Finding a credit card that is widely accepted in the United Kingdom is not difficult, but all cards suitable for use there are not created equal. Travelers planning a trip to the United Kingdom should compare security features, rewards programs and annual percentage rates (APRs) when choosing a credit card to use on the trip. The following cards offer U.K. travelers the best combinations of benefits and low interest rates.

Chase British Airways Signature Visa Card

For travelers booking their U.K. trip on British Airways, the Chase British Airways Signature Visa Card, offered by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), provides benefits unmatched by its competitors. Rewards points come in the form of Avios, which the cardholder can redeem to pay for future flights. One Avios is rewarded per dollar spent on the card. Cardholders receive three Avios per dollar spent for British Airways purchases. Those planning a U.K. trip months in the future should apply for the British Airways card early, as they can receive 50,000 bonus Avios for spending $3,000 during the first 90 days. Cardholders who spend $30,000 in one year earn an even bigger bonus: two free round-trip tickets from any U.S. point of origin to any international city served by British Airways.

Security features on the British Airways card include chip technology to protect against skimming and cloning, up to $3,000 per passenger in lost luggage reimbursement and a $100 per day rebate if baggage is delayed. No foreign transaction fees apply to purchases made abroad, though the card does carry an annual fee of $95. The variable APR on the British Airways Card, as of July 2016, was 16.24 to 23.24%, based on the cardholder's creditworthiness.

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card from Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF) offers a robust rewards program for travelers, a lower-than-average annual fee for a travel card and high security. Cardholders receive two miles for every $1 spent on the card. Every 100 miles is worth $1 toward travel rewards. Like the British Airways card, the Venture Rewards card issues a big bonus to cardholders who spend $3,000 during the first 90 days. The bonus of 40,000 miles is worth $400 in travel rewards.

This card offers peace of mind by guaranteeing $0 liability for fraudulent transactions and providing real-time text alerts for any suspected security issue with the card, such as an unauthorized transaction. There are no foreign transaction fees, and the card's annual fee of $59 is waived for the first year. The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card carries a variable APR of 13.24 to 23.24%.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard, offered by Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS), features a fast-start bonus similar to those offered by the two cards above. Cardholders who spend $3,000 during the first 90 days receive 40,000 bonus miles, which are worth $400 in travel credit. Every dollar spent on the card results in two miles to be used toward travel rewards. Each time a cardholder redeems miles, he receives 5% of those miles back to use toward future travel. Customers who owe balances on existing cards might consider the Barclaycard because of its 0% APR on balance transfers for the first 12 months.

Chip technology makes the Barclaycard more secure than a magnetic stripe card, particularly when used at unfamiliar foreign terminals. Cardholders pay no foreign transaction fees and no annual fee for the first year. After the first year, the card's yearly fee is $89. The variable APR on this card is 16.24 to 20.24%.

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