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Updated: December 14, 2017
It can be overwhelming, searching for an airline credit card, what with all the options. But that can actually be a good thing – if you know how to look.
We can help. From identifying the travel partners for specific travel rewards programs to choosing the right airline card for you, we’ll break it all down for you. Here, we look at:
As you see, there’s a fair amount to understand about airline and travel rewards cards. Not sure where to start? Read on...
Chase Ultimate Rewards®
Citi ThankYou® Rewards
Amex Membership Rewards® from Million Mile Secrets
Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoint® Partners
An airline card is typically a product that rewards you for using a specific brand. Also called a co-branded card, an airline card gives improved rewards for purchases that are specific to the airline, such as tickets, items on board, checked baggage and so on. A travel rewards card can be an airline card or it can be a more general product that rewards you for specific categories, such as the Chase Sapphire® Preferred, or for most purchases, such as the Barclaycard Arrival Plus®. While travel rewards cards will frequently allow you to earn boosted miles or points on most purchases, airline cards can be more restrictive but also more generous in the number of miles earned for each dollar spent on the airline.
While airline partnerships usually allow you to earn and redeem miles while flying on partner airlines, you typically can’t directly transfer miles from one airline to another, says The Points Guy. You can’t mix and match multiple airlines’ miles, says Million Mile Secrets. So, you can use American Airlines rewards to book a British Airways awards flight, but you can’t use 2 or more airlines’ rewards to book that flight.
|Card||Welcome Bonus||Bonus Requirement||Rewards Rate|
|Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card||50,000 Miles||Spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening||Unlimited 2X miles per dollar on every purchase, every day|
|Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express||25,000 Membership Rewards® Points||Make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of opening the account||3x points for flights booked directly with airlines, 2x points at US restaurants, gas stations, and supermarkets|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card||50,000 Bonus Points||Spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening||2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases|
|Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card||20,000 Miles||Spend $1,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening||Unlimited 1.25 miles per dollar on every purchase, every day|
|Discover it® Miles||Match Mile For Mile: We'll match all the Miles you've earned at the end of your first year||Automatic||Unlimited 1.5x Miles per dollar on all purchases, every day|
|Bank of America® Travel Rewards Credit Card||20,000 Online Bonus Points||Make at least $1,000 in purchases in the first 90 days||Unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all purchases|
|Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ Mastercard®||60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® Bonus Miles||Make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening||Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases|
|The Platinum Card from American Express||60,000 Membership Rewards® Points||Spend $5,000 within the first 3 months of account opening||5x points on flights booked through the Amex Travel site|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited®||$150 Bonus||Spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening||Unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase|
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Below are a variety of frequently asked questions and answers regarding travel rewards and programs. You can also read our detailed reviews of travel credit cards once you have narrowed your choices down to a few cards. The reviews can help you confirm which offer fits your needs. If you’re homing in on a card for a specific airline or hotel, we have reviews for those, too.
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