The Airline Credit Cards I Carry and Why

1 Jun

American Airlines Credit Card

The highlight of this card is the 0% interest for 6 month on purchases totaling at least $150. Another plus is the lack of an annual fee. The downside is that although it’s backed by Citigroup, it is not a Visa or Master Card. If approved, you get your account number almost instantly. Gone are the days when you could only use it to purchase airfare. You can now use it to purchase any goods and services from American.

Delta Skymiles Gold Business Card

Your first bag flies free for yourself and up to 8 passengers flying on your reservation with the Delta Skymiles card. You also receive priority boarding and 20% in flight savings on food, drink and entertainment purchases such as headsets and wi-fi. Backed by American Express, there is an attractive $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then it’s just $95 yearly. Earn one mile for nearly every dollar you spend and double miles for Delta purchases. You can earn the 30,000 miles bonus when you spend $500 in the first 3 months. If all of that isn’t attractive enough, you receive a reduced daily rate of $25 per person for entry to the Delta Sky Club for you and up to 2 guests. Kapow!

As you can tell, I am pretty satisfied with my airline cards. Of course, there are many credit cards to choose from. Nearly every major airline has one these days. Which one you choose will depend on who you fly and how often. Watch out for annual fees– if you’re not receiving enough rewards to justify the fees, then it might be time to reconsider whether or not owning that particular card is worth it.


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