Airline Credit Cards

Update: One or more card offers in this post are no longer available. Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.

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

  • 30,000 miles after approval on the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Personal card
  • $100 statement credit after making $1,000 in purchases within 1st 90 days of opening account. (Only available to those who haven’t had the card before.)
  • $75 annual fee NOT waived for the first year;
  • NO foreign transaction fees
  • $99 companion certificate valid only in coach
  • Alaska Air miles can be used on partner airlines such as American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Air France, LAN, etc.
  • 25,000 miles with the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business card
  • Warning:  Bank of America may issue you a lower platinum plus or preferred card, if you don’t qualify for the Signature card, which offers only 6,000 or 4,000 miles!

2.  American Airlines 

3.  AAdvantage Executive

4.   British Airways

5.  Delta

Daraius’ Tips

6.   Delta Reserve

American Express Delta Reserve

  • 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 $500 in purchases or balance transfers within the 1st 90 days with the Frontier Airlines World MasterCard
  • 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.   Virgin Atlantic

Bank of America 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

12.   Other Airline Card Offers

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Question regarding downgrading my Citi AA Platinum Visa Signature card? My annual fee is coming due next month (had this card for 2 years) and I’m considering downgrading this card to the Citi Bronze MasterCard which was offered to me by the Citi rep I talked to. I already have a Barclaycard Red Aviator AA card that offers me all the benefits that the Citi AA Platinum offers me plus much more. So, I have decided it’s time to downgrade the Citi, but want to make sure I am downgrading to the right product. I am looking for 1) a no annual fee card, and 2) keeping my credit line with no new credit pulls. The rep told me the Bronze card is the only card in which I could continue earning FF miles, although only 1 mile for every $2 spent. I can accept all of that, however, the rep mentioned that I will not get the same credit card number because of the change from a Visa to MasterCard. I asked him again does that mean there will be no credit pulls, he replied there would be no pull, but he sounded a bit hesitant and that stopped me in my tracks. So, bottom line, I want to make sure if I go through with this downgrade that, even with a change from Visa to MasterCard, I don’t have to worry about the credit pull. Has anyone had this experience before that you could share your story with me?

@Billy: The rep was simply wrong. They get that sort of stuff wrong all the time. She has no idea what she is talking about.

The important part is what she said at the end when you asked for the policy itself. First, she couldn’t find the policy that said it. Then, at the very end she mentions the disclosure — and says that it states that “if you do not use your points/miles you will lose them.” That is very different than just losing them because you canceled. Again, it says that IF YOU DO NOT USE THEM, then you will lose them — which just means that, eventually, they will expire. (Technically, Alaska Air miles don’t even expire — but your account will go “dormant” after two years of no activity.)

You won’t lose points that you’ve already earned when you cancel a card after a year. (There may be some exceptions for people that earn the points and then immediately cancel — like after the first month or two — but that isn’t the situation here.)

Billy, you will not lose any AS points already in your account. In the future, there are better ways of getting this information. This blog and others, flyertalk etc will provide the information you are looking for.

Please see chat transcript:

Bank of America will REMOVE YOUR SIGN ON BONUS if you try to close the Alaska Air credit card after one year.


Welcome to an online chat session at Bank of America. Please hold while we connect you to the next available Bank of America Online Banking Specialist. Your chat may be monitored and recorded for quality purposes. Your current wait time is approximately 4 minutes. Thank you for your patience.

Thank you for choosing Bank of America. Amanda is ready to assist you. For security purposes, please remember to close your chat window when completed.

Amanda: Hello! This is Amanda, here to provide you with nothing but excellent customer service here at Bank of America. How are you doing on this wonderful Sunday? How may I be of assistance with your personal credit card today?

Me: Hello

Me: I am ok. How are you?

Amanda: I’m doing great thanks for asking.

Me: I just received some information from B of A which I believe was factually incorrect. Me: I need clarification.

Amanda: Absolutely! How may I assist you today?

Me: This is about my Alaska Air credit card ending in XXXX Amanda: Okay!

Me: I got this card a year ago. It had an attractive sign­on bonus I was offered, and I got it. Me: I used it.

Amanda: Great!

Me: However, I also have a business, and I have the Alaska Air business card now. Me: So I have two.

Me: Are you with me so far? Amanda: Yes I am with you.

Me: ok

Amanda: For your business account I will need to provide you with the number to our Business Card Department. Me: So, I chatted to ask about a retention offer to keep the personal card, for which I was just charged $75. Keep in mind that I already have the business card, so I was feeling that I didn’t need two.

Me: No, this is about the personal card.

Amanda: Okay!

Me: My first inclination was to close the card and have the $75 refunded. Me: Or ask for a retention offer.

Me: Can you do either?

Me: With regard to my personal card ending XXXX? Amanda: Please allow me a moment while I bring up your account. Me: Thanks

Amanda: You’re very welcome!

Amanda: What I can do is close the account for you and waive the $75.00 Annual Fee. Me: Yes. I understand that.

Me: However, here’s what I was told.

Me: When I received this card, I was awarded 25000 miles. They are sitting in my Alaska Air account and I have not used them.

Me: I got those miles one year ago. Me: They are not expired.

Me: They are not used.

Me: They are available for use at

Me: Are you with me so far?

Amanda: If I were to close the account you would lose the miles I can get you the link to the Alaska Airlines Website. Me: So, let me clarify:

Me: If I close this account today, I will lose the 25000 sign­on bonus which I got one year ago. Me: Those miles will be removed from my Alaska Air account.

Me: Even though they were put in there one year ago. Amanda: Yes that is correct!

Me: At present, I have about 55000 miles in my Alaska Air mileage account. Please clarify: you are saying that if I close my Bank of America Alaska Air account today, the 25000 miles I received as a sign­on bonus, one year ago, will be subtracted from my balance, so I will only have 30000 miles left in my account. Is that right?

Amanda: All the miles that you have on the account you will lose if you close the account.

Me: But I have another card. Are you saying that I will lose ALL 55000 miles? I am not closing my Alaska Air mileage account. I am asking about closing my Bank of America Alaska Air credit card.

Me: Please confirm / define your “All the miles”.

Me: What do you mean exactly by “All the miles”? Me: Are you still there?

Amanda: Yes I am still here.

Amanda: If you were to close your personal account you will lose only the 25000.

Me: I see: I also used the card from June 2015 to June 2016 and earned approximately 1000 miles for usage. Would I lose those too?

Amanda: Yes if there from your personal account.

Me: I earned them from the personal account, so yes.

Me: Finally, can you confirm this: If I close my personal account today, the sign­on bonus that I received one year ago of 25000 miles will be removed, subtracted, from my Alaska Air account. Please confirm that is the policy as of June 12, 2016.

Amanda: Yes that is correct!

Me: Can you please provide me with the link to the policy stating this? Amanda: I apologize for the delay. I’ll be with you shortly.

Me: ok, thanks.

Amanda: There is no link that states this.

Me: Is this a new policy?

Amanda: I can send you the discloser for when you close the account it states there if you do not use your points/miles you will lose them.

Me: Yes, please send that. Amanda: Absolutely!

Amanda: Your account will be closed within 24 hours, so please be sure to make other payment arrangements with any merchants you have scheduled or pre­authorized payments with. If you want to reopen the account in the future, you may be advised to apply for a new account. All mobile credit numbers linked to this account will be deleted from the associated mobile devices. Any linkage to your checking/money market accounts for Overdraft protection will also be removed. Unfortunately, you’ll lose any rewards associated with this account. Would you like me to redeem your rewards now? For customers with outstanding balances: If you have an outstanding balance, your security deposit will be applied to the remaining balance within 7­10 business days. If you have a payment due prior to that timeframe, please continue to make at least the total minimum payment due to avoid any late fees. Please continue to make your required minimum payment on any remaining balance until the account is paid in full. For customers with no outstanding balances: If there is no outstanding balance we will return the security deposit to you within 14 business days.

Me: Please do not close my account/ Me: I have not consented to closing it. Me: Thanks.

Me: I need to think about it now. Amanda: You’re very welcome!

Amanda: I will not be closing the account. Me: ok ­­ thanks.

Amanda: You’re very welcome! Is there anything else I may assist you with today?

Me: No ­­ the information you provided was very unusual and useful. Me: But I don’t need anything else. Thanks.

Hi Daraius,

I was wondering if you can give me advice on choosing the right credit card. I already have a Miles&More account and 30k miles or so in there. I’m located in Miami and I try to stick to Lufthansa or Star Alliance partners as my preferred carrier. I fly at least 2 times a year to Europe or Asia but also make some trips within the US.

Thanks for your help!


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