9 Best Travel Credit Cards to Get After Chase Cards

The optimal strategy for adding credit cards is to get Chase cards first due to the restrictive 5/24 rule, and then move on to other credit issuers. In this post, we’ll walk through the 9 best travel cards to get after finishing with Chase cards.

A few important notes:

  1. Recommendations are based on card issuer rules and timing applications.

  2. We’re focusing on cards that have a worthwhile welcome bonus, along with some cards that have downgrade paths.

  3. Your mileage may vary. Pick the cards that match your travel goals.

  4. I suggest adding these cards BEFORE moving on to American Express since some of the below issuers are inquiry sensitive.

After you finish with Chase and add all the other travel cards you want, mathematically, your first American Express card should be the Amex Platinum due to the 100k targeting. Learn more about how to find targeted card offers in this post.

Barclays Cards

Barclays cards are at the top of the list because similar to Chase, they have a 6/24 rule. If you have opened 6 or more credit cards or charge cards from any credit issuer within the past 24 months, your application will likely be rejected. The Barclays 6/24 rule is not an official one, so depending on your credit profile, you might be able to bypass it.

If you are interested in adding any Barclays cards, I recommend adding one directly after finishing with Chase. Below are a few travel cards that stand out.

1. Barclays Arrival+

As of publishing this post, the Barclays Arrival Plus card is no longer accepting applications, but it might be worth considering if they relaunch the card in the future.

  • Intro bonus: 70,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of card opening.

  • Annual fee: $89, waived the first year

  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase

2. JetBlue Plus

The JetBlue Plus card has a good intro bonus and a downgrade path if you don’t get positive expected value after the first year.

  • Intro bonus: 40,000 points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of card opening

  • Annual fee: $99

  • Earn 6x on JetBlue purchases

  • Earn 2x at restaurants and grocery stores

3. Aviator Cards

Any of the Barclays Aviator cards are worth considering since they usually have a low spend threshold to earn an attractive intro bonus.

Capital One

The Capital One Venture card has become more competitive since they’ve added partnerships like hotels.com and airline transfer partners. There are data points that show people who have too many credit cards or high income get denied.

4. Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card

  • Annual fee: $95, waived the first year

  • Intro bonus: 50,000 miles after $3,000 in spend within the first 3 months of account opening

  • Spending multipliers:

    • 10x miles on hotels when you book and pay via hotels.com/venture through January 2020

    • 2x miles on all other purchases

  • 12+ Airline transfer partners

  • Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®

  • No foreign transaction fees

U.S. Bank

The U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve card is like a mini Chase Sapphire Reserve. It has travel credits, airport lounge passes, and competitive spending multipliers. Learn more about the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve in this post.

5. U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve

  • Annual fee: $400

  • Intro bonus: 50,000 points after $4,000 in spend within the first 3 months of account opening

  • Travel credit: $325

  • Spending multipliers:

    • 3x on travel

    • 3x on mobile payments

    • 1x on all other purchases

  • Priority Pass access - up to 4 complimentary visits

  • Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®

  • No foreign transaction fees

Bank of America

The Bank of America travel cards are harder to get approved for if you don’t have an existing banking relationship with them. Some people have applied for a BoA card, got rejected, opened a checking account, reapplied, and got approved.

Learn more about Bank of America card application rules in this post.

6. Bank of America® Premium Rewards®

  • Annual fee: $95

  • Intro bonus: 50,000 points after $3,000 in spend within the first 3 months of account opening

  • Spending multipliers:

    • 2x on travel and dining

    • 1.5x on everything else

  • Bank of America Preferred Rewards member can earn 25%-75% more points on every purchase

7. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card

The Alaska Airlines card is one of the most underrated cards because Alaska points can be transferred to airline partners. See all of their airline partners here. It’s worth noting that the card doesn’t have a downgrade path, so be sure you’re utilizing the annual Companion Fare ticket to get positive expected value.

  • Annual fee: $75

  • Intro bonus: 40,000 miles after you spend $2,000 within the first 3 months of account opening

  • Earn one annual Companion Fare ticket; you're responsible for the taxes and fees

  • Free checked bag on Alaska and Virgin America flights for you and up to six passengers on the same reservation

  • Spending multipliers:

    • Earn 3 miles for every $1 spent on Alaska Airlines and Virgin America purchases

    • Earn 1 mile for all other purchases

  • No foreign transaction fees

Citi

Citi credit cards are losing all of their auxiliary benefits in September. I recommend going for Citi cards if you’re trying to accumulate more points for a specific redemption.

8. Citi ThankYou Premier

  • Annual fee: $95, waived the first year

  • Intro bonus: 50,000 ThankYou points after $4,000 in spend within the first three months of account opening

  • Spending Multipliers:

    • Earn 3x on travel, including gas stations

    • 2x on dining/entertainment

    • 1x on everything else

9. Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®

  • Annual fee: $99, waived the first year

  • Intro bonus: 50,000 miles points after $2,500 in spend within the first three months of account opening

  • Spending Multipliers:

    • Earn 2x on gas stations

    • 2x on dining

    • 2x on American Airline purchases

    • 1x on everything else

  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation

  • Preferred boarding

 


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