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Best Airline Credit Card Bonuses

One of the ways you can use credit cards to your advantage is to choose rewards cards that offer travel bonuses. You can do even better if you get a credit card associated with one of the airlines. Most of these cards are through major issuers, so you can use them for everyday purchases, while building up miles at a specific airline. If there is an airline that you prefer, you can use an airline credit card to boost your frequent flier miles, and enjoy other perks.

However, you do need to think twice before getting an airline credit card. Airline credit cards often come with high interest rates, so they are not for those who carry a balance. If you carry a balance, it won’t take long for the interest charges to effectively negate the benefits of your airline rewards. Also, keep an eye out for annual fees and other costs. These cards are usually best for the frequent traveler.

Capital One® Venture(SM) Rewards Credit Card

Money Magazine couldn’t get it wrong right? They named their Best Rewards Card [3] if you are looking to earn reward miles. That’s a pretty good endorsement from one of the best names in the business.


Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase

Unfortunately this offer is no longer available. 🙁

If you’re a fan of Southwest and of getting rewards, the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus card card might be for you. You can redeem your points for international travel, as well as car rentals, hotels and store gift cards. Also includes getaway options and you get a 3,000 point anniversary bonus. You get two points for every dollar spent on Southwest travel purchases, and one point per dollar on everything else. Annual fee is $59.


Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express [4]

What’s your favorite airline reward card?