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If you're the traveling type, you want to earn as many miles as you can with every purchase you make. With the airline credit card you can travel around the world, earning free miles every time you use your card.

There are two types of airline credit cards: airline-sponsored credit cards and bank-sponsored credit cards. Think about what sort of traveler you are and decide what type of card will give you the biggest bang for your buck - choose the right one and get ready for takeoff. Bon Voyage!

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Excellent / Good Credit

Excellent/Good Credit
Required FICO score for this card: 700 to 850
You can apply if: you have a long and positive credit history with a mix of credit types, you keep your balances low and make on time payments.

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Expert Rating:
Key Feature:
Enjoy a one-time bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $200 in travel
Available Airlines:
and more
Summary of Card Features:
  • Earn unlimited 1.25 miles on every purchase, every day.
  • No annual fee.
  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $200 in travel.
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime.
  • Enjoy a low intro APR on purchases.
  • Travel when you want - no blackout dates.
  • Miles don´t expire.
  • No limit to the miles you can earn.
Card Features:
Intro APR
on Bal. Tr.
n/a
Intro APR
on Purch.
0% (until April 2015)
Regular APR11.9% - 19.9% (V)
Annual Fee$0
Our Expert Opinion
  • Earn reward miles for every dollar you spend.
  • Low standard APR.
  • No balance transfer fees. .

  • Must have good or excellent credit history to qualify.
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Excellent / Good Credit

Excellent/Good Credit
Required FICO score for this card: 700 to 850
You can apply if: you have a long and positive credit history with a mix of credit types, you keep your balances low and make on time payments.

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Expert Rating:
Key Feature:
No limit to the miles you can earn
Available Airlines:
and more
Summary of Card Features:
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day.
  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $200 in travel.
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime.
  • Travel when you want - no blackout dates.
  • Miles don´t expire.
  • No limit to the miles you can earn.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • No annual fee for the first year; $59 after that.
Card Features:
Intro APR
on Bal. Tr.
n/a
Intro APR
on Purch.
n/a
Regular APR13.9% - 20.9% (V)
Annual Fee$0 intro for first year; $59 after that
Our Expert Opinion
  • Easy to Earn & Redeem miles.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Includes Visa Signature Concierge Service.

  • Must have good or excellent credit.
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Excellent Credit

Excellent Credit
Required FICO score for this card: 750 to 850
You can apply if: you have not been late on any credit card or loan in the last year and make timely payments, you have long lasting credit history and high credit limit; you have never declared a bankruptcy or defaulted loan.

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Expert Rating:
Key Feature:
Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® Bonus Miles
Available Airlines:
Summary of Card Features:
  • Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership.26
  • Your first eligible checked bag is free.26
  • Group 1 boarding and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases.26
  • Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount every cardmembership year with qualifying purchases and cardmembership renewal.26
  • Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases.26
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back - up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year.26
Card Features:
Intro APR
on Bal. Tr.
n/a
Intro APR
on Purch.
n/a
Regular APR13.99% - 21.99%26 (Variable)
Annual Fee$95, waived for first 12 months26
Our Expert Opinion
  • Double miles on most American Airline Purchase.
  • 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchase.

  • Annual fee is $95 (waived for first 12 months26).
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Excellent Credit

Excellent Credit
Required FICO score for this card: 750 to 850
You can apply if: you have not been late on any credit card or loan in the last year and make timely payments, you have long lasting credit history and high credit limit; you have never declared a bankruptcy or defaulted loan.

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Key Feature:
Earn 40,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points
Available Airlines:
and more
Summary of Card Features:
  • Earn 40,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after spending $1,000 within 4 months of account opening.26
  • Earn 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at a participating hotel within the Hilton HHonors portfolio.26
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on purchases at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations.26
  • Earn 2 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on all other purchases.26
  • No annual fee.26
Card Features:
Intro APR
on Bal. Tr.
n/a
Intro APR
on Purch.
n/a
Regular APR14.24%26 (Variable)
Annual FeeNone
Our Expert Opinion
  • Generous bonus program.
  • Easily book hotel rooms with HHonors Points.
  • Exceptional Visa Signature® benefits.

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Excellent Credit

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Expert Rating:
Key Feature:
Earn 40,000 Bonus Miles
Available Airlines:
and more
Summary of Card Features:
  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 or more on purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. 40,000 bonus miles equates to $400 off your next travel redemption!
  • 0% introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, variable APR, currently 14.99% or 18.99%, based upon your creditworthiness.
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases.
  • No mileage caps or foreign transaction fees.
  • Get 10% miles back when you redeem for travel statement credits (i.e. redeem 25,000 miles for travel and get 2,500 miles back).
  • Use your card to book through any airline, hotel or discount travel engine with no blackout dates or seat restrictions.
  • Easily redeem your miles for statement credits towards all or a portion of your travel purchases within the last 90 days.
  • Complimentary online FICO® Score access for Arrival cardmembers.
Card Features:
Intro APR
on Bal. Tr.
0% (12 billing cycles)
Intro APR
on Purch.
0% (12 billing cycles)
Regular APR14.99% or 18.99% (Variable)
Annual Fee$89, waived first year
Our Expert Opinion
  • Earn double miles on every purchase.
  • Redeem miles for travel and get 10% back.
  • Choose any airline and destination.

  • Has an annual fee.
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Excellent Credit

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Expert Rating:
Key Feature:
Earn up to 40,000 Bonus Miles
Available Airlines:
Summary of Card Features:
  • Earn up to 40,000 bonus miles on qualifying transactions.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Book award flights for 5,000 fewer miles - award travel starts at just 20,000 miles for cardmembers.
  • Zone 2 boarding on every flight.
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 on US Airways purchases.
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 spent everywhere else.
  • Annual companion certificate good for round-trip travel for up to 2 companions at $99 each, plus taxes and fees.
  • First class check-in.
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete details.
Card Features:
Intro APR
on Bal. Tr.
0% (12 billing cycles)
Intro APR
on Purch.
0% (12 billing cycles)
Regular APR15.99% or 24.99% (Variable)
Annual Fee$89
Our Expert Opinion
  • Miles bonus program - earn miles faster.
  • Includes exclusive privileges.

  • Has an annual fee.
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Excellent Credit

Excellent Credit
Required FICO score for this card: 750 to 850
You can apply if: you have not been late on any credit card or loan in the last year and make timely payments, you have long lasting credit history and high credit limit; you have never declared a bankruptcy or defaulted loan.

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Key Feature:
Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts
Available Airlines:
and more
Summary of Card Features:
  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio after $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening.26
  • Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton HHonors portfolio.26
  • Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases.26
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases.26
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember.26
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases.26
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card.
Card Features:
Intro APR
on Bal. Tr.
n/a
Intro APR
on Purch.
n/a
Regular APR15.24%26 (Variable)
Annual Fee$95
Our Expert Opinion
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • Awesome bonus points, up to 10 points per $1 spent.
  • Travel accident and car rental insurance.

  • No 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers.
  • Quite high annual fee - $95.
  • Has balance transfer fee.
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Excellent Credit

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Expert Rating:
Key Feature:
Earn 20,000 Award Miles after your first Purchase
Available Airlines:
Summary of Card Features:
  • Earn 20,000 award miles after your first purchase or balance transfer.
  • Earn up to 15,000 award miles with balance transfers (1 mile per $1 transferred) within 30 days of account opening.
  • Earn 2 award miles per $1 on ticket purchases directly from Miles & More integrated airline partners.
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.
  • Annual Companion Ticket after first purchase, then annually thereafter.
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases made outside the U.S.
  • Redeem miles for flight awards and upgrades on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Star Alliance airlines and other partners.
  • $79 Annual Fee, waived for SEN and HON Circle Members.
Card Features:
Intro APR
on Bal. Tr.
0% (12 billing cycles)
Intro APR
on Purch.
0% (12 billing cycles)
Regular APR15.99% or 24.99% (Variable)
Annual Fee$79
Our Expert Opinion
  • MasterCard labeled card.
  • Expanded bonus miles program.
  • Make purchases and miles will never expire.

  • Has an annual fee.
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Excellent Credit

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Key Feature:
Earn 35,000 Bonus Miles when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days
Available Airlines:
Summary of Card Features:
  • Earn 35,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days.
  • Enjoy a complimentary 1st checked bag for the primary cardmember when you use your card to purchase eligible tickets directly from Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Receive a one-time 50% off a companion discount on roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Earn 2X miles on direct purchases from Hawaiian Airlines and 1X miles on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases.
  • Get $100 off a companion ticket for roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines at each account anniversary.
  • Earn 5,000 annual bonus miles after $10,000 in annual spend.
  • Choose from three uniquely Hawaiian card designs.
  • See Terms and Conditions for details.
Card Features:
Intro APR
on Bal. Tr.
n/a
Intro APR
on Purch.
n/a
Regular APR15.99% or 24.99% (Variable)
Annual Fee$89
Our Expert Opinion
  • Earn bonus miles on all purchases.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees.
  • Get discounted award flights.

  • Annual fee is $89.
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Excellent Credit

Excellent Credit
Required FICO score for this card: 750 to 850
You can apply if: you have not been late on any credit card or loan in the last year and make timely payments, you have long lasting credit history and high credit limit; you have never declared a bankruptcy or defaulted loan.

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Key Feature:
Earn up to 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points
Available Airlines:
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Summary of Card Features:
  • Earn up to 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points. Bonus points are redeemable for up to $500 in gift cards, up to $625 for airfare or other great rewards.
  • Earn 20,000 points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • Earn an additional 30,000 points after another $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of your second year of being a cardmember.
  • Earn 3 ThankYou Points for every $1 spent on purchases for dining at restaurants and entertainment.
  • Earn 2 ThankYou Points for every $1 spent on purchases for airfare and hotels.
  • Earn 1 ThankYou Point per $1 spent on other purchases.
  • Points do not expire and earn unlimited Thank You Points.
  • Travel with ease and enjoy chip based technology.
Card Features:
Intro APR
on Bal. Tr.
n/a
Intro APR
on Purch.
n/a
Regular APR13.99% - 22.99%26 (Variable)
Annual Fee$125; fee waived for the first 12 months26
Our Expert Opinion
  • Annual fee is waived for the first year.
  • Earn as many points as you want - your points won´t expire.
  • Pay no fee for foreign purchases.

  • Has an annual fee.
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Excellent Credit

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Expert Rating:
Key Feature:
Earn 40,000 Bonus Miles after spending $500 in purchases in the first 90 days
Available Airlines:
Summary of Card Features:
  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases in the first 90 days.
  • Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles on balance transfers (1 mile per $1 transferred) in the first 90 days.
  • Earn DOUBLE miles on purchases at FlyFrontier.com and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.
  • No blackout dates! Book any roundtrip award flight on Frontier starting at 20,000 miles (subject to fees/taxes from $5).
  • Cardmember Exclusive! Redeem roundtrip companion award tickets for 5,000 less miles (from 15,000 miles plus taxes/fees from $5).
  • 0% Introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, a variable APR, currently 15.99% or 24.99% based on your creditworthiness.
  • $69 Annual Fee.
Card Features:
Intro APR
on Bal. Tr.
0% (12 billing cycles)
Intro APR
on Purch.
0% (12 billing cycles)
Regular APR15.99% or 24.99% (Variable)
Annual Fee$69
Our Expert Opinion
  • Earn miles and award trips faster.
  • Competitively low annual fee.

  • Has a foreign transaction fee.
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Excellent Credit

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Key Feature:
Start by earning 20,000 Bonus Miles
Available Airlines:
and more
Summary of Card Features:
  • Start by earning 20,000 bonus miles when you make $1,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. 20,000 bonus miles equates to $200 off your next trip!
  • 0% introductory APR on balance transfers and purchases for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, variable APR, currently 14.99% or 18.99%, based upon your creditworthiness.
  • Earn 2X miles on travel and dining purchases.
  • Earn 1X miles on all other purchases.
  • No mileage caps or foreign transaction fees.
  • Get 10% miles back when you redeem for travel (i.e. redeem 25,000 miles for travel and get 2,500 miles back).
  • Use miles for a statement credit toward any airline purchase to any destination with no seat restrictions and no blackout dates.
  • Easily redeem your miles for statement credits toward flights, cruises, car rentals, hotels and more.
  • Complimentary one year subscription of TripIt Pro mobile travel organizer - a $49 value.
  • Complimentary FICO® Scores as a benefit to active card members. Opt-in to have instant and convenient access to FICO® Scores from your Barclaycard online account.
Card Features:
Intro APR
on Bal. Tr.
0% (12 billing cycles)
Intro APR
on Purch.
0% (12 billing cycles)
Regular APR14.99% or 18.99% (Variable)
Annual Fee$0
Our Expert Opinion
  • Bonus miles reward program.
  • Use miles to fly wherever you want.
  • 12-months 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers.

  • Balance transfer fee applies.
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Credit Cards for Frequent Flyers

Frequent flyers can earn travel rewards through two types of cards

  • airline-branded credit cards: for those who always fly one preferred airline, book their travel in advance and have flexible dates. These cards offer the biggest rewards, including sign-on bonuses of up to 40,000 miles - good for a free domestic round-trip ticket.
  • travel (or bank-sponsored) credit cards: for those who prefer flexibility of using earned rewards on any airline, any time. You can earn points or miles toward travel on any airline, which then can be redeemed for cash. And cash are easy to use toward your ticket purchase.

Some programs give you points, some give you miles - usually one point or mile per dollar spent, sometimes more. A couple of banks let you transfer your travel reward points to other airlines, but others don't. Find out how your rewards program works, where you can redeem your miles, and what the value of a point or mile is before you sign up, so you can choose the card that give you the most value.

Many airline reward cards carry annual fees, and some of them can be steep. Don't discount a card just because it has an annual fee, however. Think about how you'll use the card and calculate the value of the rewards you can earn. If the rewards are higher than the annual fee, the card will be worth the fee.

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