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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 250 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 either towards free air travel or towards other benefits, such as hotel stays, cruises, car rentals, and much more. To see a list of all travel reward credit cards, scroll through the cards on this page.


 
     

 

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
  • 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
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A13.9% - 20.9% (V)$0 intro for first year; $59 after thatExcellent/Good

Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card
  • Click "APPLY NOW" to apply online or call 866-582-0808
  • 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
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
until April 2015N/AN/A11.9% - 19.9% (V)$0Excellent/Good

Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® - Earn 2x on All Purchases
  • 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% intro 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
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
12 months0%12 months14.99% or 18.99%* (Variable)$89 - Waived first yearExcellent Credit

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 0% Introductory APR for 12 billing cycles for purchases, then 14.99% - 22.99% Variable APR
  • No foreign transaction fee
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

The Carnival™ MasterCard®
The Carnival™ MasterCard®

The Carnival™ MasterCard®

 

  • 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 months after account opening (after that a variable APR currently 13.99% - 20.99%)
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points when you use your card for the first time
  • Earn Double points on any Carnival™ purchase
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else
  • Redeem points for cruises on Carnival™ or other eligible World's Leading Cruise Lines vacations, hotel or flight discounts, onboard gifts and services, merchandise or gift cards
  • No Annual Fee
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete details
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
12 months0%12 months13.99%-20.99% (Variable)$0Excellent Credit

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

 

  • Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $500 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate RewardsSM.
  • Earn 5,000 additional bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees, plus Chip and Signature enabled for international travel.
  • 1:1 point transfer to participating 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 $95.Excellent Credit

Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® - Earn 1x on All Purchases
Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® - Earn 1x on All Purchases

Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® - Earn 1x on All Purchases

 

  • 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% intro 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,1X miles on all other purchases, and 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.
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
12 months0%12 months14.99% or 18.99%* (Variable)$0Excellent 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

 

  • Earn 30K bonus miles after you make $1K in purchases on your new Card 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.
  • Premium Travel Perks: 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 US Airways Premier World MasterCard®
The US Airways Premier World MasterCard®

The US Airways Premier World MasterCard®

 

  • Earn up to 40,000 bonus miles with 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 all US Airways flights
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 on US Airways purchases
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 on purchases everywhere else
  • Annual companion certificate good for up to 2 companion tickets at $99 each, plus taxes and fees
  • First Class check-in
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete details
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
0%
12 months0%12 months15.99% or 24.99%* Variable$89Excellent Credit

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card
United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

 

  • Start with 30,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Check your first bag for free — save up to $100 per round-trip
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year
  • No foreign transaction fees!
  • Earn double miles on United ticket purchases, and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as you're a Cardmember, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United flight
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
PurchasesBalance TransfersRegular APRAnnual FeeCredit Needed
Intro APRIntro PeriodIntro APRIntro Period
N/A
N/AN/AN/A15.24% (Variable)$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95Excellent 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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