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Best Credit Card Offers for Travel to South America

Jan. 5, 2015
Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards
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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 flight

If you fly American every time you fly, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard® is a solid credit card. It offers:

  • 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent at gas stations
  • 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent at restaurants
  • 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases

And there’s a signup bonus: Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $2,500 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 preferred 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 $99.

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 $0 the first year, then $45 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.

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