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Jump Into Summer Vacation With Travel Rewards in Mind

May 28, 2019
Loyalty Programs, Travel, Travel Credit Cards, Vacations & Trip Planning
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Believe it or not, summer has unofficially started. And if you’re planning a summer vacation, it’s time to commit. This is especially true if you’re hoping to take a vacation around July Fourth, which falls on a Thursday this year. According to Skyscanner, Fourth of July weekends are one of the busiest times to travel.

Here are some tips to get you started.

Book with the card that will earn you the most points

If you aren’t partial to any particular hotel or airline, you might want to try the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card. It has an annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $95, and the sign-up bonus is as follows: Enjoy a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $500 in travel. One of the best things about this card is that you can earn 10 miles per $1 spent when booking through

Don’t overpay for a rental car

If you need to rent a car during your Fourth of July excursion, avoid overpaying by doing some research now. Search for coupon codes and check to see if any of your existing membership services — like Costco, AARP or AAA — partner with car rental companies for discounts.

Get a boost

If you don’t already own a travel rewards credit card, try one that gives you a heap of points simply for signing up and hitting the minimum spend, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card. Here’s the card’s sign-up bonus: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Be sure to have some large-but-in-budget purchases lined up before you apply for the card.

Go where the deals are

Have no idea where to go? That can work in your favor. If you have no specific location in mind, you’re free to simply go where the best deals are. Use Google to maximize your travel booking, or a new site called Escape, or check out NerdWallet’s travel deals of the week to keep your summer travels affordable.

How to maximize your rewards

You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2019, including those best for:

Planning a trip? Check out these articles for more inspiration and advice:
5 new ways to maximize your travel booking on Google
NerdWallet’s top travel credit cards
This new website will help you find a cheap flight

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