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Travel isn’t always cheap – sometimes it’s free! At least that can be the case for those who leverage the vast network of miles and points programs out there. Credit cards, frequent flyer programs and hotel loyalty clubs allow travelers to earn free or discounted travel, sometimes just with your everyday spending.

We asked a panel of miles-and-points experts to nominate the best programs for American travelers – the credit cards, frequent flyer programs and hotel loyalty programs with the best earning potential, flexibility, extra perks and ease of redemption. 10Best editors also chose 20 of the best blogs for reading up on the ins and outs of the miles-and-points world.

Help us choose the winners by voting for your favorites in each category once per day until voting ends on Monday, November 6 at noon ET. The winners will be announced on Friday, November 10.

Click on each category below to vote:

Best Rewards Credit Card

Rewards credit cards help you earn free travel or cash back from everyday spending — Photo courtesy of iStock / Rawpixel Ltd

A solid rewards credit card offers users greater flexibility on how they earn and redeem points – no need to fly the same airline, stay in the same hotel chain or rent from the same car company on every trip.

Vote: Best Rewards Credit Card

Best Miles-and-Points Blog

These 20 blogs demystify the world of miles and points — Photo courtesy of iStock / lechatnoir

Navigating the complex web of reward travel can be intimidating, especially with all the rewards card options, methods for earning points and miles, sign-up bonuses and black out dates for redemption.  A good miles-and-points blog will help point you in the right direction.

Vote: Best Miles-and-Points Blog

Best Hotel Loyalty Program

A good hotel loyalty program can earn you free nights at your favorite hotels — Photo courtesy of iStock / DragonImages

Just about every hotel brand offers a loyalty program for guests, where frequent stays are rewarded with discounted or free nights and a host of other perks (upgrades, free Wi-Fi, late checkout).

Vote: Best Hotel Loyalty Program

Best Frequent Flyer Program

Choosing the right frequent flyer program can be key to earning free flights — Photo courtesy of iStock / scanrail

Savvy frequent travelers know that loyalty to a specific airline can translate to big savings on flights and upgrades. But not all loyalty programs are created equal.

Vote: Best Frequent Flyer Program

Best Co-Branded Credit Card

Frequent travelers can earn big rewards from a co-branded card — Photo courtesy of iStock / Peopleimages

Free flights, extra hotel room nights, upgrades and other travel perks – these are among the rewards for spending on a good co-branded credit card.

Vote: Best Co-Branded Credit Card

Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. Check back on Friday, November 10 to see the winners.

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