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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 from our partners 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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Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card review

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

4.8 rating

High-rolling customers of Delta Airlines will be well-served by the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card elite benefits, though the card is probably beyond the means of most cardholders.

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United Quest℠ Card review

United Quest℠ Card

4.5 rating

Boasting a solid set of cardholder perks that should more than cover its annual fee, the United Quest card will offer terrific value for semi-frequent flyers who plan on sticking with the airline long term.

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United℠ Business Card review

United℠ Business Card

4.5 rating

Even occasional United flyers should rack up miles quickly thanks to the United Business Card’s competitive rewards rate on travel and everyday purchases. Plus, you have a chance at even more miles when you pair it with a personal Chase United card. This offer is no longer available on our site.

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Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card review

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card

4.4 rating

A good deal for budget-conscious West Coast residents who frequently fly Alaska Air, the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card pairs a generous sign-up bonus and valuable rewards program with one of the lowest APRs available on a travel card.

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Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card review

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card

4.4 rating

While its list of luxury perks is relatively short, the Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card should offer great value to frequent travelers thanks to its impressive rewards rate on Delta flights and generous annual bonus, which should go a long way toward offsetting the card’s high annual fee.

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United Club℠ Infinite Card review

United Club℠ Infinite Card

4.4 rating

Frequent flyers looking to earn United miles and enjoy premium perks can get a lot of value out of this card thanks to its impressive rewards rate. That said, the annual fee will be hard to justify if you’re not a die-hard United fan.

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Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card review

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

4.4 rating

The Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus card is a great card for both Southwest Airlines fanatics and the more casual rewards card user, due to its generous annual bonus and many options for domestic travel.

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Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card review

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

4.2 rating

If you frequently fly Southwest, it’s worth upgrading to this high-value airline card, despite its $99 annual fee. It offers a generous sign-up bonus and its rewards points are worth substantially more than the average credit card rewards point.

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AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard review

AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard

4.2 rating

The AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite Mastercard is an excellent means for collecting bonus AAdvantage miles. It offers up a 60,000-mile bonus for simply paying the annual fee and making one qualifying purchase.

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United℠ Explorer Card review

United℠ Explorer Card

4.1 rating

Thanks to its solid sign-up bonus, the United Explorer Card makes it easy to earn a free flight quickly; but you’ll have to fly United often to make up for the card’s $95 annual fee (waived for the first year).

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Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card review

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

4.1 rating

It lacks the heft of most elite airline cards, but for loyal Southwest flyers, this card offers enough value to justify its higher fee.

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Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card review

Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card

4.1 rating

This card’s miles are worth more than those of the average credit card, making this airline card’s rewards program an attractive choice for cardholders who want to quickly earn a free flight on a major carrier.

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