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Best Airline Credit Card Bonuses

Posted By Miranda Marquit On 03/08/2011 @ 2:05 pm In Credit | 13 Comments

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.

  • Limited Time! Earn Two Free Flights after your first purchase.
  • Get 6,000 Points every year on your Card member Anniversary – that’s equal to $100 toward a Wanna Get Away® Fare
  • Now you can redeem for International Travel, Hotels, Gift Cards and more.
  • Earn unlimited Free Flights – 2 Points per $1 Spent on Southwest Purchases and 1 Point per $1 Spent on everything else
  • Your Bags Fly Free! No Blackout Dates, Points Don’t Expire, and Unlimited Reward Seats!
  • No Change fees – if you need to change your flight, you won’t be charged a fee.
  • September 11th Security Fee Applies


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

  • Earn 30K bonus miles after you make $1K in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn As You Spend: Get 2X miles on Delta purchases and 1X miles for all other eligible dollars spent.
  • Check your first bag free on every Delta flight – that’s a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Premium Travel Perks: Settle in sooner with Priority Boarding.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.

What’s your favorite airline reward card?

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