Here’s the rundown on two of my favourite airline rewards credit cards. As your summer travel plans continue in August, you can’t go wrong earning air miles with either of these!
1. Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card: This AmEx-branded Delta Airlines card offers a lucrative “30,000 bonus miles toward Award Travel & $0 introductory annual fee for the first year then $95” annually after that. If you apply online, a decision is offered within 60 seconds and other useful features include: Priority Boarding on Delta flights, ability to check your first bag free for you and up to 9 people in your reservation, 20% in-flight savings on entertainment and food purchases, plus all of the purchase protections offered by American Express. Read real user reviews and apply online here; “Airline Miles Cards” page.
2. Capital One Venture Rewards: This flagship travel rewards credit card from Capital One is a bit different from your typical airline card. Your miles don’t expire, and can be used toward any travel expense, rather than being limited to redemption on one airline (including hotel stays or car rentals or airfare on any airline). This is a great airline credit card deal as you earn 2 miles per $1 spent, which is significantly higher than the industry average. Additionally, if you choose to use the miles toward airfare, you can use Capital One’s web site to quickly book the flight of your choice. Read our full review.
Finally, if you fly United or Continental Airlines frequently (they recently merged!), definitely consider the new United MileagePlus Explorer credit card. You earn a lucrative air miles bonus, the card is a VISA Signature, and United has a massive international inventory of flights you can book using your MileagePlus miles. I recently watched a lecture that their charismatic CEO Jeff Smisek gave at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and he certainly seemed to “get” how crucial maintaining a great loyalty program is to an airline’s success. (It’s actually a shame United and Chase don’t work with Outlaw, or we’d certainly have the MileagePlus Explorer card in our deals portal, without hesitation.)
David blogs about personal finance and credit at Credit Card Outlaw.
Disclosures: Outlaw is a credit card promotions site, and as such we maintain financial relationships with numerous banks and financial institutions, including some of the offers and cards mentioned or featured herein.
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