The Best Wine Credit Cards to Save Money on Wine Travel
Whether you’re looking to get discounts on a glass of wine on a plane, earn free tastings at wineries, receive discounts on wine clubs or earn points on wine purchases, there’s a wine credit card for you.
While we’ve covered specific wine credit cards geared towards saving money on wine tastings and tours, today we wanted to expand our discussion to include general wine consumption as well as wine travel. That said, we’ll mention specific wine credit card offers that come with benefits across networks. These issuers and network benefits span Visa, MasterCard, American Express and others.
Ways to Save Money on Wine with Credit Cards
For those of you that are familiar with travel hacking, you already know the potential money you can both save and EARN with the right credit card. If you’re not familiar with how travel hacking can earn you free flights and hotels, read our beginners guide.
It works similarly with wine, so in this article we’ll dive a little deeper.
There are a variety of credit card offers out there that allow you to save some money on wine when you’re out and about. For instance…
If you’re traveling on a plane and feel like ordering a glass of wine, credit cards such as the JetBlue Plus Mastercard and the American Airlines Platinum Select offer 50% and 25% off in-flight beverage and food purchases, respectively.
In addition, the JetBlue Plus card nets you 6 points per dollar on in-flight JetBlue purchases, so not only are you saving money – you’re making some back.
If you’re at a bar or restaurant, credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Sapphire Preferred and Barclaycard Arrival Plus offer 3x, 2x and 2x on restaurant spend, in addition to no foreign transaction fees.
Save on Wine Bottle Purchases
If you’re shopping at the grocery store for wine, there are a number of cards that offer points or cash back on any purchases made.
The JetBlue Plus credit card comes with a 30,000 point signup bonus and 2x point earning on grocery store purchases.
The American Express Blue Cash Everyday comes with 3x points earned on grocery store spending on up to $6,000 dollar in one year.
The Chase Freedom credit card has quarterly rotating spending categories, and one of which is 5% cash back earned on grocery store spending, including wine. These points can also be used within the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal in conjunction with a Chase Sapphire card to earn free flights and hotel stays for wine travel.
Some American Express cards offer discounts on wine and wine cases through a variety of merchants. In addition, you can earn cash back in the form of statement credits when you spend money on wine through WSJWine, Wine.com and others.
But how do you know which is the best American Express card to save on wine? In short, American Express makes it a little bit more complicated, but often times worth it. Most American Express cards come with special offers through a program they have called Amex Offers. The catch is, these offers vary by card and by individual with that card. In other words, these are targeted offers.
For instance, my Starwood AMEX card has occasionally offered $75 back after spending $200 through WSJWine.
Lastly, the Citi Prestige credit card has a 2x earning category classified as Entertainment. In some cases, purchases at venues like wineries will earn you bonus points.
Save on Wine Tastings & Tours
There are a number of credit card issuers and networks that have partnered with wineries, and in some cases entire appellations to offer customers free wine tasting experiences and discounts on purchases at wineries.
Any Visa Signature or Visa Infinite designated credit card holder who purchases a tasting at any of these wineries in Sonoma will earn a complimentary tasting of equal or lesser value for that day. Similarly, Visa Signature & Visa Infinite card members will earn a free tasting at these Woodinville wineries simply by presenting their card to the tasting room staff.
In addition, wine bottle purchases made in the tasting room, and in some cases even non-wine related purchases at wineries will receive substantial discounts.
Lastly, special wine tastings and tours, such as food pairings and reserve style tastings, may also be discounted. Be sure to call any of the participating wineries ahead of time to confirm your benefits. Savings amounts and complimentary tastings vary by winery, and are decided upon at the discretion of individual wineries.
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Save and/or Earn on Wine Club Memberships
A wine club such as Winc offers the ability to earn airline loyalty program points with JetBlue when you sign up and when you make purchases. 2,500 points on signup and 1,500 TrueBlue points on your first order. On your second order, you’ll receive another 1,000 points. Then, each time you’ve order 24 bottles, another 1,000 points will be credited to you.
Save on Events and at Airport Lounges
Upscale events and complimentary airport lounge access is in some cases offered by Elite credit cards.
The Chase Sapphire Reserve and Citi Prestige cards come with Priority Pass lounge access. The Ritz-Carlton credit card, issued by Chase often offers discounted exclusive wine experiences.
Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard comes with complimentary Admirals Club lounge access with the ability to bring guests.
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