Upgrade Your Summer Vacation Fast With These Cards

Upgrade Your Summer Vacation Fast With These Cards
Photo by Elena-Rudakova / Shutterstock.com

MoneyTalksNews has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. MoneyTalksNews and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers.

Are you looking forward to vacation season? Whatever you have in mind — whether it’s hitting a dusty road across the West, sipping mimosas poolside, going on a cruise or touring the south of France, we want you to get the most from your credit card. As part of your planning, take a look at your plastic, and see if it measures up to these great card offers from Amex. (We’re guessing it doesn’t.)

American Express Gold Card

American Express

Why we like it: This card racks up 35,000 reward points as a welcome bonus after you spend $2,000 within the first three months, and then it throws in a bunch more perks that can make a big difference when vacation season comes around. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Earn 4 reward points per dollar spent on the card at U.S. restaurants. Also earn 4X reward points at grocery stores on up to $25,000 a year, and earn 1 point per dollar after that.
  • Earn 3 reward points per dollar on flights purchased on this card, when you book through amextravel.com or directly through an airline.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits each month for using your Amex Gold at select restaurants.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees.

Note: This card has a $250 annual fee.

Click here to see more details on this offer and compare it with other card offers.

The Platinum Card from American Express

Amex Platinum card
American Express

Why we like it: If you rely heavily on plastic for pleasure or business expenses, this card will rack up a whopping 60,000 membership reward points after you use it for $5,000 in purchases within the first three months. By some estimates, that’s worth about $1,200 — think, round trip to Hong Kong or Paris! And while you travel, you get in on a bevy of upgrades and perks.

More to love:

  • Earn 5 reward points per dollar spent airline tickets purchase directly from airlines, or through amextravel.com.
  • Earn 5X reward points by prepaying on your hotel booked through amextravel.com.
  • Get Uber VIP status, access to airport lounges around the globe and statement credits for your purchases with this card at Saks Fifth Ave.

Note: This card has a $550 annual fee. That’s not cheap, but if you think you spend enough to meet the $5,000 threshold to get the welcome bonus, the card should quickly pay for itself.

Click here to see more details on this offer.

Whatever you need in a credit card — whether it’s reward points, cash back or a low interest rate — you can find it with our credit card search tool. Click here to search for the plastic that best fits your needs.

Popular Articles

Over 50? The CDC Says You Need These 4 Vaccines
Over 50? The CDC Says You Need These 4 Vaccines

Fall is the time to schedule vaccines that can keep you healthy — and even save your life.

5 Secrets to Keeping Your Brain Sharp as You Age
5 Secrets to Keeping Your Brain Sharp as You Age

Forget young at heart — science says these tricks will keep you young in mind.

5 Ways to Trim the Growing Cost of Cutting the Cable Cord
5 Ways to Trim the Growing Cost of Cutting the Cable Cord

Streaming TV services can run you more than traditional pay-TV these days. Here’s how to keep costs low.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Comments

User Generated Content Disclosure: Responses are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.