Points Rewards Credit Cards - Thrifty Traveler
Chase Sapphire Preferred

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

80,000 Points After Spending $4,000 in the First 3 Months of Card Membership

 

The sign-up bonus alone is worth at least $1,000 if redeemed through the Chase portal.

It earns 2x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on travel and dining, 5x points per dollar spent on Lyft rides, and 1x point per dollar on everything else.

It offers one of our favorite ways to book flight deals through our Thrifty Traveler Premium flight deal notification service.

$95 Annual Fee

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chase freedom unlimited

Chase Freedom Unlimited®

Earn a $200 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.

 

Earn 5% cash back on grocery store purchases on up to $12,000 spent in the first year

Earn 5% cash back on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards

Earn 3% cash back at restaurants and eligible delivery services

Earn 3% cash back on drugstore purchases

Earn 1.5% cash back on all other purchases

No Annual Fee!

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Sapphire Reserve

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

50,000 Points After Spending $4,000 in the First Three Months of Card Membership.

 

The sign-up bonus alone is worth at least $750 if redeemed through the Chase portal.

It earns 3x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on travel and dining, 10x points per dollar spent on Lyft rides, and 1x point per dollar on everything else.

$300 annual travel credit

Receive a $100 fee credit towards Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.

Priority Pass Lounge access

$60 annual DoorDash statement credit

Complimentary Lyft Pink Membership

Book flight deals through our Thrifty Traveler Premium flight deal notification service.

$550 Annual Fee

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amex platinum

The Platinum Card® from American Express

60,000 Points after Spending $5,000 in the First Three Months of Card Membership

 

Check if you are eligible for the 100,000 Point offer via Cardmatch.

$200 Annual Uber Credit ($15/month & $35 in December).

$200 Airline Incidental Fee Credit

Earn 5x Points per dollar spent on airfare.

The best airport lounge access offered from any card.

Receive a $100 fee credit towards Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.

$100 Annual Credit to be used at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Hilton Honors & Marriott Bonvoy Gold Status

$550 Annual Fee

Read our full review of the Platinum Card.

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amex green card

American Express® Green Card

30,000 Points after Spending $2,000 in the First Three Months of Card Membership

 

$100 Credit Towards a CLEAR Membership

$100 Credit for Lounge Buddy (Airport Lounge Access)

Earn 3x Points per dollar spent on travel & dining

$150 Annual Fee

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Gold Card

American Express® Gold Card

Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months of card membership.

 

4x points per dollar spent at restaurants worldwide

4x points per dollar spent at U.S. supermarkets on up to $25,000 per calendar year

3x points per dollar spent directly with airlines or at amextravel.com

A $120 annual dining credit for charges at GrubHub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Boxed & Participating Shake Shack locations.

A $100 travel credit for incidental airline fees.

$250 Annual Fee

Read our full review of the Gold Card

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