U.S. News Money, publisher of Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards of 2018, conducted the survey to understand the benefits and drawbacks of owning a travel rewards card. According to its 2018 Travel Credit Card Survey:
- Fifty-three percent of respondents earned more than $300 in rewards in the last year.
- The most popular rewards options are free domestic flights (30.8 percent), followed by cash back (26.3 percent) and free nights at a hotel (18.7 percent).
- Free hotel upgrades (10.4 percent) and free international flights (9.4 percent) are the least commonly redeemed rewards.
- While the majority of credit card owners (70 percent) didn’t intend to carry a monthly balance when signing up for a travel credit card, only half never carried a balance.
“If you travel frequently, have a good credit score and pay off your balance each month, you have the potential to earn a lot of perks with a travel rewards card,” said Kimberly Castro, executive editor at U.S. News. “But before signing up, consumers should be aware of high annual fees or sign-up bonus spending requirements. You might have to travel a lot to offset these costs with rewards.”
U.S. News publishes in-depth credit card guides to help consumers understand how to make credit cards work in their favor. Consumers can find advice on Comparing Cards, Maximizing Rewards and much more.
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