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Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
FM Mini Review: This card earns 2 "miles" per dollar, which are worth exactly 1 cent each toward travel. This makes the return on spend similar to a 2% cash back card (though in this case you must redeem your miles to offset travel in order to get 1 cent per mile). Signup bonus is excellent, but due to the annual fee, you can do better after the first year.
Card Type: Visa Signature
Earning rate: 2X everywhere
Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Earn 10x miles on hotels when you pay with your Venture card at hotels.com/venture ⚬ Redeem miles for travel at value of 1 cent per mile. ⚬ Receive up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®
This is a decent travel rewards credit card for those who don't want to bother with trying to find award flights with traditional airline miles. Earn 2 miles per dollar for all spend. Miles are worth 1 cent each when redeemed for travel. Simply use the card to pay for any travel expenses, and then log onto your account and apply miles to offset your statement charges.
The main advantage of this card over a no-fee 2% cash back card is that this one offers a very nice signup bonus, no foreign transaction fees, and travel protection (You can be reimbursed up to $1,500 per trip for non-refundable travel expenses, if your trip is cancelled or cut short by things like sickness or injury).
10X for Hotels...One other area in which this card really shines is when booking hotels through their special link. Earn 10x miles on hotels when you pay with your Venture card at hotels.com/venture. In other words, you get the equivalent of 10% back for all hotel bookings made this way!