Top Airline Credit Cards of 2019

Top Airline Credit Cards of 2019

March 22, 2019         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 some of the top airline credit cards of 2019.

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. Cardholders receive up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® . 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 70,000 bonus miles if you make $5,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of card ownership and paying the annual fee. You’ll also get double the miles on all purchases that you make. It offers a 0% APR for 12 billing cycles on balance transfers if they are made within 45 days of opening your account, with a balance transfer fee of either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater. When redeeming the miles, cardholders receive 5% miles back to use toward their next redemption. There is an $89 annual fee which is waived the first year but it has no foreign transaction fee.

Bank of America® Premium Rewards®

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The Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card gives up to $200 in combined airline incidental and TSA Pre✓®/ Global Entry statement credits. Cardholders receive 50,000 bonus points after making at least $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of opening an account which is a $500 value. Consumers earn two points for every $1 spent on travel and dining purchases, and an unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all other purchases. There are no foreign transaction fees on this card which can result in significant savings when traveling to another country. There is a $95 annual fee on this card.

Citi Premier℠ Card

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The Citi Premier℠ Card offers 60,000 bonus points when cardholders spend $4,000 within the first three months. These points can be redeemed for $750 worth of airfare when booked through the ThankYou Travel Center or $600 in gift cards when redeemed through Cardmembers get 3X points on travel and gas station purchases, 2X points on dining and entertainment, and one point for all other purchases. There are no foreign transaction fees on this card. The annual fee is $95.

American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card

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The American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp℠ Card is one of the few airline cards that does not have an annual fee which makes it very appealing to a significant number of travelers. Cardholders earn two AAdvantage® miles for each $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases as well as every $1 spent at grocery stores, including grocery delivery services. All other purchases earn one AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent. The early spend bonus is rather unique: you can earn 10,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles and receive a $50 statement credit after making $500 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.  Cardholders get 25% off inflight food and beverage purchases when you use the card on American Airlines flights. There is a 3% foreign transaction fee on this card.

Chase Sapphire Preferred®

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The Chase Sapphire Preferred® card is also one of the top travel cards on the market. Cardholders earn Ultimate Rewards points that can be used in a variety of ways: on many airlines, hotel chains and even as Amtrak Guest Rewards. Chase has an attractive introductory offer for new customers: 50,000 points after spending $4,000 on new purchases within the first three months of being a cardholder. If you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through the Ultimate Rewards website, points are actually worth 1.25 each. So this introductory offer is the equivalent of $625 if redeemed through Chase Ultimate Rewards. As a cardholder, you earn two points for all travel and dining expenses at restaurants, as well as one point per dollar spent on all other transactions. There are no limits on the amount of points you can earn with this program. The Chase Sapphire Preferred card comes with free 24/7 concierge service. Simply call and you can get assistance with reservations and travel questions. In addition, they have 24/7 Dedicated Customer Service. When you call, you’ll be connected with a real person immediately. But unlike many other cards on the market, there is no introductory offer on the APR for a certain period of time. The ongoing APR is 18.24% to 25.24% variable, depending on your credit worthiness. The annual fee on the card is waived for the first year and is $95 thereafter. There are no foreign transaction fees.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card

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The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express is a solid travel card. Cardholders can receive a bonus of 60,000 miles once they spend $2,000 during the first three months of having the card. From now through April 3, 2019, you can receive a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase with your card during these first three months. You earn two miles for every Delta purchase, including tickets, seat upgrades and any in-flight purchases made with this card. All other transactions earn one mile per dollar. The first checked bag for a cardholder is free if the ticket is purchased with this card; this can be a savings of $60 on a roundtrip Delta flight. The APR on the card is 17.99% to 26.99% depending on the credit worthiness at the time of application. There is a $95 annual fee which is waived during the first year.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of March 22, 2019. 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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Top Features : 2 points for every $1 spent on travel & dining; 1.5 points per $1 on other purchases; 50,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in first 90 days
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