Top 4 Airline Credit Cards of 2018

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 2018.

Capital One Venture Rewards

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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 50,000 bonus miles, worth $500 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 $95 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.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

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The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard is a terrific credit card for those who are planning to do a lot of traveling. The card offers 40,000 bonus miles if you make $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of card ownership. That could amount to as much as a $400 travel statement credit. You’ll also get double the miles on all purchases that you make. It offers a 0% APR for 12 months on balance transfers if they are made within 45 days of opening your account, with a 3% balance transfer fee. The $89 annual fee is waived the first year. The card has no foreign transaction fee. The card may be difficult to obtain since it is designed for people with excellent credit scores.

Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard

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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. Cardholders receive double AAdvantage miles on eligible purchases on American Airlines, and one mile on all other transactions. Cardholders also get 30,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after spending $1,000 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. 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.

Capital One Spark Miles

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The Capital One Spark Miles card offers double miles on all purchases, and each mile is worth one cent each as statement credits towards travel purchases. Cardholders can use their card to reserve flights, hotels, car rentals, and cruises, and then redeem their miles to pay for these purchases. To redeem miles, cardholders log into their account, and select from the eligible travel purchases on their previous statements. Once selected, the cardholder’s miles are redeemed at a rate of one cent per mile, and a statement credit is issued. When traveling on their miles, cardholders never have to worry about blackout dates, seat restrictions, or the rules imposed by complicated award programs. Another great feature of this card is the sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles, worth $500, after making $4,500 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. There is a $95 annual fee for this card that is waived the first year, and unlike most credit card issuers, there are never any foreign transaction fees. The standard interest rate for this card is 18.24% (Variable).

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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