The Best Airline Miles Credit Cards

If you find yourself doing a lot of traveling, having a travel rewards credit card is a must.  When that travel means flying a particular airline, then an airline miles credit card is the way to go.  Airline miles credit cards can offer unique benefits for frequent flyers that most travel rewards credit cards cannot and as the movie “Up In The Air” has shown, the miles can be racked up in the millions.

Make no mistake, choosing an airline miles credit card should be done only if you enjoy flying a particular airline.  Too often, consumers find themselves tied to an airline they have poor experiences with simply because they earn a few additional miles.  Whether your airline of choice is American, Continental, Delta or a few others, we’ve got a co-branded credit card that can make your flying experience much more enjoyable.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

Apply for the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®
  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days - that's enough to redeem for a $400 travel statement credit
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases - Miles don't expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
  • Get 10% miles back to use toward your next redemption every time you redeem for travel statement credits
  • Chip card for increased confidence and convenience to pay abroad as easily as you do at home
  • No foreign transaction fees on anything you buy while in another country
  • 0% introductory APR for 12 months for each Balance Transfer made within 45 days of account opening. After that, a variable APR currently 14.99% or 18.99%, depending on your creditworthiness.
  • Complimentary online FICO® Credit Score access for Barclaycard Arrival Cardmembers
Published or Updated: January 20, 2015
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.


  1. LittleNoah says:

    I would strongly recommend against CitiCards. We recently signed up for one of their cards based on a promotion with Expedia. We had one problem after another. After talking with Citi and asking for help with our problems, we got basically nowhere. The customer service was simply horrible. We’ve had great success with CapitalOne. They have various rewards cards that you can find one that meets your situation and needs the best.

  2. HI-sailor says:

    I have NEVER before bothered to post a comment on a story but reading the initial comment basically demanded I do so.
    I have carried a Citi AAdvantage Gold card for a dozen years. While credit card companies are never going to be warm and fuzzy, Citi has been consistently reasonable and responsible.
    In contrast, I used to carry TWO CapitalOne cards (from before I had the Citi card) and had one for 10+ years and the other 5+ years (from memory). Every little thing with the CapitalOne cards turned into a massive hassle. After completing a significant European vacation using one of my CapitalOne cards almost exclusively I found one overcharge on my bill (out of probably 100+ charges) and filed all of the proper work to contest the overcharge. CapitalOne did nothing to support my claim against the vendor and kept piling on interest/penalty fees (I had paid everything BUT the contested charge) and fought with me for ca. a FULL YEAR before dropping the interest/penalty charges and accepting my version of the bill–which, from memory, was about 85% of the posted billing.
    After I dropped that card in disgust, years later CapitalOne closed my other card for non-use (which was true, since I was still angry about the massive hassles)–no problem.
    But here’s the kicker–years later CapitalOne sent me a targeted, individually identified offering for another card. The benefits seemed to make it a worthwhile deal so I said yes. THEN THEY REFUSED ME, citing poor credit (and the only problems I’d ever had was with them) and, in the process, screwing with my existing credit rating.
    First THEY solicit ME, and then they screw with my credit rating!
    Best advice I can offer is NEVER deal with CapitalOne–if you do, sooner or later, you’re going to be very sorry.

    • dave says:

      The best advise I can give is to never use any credit card. I`ve never run into any one who had a financial breakthrough by using credit cards.
      and as usual when you see their mouth moving they are lying.

      • Rob Berger says:

        Dave, thanks for the perspective.

  3. Ron says:

    I agree with you 100 %. Credit Card companies are not warm and fuzzy, they are money making enterprises. But, as you stated, Citi has never done me wrong. I asked them to waive annual fee this year because I hadn’t used it in a few months. The employee said to make 5 purchases in 30 days at any price (a dollar 5 times) and they would reimburse me for the 85 dollar fee. I stayed with them and will keep their cards. If you have a bad experience with any card you need to pursue the issue until it is resolved. They don’t want to lose you.

  4. Well even if I don’t use these credit cards, it’s always good to know everything about it.

  5. Janet says:

    I usually fly Delta, but I will not get the credit card. The flights are too high and the charge for baggage is outrageous! I’ll take the bus even though it takes longer.

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