3 of 2018’s Best Credit Cards

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They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but if you carry the right plastic, you might earn free lunches. You might also get free flights, free hotels, free cash back and interest free loans. The key is finding the credit card that gives you the biggest bang for the bucks you’re already spending.

For a full list of every kind of credit card, see the Credit Card page of our Solutions Center. But here are 3 cards that recently caught our eye. See how they compare to what’s now in your wallet.

Best travel card

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

Why we like it: An early spending bonus offer of 60,000 miles when you spend $3,000 within the first three months is worth $600 in travel.

What to know:

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Capital One
  • Earn 2 miles per dollar on every purchase.
  • Get a $100 credit on Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.
  • Extended warranty protection.
  • Travel accident insurance.
  • No foreign transaction fee.
  • $95 annual fee.

Note: This card has a $95 annual fee. The Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card does not, but doesn’t have the same early spending bonus offer and offers a lower rate of return.

Click here for further details and to compare this card.

Best cash-back card

Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards

Why we like it: This is a great all-around credit card with 1.5% cash back on every purchase. It also offers a $200 cash bonus after you spend just $500 within the first three months of opening the account.

What to know:

Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards
Capital One
  • Get 1.5% cash back on every purchase — no limits, and no expiration on cash-back rewards for the life of the account.
  • Get a $200 statement credit after spending $500 on the card within the first three months.
  • Pay 0% APR on purchases within the introductory 15-month period.
  • No annual fee.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
Click here for further details and to compare this card.

Best zero percent card

Blue Cash Everyday from American Express

Why we like it: The Blue Cash Everyday card lives up to its name as a great value all the time — but especially for new cardholders. You can earn $100 back by making $2,000 in purchases in the first six months. You can also earn 20% back on Amazon.com purchases in the first six months for up to $150 back.

What to know:

Blue Cash Everyday from American Express
American Express
  • 3% cash back on up to $6,000 in purchases at U.S. supermarkets per year, and 1% cash back after that amount.
  • 2% cash back on purchases at select U.S. department stores.
  • 2% cash back on purchases at U.S. gas stations.
  • 1% cash back on other purchases.
  • 0% introductory APR on purchases for 15 months. (See rates and fees)
  • No annual fee. (See rates and fees)

Note: Cash back is redeemed as statement credits.

Click here for further details and to compare this card.

Editor’s note: One of the ways we keep the lights on around here is with referral fees, so we might make a buck or two when you sign up for these cards. But we never let that influence our judgment. You’ll always get our honest advice.

See rates and fees for Blue Cash Everyday from American Express.

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