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Best Credit Card Offers for Travel to Africa

Jan. 30, 2015
Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards
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If your wanderlust has you headed toward the captivating landscapes and rich culture of Africa, you need a good credit card offer to get you there. These cards could be good to book travel and use on your trip, anywhere from Algeria to Zimbabwe.

United℠ Explorer Card: Best for United devotees

If you plan on taking an African airline flight, Star Alliance is a great airline network to rack up points on. It includes African airlines like EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines and South Africa Airways. To earn miles for these flights, you should check out the United℠ Explorer Card. It offers 2 miles for every dollar spent on eligible purchases from United, restaurants and hotel stays, and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. So, this card is best if you book most of your travel with United.

The card also has a signup bonus: 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus earn an additional 25,000 bonus miles after you spend $10,000 total on purchases in the first 6 months your account is open. Miles are redeemable for flights on United or other Star Alliance partners.

With the United℠ Explorer Card, you’ll get some awesome United perks, including a free checked bag for you and a companion on your reservation, priority boarding and two one-time United Club passes each year.

The United℠ Explorer Card has an annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $95 and no foreign transaction fees.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card: Best for travel hacking your trip

If you want to hack your way to Africa, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is one of our favorite travel cards. It offers 2X points on travel and dining and 1 point per dollar spent elsewhere. There’s also a killer signup 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®.

You can redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards at a rate of 1.25 cents per point. However, if you’re travel-hacking savvy, you can transfer to one of Chase’s travel partners’ programs at a rate of 1.25-5 cents per point. Partners include United, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, all of which fly to cities in Africa.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card has an $0 for the first year, then $95 and no foreign transaction fees. It has an EMV chip, so this card is great for booking and redeeming travel, as well as spending in Africa.

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