The best looking credit cards in 2021

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While the most important thing about a credit card is the benefits it can provide, having it look good, too, definitely doesn’t hurt. Pulling a sleek, beautiful, shiny credit card out of your wallet is an awesome feeling, and swiping it hurts a little less when it looks that good.   

Here’s our list of the best looking credit cards (which also come with some great perks) that are guaranteed to turn heads as soon as you pull them out.

Not only do all of these cards look great, but they also provide plenty of attractive perks. (Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

Our list of the best looking cards in 2021

American Express® Gold Card in Rose Gold

The last time this specific shade of metallic, light pink was offered to customers was in 2018. In 2019, the card was available by referral only. Plus, this card has an annual fee of only $250, making it one of the least expensive on the list. 

The Amex Gold offers all of the same, great benefits as the Amex Gold, just in a unique color. The card comes with a welcome bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first six months of card membership. Cardholders will also earn 4X points on dining at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets (up to $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x), 3X points on flights booked directly through an airline or Amex Travel, and 1X point on all other purchases.  The card has a $250 annual fee (see rates & fees).

This card comes with up to $120 in Uber Cash per calendar year when you link it to your Uber account and an up to $120 dining credit for delivery services like Grubhub and participating restaurants (enrollment required for select benefits). Now that it’s back, be sure to get it while it’s hot. Who doesn’t love an exclusive, one-of-a-kind, pink credit card?

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

With its unique navy and light blue design, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® easily makes this list as being one of the coolest credit cards on the market. Luckily, this card is just as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside, because it comes with tons of unique features and perks. But, it does have a steep annual fee of $550. 

The welcome bonus on this card is 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. Earning the welcome bonus is easier than you think, and the earning rates on this card are 3X points on travel and dining and 1X point on all other purchases. Cardholders also get an annual $300 travel credit that can be applied to everything from flights to tolls to campgrounds. Plus, if you get the Chase Sapphire Reserve, a complimentary Lyft Pink membership, and a waived fee to get TSA Precheck (worth up to $100) are all in your future. 

Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®

With its sleek black design, shiny gray lines and adorable airplane icon, this American Airlines credit card by Citi is sure to look stylish in your wallet. The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive is a great travel credit card — it can save you more than $1,000 on American Airlines flights, which is double its $450 annual fee, and it comes with a ton of other travel benefits and perks. 

The Citi AAdvantage Executive comes with a welcome bonus of 50,000 American Airlines miles after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. That’s enough for two round-trip tickets within the United States! In addition to the welcome bonus, the card earns 2X miles on eligible American Airlines purchases and 1X mile on all other purchases.

You’ll also get some pretty cool airport perks with this travel credit card, like an Admirals Club membership ($650 value), up to $100 Global Entry/TSA PreCheck credit, priority boarding and free checked bags. If you’re a frequent flyer on American Airlines, this good looking credit card is the one for you. 

The Platinum Card® from American Express

Another American Express Card makes the list with The Platinum Card® from American Express. This shiny silver card is clean and neat, without the flashiness of some other metal cards. And, the perks and benefits of this card are arguably the best on this list (and maybe even the best in general). 

For starters, you’ll earn 100,000 Amex Membership Rewards points after spending $6,000 in purchases within the first six months of the card membership. Earning with this card is easy and the point rates are second to none. Earn 5X points on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year) as well as hotels booked through Amex Travel, and 1X point on other eligible purchases. Additionally, the Amex Platinum comes with an up to $200 annual airline credit, up to $200 in annual Uber Cash, up to $100 annual Saks Fifth Avenue credit, and an up to $100 Global Entry/TSA PreCheck credit. Enrollment required for select benefits.

While this card does have a $695 annual fee (see rates & fees), it definitely pays for itself in both benefits and looks.

Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card

We only picked one business card for this list and it’s obvious why it had to be the Chase Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card. This card features the classic and chic Chase design with a navy and light blue background. But, where it really stands out is the elegant ink written out in cursive along the front of the card. Pulling this card out of your wallet will definitely get people noticing!

If you have a business or even just a side gig, this card should be at the top of your list. It will earn you 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $15,000 in purchases in the first three months of account opening. With an annual fee of just $95, that welcome bonus pays for itself over and over again. 

This card has perks that are less flashy than some others on the list, but are just as impressive and more practical. The Ink Business Preferred boasts a strong earning rate for business owners with 3X points on travel, shipping, internet, cable and advertising purchases (on up to $150,000 in combined purchases per account anniversary year), as well as 1X point on everything else. You’ll also get cell phone insurance, primary rental car insurance, purchase protection, and free Business Ink Preferred cards for employees. The Ink Business Preferred will truly make you stand out just as much as your business does. 

Bottom line

With the credit cards on this list, you’re really getting the best of both worlds. Not only do they come with incredible perks and benefits, but they’re also guaranteed to make a splash when you pull them out of your wallet. You definitely won’t regret investing in one of the credit cards on this list and adding a little spark to your wallet. So, which good looking credit card is your match made in heaven?

For rates and fees of the Amex Gold card, click here.

For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, click here.

Alexandra Maloney is a contributor for Million Mile Secrets where she covers points and miles, credit cards, airlines, hotels, and general travel. She's worked as a writing consultant for the University of Richmond and is a features writer for The Collegian UR.

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