Benefits of Travel Reward Credit Cards

by Susanna Hamilton, Contributing Editor on May 19, 2014

Travel Reward Credit Cards
It’s that time of year.. the weather is warming up and school will be out soon for the summer.. which means that many of you are getting ready to head out on vacation with your families.

However, like everything else in life, those summer vacations are not as inexpensive as they used to be.. which is why credit cards offering travel rewards have become some of the most popular credit card offers available.

There are many different issuers who offer travel rewards credit cards.. including American Express, Discover Card, Chase Bank and Citibank.

Here are just a few benefits you can enjoy with some of the travel reward credit cards being offered by the various credit card issuers:

  • Points Towards Hotel Discounts or Free Hotel Stays
  • Frequent Flyer Miles and Seat Upgrades when Flying
  • Cash Replacement of Essential Items Should the Airline Misplace Your Luggage
  • Automatic Air Travel Insurance Every Time You Fly
  • Discounts on Gas Purchases for those who Drive
  • Rental Car Insurance
  • Discounts on Dining
  • Cabin Upgrades on Cruises
  • Points Towards Purchases at Various Shops

While some travel rewards credit cards may provide only one of the above travel benefits others offer several of these benefits.  Some credit cards which offer frequent flyer mile points allow you not only to use those points to book a free flight, but also to get discounts on flights, upgrade your seats, or use those points for car rentals and hotel rooms with participating partners. This allows a little more flexibility for those who travel by air frequently.

Many hotel rewards credit cards give you points that you can use for a free night’s stay, discounts at their on-site restaurants or discounts in their gift shops. In some cases, many of these hotels offer a free continental breakfast as well as have policies where kids eat at reduced rates in the restaurants. Using one of these credit cards can save your family more money than you might imagine.

Some of the gas credit cards also offer great deals for those families traveling by car.  Not only do some cards offer money back on gas purchases, but also give you money back when you stay at selected motels, visit specific entertainment venues or dine out when traveling.

When choosing a travel reward credit card, you are going to want to consider how you and your family travel the most.  For example, if road trips are your families way of traveling then a gas travel card offering money back on gas purchases as well as hotel stays may be the right card for you.  However, if flying across country or to different parts of the world is your vacation of choice then a card which offers frequent flier miles is going to be more suited to you, although that gas card just may come in handy once you have landed and need to rent a car.

Make sure when choosing a travel credit card that you understand the benefits the card offers as well as any limitations on where you can use those benefits. A credit card that offers you a free motel room after you earn so many points isn’t going to help pay for your summer vacation if the rooms can only be booked during slow times of the year in late fall or early spring.

With so many travel credit cards to choose from you can find the right card to help you save on that family vacation wherever you would like to go.

 

Article Courtesy of Credit Card Approval Center

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