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It depends on how often you fly, your spending habits, and whether you are loyal to one particular airline. Thus, when you do not fly a lot, having an airline branded or travel tailored credit card won't have sense. You won't simply earn those big rewards in travel category if you do not travel. A travel rewards credit card that gives equal rewards on all purchases will be a better choice. For example, the Discover it® Miles card can become the best choice if you do not want to pay an annual fee. This card will earn you 1.5 miles per dollar spent on purchases, and the sign-up bonus is easy to get. You don't actually have to meet any requirements. You just use your card for purchases as you always do and then, when first year of cardmembership ends, get all earned miles matched (for new cardmembers only).