American vs. Delta vs. United - we compared the 3 most popular airline credit cards and named a winner
Personal Finance Insider writes about products, strategies, and tips to help you make smart decisions with your money. Business Insider may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network.
- If you fly even just a couple times a year, it's worth having an airline credit card.
- These cards come with perks and benefits that come with these cards, such as free checked bags, priority boarding, or lounge passes, that make flying easier and more enjoyable - and can save you money.
- We compared some of the most popular mainstream credit cards from the three big US airlines - American, United, and Delta.
- Read on to see what we found and which one is best for you.
One of the best ways to earn a bunch of frequent flyer miles quickly is to open an airline credit card and earn the new card member bonus.While a card that earns transferable points - like the Chase Sapphire Preferred - typically has more valuable and flexible rewards than fixed program cards, airline cards win in two respects.
If you generally fly with one preferred airline and earn frequent flyer miles on that program when you travel, it can make sense to earn the same kind of miles from your credit card. Between the mileage earned from both, your miles will add up quicker.
Also, airline credit cards come with various perks specific to that airline that can save you a ton of time and money. Things like complimentary checked bags, priority boarding, and even day passes to airport lounges will have you feeling like you're flying first class even when you're in basic economy.
Each of the three major US airlines (American, Delta, and United) offer a few different credit cards, but among the most popular are the "mainstream" cards. These products have annual fees between $95 and $99 - often waived the first year - and feature benefits that appeal to everyone from casual fliers to road warriors.
While they all have similar features and benefits and all offer a great value to cardholders, we've compared them and found that one stands out above the rest. Read on to see which one it is.
Keep in mind that we're focusing on earning rewards and perks, not things like interest rates and late fees, which can far outweigh the value of any rewards or benefits.When you're working to earn credit card rewards or take advantage of travel benefits, it's important to practice financial discipline, like paying your balances off in full each month, making payments on time, and not spending more than you can afford to pay back - or spending more than you would otherwise. Basically, treat your credit card like a debit card.