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If you prefer traveling by train, youâre already familiar with the advantages of riding the rails. You can avoid the hassles of airports and highways, travel in comfort, and take in the scenery as you go.
Many travel credit cards are singularly focused on flights and hotels. But some offer rewards that are just as valuable for train travelers.
Here are four travel credit cards for riding the rails.
Rewards: Three points per dollar on Amtrak purchases; two points per dollar on eligible travel purchases; one point per dollar on all other purchases.
Sign-Up Bonus: 20,000 bonus points if you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days.
Annual Fee: $79
Annual Percentage Rate (APR): 16.49% to 24.49%, based on your creditworthiness (as of 12/19/2019).
Why We Picked It: This card is designed for regular Amtrak riders.
For Rail Travel: Youâll earn triple points on all Amtrak purchases, double points on qualifying travel purchases, and single points on every other purchase. Points can be redeemed for car rentals, hotels, gift cards, and more. But when you redeem for Amtrak travel, youâll earn a 5% rebate on points. Youâll also receive a free Amtrak companion pass with a yearly renewal once you open your account.
Drawbacks: If you donât ride Amtrak, this card isnât for you.
Rewards: Two points per dollar on dining and travel; one point per dollar on all other purchases.
Sign-Up Bonus: 60,000 bonus points if you spend $4,000 in the first three months from account opening.
Annual Fee: $95
APR: 15.99% – 22.99% Variable .
Why We Picked It: All travel purchases earn points that are redeemable for future trips.
For Rail Travel: Your travel purchases, including train tickets and public transportation, will earn double points. There are many redemption options, but youâll get an extra 25% in value when redeeming points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
Drawbacks: There is an annual fee.
Rewards: Three points per dollar on travel; two points per dollar on dining and entertainment; one point per dollar on all other purchases.
Sign-Up Bonus: None
Annual Fee: $0 the first year, then $95.
APR: 17.49 t 25.49%, based on your creditworthiness (as of 12/19/2019).
Why We Picked It: With triple points on travel, you can rack up rewards quickly.
For Rail Travel: Youâll earn three points per dollar on travel, including passenger and commuter railways. Points can be redeemed for travel, gift cards, merchandise, and more.
Drawbacks: There is no sign-up bonus.
If you primarily travel by train, youâll want a card that offers great rewards rates for those expenses. With the exception of Amtrakâs travel credit card, there arenât many cards on the market that single out trains. However, many cards do count rail travel as part of their overall travel category.
For any card youâre considering, verify that train fare will earn travel rewards and that rail travel is a valid redemption option.
The best travel credit cards may require good or excellent credit. Make sure you meet the credit requirements of a card before you submit an application. You can check your credit report card for free at Credit.com.
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