San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 30, 2013
Spring may have finally arrived, but most consumers around the country are thinking warm thoughts and saving up for a summer getaway. With gas prices driving up the cost of a summer vacation, any relief on travel purchases is worth considering.
Credit cards that offer cash back, rewards or miles are especially useful if you're planning a vacation this summer. Plus, the best travel cards will offer bonus cash back on the purchases made most often while traveling, including dining out, car rentals and other travel-related expenses.
Taking all that into consideration, Creditnet.com - an online authority on credit card topics and reviews - today released its list of the best travel credit cards for summer vacationers. Because the process of researching, applying for and receiving a credit card can take weeks, Creditnet hopes to give consumers a head start to begin earning as many travel rewards as possible for the summer.
Creditnet included factors such as bonus cash opportunities, credit card reward categories and point redemption flexibility when crafting its list of the top travel credit cards this summer.
Travel Card for Gas: Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express
This American Express card is truly one of the best for road warriors this summer. Members earn 3% cash back on gasoline at U.S. stand-alone gas stations and select major department stores. Consumers can then take those Reward Dollars and use them on travel goods in the expansive American Express Membership Rewards® Marketplace.
The annual fee of $75 is worth a tank of gas itself, but the ongoing rewards program and excellent member perks - including Roadside Assistance if you blow a tire on the road - make this card a worthwhile option for summer vacationers that plan to hit the road in 2013.
Travel Card for Miles: Chase United MileagePlus® Explorer Card
Frequent flyers can earn 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in the first three months using this United card from Chase. Other perks are earned once you're at the airport, including a free first checked bag (and a companion's first checked bag on the same reservation) each way, two United Club passes every year and priority boarding privileges.
Consumers that book a United flight with this card will earn double miles that can roll over to future trips down the line, and every purchase is worth at least one mile. Overall, this is Creditnet's favorite co-branded airline miles credit card this summer.
Travel Card for Bonus Points: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No card dishes out the bonus points as quickly as the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card. Excellent credit consumers fortunate enough to get approved for this card can receive 40,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months - the equivalent of $500 towards travel rewards.
This card also rewards travel and restaurant purchases with 2 points per dollar spent, but it's the redeeming flexibility that really sets it apart from the pack. The Chase Ultimate Rewards (SM) program includes up to 20% off airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises when you redeem, so members can not only save on the initial travel purchase, but other purchases made throughout the summer travel adventure as well.
Travel Card for Students: Discover it™ Card for Students
Who travels more each summer than college students? Lucky for them, this student rewards card from Discover is as good a cash option as any. Students earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 made in rotating categories that change each quarter and have included in the past gas, restaurants, movies and more. Students can also earn 1% cash back on all other purchases, so no road trip purchase goes unrewarded.
For more information regarding travel rewards credit cards, contact Creditnet Vice President Jason Bushey on Google+.