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Travel and Airline Frequent Flyer Credit Cards

Travel and Airline Frequent Flyer Credit Cards  

With Airline Credit Cards, Frequent Flyer credit cards, and Travel Reward Credit Cards you can accumulate points for free flights, hotel stays, car rentals and other benefits. These cards let you save money in three different ways: 1) With an airline credit card you accumulate points redeemable for free flights on major airlines, 2) with a frequent flyer credit card, you earn miles that go into your frequent flyer account, and 3) with travel rewards cards, you can earn points towards free air travel or towards other benefits such as hotel stays, cruises, car rentals, and much more. See a list of all travel reward credit cards from our partners below.

 
     

 

Air Miles Credit Cards / Reward Points Towards Air Miles

 
     
 
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card

Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card

 

  • Click "APPLY NOW" to apply online or call 866-582-0808
  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 40,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $400 in travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime
  • Travel when you want—no blackout dates
  • Miles don't expire and there's no limit to how many you can earn
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • No annual fee for the first year; $59 after that
  • 100% free Capital One® Credit Tracker — see your monthly credit score anytime and get automatic alerts
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A13.9% - 20.9% (Variable)$0 intro for first year; $59 after thatExcellent/Good

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card
Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card

 

  • Click "APPLY NOW" to apply online or call 866-582-0808
  • Enjoy a one-time bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $200 in travel
  • Earn unlimited 1.25 miles on every purchase, every day and pay no annual fee
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime
  • Enjoy a low intro APR on purchases until December 2015; 11.9%-19.9% variable APR after that
  • Travel when you want—no blackout dates
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Miles don't expire and there's no limit to how many you can earn
  • 100% free Capital One® Credit Tracker—see your monthly credit score anytime and get automatic alerts
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
until December 2015N/AN/A11.9% - 19.9% (Variable)$0Excellent/Good

BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card
BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card

BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card

 

  • Earn 1.5 points per $1 on every purchase, every time with no annual fee and no foreign transaction fees
  • Online exclusive 10,000 bonus points if you make at least $500 in purchases in the first 90 days - that can be $100 towards travel purchases
  • Book travel as you normally would and go online or call to redeem your points for a statement credit toward all or part of your travel purchases
  • Redeem points to pay for flights, hotels, vacation packages, cruises, rental cars, or baggage fees with no blackout dates
  • No limit to the total number of points you can earn and points don't expire
  • Bank of America customers: Earn an additional 10% customer points bonus on every purchase when you have an active Bank of America® checking or savings account
  • 0% Introductory APR for 12 billing cycles for purchases, then 14.99% - 22.99% Variable APR
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%*
12 billing cycles*N/A*N/A*14.99% - 22.99% Variable* on purchases & balance transfers$0Excellent Credit

British Airways Visa Signature® Card
British Airways Visa Signature® Card

British Airways Visa Signature® Card

 

  • You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after you make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • New: $0 Intro Annual Fee The First Year, Then $95.
  • Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa Card, you'll earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years.
  • In addition to the bonus Avios, you will also get 2.5 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1.25 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel abroad.
  • Smart Chip Technology allows you to use your card for chip based purchases in Europe & beyond, while still giving you the ability to use your card as you do today at home.
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A15.99% Variable$0 Intro Annual Fee The First Year, Then $95Excellent Credit

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

 

  • Click "APPLY NOW" to apply online or call 888-752-1323
  • Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months.
  • Earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn As You Spend: Get 2X miles on Delta purchases and 1X miles for all other eligible dollars spent.
  • Check your first bag free on every Delta flight - that's a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Settle in sooner with Priority Boarding.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
None
NoneNoneNone15.24% - 19.24% Variable$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95Excellent Credit

The Amex EveryDaySM Preferred Credit Card from American Express
The Amex EveryDay<sup>SM</sup> Preferred Credit Card from American Express

The Amex EveryDay<sup>SM</sup> Preferred Credit Card from American Express

 

  • Click "APPLY NOW" to apply online or call 877-209-2345
  • Get One Year of Amazon Prime plus 15,000 Membership Rewards® points after you make $1,000 in purchases with your new Card in the first three months.
  • Earn 50% more points: Make 30 or more purchases with your Card in a billing period and earn 50% more points on those purchases less returns and credits. Terms and limitations apply.
  • 3x points at US supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1x); 2x points at US gas stations; 1x points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • You can use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points to pay for all or part of your flight, hotel booked and paid in advance (prepaid hotel), on the American Express Travel site.
  • 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 12.99% to 21.99%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.
  • Terms and limitations apply.
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
15 months0%15 months12.99%-21.99% (Variable)$95Excellent Credit

The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®
The Hawaiian Airlines<sup>®</sup> World Elite MasterCard<sup>®</sup>

The Hawaiian Airlines<sup>®</sup> World Elite MasterCard<sup>®</sup>

 

  • 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
  • See Terms and Conditions for details
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A15.99% or 24.99%* (Variable)$89Excellent Credit

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

 

  • Click "APPLY NOW" to apply online or call 877-214-6671
  • Earn up to 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Earn 10,000 Starpoints after your first purchase on the Card and an additional 15,000 Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 6 months.
  • Redeem Starpoints for free nights at over 1,100 hotels & resorts in nearly 100 countries and for free flights on over 150 airlines with SPG Flights - all with no blackout dates.
  • Some hotels may have mandatory service and resort charges.
  • Starpoints stay active as long as you continue to spend on your Card.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $65.
  • Terms and Restrictions apply.
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
None
NoneNoneNone15.24% - 19.24% variable$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $65Excellent Credit

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

 

  • Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $500 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate RewardsSM
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • No foreign transaction fees, plus Chip and Signature enabled for international travel.
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value — that means 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points.
  • 24/7 direct access to dedicated customer service specialists
  • Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A15.99% (Variable)Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95Excellent Credit

Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®
Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

 

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days — that's enough to redeem for a $400 travel statement credit
  • 0% intro APR for 12 months for each Balance Transfer made within 45 days of account opening. After that, a variable APR currently 14.99% or 18.99%, depending on your creditworthiness.
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases - Miles don't expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
  • Chip card for increased confidence and convenience to pay abroad as easily as you do at home
  • Redeem your miles for travel statement credits - redemptions start at 2,500 miles for $25 toward travel purchases made in the last 120 days
  • Get 10% miles back to use toward your next redemption every time you redeem for travel statement credits
  • No foreign transaction fees on anything you buy while in another country
  • Complimentary online FICO® Credit Score access for Barclaycard Arrival cardmembers
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/A0%12 months (must be completed within first forty-five days of account opening)14.99% or 18.99%* Variable$89 - Waived first yearExcellent Credit

 
     

     
 
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Frequent Flyer Credit Cards
 
 

Frequent flyer credit cards are a great way to earn miles toward air travel. There are several types of cards in this category, each offering different types of benefits.

With co-branded frequent flyer cards, you earn miles on your favorite airline and its partners. These cards are known for their generous introductory offers -- often enough for a free round-trip domestic ticket. If you already have a frequent flyer account and fly a particular airline often, these airline cards are a good choice. In addition to earning points on regular spending, you can often earn extra points for flights on your airline.

If you don't want to be limited to one particular carrier, general travel rewards credit cards let you earn points that can be used to obtain free tickets on many major airlines. The points you earn can also often be redeemed for cash back or other travel expenses, such as free hotel stays, car rentals and cruises.

Typically, you can expect to earn 1 point for each dollar spent, but some airline miles cards give double miles or extra points for certain types of purchases (such as supermarket or gas purchases). It is well worth your time to compare credit cards to find the card that is right for you. Carefully consider how many points or miles are needed to get a free flight, whether there is a limit to earnings you can accumulate per year and whether the points or miles expire.

And as with any type of rewards card, your earnings are quickly undermined by finance charges if you carry a balance forward from month to month. If you carry a balance, you may find our low-interest credit cards better suited to your needs. You may also wish to choose from credit cards that offer cash back instead of air miles.

Want some insider tips on travel rewards cards? Our CreditCardGuide.com editor at large, Erica Sandberg, talked with Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy, in a live Google Hangout that aired Dec. 18, 2013. Check out the video to learn more about these topics:
  • How your card can help you earn free flights
  • How to snag upgrades
  • Perks your card has that can make travel more pleasant
  • The best travel rewards cards for beginners

Whether you're flying free or just grabbed a great upgrade with your travel card, don't forget to check out the Federal Aviation Administration website for important policies and information about traveling safely.

 
     

 
 
 
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