Airline Credit Cards

The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®

The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles after your first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee*
  • First checked bag free on eligible bags for you and up to four companions on domestic US Airways operated flights
  • One companion certificate good for up to 2 guests to travel with you on a US Airways operated flight at $99 each, plus taxes and fees
  • Priority boarding Zone 2 on US Airways operated flights
  • Redeem miles for award travel on US Airways and American Airlines booked through or US Airways Reservations
  • Earn miles on every purchase with 2 miles for every $1 you spend on US Airways and American Airlines purchases and 1 mile for every $1 on purchases everywhere else
  • New! Receive a 25% savings on eligible US Airways and American Airlines in-flight purchases
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete details
  • Apply Now!

Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®
Citi® /  AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®

  • Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles and 2 Admirals Club® Passes after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • Your first eligible checked bag is free*
  • Group 1 boarding and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases*
  • Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount every cardmembership year with qualifying purchases and cardmembership renewal*
  • Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year*
  • Apply Now!

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card from Chase:

  • 30.000 miles w/ $1k in spending in first 3 months
  • Extra 5k miles for adding auth user
  • 1 free checked bag
  • Priority Boarding
  • 2 free United Club passes annually


There are many times higher sign-up bonus offers if you already are a MileagePlus member and have some points accumulated in your account. If you already are signed up for MileagePlus, login and see what offer you are targeted for. If you are not signed up, get to it! Then find a way to get a few points into your account and you may be offered a 65k sign-up bonus, however it is really only 55k because the other 10k come at the annual renewal. Reminder: You only get the sign-up bonus on Chase cards 1x ever, unless it is a new product, so your best bet is to wait until you can get a better offer than the 30k offer.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from AMEX

  • 30,000 bonus after $500 spend in 3 months
  • 1 free checked bag on Delta
  • Annual fee waived for 1st year then $95/year
  • Priority Boarding

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase:

  • 25,000 bonus points after $1k spend in 3 months! That’s enough for a free round-trip flight
  • 6,000 bonus points annually, good for $100 Wanna Get Away® fair
  • Earn 1,500 tier qualifying points for every $10k in spending up to 15,000 tier points

Also available on the plus personal card and the two small business versions of the card as well.

  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card ($69 annual fee)
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Business Card ($69 annual fee)
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card ($99 annual fee)

5 Responses to Airline Credit Cards

  1. Steve Merchant says:

    I was looking at using my American Airlines points and was shocked that the points were low and the price was an additional $727 to fly overseas? Is this normal for AA? I do not mind paying around a $100. Any suggestions?

    • Jeremy - The Points Traveler says:

      The reason you saw $727 is probably because the long-haul segment of your flight was including a leg on BA. Try to find flights that do not have any British Airways segments and you see the cash portion drop by $500+. American passes along the British Airways fuel surcharges. Let me know if you have any luck.

  2. Steve Merchant says:

    Thanks for the info and quick response

  3. RNLS says:

    Hi, I wanted to know what is your choice of airline rewards cc? What is the best ideal choice and less costly? I assume most airlines also charges for luggages?

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