Airline Credit Cards

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I keep the information on this page updated, but please double check the credit card applications for details about terms and conditions of the offers.  Please let me know if you find a better offer so that I can list it here!  The card offers are listed alphabetically by airline.

Here are 40+ ways to complete the minimum spending on credit cards if you are concerned about completing the minimum spending requirements.


1.  Alaska Airlines

Bank of America Alaska Air


2.  American Airlines 

3.  AAdvantage Executive

 Citi

ExecutiveSM / AAdvantage®World EliteTM MasterCard®

Citi Executive AAdvantage

My thoughts on the  Citi ExecutiveSM / AAdvantage®World EliteTM MasterCard®

Sign-Up Bonus:   50,000 American Airlines miles after  spending $5,000 on the Citi AAdvantage Executive within 3 months.  A much better offer for 100,000 miles after spending $10,000 within 3 months.

Fees:  $450 annual fee NOT waived; No foreign transaction fee

Other Perks:  Free Admiral’s club lounge membership, 1 free checked bag for domestic travel, and priority AAccess

– Earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles after spending $40,000 in a calendar year


4.   British Airways


5.  Delta

Daraius’ Tips

 

6.   Delta Reserve

American Express Delta Reserve

Delta Reserve American Express

  • 10,000 medallion (elite) miles after 1st purchase with the American Express Delta Reserve card
  • First checked bag is free; free Delta lounge access
  • $450 fee NOT waived for first year; No foreign transaction fee
  • Earn 2 Delta miles per $1 spent on Delta & 1 mile for everything else
  • Earn 15,000 regular & elite miles after spending $30,000 and an additional 15,000 regular & elite miles after spending another $30,000 in a calendar year
  • Tip:  This card could be worth the high fee if you’re looking for Delta club access and medallion (elite) qualifying miles.  Otherwise, skip it.

7.  Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines World MasterCard

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in purchases or balance transfers within the 1st 90 days with the Frontier Airlines World MasterCard
  • Earn 2X miles on purchases at FlyFrontier.com and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • No blackout dates.  Book any round-trip award flight on Frontier Airlines starting at 20,000 EarlyReturns® miles (plus fees and taxes)
  • $69 fee NOT waived for 1st year

8.  Hawaiian Airlines


9.   Southwest

Daraius Tip:  How to get the Southwest Companion Pass!


10.   United Airlines

Daraius Tip:  See the Hot Deals tab for other offers.


11.   US Airways

Barclay’s US Airways

US Airways MasterCard


12.   Virgin Atlantic

Bank of America Virgin Atlantic 

Virgin Atlantic

  • 20,000 Virgin Atlantic miles after 1st purchase with Bank of America Virgin Atlantic card
  • Up to 5,000 additional miles for adding authorized users to your account
  • Virgin Atlantic points transfer to Hilton in 3:4 ratio, so 50,000 Virgin Airline miles becomes 75,000 Hilton hotel points
  •  $90 annual fee NOT waived for the first year; 1% foreign transaction fee
  • My review of the Virgin Atlantic credit card

13.   Other Airline Card Offers

Missing your favorite offer?  Please let me know!

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  6. Looks like the Frontier Card has a minimum spend of $1000 rather than the $500 posted.

  7. Alaska Airlines Card downside is that any foreign transaction incurs a 3% fee even if in US Dollars. I paid a So. American company for a trip in US Dollars and the charge was run directly through Visa’s own network. Still charged 3% which is more than the savings from a companion ticket.

    User beware!

  8. @Stacy – Thanks. Will update the post.

  9. For the Virgin Atlantic bank of America card the link doesn’t match what you have written!!

  10. @Captian Hooks – Thanks! Will check it out!

  11. Hello and thank you so much for all the great info. I plan to fly from washington dc to hydrabad India. I see that a great route would be DC to London and then London to Hydrabad. What would you say is the absolute best and cheapest way to get there via credit cards. I was thinking British Airways but not sure how many points needed for a trip like that.

    please advise

    thanks!

  12. Hi there, I have a question about Citi AA cards. I had a card which I closed in Dec 2013, but this month received a direct mail piece urging me to sign up for a 50K Citi AA mastercard! It’s been less than 12 months, but do you think it’s possible to sign up again and get the bonus miles? I don’t want to to sign up and then get told the bonus miles aren’t coming…would like your advice, please!

  13. @Drew – I wouldn’t do British Airways because they charge high fuel surcharges. I’d collect American Airline miles and redeem for flights on Etihad airlines.

    @Justin – It is ~24 months from when you were last approved.

  14. Hello, Right now, what is the best route to go, if I wish to purchase a large dollar of gift cards to load them into an checking account, to pay bills (mortgage, phone, etc)…. Thanks.

  15. I have the United Mileage Plus Visa card, managed by Chase. Their security practices are completely user-unfriendly. When I travel, I call the 800 number and tell the automated system that I am traveling. This has *no effect*. As soon as I try to use the card, even in a neighboring state, the transaction is denied, and I have to stop what I am doing to call them again, and get a security person on the line. This process can take 30 minutes – just to use my card! In the meantime, they have sent me alarming security emails, expecting me to respond, which is not usually possible when I am in a rental car driving from a retail establishment.

    This has happened multiple times. I am so tired of these “over the top” requirements that I am going to cancel my Chase card and find something else.

  16. Enjoying the site.

    What do you think about the new partnership between Emirates and SPG, using the SPG Amex? I am considering using Emirates, Virgin America, and Cathay as my primary airlines, but only VA has a direct mileage card. Emirates accumulates double points for the airline and SPG.

    Is it worth while to accumulate AA miles and convert? How could I get those miles to one of the three airlines I mentioned?

    Thank you.

  17. Hi Darius,

    I have US Airways Master card for 12 months and have yet to cancel it. Will I receive the bonus miles if I apply for the card now?

    Thanks,
    Tsui

  18. There is a BIG, negative, change coming for AAdvantage Executive card users in the form of losing Priority Boarding. AA is going to replace it with only Group 1 boarding yet you get to keep paying the very same $450/yr fee. My wife and I have both been experiencing problems with AA not honoring the priority boarding status benefit, right now it happens about 1/5 times we fly.

  19. @Tom – I’d consider Bluebird/Serve or the Target RedCard.

    @ Kevin – You can credit the Cathay flights to AA. But harder to transfer from the other 2 airlines.

    @Tsui – Can’t say for sure, but worth a try!

    @Drew McManus – That’s not cool!

  20. MilesSecretsFan

    The current Barclay’s US airways offer 50k miles after first purchase and pay the $89 annual fee is great. However, this offer is available only to applicants who are residents of the United States, with the exception of Iowa, Puerto Rico and the US territories. I live in Iowa. Does that mean I cannot get the promotion if I apply this card?

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