Travel Rewards Calculator

This page list all major cards that have travel rewards. They are not frequent flier affinity or hotel affinity cards. Rather they are cards with the issuers reward programs which can be used for rewards which are travel related. Some allow you to transfer points to frequent flyer programs.

Below is a calculator which will tell you the number of points you will earn (based on your spending) and also show you the value that you will be getting. Use this as a guide to narrow your choices and read our reviews.

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  • Barclays Arrival (Annual Fee)


    Editor's Rating: 4.4/5.0


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    Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM Elite World MasterCard®
    The launch of this card has caused a stir in this segment and for good reason. In our opinion, it is probably the best card for earning travel rewards (you can double points for all spending). There is no foreign transaction fee and you even get an annual subscription to TripIt Pro. For any given level of your annual spending, this card will get you the most points and value for them (check out our calculator).
    Total Points Earned:
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    Value of Points:
    ${{ROUND(grand_total*2/100, 2)}}
    Annual Fee: $89 - First Year Waived
    $89
    Value of Trip-it Pro:
    $49
    Net Total Value:
    ${{ROUND(grand_total*2/100, 2) + 49 - 89}}
  • Barclays Arrival (No Annual Fee)


    Editor's Rating: 4.0/5.0


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    Barclaycard ArrivalTM World MasterCard®
    This is the no annual fee version of the above card. With this card, you can earn double points on dining and travel expenses and one point for other regular purchases you make. You also get a one year subscription to TripIt Pro (a $49 value) and you do not pay any FX fees when you use this card abroad.
    Total Points Earned:
    {{ROUND((travel_plus_dining*2) + (grand_total-travel_plus_dining), 2)}}
    Value of Points:
    ${{ROUND(((travel_plus_dining*2) + (grand_total-travel_plus_dining))/100, 2)}}
    Annual Fee:
    $0
    Net Total Value:
    ${{ROUND(((travel_plus_dining*2) + (grand_total-travel_plus_dining))/100, 2)}}
  • BlueSky From American Express


    Editor's Rating: 4.0/5.0


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    BlueSky From American Express®
    The main differentiating feature of this card is that you get more value for the points you earn for this card. For most cards, 10,000 points gets you $100 in value. For this card, you only need 7,500 points to get $100 in value.
    Total Points Earned:
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    Value of Points:
    ${{ROUND(bluesky_total, 2)}}
    Annual Fee:
    $0
    Net Total Value:
    ${{ROUND(bluesky_total, 2)}}
  • Priceline Visa


    Editor's Rating: 4.2/5.0


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    The Priceline RewardsTM Visa® Card
    If you are always using priceline to book your hotel rooms, or even your other travel, that tells us that you are a bargain hunter. And having this card is another way to earn points and save even more on your travels with Priceline. But there are a few things you have to be aware of. So read our review first.
    Total Points Earned:
    {{ROUND(priceline*5 + (grand_total-priceline), 2)}}
    Value of Points:
    ${{ROUND((priceline*5 + (grand_total-priceline))/100, 2)}}
    Annual Fee:
    $0
    Net Total Value:
    ${{ROUND((priceline*5 + (grand_total-priceline))/100, 2)}}
  • 
American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card


    Editor's Rating: 4.0/5.0


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    American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card
    This is perhaps the card to get if you fly a lot. The reason is because you can earn three points if you book an airline ticket with this card. But you also have the ability to transfer points to Membership Rewards airline partners. For those who are savvy with frequent flier miles, you can get more mileage this way than a typical credit card reward program
    Total Points Earned:
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    Points Transferable to Airmiles:
    {{ROUND(airline_tickets+(airline_gas_groceries)*2+(grand_total-airline_gas_groceries), 2)}}
    Annual Fee:
    $125
  • 
Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card


    Editor's Rating: 4.5/5.0


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    Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
    Though it is the affinity card for Starwood, this one is more often treated as a frequent flier or travel card because the SPG program allows you to transfer points to over 30 airline partners. Furthermore, if you transfer 20,000 points to miles, you will get an extra 5,000 bonus miles!
    Total Points Earned:
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    Points Transferable to Airline Partners:
    {{ROUND(starwood_points + (ROUNDDOWN(starwood_points/25000, 0)*5000), 2)}}
    Annual Fee:
    $65
  • 
USAA American Express


    Editor's Rating: 4.2/5.0


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    USAA RewardsTM American Express® Card
    When one thinks of USAA, you immediately associate great customer service with them. When you apply for this card, you can actually choose either a rewards or cash back version. The rewards version to be honest, isn't as attractive as the cash back one (where you can earn more than 2% overall). Best to check our review to find out more.
    Total Points Earned:
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    Value of Points:
    ${{ROUND((grand_total)/100, 2)}}
    Annual Fee:
    $0
    Net Value of Points
    ${{ROUND((grand_total)/100, 2)}}
  • 
Penfed Premium Travel American Express


    Editor's Rating: 4.0/5.0


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    Penfed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card
    Would you like to earn five points per dollar when you use a card to buy airline tickets? Well, you can with this card. But you have to be eligible to apply (see our review to get more details).
    Total Points Earned:
    {{ROUND(airline_tickets*5 + (grand_total-airline_tickets), 2)}}
    Value of Points:
    ${{ROUND((airline_tickets*5 + (grand_total-airline_tickets))/100, 2)}}
    Annual Fee:
    $0
    Net Value of Points
    ${{ROUND((airline_tickets*5 + (grand_total-airline_tickets))/100, 2)}}
  • 

Capital One Venture Rewards


    Editor's Rating: 4.4/5.0


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    Capital One® Venture® Rewards
    This was one of only two cards today that allows you to earn double miles for all purchases. Like all Cap One cards, it has no foreign transaction fees. This card for most people will give the best bang for the buck. The recent introduction of the Arrival Card from Barclays has perhaps knocked it off it's perch a little and bears checking out.
    Total Points Earned:
    {{ROUND(grand_total*2, 2)}}
    Value of Points:
    ${{ROUND((grand_total*2)/100, 2)}}
    Annual Fee:
    $59
    Net Value of Points
    ${{ROUND((grand_total*2)/100-59, 2)}}
  • 
Capital One VentureOne Rewards


    Editor's Rating: 4.0/5.0


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    Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card
    This is the no annual version of the Venture Card. Unlike the annual fee version that can earn double miles (or points), this one allows you to earn 1.25X for all spending and is better than most cards. Other than that, it has all the great features of the above Venture Card.
    Total Points Earned:
    {{ROUND(grand_total*1.25, 2)}}
    Value of Points:
    ${{ROUND((grand_total*1.25)/100, 2)}}
    Annual Fee:
    $0
    Net Value of Points
    ${{ROUND((grand_total*1.25)/100, 2)}}
  • 
Chase Sapphire


    Editor's Rating: 4.0/5.0


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    Chase Sapphire® Card
    There are two versions of this card. This one has no annual fee. It functions like a typical rewards card and the program is based on Chases' Ultimate Rewards Program. Aside from earning the base rate (1X), you also earn 2X points for dining expenses. This card is a great complement if you have the Chase Freedom because you can link your cards to the same UR account.
    Total Points Earned:
    {{ROUND((dining*2) + (grand_total-dining), 2)}}
    Value of Points:
    ${{ROUND(((dining*2) + (grand_total-dining))/100, 2)}}
    Annual Fee:
    $0
    Net Value of Points
    ${{ROUND(((dining*2) + (grand_total-dining))/100, 2)}}
  • 
Chase Sapphire Preferred


    Editor's Rating: 4.5/5.0


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    Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
    The "preferred version" of the Sapphire Card has an annual fee. It is is perhaps the biggest rival of Amex's charge cards and the Starwood credit card. The reason is because you can transfer points to airline and hotel partners that other cards do not have. For example, United Continental and SouthWest are partners with Chase but not Membership Rewards. Hotel partners also include Hyatt and Ritz Carlton.
    Total Points Earned:
    {{ROUND((travel_plus_dining*2) + (grand_total-travel_plus_dining) +chase_sapphire_bonus, 2)}}
    Value of Points:
    ${{ROUND(((travel_plus_dining*2) + (grand_total-travel_plus_dining))/100, 2)}}
    Annual Fee:
    $95
    Net Value of Points
    ${{ROUND(((travel_plus_dining*2) + (grand_total-travel_plus_dining)+chase_sapphire_bonus)/100 - 95, 2)}}
    Points Transferable to Airline and Hotel Partners:
    {{ROUND((travel_plus_dining*2) + (grand_total-travel_plus_dining) +chase_sapphire_bonus, 2)}}
  • 
Bank of America Travel Rewards


    Editor's Rating: 4.0/5.0


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    BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card
    Having watched others slug it out in the travel space, Bank of America decided to join the party with this card. They have upped the ante by allowing you to earn 1.5X for all purchases and also did away with foreign transaction fee (it seems to be a trend)
    Total Points Earned:
    {{ROUND(grand_total*1.5, 2)}}
    Value of Points:
    ${{ROUND((grand_total*1.5)/100, 2)}}
    Annual Fee:
    $0
    Net Value of Points
    ${{ROUND((grand_total*1.5)/100, 2)}}

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