Best Credit Cards for International Travel in 2020

Best Credit Cards for International Travel in 2020
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As a full-time travel writer here at Brad’s Deals, I’m constantly hopping beyond America’s borders. Whether it’s to fly in a new airline, stay at a new hotel, or experience a new culture, I need a credit card that can handle my international lifestyle without skipping a beat.

There are tons of options out there, but which one is best for you? We did the research, and came up with a list of our favorite credit cards for international travel. Many of the cards on this list have similarities, for example, none have foreign transaction fees, but there are nuances to each that may correspond well with your individual travel habits.

The Best Credit Cards for International Travel

Credit Card
Best For:
Chase Sapphire Reserve Card
Travel and Dining Purchases
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
Mid-Level Spenders
Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Mastercard
Flexible Points

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card

Chase Sapphire Reserve: Best for travel and dining purchases

The Chase Sapphire Reserve card is excellent for big spenders: it offers three points per dollar spent on all travel and dining. You’ll also earn 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points with when you spend $4,000 in your first three months of card membership. There are no foreign transaction fees, either. It includes benefits like Priority Pass lounge access, which has over 800 lounges abroad to choose from, so you won’t have to spend much out of pocket when you’re waiting in the airport. It will waive the membership fee for Global Entry, which can save you big time in customs. Finally, this card comes with a $300 annual travel credit can be used towards any travel purchase paid with the card, including Uber. There is a $550 annual fee.

Chase Saffire Preferred Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred: Best for mid-level spenders
For those not excited about spending $450 a year for a credit card, there’s also the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, which gives mid-level spenders a nice spending bonus, too, of 60,000 points for spending $4,000 in 3 months. You’ll earn two Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on dining and travel purchases. There are no foreign transaction fees, and the annual fee is $95 per year. This is great for anyone who wants some good spending bonuses, but doesn’t want to pay $450 a year for it.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus: Flexible Points

Barclaycard Arrival Plus Credit Card

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard offers truly flexible points at a good earning rate. Your 70,000 points (worth $700) from the sign up bonus can be used towards any travel purchase put on the card. This is helpful for expenses like theme park tickets, bus and train tickets, and experiences that you can’t use traditional points or miles for. And, you get a 5% rebate on points you redeem.

What is your favorite credit card for international travel? Let us know in the comments!