3 Best Airline Credit Cards

Want to get away? Us too. Here are our favorite airline credit cards that help take us to our happy place. 

Looking for something else? Jump below the fold for some additional options. If you disagree with our assessment, we'd love to hear from you. Shoot us an e-mail. Airline cards are going to be almost entirely dependent on what your local airport offers for flights, but if you happen to entertain us you'll be handsomely rewarded with some TPJ swag that will take you to new heights.

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card


  • $69 Annual Fee
  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Bags fly free
  • Terms Apply

AAdvantage® Aviator™ Red World Elite Mastercard®


  • $95 Annual Fee
  • Earn 2X miles on eligible  American Airlines purchases. 1 mile on all other purchases.
  • First checked bag free for the primary cardmember and up to 4 companions on eligible bags when traveling on domestic itineraries operated by American Airlines
  • Terms Apply

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card


  • $75 Annual Fee
  • Get an Alaska's Famous Companion Fare™ from $121 ($99 plus taxes and fees from $22) every year on your account anniversary.
  • Earn 3 miles for every $1 spent directly on Alaska Airlines and 1 mile for every $1 spent on all other purchases. 
  • Save with a free checked bag for you and up to six other passengers on the same reservation.
  • Terms Apply

Additional Airline Credit Cards

I believe I can fly...I believe I can touch the sky...Sorry. We can't turn it off sometimes. Here are some more airline cards to help you soar. We can see you running through that open door already.

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card


  • $95 Annual Fee
  • Check your first bag for free when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Terms Apply

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express


  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Earn 2 miles on every dollar spent on purchases made directly with
    Delta. Earn 1 mile for every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on every Delta flight. Good for up-to 9 travelers on the same reservation.
  • Terms Apply

Frontier Airlines World MasterCard®


  • $69 Annual Fee
  • 2x points on Frontier purchases. 1x on all other purchases
  • Terms Apply

Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®


  • $89 Annual Fee
  • Complimentary first checked bag for the primary cardmember
  • 2x miles on eligible purchases made directly from Hawaiian Airlines and 1x miles on all other purchases
  • Terms Apply

British Airways Visa Signature® Card


  • $95 Annual Fee
  • Get 3 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Terms Apply

Asiana Visa Signature® Credit Card


  • $99 Annual Fee
  • 3 miles for every dollar you spend on Asiana Airlines purchases
  • 2 miles for every dollar you spend on gas and at grocery stores
  • 1 mile for every dollar you spend on all other purchases
  • Terms Apply

Spirit Airlines™ World Mastercard®


  • $0 Intro Annual Fee for the first year; after that $59
  • Earn 2 Miles on your everyday purchases 
  • Terms Apply