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.
US Bank LANPASS Visa® Card: Best for booking frequent flights to South AmericaUS Bank 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 US Bank 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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