It’s no secret that wedding costs can add up, and that while budgeting, the big day takes up most of the room in your wallets. But coming in at a close second is the honeymoon trip. Whether you’re planning a mini-moon, local getaway, or extravagant luxury honeymoon, travel is expensive.
Luckily, there are ways to smartly finance the trip so that your dollar stretches a bit more, and you’re rewarded for your spending. (Yes, please!) Here are the best travel credit card options with rewards programs that are perfect for honeymoon travelers.
Boasting unlimited 2x miles per dollar on any purchase and a current bonus of 40,000 miles once you spend $3,000 within three months of account opening, the Capital One Venture Rewards card is ideal for those who use credit often, especially for booking travel. With 100 miles equaling $1 in travel rewards, you can also redeem your hard-earned rewards for even more travel, making it the gift that keeps on giving. With a modest $59 annual fee after the first year, consider opening this prior to making any major purchases to maximize the benefits.
Via Bank of America, this Visa card offers unlimited 1.5 points for each dollar spent, and an opening bonus of 20,000 points after $1,000 is charged in the fist 90 days of opening the account There’s no annual fee, and no foreign transaction fees, which can really add up while abroad. With this card, you can also redeem the points for statement credits that can cover flight, hotel, and other travel purchases—who doesn’t love knocking off some spending after the fact? To sweeten the deal, Bank of America banking customers also receive a 10% points bonus on each purchase.
This purple card packs a serious punch. With a $0 introductory fee that increases to $95 each year after, the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Amex is exceptionally suited for those who frequent, or plan to visit, any of the hotels within the Starwood Group, including W Hotels, Marriotts, Ritz Carltons, and more. There are no foreign transaction fees on international purchases, and new customers can earn 25,000 Starpoints, which amounts to enough for two free nights at one of their Category 4 hotels. Do your research before booking your trip, and if you plan ahead, this card can have a big payoff.
Perhaps known best for its flexible ways to redeem points through Chase Ultimate Rewards (you can use them toward travel, a statement credit, cash out, or for gift cards) the Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa also has a low annual fee and a big time sign up bonus that lets you earn up to $625 towards travel. Customers earn two Chase Ultimate Rewards Points for each $1 spent on travel and dining, and one point on all other purchases. Open and use this card while traveling and dining to really reap the benefits, and then use the rewards you’ve earned to do it all again!
More active travelers may have already heard about this card, but for those looking to open a new account, be sure to check this out. Some of the unique travel benefit features include a complimentary fourth night at a hotel of your choice after staying a minimum of four consecutive nights and booking through the Citi Prestige Concierge, access to VIP lounges, exclusive discounts on travel experiences, and an annual $250 air travel credit for flight related expenses. As if these bonuses aren’t enough, the card also offers a sign up bonus of 40,000 Thank You Points after spending $4,000 in the first three months. Users can earn three times the rewards on air travel and hotels, two times on dining and entertainment, and one time on all other purchases—whether you’re traveling or not, you’re always being rewarded.
A rewards rate of 1/5 miles per $1, $0 annual fee, and reward redemption options of cash or travel credit, the Discover It Miles card also has a Bonus Miles feature where it will match all the miles you’ve earned throughout your first year as a cardholder. (Perfect for the year in which you’re honeymooning!) With no blackout dates and the ability to select any airline or hotel when redeeming your miles, this card offers a flexible and simple way to finance your trip, and get some miles back in return.