Heading down south for some fun and sun? You’ll need a good credit card to book your flight and pack next to your flip-flops and passport. Here are three of our favorite credit card offers for traveling to South America –two to book your trip, and one to use abroad.
Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®: Best for booking your American Airlines flightCiti® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® is a solid credit card. It offers 1 mile for every $1 spent on anything and double miles for dollars spent on American Airlines. And there’s a signup bonus: Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*. But the perks don’t end there for frequent American Airlines fliers. You’ll also enjoy priority boarding, a free checked bag for you and up to four of your travel companions, and a 25% discount on in-flight food and drink purchases.
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard® has an annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $95.
Lanpass Visa Card: Best for booking frequent flights to South America
If you go to South America frequently, you’ll want to book your trips with a card heavy on the perks. Enter the Lanpass Visa Card, which offers 1 mile for every dollar spent anywhere and double miles on LAN ticket purchases. There’s also a signup bonus of Earn 15,000 Bonus Miles after your first card use. and 4,000 bonus miles each year you renew your card. Not enough? The Lanpass Visa Card boasts an annual 20% discount on a single LAN purchase, a 25% flight miles bonus and three one-way upgrade coupons per year.
The card’s annual fee is waived the first year and $45 every year thereafter and there are foreign transaction fees of 2-3%. Like the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®, this card should be used solely for booking flights to South America, not for spending while you’re on the trip.
Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®: Best for spending in South AmericaBarclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® is a fantastic choice. It offers 2 miles on every $1 spent, worth 1 cent each when redeemed for travel credit. When you redeem your miles, you’ll also get a 5% miles bonus toward your next redemption. There’s also a signup 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.
The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® has an annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $89 and no foreign transaction fees.
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