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Verdict: There are two Travelocity Rewards American Express® Cards available; one with an annual fee of $39 and one with no fee. As with many cards that offer this choice, the annual fee one gives better “perks” and higher rewards points.
If the cardholder uses Travelocity services frequently, the rewards points amounts are quite good, and that’s on both cards. The other rewards points are comparable to most credit cards, so whether or not it is a good card would depend again on how much the cardholder uses Travelocity services.
Overview: These cards are sponsored by Travelocity travel services, and rewards points are awarded in higher increments when this sponsor’s services are used. They are American Express cards, as opposed to Visa or MasterCard, but some people prefer American Express over other credit card companies.
How This Card Works: If a cardholder chooses the annual fee card, rewards points of 5 for every $1 spent on Travelocity travel services are given, as well as earning 10% back on those purchases if a total of $4,000 or more is spent. In addition, the cardholder can choose from a preferred category—gas, groceries, or restaurant—in order to receive 2 points for every $1 spent at those locations. 1 point is awarded for each $1 for regular purchases.
The no fee card awards 3 points for every $1 spent on Travelocity purchases, with the chance to earn up to 6% back for spending $6,700. The option of choosing a preferred category is not given with the no fee card.
Travel and Shopping Benefits: Cardholders can earn as many as 7,500 points after a first purchase with the annual fee; as many as 5,000 points with the no fee card. In addition, cardholders can earn up to 2% back on regular purchases. This applies to both cards.
Fees: The annual fee is $39, which is one of the lowest ones available on any card. Remaining fees are on a par with other credit cards, including balance transfer fees of $10 or 4%, and cash advance and other fees being 3% or $10. The returned payment fee is up to $35, depending on a state’s regulations, as is the late payment fee.
- Choice of annual fee or no fee
- Preferred category choice on annual fee card
- Up to 2% back on regular purchases, on both cards
- 13.99%, 21.99%, 24.99% APR (variable) This is high.