- Location. When I lived in Charlotte, a major US Airways hub, that airline's affinity card was a great fit. After moving to Philadelphia, where I've got access to Southwest Airlines, their new Rapid Rewards credit card's really getting my attention.
- Loyalty. The best credit card perks in the world won't mean a thing if you never use them. If you find that you always fly one airline, then that card will probably make more sense for you -- regardless of the perks on the other airlines' cards. However, if you prefer to use discount booking sites and prefer the flexibility of various carriers, then a loyalty card won't be of any use.
- Lifestyle. A frequent flier may benefit from an airline loyalty card that provides access to the exclusive lounges. Parents traveling with young children may just want a card that helps to pay for the lowest fare available. Those who fly only occasionally might benefit from a card with a flexible reward program.
- Budget. Rewards cards generally come with higher (sometimes much higher) APRs. If you think there's a possibility that you'll need to roll over a balance, you might want to think about a low-interest card instead. Also, airline cards often come with an annual fee that can range from $60-$495. You need to make sure that the perks that fee earns you are perks that you will use.
If it makes sense in your situation to have an airline credit card, you can compare the benefits here to find one that matches your needs from our list.
- I use the Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa for personal and business flights. For everything else, I use Visa US Bank Flexperks card. I pay off my bill every month, have good credit and I fly a lot. Is there a reason I should switch from US Bank Flexperks to a difference rewards card such as American Express?
- Can you recommend a good card for visiting or living outside of the U.S.A.? Can I avoid foreign transaction fees? Will my information be safe?
- 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?