Since we’ve finished traveling we’ve been working to save up for our upcoming trips. Some of that involves joining frequent flyer programs (and using those programs) to rack up additional points to help make our future travel cheaper. Part of that strategy is applying for, getting and using credit cards that are associated with our favorite loyalty programs. The credit cards we have and use are constantly changing but here is a list of what we have and use now.
Travel Credit Cards
American Express Gold/Platinum – AMEX points transfer directly into the a variety of different airline and hotel programs, plus this card comes with great benefits
Chase Freedom – This free credit card earns a 5% bonus on certain categories every quarter from gas stations to Amazon.com. Combined with a Chase Sapphire or Ink Bold card these can be moved directly into the Chase Ulitmate Rewards Program.
Chase Preferred Sapphire / Chase Ink – Chase’s Ultimate Rewards is their answer to American Express. On the one hand, through changing bonus categories, you can earn these quicker than AMEX points but on the other hand there are fewer reward partners than with the AMEX program.
Airline & Hotel Credit Cards
Airtran Visa (Chase Visa ) – Works with SouthWest, and we love our SouthWest!
Alaska Airlines (Bank of America Visa) – Alaska has close relationships with both Delta and American Airlines
Hilton Hhonors (AMEX and Citibank Visa) – These no annual fee card helps earn Hilton points and maintain a good credit score.
SouthWest Airlines (Chase Visa) – If you get this card at the right time you can use it to achieve companion pass status allowing you a buy one get one free for every Southwest ticket you book until it expires.
Starwood Preferred Guest (AMEX) – Starwood points are great for their hotels, but transfer with a bonus to most airline programs.