Best Airline Travel Rewards Cards

best travel rewards cards

Airline reward cards fall into one of two categories.

  • Branded airline card - offers the perks of working with one airline 
  • General travel card - allows you to collect travel reward points on all spending

Always, read the fine print. Sometimes points aren't valid if you book through a discount broker - make sure you check. If you need to travel at a certain time of year, look fort blackout dates that prevent you from using rewards mileage to travel during that time.

Here are ConsumerFu's top picks for general travel cards. We also give a full rundown of branded cards in the table below.

Card Annual Fee Interest Rates Reward Rates Other Perks

Capital One® Venture℠ Rewards Credit Card 

cap one venture

$0 first year, $59 after that 13.9%-20.9% variable APR Earns 2 miles for every $1 spent
  • Rewards are paid in No Hassle Miles instead of miles tied to one airline
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • 10,000 mile signup bonus

Chase Sapphire Preferred

chase sapphire

$0 first year, $95 after that 15.24% APR Earns 2 miles for every $1 spent on travel and dining and 1 for $1 on all other spending
  • 20% discount when you redeem through Ultimate Rewards
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 40,000 signup bonus if you spend $3000 in the first 3 months

Capital One VentureOne

cap one ventureone

 

$0 0% 12 months, 11.9% - 19.9% thereafter Earns 1.25 miles for every $1 spent on any purchase 10,000 mile signup bonus when you spend $1000 in the first 3 months

 

The following is a rundown of other U.S. based airline specific reward cards.

 

U.S. Based Airline Cards

Card Annual Fee Bonus Miles Rewards Rate VIP Perks

AMEX Gold
Delta SkyMiles

delta skymiles

$95 30,000
Delta Miles
2 miles per $1
on Delta, 1 mile
per $1 on other
airlines
Priority Boarding
20% off in-flight purchases
First checked bag free

AMEX Express
JetBlue

amex jetblue

$40 10,000
JetBlue Miles
As many as 8 points
per $1 on jetBlue,
1 mile per $1 all other
airlines
None

Bank of Hawaii 
Hawaiian Airlines
Visa Signature

boh visa signature

 $79

35,000 
Hawaiian Airlines
Miles

2 miles per $1 on Hawaiian,
1 mile per $1 all other
airlines

One-time $25
discount on two
full price round
trip coach fares

Chase The Southwest
Airlines Rapid Rewards
Premier Card

chase southwest

$99 25,000 Bonus
Points After
$1000 spent
2 points per $1 spent directly
on Southwest or AIRTRAN,
1 for $1 on all other purchases

Up to 15,000 tier qualifying points annually,
6000 Anniversary points annually,
No foreign transaction fees

Citi Platinum
Select AAdvantage
World MasterCard

citi aadvantage

$95 30,000 American
Airlines Miles
1 miles per $1 Priority Boarding
First checked bag free
25% discount on eligible in-flight
purchases
$100 AA flight discount annually

Citi AAdvantage

citi aadvantage

$50 25,000
American Airlines
Miles
1 miles per $1 Priority Boarding
25% off in-flight purchases
First checked bag free

Frontier Airlines
Credit Card

frontier airlines

 $59

35,000
Frontier Miles

2 miles per $1 on Frontier,
1 mile per $1 on other 
airlines

None

Frontier Airlines
Credit Card – No Fee

frontier

$0 5,000
Frontier Miles
1 mile per $1 on Frontier,
0.5 miles per $1 on other
airlines
None

Hawaiian Airlines
Credit Cards

hawaiian visa classic

$50 10,000
Hawaiian Airlines
Miles
2 miles per $1 on Hawaiian,
1 mile per $1 on other
airlines
25% discount on
Mainland to Hawaii flights

US Airways
Credit Card

us air credit card

$49 10,000
US Airways Miles
1 mile per $1 5,000 mile discount on reward redemptions,
$149 companion ticket annually