CreditDonkey Reveals Best Airline Credit Cards

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With gasoline prices on the rise and airlines introducing alluring offers, Americans are forgoing their road trips this summer and opting for high flying getaways instead.

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Today, CreditDonkey released a list of the Best Airline Credit Cards to help travelers this summer get the most out of airline rewards.

Gasoline prices are still averaging in the upper $3 range, with the U.S. Energy Information Administration reporting the national average gasoline price at $3.65 per gallon, with major cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago sporting rates at nearly $4.00 per gallon. The prices are making families think twice about their annual road trip.

Popular airlines like Southwest are swooping in on the price conscious, offering airfares that travelers don’t have to think twice about (Southwest’s summer promotion is airfares at only $40 for 450 mile trips).

Before consumers take the bite on these airfare specials, CreditDonkey advises travelers to add an airline rewards credit card to their wallet to get the biggest bang for their buck.

The Best of the Best
CreditDonkey is helping make the choice easier by announcing its list of the best credit cards featuring airline rewards. Consumers can cut out hours of research hours and immediate zero in on a reputable rewards program when they choose from one of the following cards:

  • Miles by Discover Card — Featuring 12,000 bonus miles (1,000 miles for each month that you make a purchase during the first year of the card), double miles (on the first $3,000 in travel and restaurant purchases each year), and unrestricted travel.
  • Chase Freedom Visa — Named “Best Overall Card” by CBS MoneyWatch 2011, cardholders receive 5% cash back on various categories every quarter, with the current categories being gas hotel and airline purchases (7/1/11 – 9/30/11).
  • Venture Rewards — Giving cardholders 2 miles for every dollar charged to the credit card and a one-time bonus of 25,000 miles when $1,000 is spent within the first 3 months.
  • American Express Platinum Card — Get up to $200 Airline Fee Credits annually to cover incidental airline fees; plus, gain access to airport clubs such as American Airlines Admirals Club and Delta Sky Club.

Get the Most from Your Card
The number of airlines rewards cards that are now available to consumers can become overwhelming. CreditDonkey recommends looking for the following features to get the most out of an airline rewards program:

  • Unrestricted Travel – some cards restrict the dates and airlines that you can use your rewards point towards. Look for a card that allows you to pick any date, any airlines and is easy to book your travel.
  • Bonus Miles – many cards offer their cardholders promotional periods where they have the opportunity to accrue extra rewards miles.
  • Cash Back – look for cards that offer cash back for making purchases in categories like travel; when used correctly, it’s like you’re being paid to go on vacation.

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