While it’s always nice to redeem hotel points for free stays around the world, there are times when staying in a hotel is impractical. You may be traveling with children, which can sometimes make it difficult to find award space in hotels that sleep more than two people to a room. And for longer trips, there are times when you want some living space to spread out in and a kitchen to cook in.
These reasons and others are why I almost always book Airbnbs or rental condos for our long family vacations. Not only do I like to have extra space to spread out, but I am very much against sleeping four-deep in a single hotel room with my two children.
While I’m happy to book Airbnb rentals, condos through VRBO.com, places through HomeStay.com, or even condos and rental homes through Chase Ultimate Rewards, there are several cards I use for these stays. Here are my favorites and another card I think works well for Airbnbs and condo rentals in general.
Chase Sapphire Reserve
I love using my Chase Sapphire Reserve card for Airbnb stays since I earn 3 points per $1 spent on travel. On the redemption side of the equation, Chase Ultimate Rewards lets you book rental condos and vacation homes with points, and you get 50% more travel for free when you use points from this card (or 25% more travel with the Chase Sapphire Preferred).
Keep in mind that the Chase Sapphire Reserve card has a $450 annual fee, but you get a lot in return. Perks include a $300 annual travel credit, Priority Pass Select airport lounge membership, Global Entry or TSA Precheck credit, and more.
Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard
The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard is another card I use to cover Airbnbs and condo stays. This card is perfect because you earn 2x miles for each dollar you spend and you can redeem them for any purchase that codes as travel (starting at 10,000 points or $100) at a rate of one cent per point.
This card does have an annual fee of $89, but it’s waived the first year. For a limited time, you can even earn 70,000 miles worth $700 in travel after you spend $5,000 on your card within 90 days of account opening.
Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card
I don’t have the Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card, but I have entertained the idea of signing up. I like this card because you earn 3x points on eating out and ordering in, gas, rideshares with Uber or Lyft, transit, flights, hotels, homestays, car rentals, and select streaming services. You also earn 1% back on all other purchases, and 30,000 points worth $300 after you spend $3,000 on your card within three months of account opening.
This card doesn’t have an annual fee, and you can redeem points for cash back, travel, and more.
What is your favorite credit card for Airbnb? Why?
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