Q: I want to get rid of my Sony Visa card and move to another rewards credit card. I'm thinking about airline credit cards, probably American Airlines, since I live in Dallas. I have a Starwood AmEx already, and I have very good to excellent credit. Thoughts?
You've already got what some folks consider one of the best travel rewards credit cards on the market. However, a solid airline rewards card with a Visa or MasterCard logo can round out your wallet for those places that don't accept American Express.
Fortunately, with Dallas as your hub city, you've got some excellent options for earning even more rewards points and frequent flier miles when you take to the skies. Consider complementing your Starwood card with one of these airline credit cards:
Citi Platinum Select / AAdvantage World MasterCard. As you pointed out, living in Dallas connects you to more than 200 destinations in American Airlines' network, most of which use non-stop routes. Connections in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington can get you to just about anywhere in the world using AAdvantage miles. With a traditional frequent flier program, AA can treat you to a one-way ticket for as few as 12,500 miles. This airline credit card also offers you your first eligible bag checked free on each flight, priority boarding with Group 1 privileges, and a host of American Airlines discounts. It's a great card if you work for a company that reimburses your airfare and uses American Airlines as its preferred carrier. Annual fee $95, waived for first 12 months.*
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card. Meanwhile, something else is happening over at Love Field. That's the Dallas home of Southwest Airlines, the disruptive economy carrier that has shaken the industry so hard that rivals like American Airlines and US Airways have considered merging. This airline credit card from Chase offers a flexible rewards program based on Southwest's revamped Rapid Rewards. Southwest's partner network can connect you to more than 800 destinations, opening up even more possibilities for travel.
Like most airline credit cards, both of these cards carry annual fees. In your case, you'll need to do some math to figure out whether you're getting a better deal by focusing all your spending on the generous Starwood card, or if a basic cash-back credit card will make a better replacement for your Sony Visa.
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