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


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 up to 10,000 bonus miles on balance transfers (1 mile per $1 transferred) in the 1st 90 days
  • Earn 2X miles on purchases at 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


  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.

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