hotel, trains etc) you get triple the points.

Mine is a charge card though, so I have to pay off the balance at the end of every month, rather than financing it like with a credit card. They might have some that are regular credit cards, I’m really not sure.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Aadvantage credit cards! Free checked bags, free priority boarding, a discount on everything you buy on board, lots of free miles (enough for up to 2 domestic round trips usually) for signing up, and we’ve found it really easy to use the miles.

We are actually “hypermilers” – we have a rotating amount of AAdvantage cards at any given time, and cancel/reapply every 18 months when we are eligible to again. We’ve flown all over the world for free this way – often in frist class – without ever actually paying for a flight on American. They partner with a gazillion airlines, and you can also use the miles on them, so really, it opens the whole world up!

We prefer to do Air BnB or vacation rentals when we travel, so we haven’t looked into hotel-related cards.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@crayfish:  That does sound promising!  It doesn’t ding your credit score too much to keep closing and opening stuff?

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

As a Canadian, our major Credit Cards are tied into the AirMiles Reward Program (Blue Card aka Shopping Loyalty Program) via MasterCard & Amex.

LOVE the benefits I get via that Program

Mr TTR & I have taken several vacations in the last 5+ Years on those Rewards… no black out dates, most airlines around the world, cruise lines, vacation companies, AIs, and other modes of travel (Train – Bus) as well as most Hotel Companies too.

Some of our best vacations have been either paid for entirely, or very much subsidized thru our AirMiles Points. 

(Sadly tho, this Program currently isn’t available in the USA).

When it comes to Hotels… we also carry Loyalty Cards for many of the Bigger Chains… best by far are Hilton & InterContinental cause the points don’t expire.  Hilton is our preferred cause the more you stay the higher up in the Program you go (Blue – Silver – Gold – Diamond) and the more BONUS Points you earn, AS WELL AS Upgrade Perks when you check in.  Awesome Program !!

Hotel Loyalty Programs also have Credit Cards you can get that tie in.

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Do you plan to use the card while travelling or just to earn rewards to cover costs of travelling? 

If you plan on using the card in Europe make sure it has chip and pin as most places here don’t like the cards you just sign for. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Schatzie821:  Nope! It’s temporary, and only a couple of points. We bought a house in November and my credit score was over 800, as was my husband’s!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Amex platnium.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We LOVE our American Express for the points we earn for flights, hotels and restaurants. However, I used to work in all kinds of different restaurants that did not accept American Express…so I would recommend having a backup credit card.

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