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7 Best Travel Credit Cards to Apply for in June 2022

By Paul Rubio

Jun 2, 2022

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Earn multiple free nights at Marriott hotels like St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London with new Marriott Bonvoy credit card welcome offers.

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Earn multiple free nights at Marriott hotels like St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London with new Marriott Bonvoy credit card welcome offers.

Kick off your summer with a big-time boost to your points balances.

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June is typically a quiet month for credit card offers, but this year is anything but typical. Much to our delight, Southwest Airlines has surprised us with elevated 75,000-point introductory bonuses on its three personal credit cards (versus the usual 40,000-point welcome bonuses). Beyond the face value of the 75,000 points toward airfare, the hefty intro bonus makes it easier to earn Southwest’s ultra-valuable Companion Pass, which is essentially a voucher good for unlimited two-for-one travel on both paid and award tickets on Southwest Airlines.  

Meanwhile in the hotel world, the no annual fee Hilton Honors American Express Card has upped the value of its welcome offer to a whopping 100,000 points and a $100 statement credit at Hilton properties worldwide. There are many excellent and enticing offers—here are our seven picks to consider right now and why. 

1. Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

Best for: Those who plan to use Southwest Airlines for future travel plans and want to amass a whole lotta points now, for free flights later

Why now? Despite being the Southwest card with the lowest annual fee, the Plus card still packs in the points. An increased welcome offer for the card and the chance to score a coveted Companion Pass for the rest of 2022 and all of 2023 make it especially tempting. To get the Companion Pass, apply for both this card plus the Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card (#4 on this list). 

Welcome offer: Earn 75,000 Rapid Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the first three months your account is open.

Annual fee: $69

Earn points: Earn two points per dollar spent on purchases with Southwest, its hotel and car rental partners, local transit and commuting purchases (including rideshares), internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming purchases. Get one point per dollar on everything else.

Credits: None

Key perks: Two EarlyBird Check-Ins per year; an account anniversary bonus of 3,000 points annually

2. Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card

Best for: Travelers who want to accrue hotel award nights quickly and don’t necessarily need to stay in Marriott’s top-of-the-line properties

Why now? The card dramatically increased its welcome offer on June 2, to grant new cardholders an equivalent of 250,000 points (versus 150,000 points). In addition, the card enhanced its benefits in February 2022 without increasing the annual fee. Those benefits include triple points at grocery stores and gas stations and for dining and a faster track to elite status by getting one Elite Night Credit for every $5,000 in spending (with no cap). 

Welcome offer: Earn five free nights (each worth up to 50,000 points) after you spend $5,000 on purchases in your first three months from your account opening. That’s a total value of 250,000 points. 

Annual fee: $95

Earn points: Earn up to 17 points per dollar spent at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy, three points at grocery stores and gas stations and for dining (up to $6,000 in combined purchases per year), and double points on all other purchases.  

Credits: None

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Key perks: Cardholders receive 15 elite night credits per calendar year, which is enough for Silver status. Also, receive an annual free night award worth up to 35,000 points every year after your card anniversary. This certificate more than makes up for the card’s annual fee.

3. Hilton Honors American Express Card

Best for: Those who plan on taking a few trips later in 2022 and would enjoy free hotel stays without paying an annual fee 

Why now? The card is offering a welcome offer of 100,000 Hilton Bonus points with no annual fee, plus up to $100 statement credits on eligible purchases made on the card at any of the Hilton family of hotels in the first 12 months of membership. Previous welcome offers have required spending $5,000 to get a full welcome bonus. Currently, you’ll get it after spending $1,000 in the first three months. 

Welcome offer: Earn 100,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after spending $1,000 in eligible purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership (terms apply). Plus, earn up to $100 Statement Credits on eligible purchases made on the card at any Hilton family hotels in the first 12 months of membership.

Annual fee: $0 (See rates and fees.)

Earn points: Earn seven points per dollar at properties in the Hilton portfolio, five points per dollar at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations, and three points per dollar spent on everything else.  

Credits: None

Key perk: Get Hilton Honors Silver Status with card membership. Benefits of Silver status include 20 percent points earning bonus on stays, free bottled water, and the ability to participate in Hilton Honor’s “Fifth Night Free” program, in which your fifth night is no cost when booking four nights with points. 

4. Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card

Best for: Those who plan to use Southwest Airlines as their primary carrier for future travel plans and want to land the coveted Companion Pass 

Why now? Combine this with the current, limited-time welcome offer for a Southwest personal card and fast-track to a coveted Companion Pass for 2022 and 2023. It may come as a surprise to some, but you don’t need a big firm to get a business card—a sole proprietorship, single-member LLC, or the like will do. You can even apply with your Social Security number as a sole proprietor for a startup or small venture (versus an EIN—Employer Identification Number—often used for larger businesses). 

Welcome offer: Earn 60,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months from account opening.

Annual fee: $99 

Earn points: Earn three points per dollar spent on purchases with Southwest, two points on its hotel and car rental partners and on rideshares. Get one point per dollar on everything else.

Credits: $500 fee credit per year for Rapid Rewards points transfers

Key perks: Two EarlyBird Check-Ins per year; an account anniversary bonus of 6,000 points annually

5. The Platinum Card® from American Express

Best for: Those who value luxury benefits on land and in the air, including the best in airport lounge access, and understand such benefits (plus a program that includes copious statement credits) far outweigh a hefty annual fee. The card is also best for those who plan to add cardholders to their accounts; select benefits—specifically a Global Entry/TSA PreCheck credit and that unbeatable lounge access—extend to every cardholder (which is not the case with most other cards). 

Why now? A good introductory welcome offer, travel benefits aplenty, and excellent benefits for additional cardholders.

Welcome offer: Earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $6,000 in the first six months of card membership. (Terms apply.)

Annual fee: $695 (See rates and fees.)

Earn points: Earn five points per dollar spent on flights booked directly with airlines and on flights and prepaid hotel bookings made through American Express Travel. Earn one point per dollar on everything else.

Credits: Statement credits include up to $200 per calendar year on airline incidentals, $200 per calendar year on Fine Hotels + Resorts or the Hotel Collection bookings (minimum two-night stay) with American Express Travel, up to $200 annually for Uber/UberEats, up to $100 annually at Saks Fifth Avenue, up to $240 annually on digital entertainment (applicable toward charges on Hulu, Disney+, SiriusXM, and the New York Times), up to $300 annually toward select Equinox gym memberships, a $155 Walmart+ Credit (to cover the monthly membership cost of Walmart+), and a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee (worth up to $100) once every four years (for every cardholder). Enrollment required for select benefits; terms apply.

Key perks: The best in airport lounge access plus Gold elite status in Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy, which extends to both primary and additional cardholders; in terms of points spending, Amex Membership Rewards points transfer to 19 airlines and three hotel partners, including Delta, Hilton, and Air Canada Aeroplan.

6. Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card

Best for: Those who want extra perks at Hilton properties and airport lounge access, plus the chance to earn several free hotel stays without paying a large annual fee

Why now? The card is offering 130,000 Hilton Bonus points with an annual fee of just $95 plus up to $130 in statement credits on eligible purchases made on the card at any Hilton hotels in the first 12 months of membership. The card also has earnings multipliers in select key categories, making it easy to rack up points quickly through spending. 

Welcome offer: Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after spending $2,000 in the first three months of card membership plus up to $130 in statement credits on eligible purchases made on the card at any of the Hilton family of hotels in the first 12 months of membership. Terms apply. 

Annual fee: $95 (See rates and fees.) 

Earn points: Earn 12 points per dollar at properties in the Hilton portfolio, six points per dollar at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations, and three points per dollar spent on everything else.  

Key perks: Get 10 free lounge visits to 1,300+ Priority Pass lounges for every year enrolled in Priority Pass Select Membership through the Surpass card. No other personal credit card at this fee level offers such lounge access. Also, get Hilton Honors Gold Status with card membership. Benefits of Gold status include the following at stays within the Hilton umbrella: space-available room upgrades, complimentary Wi-Fi, and on-property food and beverage credits daily (the amount of which varies by brand, but for luxury brands like Waldorf Astoria run an impressive $50 per room per day, assuming two guests per room.)

7. Citi Premier® Card

Best for: Those wanting a versatile credit card for everyday purchases and travel spending without paying a high annual fee  

Why now? The card carries the best extended warranty program in the credit card industry, which appeals strongly to tech-loving travelers, plus lots of flexibility for points redemptions.  

Welcome offer: Earn 60,000 bonus ThankYou points after spending $4,000 in the first three months of account opening. 

Annual fee: $95

Earn points: Earn three points per dollar spent at restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, on air travel and hotels, and then one point per dollar on everything else. 

Credits: None

Key perks: The card extends the manufacturer’s warranty on eligible purchases for an additional 24 months, up to a maximum of seven years from the purchase date and is additional to customer-purchase extended warranties like AppleCare+. Citi ThankYou points transfer to 15 airline partners, including Flying Blue (AirFrance/KLM) and JetBlue TrueBlue. Points can also be redeemed for gift cards with major brands like Best Buy and Starbucks at a ratio of 1,000 points to $10 (e.g., 60,000 welcome bonus = $600 in gift cards).

While the offers mentioned above are accurate at the time of publication, they are subject to change at any time, and may have changed or may no longer be available.

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