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While traveling abroad, one of the last things you want to do is pay a foreign transaction fee. Thankfully there are several great credit cards to choose from without these pesky fees. Here is a list of the best no foreign transaction fee rewards credit cards.
Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard®
Annual Fee: $89 (waived the first year)
Sign-up bonus: 70,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 in 90 days
The Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard® has a unique redemption option. It has a flat redemption rate of 100 points per mile but offers a 5% redemption bonus allowing you to use miles for future awards flights. This means the 70,000 mile sign-up bonus will buy you a $700 ticket today and the 5% redemption bonus will put 2,500 miles back into your Barclays account. The Arrival Plus also earns 2 miles on every purchase, regardless of spending category. See Rates & Fees here for more information on the Arrival Plus.
JetBlue Plus Card – Unavailable
Annual Fee: $99
Sign-Up Bonus: 30,000 points after spending $1,000
If you like to fly JetBlue, the JetBlue Plus card might be the card for you. While most of their flights are domestic, you can also fly to the Caribbean and northern South America. Reward flights start at 3,500 points and cardholders earn a 10% redemption bonus. The JetBlue Plus earns 6 points on all JetBlue flights, 2 points at restaurants and grocery stores, and 1 point on all other purchases. Recurring JetBlue Plus benefits also include one free checked bag, a 5,000 point anniversary bonus, and 50% savings on in-flight purchases.
For those that do not want to pay an annual fee, the no-fee JetBlue Card (no longer available) is another great secondary card option that earns 3 points on JetBlue purchases, instead of 6 points, and it also has a significantly smaller sign-up bonus of 5,000 points and does not enjoy the 10% point redemption bonus.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Annual Fee: $95 (Waived the first year)
Sign-Up Bonus: 50,000 Chase Points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months of account opening
The Chase Ultimate Rewards Program is often considered the best travel rewards program currently on the market. You can earn 2 points for every $1 spent on travel purchases and 1 point on everything else. When redeemed for travel rewards using the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal, each Chase point is worth 1.25 cents each with the Sapphire Preferred.
This means the 50,000 point sign-up bonus is worth $625 in award travel with Chase. You can also transfer points on a 1:1 basis, potentially increasing their value, to other participating airline and hotel travel partners such as United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Singapore Airways, Hyatt, and Marriott.
Chase Sapphire Reserve
Annual Fee: $450
Sign-Up Bonus: 50,000 Chase Points after spending $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of account opening
Introduced in August of 2016, the Sapphire Reserve is the literal definition of an overnight success. The Reserve earn 3 points on dining purchases, 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year, and 1 point on everything else. When redeemed for travel rewards via Chase, each Ultimate Rewards point is worth 1.5 cents each or they can be transferred on a 1:1 ratio to one of the Chase travel partners.
Additional card benefits include a $300 annual travel credit that can be redeemed for plane ticket purchases, complimentary Priority Pass airport lounge access, Global Entry application fee reimbursement, and primary rental CDW coverage.
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