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An airline rewards card may seem like a no-brainer if you are a loyal customer of a particular airline, but frequent travelers of all stripes can reap great benefits from these cards. Airline cards come with some of the most generous sign-up bonuses in the rewards card industry, as well as very valuable perks such as free checked bags and discounted companion fares. The free airfare earned and the savings on travel expenses can easily outmatch the cost of a yearly membership fee.

We’ve reviewed and rated airline cards based on their value and utility. We calculate and compare the value of sign-up bonuses and rewards miles. We also consider how easy it is to redeem those miles, and the overall coverage that the airline offers, to help you select an airline card that takes you where you really want to go.

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United MileagePlus Explorer card review

United MileagePlus Explorer card

4.5 rating

If you are a United Airlines loyalist, the United MileagePlus Explorer card is an excellent tool to get some extra miles outside of flying.

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British Airways Visa Signature card review

British Airways Visa Signature card

4.2 rating

The British Airways Visa Signature card is fantastic for avid travelers, and its varied and generous benefits perfectly mitigate the relatively high annual fee.

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Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard review

Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard

3.9 rating

The AAdvantage Platinum Select Mastercard from Citi is worth getting due to its generous sign-up bonus and numerous perks.

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Asiana Airlines American Express Card From Bank of America review

Asiana Airlines American Express Card From Bank of America

3.8 rating

The Asiana Airlines American Express card is a great mile-earning supplement for people who frequently fly Asiana flyers, but if Asiana is not your preferred airline, you can do better.

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Virgin America Visa Signature card review

Virgin America Visa Signature card

3.7 rating

With an industry-leading rewards rate and generous points value, the Virgin America Visa Signature card ranks high on our list of airline cards.

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JetBlue Plus card review

JetBlue Plus card

3.6 rating

The JetBlue Plus card rewards frequent fliers with a stellar rewards rate and numerous bonuses; but its high annual fee and limited flight destinations drag down its overall value.

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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier card review

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier card

3.6 rating

The annual fee is a bit high, but if you are a frequent Southwest flyer and know or don’t mind learning the ropes you can benefit greatly.

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Frontier Airlines World MasterCard review

Frontier Airlines World MasterCard

3.5 rating

This budget-airline card offers one of the most generous sign-up bonuses on the market and a decent return on spending, but with a paltry rewards rate and a limited network of destinations, the card’s value drops significantly after the first year.

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AeroMexico Visa Signature card review

AeroMexico Visa Signature card

3.4 rating

With an accessible rewards program and unique family friendly benefits, the AeroMexico Visa Signature card is a good choice for families and business cardholders who frequently fly south of the U.S. border.

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Gold Delta SkyMiles from American Express review

Gold Delta SkyMiles from American Express

3.1 rating

If you are a frequent Delta Airlines flier, you’ll be glad to have the Gold Delta SkyMiles from American Express credit card on your side.

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LifeMiles Visa Signature card review

LifeMiles Visa Signature card

2.7 rating

The LifeMiles Visa Signature card is a decent card for fans of Avianca Airlines; but, unless you travel frequently to Central America or Colombia, you won’t get much value out of this airline card.

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Spirit Airlines World MasterCard credit card review

Spirit Airlines World MasterCard credit card

2.7 rating

The Spirit Airlines World MasterCard credit card might delight loyal Spirit Airlines fliers living in the busiest Spirit hubs, but it also is likely to disappoint everyone else.

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