Best Visa Credit Cards for 2020

Whether you’re looking for a cash back card for everyday spending or a travel rewards card to use on your 2020 vacation, there’s a Visa credit card to suit you. Check out Bankrate's picks for top Visa cards to consider in the coming year.

Editor's Top Picks: Best Visa Credit Cards

Best for large sign-up bonus

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Recommended Credit Score

Good to Excellent (670 - 850)

A FICO score/credit score is used to represent the creditworthiness of a person and may be one indicator to the credit type you are eligible for. However, credit score alone does not guarantee or imply approval for any financial product.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Rewards Rate:
Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel. 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide. 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
Welcome Offer:
Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
Annual Fee:
$95
Purchase Intro APR:
N/A
Balance Transfer Intro APR:
N/A
Regular APR:
15.99%-22.99% Variable

Card Details

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That’s 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
Terms and Restrictions Apply
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Recommended Credit Score

Excellent (740 - 850)

A FICO score/credit score is used to represent the creditworthiness of a person and may be one indicator to the credit type you are eligible for. However, credit score alone does not guarantee or imply approval for any financial product.

Apply Now On Chase's secure website

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Rewards Rate:
3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit 3X points on dining at restaurants 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
Welcome Offer:
Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
Annual Fee:
$550
Purchase Intro APR:
N/A
Balance Transfer Intro APR:
N/A
Regular APR:
16.99%-23.99% Variable

Card Details

  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • 3X points on travel immediately after earning your $300 travel credit. 3X points on dining at restaurants & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. $0 foreign transaction fees.
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,000+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select
  • Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®
  • One Year Complimentary Lyft Pink ($199 minimum value). Complimentary DashPass subscription from DoorDash after activating by 12/31/21.
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The information about the Capital One Cards has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details have not been reviewed or approved by the card issuer.


Author: Barry Bridges | bbridges@bankrate.com


Your guide to Visa credit cards

Bankrate’s top Visa credit card selections for 2020

Card Name Best for Bankrate Review Score
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card Sign-up bonus 4.7 / 5
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card  Travel rewards 4.6 / 5
Chase Freedom Unlimited®  everyday spending 4.6 / 5
Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card No annual fee travel rewards 4.1 / 5
Chase Freedom® (not currently available) Rotating cash back bonus categories 4.5 / 5
U.S. Bank Cash+™ Visa Signature® Card (not currently available) Flexible cash back rewards 4.5 / 5
Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card (not currently available) Loyal Bank of America customers 4.3 / 5
Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card (not currently available) Generous bonus offer 4.6 / 5
Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card (not currently available) Travel buddies 4.7 / 5

A closer look at the best Visa credit cards

Chase Sapphire Preferred

This card’s generous rewards, stellar sign-up bonus and low annual fee are hard to beat. It’s a solid card for people scared off by the Chase Sapphire Reserve’s big annual fee.

Pros:

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Earn 2X points per dollar on travel and restaurants worldwide and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • No foreign transaction fees

Cons:

  • $95 annual fee
  • If you don’t like using the Chase travel portal you will miss out on maximizing your rewards value.

Read our full review and find out how to apply. 

Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card

With the Capital One Venture Rewards card, you can earn 2X miles on every purchase, every day. That makes this card perfect for anyone who regularly makes travel reservations and isn’t exclusively loyal to a particular airline or hotel chain.

Pros:

  • Earn 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 within the first three months of card ownership, worth $500 in travel.
  • Earn unlimited travel rewards at 2x miles-per-dollar, rewards never expire.
  • Flexible redemption.
  • No foreign transaction fees.

Cons:

  • You have to make your travel purchase first and then use your rewards as credit on your statement.
  • You have to redeem mileage credits within 90 days of your travel.
  • $95 annual fee.

Read our full review and find out how to apply.

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card

The Capital One VentureOne Rewards card gets you close to the benefits of the Venture card but for no annual fee. You earn 1.25X miles (compared to 2X), but you still enjoy the same great flexible redemption options. That makes this card a great option to have on standby if you’re frequently booking travel.

Pros:

  • Earn a one-time sign-up bonus of 20,000 miles when you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening the account (equal to $200 in travel).
  • 1.25X miles on every purchase, every day and pay no annual fee.
  • Flexible redemption.
  • No foreign transaction fees.

Cons:

  • There are more lucrative sign-up bonuses available.
  • Have to redeem miles within 90 days of making your travel purchase.

Read our full review and find out how to apply.

Chase Freedom® (not currently available)

If you’re willing to put in a little bit of legwork you can really maximize your returns with the 5% rotating cash back categories (on up to $1,500 in combined purchases each quarter you enroll). If you fully utilize this offer it’s the equivalent to $300 per year in cash back rewards.

Pros:

  • Earn a sign-up bonus of $150 when you spend $500 on purchases in the first 3 months.
  • Earn 5% cash back (on up to $1,500 in combined purchases after you activate) in rotating bonus categories each quarter, on everything else you earn 1% cash back.
  • You can redeem your points as a cash back deposit to your bank account.

Cons:

  • You must enroll online to earn the 5% cash back in the rotating categories (although, Chase will send you an email notification about this).
  • The card has a 3% foreign transaction fee so there are better cards to use when traveling outside the U.S.
  • There are cards with a 2% flat-rate cash back if you prefer a more straightforward rewards program.

Read our full review and find out how to apply.

The information about the Chase Freedom has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details have not been reviewed or approved by the card issuer.

U.S. Bank Cash+™ Visa Signature® Card (not currently available)

The U.S. Bank Cash+™ Visa Signature® Card offers something unusual for a cash back rewards card — the ability for you to choose your own rewards categories. You get to pick two categories: one to earn 5% cash back, one category for 2% back and on everything else you get 1% cash back. If your spending is usually concentrated in certain spend categories you may want to consider this card. Here are just some of the categories: fast food, department stores, ground transportation, movie theaters, and gyms/fitness centers.

Pros:

  • Unlike most cards that offer bonus categories (which pre-select the bonus categories) this card lets you choose your own two bonus categories every quarter.
  • The card is in the Visa Signature network, which means that it includes some travel and auto protections and insurances.
  • No annual fee

Cons:

  • There’s a $2,000 cap per quarter on your bonus categories, which may be an issue if you spend more than $8,000 annually on your categories.

Read our full review and find out how to apply.

Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card (not currently available)

This card’s generous points rewards, easy redemption options, and online bonus opportunity put it in the top of its class among Visa cards.

Pros:

  • Earn unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all purchases.
  • Earn 25,000 online bonus points after you make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening. That can be a $250 statement credit toward travel purchases.
  • Bank of America Preferred Rewards members can earn 25% – 75% more points on every purchase.
  • Points can be redeemed to pay for flights, hotels, rental cars, vacation packages, and other travel-related purchases. You aren’t limited to certain websites or blackout dates.

Cons:

  • You have to make your travel purchases first then use your miles as credit on your statement.
  • If you won’t use the travel benefits, there are other cash back rewards cards that earn higher flat-rate cash back.

Read our full review and find out how to apply.

The information about the Bank of America Travel Rewards credit card has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details have not been reviewed or approved by the card issuer.

Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card (not currently available)

The sign-up bonus — 50,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 within the first 90 days — is worth $500. That offer provides quite an incentive to add this card to your wallet, but the real long-term value depends on your status as a Bank of America account holder.

Pros:

  • Generous sign-up bonus worth $500
  • Earn unlimited 2 points for every $1 spent on travel and dining; unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Bank of America Preferred Rewards members can earn 25%-75% more points on every purchase

Cons:

  • Only the highest-tier Preferred Rewards members qualify for maximum rewards bonus
  • $95 annual fee
  • No introductory APR offer

Read our full review and find out how to apply.

The information about the Bank of America Premium Rewards credit card has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details have not been reviewed or approved by the card issuer.

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card (not currently available)

Alaska’s Famous Companion Fare™ makes this card a prime choice for Alaska Airlines loyalists who travel with family, friends or business associates. The rewards rate (3 miles per $1) on eligible Alaska Airlines purchases will also appeal to the airline’s frequent flyers.

Pros:

  • The companion fare could save you hundreds of dollars every year
  • You can use your miles to book travel with more than a dozen airline partners
  • Perks include free checked baggage for up to six on the same reservation

Cons:

  • You can use the companion fare only once a year and only on coach
  • Long-haul travelers tend to get the most value out of the companion fare
  • Scheduled changes in the American Airlines partnership could limit earning potential for some travelers

Read our full review and find out how to apply.

The information about the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature credit card has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details have not been reviewed or approved by the card issuer.


What is Visa?

Visa is a payment network utilized by many credit card issuers and banks. Payment networks are needed to facilitate an electronic transaction of funds between buyers and sellers, and they generally charge a small fee for each transaction.

While Visa technically acts as the facilitator for all payments made with a Visa credit card, it is not a credit card issuer or bank. It simply provides the payment network technology that credit card issuers and banks use for all cards.

Visa (alongside Mastercard) dominates the payment processing industry. If you have a debit, credit, or prepaid card in your wallet, there’s a good chance that the card is partnered with Visa or Mastercard.

Visa is accepted in over 200 countries and can be used at over 10 million merchants in the U.S.

Why choose a Visa card?

Visa is one of the most widely accepted payment networks in the world. If you have a Visa credit card in your wallet, you can rest easy knowing that your card should be accepted in 200 countries and by most retailers. Discover and American Express are not as widely accepted around the world, putting some Visa cards at a higher advantage depending on where you live and travel.

Mastercard is Visa’s major competitor.In fact, Visa and Mastercard dominate the payment processing industry in the U.S. with three-quarters of all purchase volume in 2017 on Visa or Mastercard cards. The average consumer probably can’t tell much of a difference between the two networks, though both networks offer unique rewards benefits.

All Visa cards fall under one of three benefit tiers: Basic, Signature and Infinite.

Visa Traditional covers:

  • Emergency card replacement.
  • Emergency cash dispersal.
  • Lost or stolen card reporting.
  • Zero liability protection.
  • Auto rental collision damage waiver.
  • Roadside dispatch.

Visa Signature includes everything covered in Traditional plus:

  • Warranty Manager Service.

Visa Infinite covers everything covered by Visa Signature plus:

  • Trip cancellation coverage.
  • Travel emergency and accident coverage.
  • Lost luggage insurance.

It’s worth checking the fine print of your Visa card to see what you’re covered for.

How we chose our favorite Visa cards

Each card has been evaluated on Bankrate’s custom 5-point scale. Special emphasis is given to specific attributes:

Each category is weighted accordingly to provide a final score out of 5.


Senior Editor Barry Bridges has been writing about credit cards, loans, mortgages and other personal finance products for Bankrate since 2018. His work has also appeared on websites including Nasdaq.com, Zillow.com and The Simple Dollar. He was previously an award-winning newspaper journalist in his native North Carolina. Send your questions about credit cards (and fantasy baseball) to bbridges@bankrate.com.

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