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4 Ultra-High Paying Miles Rewards Cards

Miles rewards cards paying only a single mile per dollar are a thing of the past. Our 4 highest rated cards are ranked below based on user profiles.

Credit card issuers are in such fierce competition these days to attract new customers that most have started offering outrageous deals to win you over, like huge introductory bonuses worth hunderds of dollars, and miles programs that pay more than ever before. For example, who can say no to earning 40k miles just taking a new credit card on a test drive?*

But with so many cards offering so many different potential rewards and bonuses, which cards have the best features, and which is best for your particular spend and travel habits? In order to help answer those questions, we researched all the miles rewards cards we could find, then put together the pros and cons of the best of the best below. Happy travels!!

The Top Miles Card For Those Who Spend More Than $1,500 Per Month

Pros:Best-in-class miles rewards rate of 2 miles per dollar of spend. Huge introductory ($400 value) bonus offer for activating and using the card to make at least $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. That's basically a free trip just for signing up and using the card for 3 months. No blackout dates, total flexibility on where you can use your miles: any airline, any hotel, any time. Rewards are redeemable for cash value. No foreign transaction fees when you use your card abroad.

Cons: The $59 annual fee (waived for first year), although this is effectively the cost of entry to a card paying such high rewards. Requires good credit.

The Verdict: We recommend this card to anyone who will spend more than $1,500/month, as that is when it really becomes worth it to pay the fee in exchange for the higher miles per dollar earned by the card. Because there is no annual fee in the first year, it's a great move to test the card out, earn the 40k mile bonus while in the no-fee first year, and then have the full year to decide if you spend enough per month to justify keeping the card for a second year. Bottom line, for those who spend more than $1,500 a month, the large bonus and high ongoing miles reward rate makes the Venture Rewards a tough card to beat, and our highest-rated card in the travel category.

Credit Required: Good/Excellent

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The Top Miles Card For Those Who Might Spend Less Than $1,500 Per Month

BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card® No Annual Fee. 1.5 Mile Per Dollar Reward Rate. 20k Mile New-Account Bonus

 

Pros:  We recommend this card to anyone who might spend less than $1,500 per month on their credit cards. It pays a very high mile per dollar reward rate (1.5) while never charging an annual fee. This means you don't have to worry about an annual fee offsetting the rewards you worked hard to earn. Rewards are also very flexible, with no blackout dates, and there are no foreign transaction fees. The BankAmericard also features an especially appealing offer for existing Bank of America account holders: if you have an account at B of A, you will be eligible to earn up to an additional 75% (which would take your miles reward rate per dollar spent to 2.6!) of the base rewards rate.

Cons: Not so much a con as a question of optimizing: if you spend more than $1,500 a month, you're better off with the Capital One Venture Rewards card.

The Verdict: High paying no fee card, highly recommended for those who either spend less than $1,500/month on their cards, or have an existing Bank of America account.

Credit Required: Good/Excellent

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Runner-Up No Fee Miles Reward Card

Pros: If you don't plan on spending more than $1,000 per month on your card, the VentureOne Rewards would come out on top because of the higher bonus offer for new accounts (for spending more than $1,000 total in the first 3 months). The $200 value of the bonus is quite nice, especially in the context of a no-fee card. We also like the idea of earning all those miles during the first year without paying anything in interest during the intro period.

Cons: The 1.25X miles rewards rate is lower than the Discover it Miles.

The Verdict: A great combination of no annual fee, 0% intro APR, solid miles rewards, and a nice fat 20k mile bonus.

Credit Required: Good/Excellent

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Pros: Discover is offering matching miles at the end of the first year for new card members instead of charging an annual fee. The respectable 1.5 miles for every dollar spent on purchases is unlimited with no blackout dates on any airline, anytime. In addition, the Discoverit has a 0% intro APR* on purchases for 12 months.

Cons: You trade an up-front large intro bonus for no annual fee and an intro APR on purchases for 12 months.

The verdict: If you plan on spending more than $1,500 per month on your card, the Discoverit Travel would be a good choice because of the matching miles offer at the end of the first year. If you maintain at least a 1,500 spend per month, that will net you at least 54,000 bonus miles (a $540 value) with end of the year with your matching miles reward. There are no blackout dates on any airline anytime, and there is an unlimited 1.5 mile per dollar travel reward which can be converted to cash if you prefer. The 0% intro APR for purchases for 12 months and no annual fee are also good perks.

Credit Required: Good/Excellent

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Summary

With so many issuers competing to offer such great introductory incentives, it seems smart to make use of them in the right way! We hope our reviews of these cards was helpful, and if you have any comments, please don't hesitate to let us at the LendingTree Credit Card Review Team know!


* Savings calculation: Credit Card Balance * (1+Average Card Rate/365)*639 days - Balance Transfer Fee - Average Household Credit Card Balance Balance transfer fee is minimum of 3% or $10

 

4 Ultra-High Paying Miles Rewards Cards At a Glance
Card Name Purchase APR Annual Fee Balance Transfer APR Credit Needed Features Our Rating & Bottom Line  
Capital One® Venture® Rewards
N/A $0 N/A Good to
Excellent
Enjoy a one-time bonus of 40,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months ($400 value in travel)
Earn unlimted 2x miles per dollar spent.
Our Rating:
5 out of 5
Best combination of intro miles bonus, ongoing miles per dollar spent rate and fees/APR make the Venture our Editor's Choice miles rewards card.
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BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card
0% Introductory APR on purchases for 12 billing cycles $0 N/A Good to Excellent  20,000 online bonus points if you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days Our Rating:
5 out of 5
Solid all around card. Enjoy a competitive intro APR offer, pay no annual fee, and earn points for travel rewards.
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Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards
0% intro on purchases 12 months $0 N/A Good to
Excellent
One-time bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months
Earn unlimited 1.25 miles per dollar on every purchase, every day and pay no annual fee
Our Rating:
5 out of 5
Great rewards and intro APR offer.  Rewards includes 6% Cash-Back on Grocery Purchases, 3% cash back on gas, 1% on all other spend
plus a $250 cash intro bonus.
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Discover it® Miles
0% intro for the first 12 months, then 11.24% - 23.24% (variable*) $0 10.99% for 12 months Good to
Excellent
Discover will match your miles your first year. Earn 1.5x
miles on every dollar you spend on
purchasess.  0% Purchase Intro APR
for 12 months.
Our Rating:
5 out of 5
Excellent combination of cash back rewards and 0% intro APR
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