Our five favorite credit cards to save big and have a great experience while traveling

The question is always packaged a bit differently depending on who asks, but suffice it to say that I'm often asked some variation of the same question question: I am miserable when I travel because [it's so expensive, it's so uncomfortable, it's so inconvenient], so what are the core credit cards I should sign up for to make it all a bit better?

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The jetBlue Plus credit card is tremendously valuable for smart travelers in the United States

I've had the jetBlue Plus Card in my wallet for about a year now, and just this week received a letter reminding me of the 5,000 TrueBlue bonus points it awards every year on your account anniversary. This is one of the best airline branded travel cards available, an essential for anyone who loves to travel because it more than pays for itself each year, and gives you a lot of value (including an effective 16.8% back on jetBlue tickets).

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Southwest's and jetBlue's reward programs offer simple ways to quickly earn free travel

Frequent-flier rewards programs generally fall into one of two categories, each suited to a different type of traveler. Knowing which to favor based on the type of traveler you are will help you get the most from your airline rewards, and actually use them faster! Today we're going to tackle what I call the "Points for Dollars" frequent flier reward programs that make Southwest and jetBlue particularly attractive for travelers who like to keep things simple and who want to earn free tickets quickly.

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