Best Credit Cards For Dining & Travel

A list of the best credit cards for dining and travel purchases based on how much you spend. Compare results against 250+ top cards side by side.


If you love to eat and you love to travel, there's no shortage of cards that will give you a great return across both categories.

At the top of the charts you'll find the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the American Express Green Card. Both cards earn 3x points in their respective programs. The Chase Sapphire Reserve is stacked with a bunch of additional benefits and elite travel perks since it is a premium card. The AMEX Green will not shower you with such perks (you'll need the AMEX Platinum for that), but you will earn a solid return at a lower pricing point in terms of the annual fee. If you prefer ThankYou Points, the Citi ThankYou Premier is the way to go.

If you don't care for transferable rewards points, the Wells Fargo Propel AMEX is a great choice. You'll earn a minimum of a 3% return on all your travel, dining, and streaming service purchases with the ability to earn up to a 4.5% return if you have the Wells Fargo Visa Signature Card.

If you're a lover of cash back you'll find that there's not as many options as points/miles credit cards. Bank of America's cash back credit cards allow you to pick one of the two categories you want to earn 3% in. You can also earn between a 10% and 75% bonus on points earned if you have money invested with them.

Lastly if you spend at Costco or Sam's Club, you can earn a nice return with their credit cards. The Costco Anywhere Visa Card earns 3% back on both travel and dining as well as 4% on gas and 2% at Costco. The Sam's Club Mastercard earns 3% back on both gas and travel as well, but earns a whopping 5% cash back on gas purchases. The only drawback to these cards is that you'll receive your earned cash back once per year (usually during February).

Anything outside of these and your best options comes down to 2% cash back credit cards in which several have no annual fee. Good examples are the Citi Double Cash and PayPal CashBack Mastercard.

Best Cards By Spend Calculator

The Best Credit Cards By Spend Calculator will find up to 50 of the best credit cards based on the spend and selected filter options. Results will be sorted by net return which is the average value of the total rewards earned, plus annual credits, and minus annual fees. For any of the results listed, you can click on 'Rewards Calculator' to calculate more accurate results. You'll be able to enter spend for as many categories as you want, toggle annual fees, add authorized users, specific elite status and memberships, incorporate sign up and welcome bonus, view rewards as if you transferred them to partners, and much more.

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You can set the duration of the spend for the categories listed above. If you're looking for the best card for only n-months worth of spend, this is where you change the option. If you want to calculate based on a full year, you can leave it set to a duration of 'year'.

Adjust Transferable Points

Some rewards programs allow you to transfer your earned points to airline, hotel, and other loyalty programs. These programs will generally have higher point values when doing such. Since these matter so much when choosing a credit card, you can enter your own point value for these programs to include in the calculations. You can set any of the currencies listed below to 0 to calculate based on the non-transfer value (in which most are 1 cent per point with the exception of Chase's 1.25/1.5 cent redemptions).
When transferring to other programs, you should be able to get 1 to 2 cents in value for most of the programs listed below, so I defaulted most to a low average of 1.5 cents. You can click on the to learn more about the value of the currency (opens in a new tab/window).

Include Annual Credits/Bonuses

Several credit cards feature annual bonuses. These are usually anniversary bonuses for having the card, airline credits, hotel credits, and more. If you want these included in the calculation, you can check thy box below.

Bank

The bank that issues the card. De-select the banks that you do not want in the results.

Network

The network that the card is tied to such as VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or AMEX.

Card Type

The type of card such as a co-branded airline card, bank rewards card, or cash back card. Do note that some store cards will appear under cash back if you're able to redeem cash back like a normal cash back credit card.

Reward Type

The type of rewards the card earns. This will either be points, miles, or cash back.

Personal/Business

Toggle the showing of personal or business cards in the results. Card combinations are also featured on this site. The combo option is only available if it's more than one category you're enter spend for.

Annual Fee

The range of fees you're willing to pay to wield such awesome credit cards. Selecting the First Year Free (FYF) / First Year Reduced (FYR) option will calculate FYF/FYR credit cards with their free or reduced annual fee.

Income Requirements

Some credit cards require a certain amount of annual individual or household income. Enter a max income or enter 0 to show all cards.

Foreign Transaction Fees

Toggle whether to include credit cards that have a foreign transaction fee, foreign conversion fee, or any other type of charge that has to do with making purchases outside of the region.

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You can click on the 'Rewards Calculator' for any of the cards listed in the results to calculate even more accurate results. You can also click Apply to apply for the card.
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