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Best rewards card for "lite" travelers

Other than the CSP, which almost everyone seems to recommend,  what are the best cards for people who only travel a few times a year?


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Re: Best rewards card for "lite" travelers

If it is occassional travel and not always on the same carrier, some form of cashback card is probably best.  Which one depends on your spending habits, either a non-rotator that hits your high-spend categories (e.g. BCP/BCE, Cash Plus, Citi 5x TYP) or a rotator such as Freedom/Discover or a 2% card (Fidelity Amex/Priceline).

It's probably not worth paying an annual fee to support "lite" travel.

 

Now, if it is all on one airline, and you spend a lot, then you could consider a credit card for that airline, to potentially get upgrades, free baggage etc.

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Re: Best rewards card for "lite" travelers

For a lite traveler travel cards are likely to be a losing proposition and you could do better with a cashback card as mentioned.  But carrier cards can be a big benefit with baggage fees alone.  Just depends on if the benefits of the cards outweight the AF it likely carries. 

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Re: Best rewards card for "lite" travelers

Thanks for your responses.  You pretty much confirmed what I was beginning to think.  I have Freedom and Discover It, and for now, they should suit me just fine.  In a couple of years, when I'll be tralvelling more, I will aim for the "perkier" cards.


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Re: Best rewards card for "lite" travelers

However we "lite" travelers can always use the sign up bonuses :smileyhappy:
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Re: Best rewards card for "lite" travelers

Good point!  But in two years i will have my stuent loans paid off, and will be in a better position to app for multiple cards and leverage/combine the bonuses.


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Re: Best rewards card for "lite" travelers


boomhower wrote:

For a lite traveler travel cards are likely to be a losing proposition and you could do better with a cashback card as mentioned.  But carrier cards can be a big benefit with baggage fees alone.  Just depends on if the benefits of the cards outweight the AF it likely carries. 


I agree with this :smileyhappy:




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Re: Best rewards card for "lite" travelers

I agree a cash back would be best

OH and focus just watching Lol

 

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myjourney wrote:

I agree a cash back would be best

OH and focus just watching Lol

 


Yikes!  ...and me not wearing my running shoes.


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FocusedAndDetermined wrote:

myjourney wrote:

I agree a cash back would be best

OH and focus just watching Lol

 


Yikes!  ...and me not wearing my running shoes.


Lol

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