If you’re headed to the MLB playoffs or a World Series game, you’ll want to be prepared. Along with your lucky baseball cap and T-shirts in your favorite team’s colors, you should pack the best credit card for the trip. Here are a few of our favorite credit cards with rewards that really knock it out of the park.
Best for the laidback traveler: Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®
You can book directly through the website of your airline of choice, or through budget-friendly sites like Travelocity. The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® has a killer sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days — that's enough to redeem for a $500 travel statement credit. That’s a lot of miles to use for next year’s games.
Best for the travel hacker: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- British Airways
- Korean Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
- Singapore KrisFlyer
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has an amazing sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. It also offers an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and they make a purchase in the first three months. Sounds like a good start to pay for your upcoming trips to see all the Major League Baseball stadiums in the country. Or, you know, travel anywhere for any reason.
Best for the short distance traveler: Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express
The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express has a sign-up bonus: $150 statement credit after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. Terms Apply. While it has an annual fee, there is currently a Special Offer: $0 intro annual fee for the first year of Card Membership, then $95.
If you really don’t want to pay an annual fee, you can opt for the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express instead. It offers 3% back on U.S. supermarkets (up to $6,000 in spending, then 1%), 2% back at U.S. gas stations and department stores, and 1% back on everything else. It also has a sign-up bonus: $100 statement credit after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. Terms Apply.
Best for the tourist fan: Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card
ThankYou points are redeemable for merchandise, travel, gift cards and cash/cash equivalents. For maximum value, redeem for gift cards or cash equivalents — like mortgage payments or student loan rebates. This will free up more of your cash to spend on noisemakers and bobbleheads of your favorite players.
Updated on Aug. 11, 2017
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