Top 4 Airline Credit Cards of 2017

March 20, 2017, Written By Lynn Oldshue

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If you are a regular traveler, then you want to take advantage of the perks that come with having a top airline credit card. These cards give you an opportunity to receive some benefits on purchases you already make while on the road. In addition, many cards offer you bonus points that allow you to buy goods and get rewards at the company store. Here are the top airline credit cards of 2017.

Capital One Venture Rewards

The Capital One Venture Rewards card offers double miles on all purchases, and miles are worth one cent each as statement credits towards travel purchases including airfare, hotels, car rentals, and cruises. To use your miles, simply book travel just like you normally would, using your Venture Rewards card. You then have 90 days from the date of purchase to go online and redeem your miles and erase the cost of your travel reservations. New applicants receive 40,000 bonus miles, worth $400 in travel statement credits, after using their card to spend at least $3,000 within three months of account opening. This card offers extended warranty coverage that covers your eligible purchases for an additional year beyond manufacturer’s warranties. As a Visa Signature card, you are also eligible to receive access to special events, travel and shopping discounts, and have access to the 24-hour Visa Signature Concierge service. There is a $59 annual fee for this card that is waived the first year, and like all Capital One credit cards, there are never any foreign transaction fees for purchases made outside of the United States.

Citi® AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard

The Citi® AAdvantage® Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard® has a number of high quality perks that stand out from the competition. The card is tied in to American Airlines. The Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® gives 60,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months of your membership. The first checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation. Cardholders can earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back–up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year. The card’s $95 fee is waived for the first year and you receive 25% savings on eligible in-flight food and beverage purchases. There are no foreign transaction fees on this card, a big perk for international travel. The only drawback to this card is that it is difficult to obtain—it was made for those with stellar credit scores.

JetBlue Card

The JetBlue Card is a very good card that will provide you with a number of perks. You can earn 10,000 bonus points after spending just $1,000 on purchases within the first 90 days of being a cardholder. You will earn three points for each dollar spent on JetBlue, two points for every dollar at restaurants and grocery stores, and one point for all other transactions. There are no blackout dates on JetBlue-operated flights and you can redeem your points for any seat at any time. You receive 50% savings on eligible in-flight purchases such as cocktails and food on JetBlue-operated flights. The card does not have a yearly fee or any foreign transaction fees, and comes with a special introductory offer of 0% APR for 12 billing cycles on all balance transfers made during the first 45 days of being a card member. The card only requires a good credit score, not an excellent score required on these other travel cards.

Chase Sapphire Preferred®

The Chase Sapphire Preferred card is a very solid choice for regular travelers. It has a great rewards program and comes with additional perks as well. If you choose the Chase Sapphire Preferred, you’ll get 50,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first three months of card ownership. If you add another authorized user to the account within the first three months of becoming a cardholder, you’ll get another 5,000 bonus points. The Chase Sapphire Preferred card gives double the points on travel and dining at restaurants, in addition to one point per dollar spent on other purchases. The card also does not have any foreign transaction fees, meaning that you can use the card overseas without worrying about getting charged extra for using a foreign card. The card’s biggest issues are its lack of an introductory APR offer and its $95 yearly fee.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of March 20, 2017. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.

About Lynn Oldshue

Lynn Oldshue has written personal finance stories for for twelve years. She majored in public relations at Mississippi State University.
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