Travel isn't always expensive. In fact, it can be free for those who leverage the vast network of miles and points programs out there. Credit cards, frequent flyer programs and hotel loyalty clubs allow travelers to earn free or discounted travel, sometimes just with your everyday spending on gas, groceries and other purchases.
10Best teamed up with a panel of miles and points experts, along with travel writers, to nominate the best programs for American travelers – the credit cards, frequent flyer programs and hotel loyalty programs with the best earning potential, flexibility, extra perks and ease of redemption.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Airline Co-Branded Credit Card
Airline credit cards offer all sorts of perks — Photo courtesy of iStock / 279photo
Free flights and upgrades, priority boarding and avoiding baggage fees – these are just some of the rewards you receive when you start making purchases with a good airline co-branded credit card. 10Best editors teamed up with a panel of miles and points experts to nominate the best airline credit cards, and now we need you to help us select a winner.
Best Frequent Flyer Program
Frequent flyer programs offer big savings — Photo courtesy of iStock / MStudioImages
Savvy frequent travelers know that loyalty to a specific airline can translate to big savings on flights and upgrades. But not all loyalty programs are created equal. 10Best editors teamed up with miles and points experts to nominate the nation's most worthwhile programs – those with plenty of ways to earn and redeem miles, great coverage and plenty of flight options when it comes time to book that free trip.
Vote for your favorite once per day through Monday, September 27 at noon ET.
Best Hotel Loyalty Program
Frequent stays are rewarded with discounted or free nights at these hotels — Photo courtesy of iStock / YakobchukOlena
Just about every hotel brand offers a loyalty program for guests, where frequent stays are rewarded with discounted or free nights and a host of other perks (upgrades, free Wi-Fi, late checkout). With so many programs to choose from, how do you pick the right one to save big bucks on travel?
Cast your vote for the best hotel loyalty program.
Best Rewards Credit Card
The best credit card rewards companies offer greater flexibility to users — Photo courtesy of iStock / pixelfit
A solid rewards credit card offers users greater flexibility on how they earn and redeem points – no need to fly the same airline, stay in the same hotel chain or rent from the same car company on every trip. Help us crown the best rewards credits cards by voting daily.
Best Travel & Hotel Co-Branded Credit Card
These hotel and travel credit cards offer great perks for frequent travelers — Photo courtesy of iStock / PeopleImages
Free upgrades, early check-in, and extra nights – these are just a few of the perks for spending on a good hotel or travel co-branded credit card. 10Best editors teamed up with a panel of miles-and-points experts to nominate the best on the market for American travelers, based on perks, redemption rates and other benefits. Now we need you to help us pick the winner.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, October 8.