Review of the Bank of America Travel Rewards® Credit Card

Brendan Harkness

Brendan Harkness | Reviews

Aug 09, 2016 | Updated Jan 02, 2019

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The Bank of America Travel Rewards Credit Card is a basic travel card you can use to make purchases anywhere.

You’ll earn 3 points per dollar when booking through Bank of America’s Travel Center, and 1.5 points everywhere else. There’s also a pretty nice bonus point offer that shouldn’t be hard to get.

This card is designed for people who don’t travel very often, with no annual fee to worry about if you don’t use it as much as you thought you would. It’s very cheap and easy to use, making it a good choice for casual travelers.

Is it right for you? Keep reading to find out!

Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card
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Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card

For People with
Good Credit

  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Interest Rate: 17.24%–25.24% Variable
Quick Card Facts
  • Earn 3X points per $1 spent on eligible purchases from the Bank of America Travel Center.
  • Earn unlimited 1.5X points per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • 25,000 online bonus points if you spend at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days.
  • Use your card to book your trip how and where you want — no blackout dates or restrictions
  • Redeem points for a statement credit to pay for flights, hotels, vacation packages, cruises, rental cars, or baggage fees.
  • 0% introductory APR for 12 billing cycles for purchases, then 17.24%–25.24% Variable APR.
  • No annual fee, no foreign transaction fees, and your points don't expire.
  • Get an additional 10% customer points bonus on every purchase if you have an active Bank of America checking or savings account.
  • If you're a Preferred Rewards client, you can increase that bonus to 25%–75%.

The Rewards

  • 3 points per dollar on purchases from the Bank of America Travel Center
  • 1.5 points per dollar on all other purchases
  • 20,000 bonus points for spending $1,000 in the first 90 days (online applicants only)
  • 10% point bonus for Bank of America customers (with checking or savings accounts)

The rewards for this card are pretty simple. You’ll get the same amount of points almost anywhere you shop, so you won’t need to worry about any reward categories.

And if you’re a Bank of America account holder, that 10% bonus will add up to quite a lot over time.

The 20,000 bonus point offer comes to a $200 value, so you could use this to help pay for the first trip you take with it. If you can book your travel through Bank of America’s Travel Center you’ll earn the most points, letting you get even more bang for your buck.

You’ll get the most value from your points by redeeming them to pay for past travel expenses, where you’ll get 1 cent for every point you redeem. Only travel purchases made within the last 12 months are eligible.

You can also redeem your points for a check or a deposit into a Bank of America account, but you’ll be losing out if you do. When you redeem this way you’ll only get .006 cents for every point. This means 20,000 points would come to $120, instead of the $200 you’d get when you redeem for travel expenses.

The Benefits

This card comes with the following benefits, and it might also come with more benefits provided by Visa. Check your Guide to Benefits to learn exactly what features your card comes with.

Perks

  • No Blackout Dates

    On point redemptions.

  • Visa Platinum or Signature Benefits

    This card may come with additional Visa benefits. You’ll be provided with a full list of benefits available to you once you are approved for your card.

Account Management

  • Account Alerts

    Get alerts about account information on your phone.

  • Mobile Banking

    Pay your credit card bill online, transfer funds, check available credit and more.

  • Text Banking

    Send a text to get important account information.

Security

  • Fraud Protection

    You will not be held responsible for unauthorized use of your card (contact customer service immediately).

  • Overdraft Protection

    Link a Bank of America account to your card and prevent declined purchases and return checks if you take out too much money from your account.

  • ShopSafe®

    Protection when you are shopping online.

The Costs & Fees

Annual Fee Intro Purchase APR Regular Purchase and Balance Transfer APR Cash Advance APR Foreign Transaction Fee
$0 0% for 12 months 17.24%–25.24% Variable 20.24%–27.24% Variable None
Penalty APR Late Fee Returned Payment Fee
Up to 29.99% Variable Up to $38 Up to $27

This is a pretty basic card that should be very cheap to use.

Since there’s no annual fee to worry about, this card can be completely free if you avoid paying interest.  Just pay off your balance in full by the end of the billing period and you’ll never have to worry about interest accruing from month to month.

There are no foreign transaction fees with this card, which means you can use it outside the country without paying an extra charge, like with some cards. This is exactly what you want from a travel credit card.

The Bottom Line: 4 out of 5 Stars

The Bank of America Travel Rewards Credit Card is a pretty basic general travel rewards card, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good card for you.

Some cards offer points or miles in certain categories, or for particular airlines or hotel chains, but this card provides the same 1.5-point reward almost everywhere you shop. That lets you use the card whenever you want, or whenever you’re not using a reward card for a specific category.

Insider Tip: You’ll get the most value from this card if you use it to pay for your travel through the Bank of America Travel Center, where you’ll get 3 points per dollar. Be sure to redeem your points for travel expenses (1 cent per point) rather than checks or deposits (.006 cents per point).

This is a very inexpensive card, with no annual fee to worry about. This makes it a good choice for travelers who may not do a lot of traveling, or who don’t know how much traveling to expect in a given year. You won’t need to worry about paying for a card that you’re not using.

And if you avoid interest by paying off your balance in full every billing period, this card should be all profit. Don’t forget to check your Guide to Benefits to learn what else you can use your card for.

We gave the Bank of America Travel Rewards Credit Card 4 out of 5 Stars because it’s simple and straightforward. Even though there aren’t a lot of bells and whistles on this card and it’s not as rewarding as some, the lack of an annual fee means this card shouldn’t cost you a dime. It’s not meant for very frequent travelers, but it is good for people who might take a few trips per year. Just use the Travel Center and redeem your points for travel expenses and this card will be a free little money-maker in your pocket.

Applying for the Bank of America Travel Rewards Card

Want to learn more or apply for this card? Just click the name below.

Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card
Apply Now

Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card

For People with
Good Credit

  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Interest Rate: 17.24%–25.24% Variable
Quick Card Facts
  • Earn 3X points per $1 spent on eligible purchases from the Bank of America Travel Center.
  • Earn unlimited 1.5X points per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • 25,000 online bonus points if you spend at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days.
  • Use your card to book your trip how and where you want — no blackout dates or restrictions
  • Redeem points for a statement credit to pay for flights, hotels, vacation packages, cruises, rental cars, or baggage fees.
  • 0% introductory APR for 12 billing cycles for purchases, then 17.24%–25.24% Variable APR.
  • No annual fee, no foreign transaction fees, and your points don't expire.
  • Get an additional 10% customer points bonus on every purchase if you have an active Bank of America checking or savings account.
  • If you're a Preferred Rewards client, you can increase that bonus to 25%–75%.
Not the right card for you? Check out our picks for the best cards on the market in the Best Travel Credit Cards.

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