Best Credit Cards for Domestic Travel in 2018

Best Credit Cards for Domestic Travel in 2018
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While I write a lot about my international travels on points and miles, I do my fair share of domestic travel as well. While some cards (which often carry higher annual fees) are incredible tools for the international traveler, there are other credit cards on the market that are more useful and impactful for anyone who travels frequently throughout the United States. These are our favorites.

The Best Credit Cards for Domestic Travel in 2018

Using a credit card for domestic travels can score you free flights, complimentary hotel nights, and perks that will make traveling a little easier.

Credit Card Benefit Signup Bonus
Chase Sapphire Preferred
2X Points for Travel and Dining Spend
50,000 UR Points
Apply
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card
Flexible rewards currency
50,000 Rapid Rewards points
Apply
Wells Fargo Propel American Express® Card
No Annual Fee, 3X Rewards
30,000 Points
Apply

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Card - Double points for travel and dining spend.

We've written extensively about the benefits of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card in the past, but it's also a very powerful card for the domestic traveler. Why? This card has some incredible spend bonuses, which reward valuable Ultimate Rewards points at two points per dollar spent on all travel and dining purchases. These points can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio into many programs that benefit the domestic traveler, including Southwest Airlines, United, and British Airways (which is a partner of American). Plus, you can transfer into three major hotel programs (Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott), and this combined with a 50,000 points sign-up bonus for spending $4,000 in three months, and a waived $95 annual fee for the first year, makes this a great card for the domestic traveler.

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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card - Flexible rewards currency.

The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card is a great choice for the domestic traveler, because Southwest Airlines has a very flexible rewards currency. Basically, you pay a set redemption rate per point, so when Southwest Airlines has a sale (which happens often), the price in points of your award ticket goes down as well! Throw in customer-friendly policies like free cancellation of tickets until 10 minutes before departure, the possibility of getting a companion pass, and Southwest Airlines is a great choice for the domestic traveler.

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Wells Fargo Propel American Express® Card - Great Cash Back for No Annual Fee

The Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card is one of my favorite cash back cards on the market right now. There's no annual fee, and currently has a 30,000 point bonus when you spend $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months (worth $300). You'll earn 3X points for eating out and ordering in, 3X points for gas stations, rideshares and transit, and 3X points for travel including flights, hotels, homestays and car rentals. You'll earn 1X points on other purchases.

Which of these cards are you hoping to get into your wallet? Let us know in the comments!