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Best Airline Co-Branded Credit Card (2020)

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  • Allegiant World Mastercard

    Allegiant World Mastercard

    The Allegiant World Mastercard earns three points per dollar on Allegiant purchases (including air, hotel and car rental), two points per dollar on qualified dining and a point per dollar on everything else. Other perks include a 15,000-point signup bonus, BOGO vacation packages, priority boarding and a free beverage on every flight.
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  • Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card

    Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card

    Budget-minded travelers who frequently fly Southwest Airlines benefit from the Rapid Rewards Premier credit card with benefits like no foreign transaction fees, a 65,000-point sign-up bonus, upgraded boardings, $75 annual travel credit, 20 percent off inflight drinks and wifi and a 7,500-point bonus after each account anniversary.
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  • Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Card

    Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Card

    Travelers with a Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard get their first checked bag free for themselves and up to four companions, preferred boarding on American Airlines, no foreign transaction fees and 25-percent off eligible in-flight purchases. Cardholders earn double points when the card is used for American Airlines purchases or at restaurants and gas stations, and a point per dollar on everything else. Cardholders earn miles that count toward Million Miler status with their 2020 spending.
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  • JetBlue Plus Card

    JetBlue Plus Card

    For fans of JetBlue, the JetBlue Plus Card offers six points per dollar spent on JetBlue purchases, two points per dollar at restaurants and grocery stores and one point per dollar everywhere else. Cardholders enjoy no foreign transaction fees, a 40,000-point sign-up bonus, free first checked bags, 50-percent-off inflight savings and a 5,000-point bonus on each account anniversary.
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  • United Explorer Card

    United Explorer Card

    Frequent domestic travelers enjoy perks like priority boarding, free first checked bags and two annual passes to United airport lounges when carrying a United MileagePlus Explorer Card. The card comes with a 60,000-mile sign-up bonus, the chance to earn twice the points on flights booked through United and at restaurants and hotels, and a $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck fee credit.
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  • Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card

    Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card

    Miles racked up through the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card can be redeemed on travel with over a dozen partner airlines. A 40,000-mile plus $100 statement credit sign-up bonus, discounted companion fares, no foreign transaction fees and a free checked bag for up to six passengers on the same reservation add to the appeal. Plus, Mileage Plan is one of the more generous frequent flyer programs and still awards miles based upon distance flown.
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  • Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard

    Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard

    With the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard, frequent flyers earn two miles for every dollar spent on American Airlines purchases and one mile per dollar spent everywhere else. Additional benefits include Admirals Club membership, Global Entry or TSA Precheck application fee credit and 50,000 bonus miles with qualifying purchases in the first three months. 
    Photo courtesy of Citigroup

  • Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card

    Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card

    Frequent Southwest Airlines travelers benefit from the Rapid Rewards Premier credit card – no foreign transaction fees, a 65,000-point sign-up bonus and a 6,000-point bonus after each account anniversary. Cardmembers earn two points per dollar spent on Southwest and partner hotels and car rentals, as well as a point per dollar everywhere else.
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  • United Club Infinite Card

    United Club Infinite Card

    The United Club Infinite Card comes with a 100,000-mile bonus offer, United Club membership, a $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck fee credit, two free checked bags per flight and the chance to earn up to four miles per dollar on purchases.
    Photo courtesy of United Airlines

  • Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card

    Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card

    The Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card earns users two points per dollar on Southwest Airlines purchases and partner hotel and car rentals, plus a point per dollar spent everywhere else. Cardholders earn 3,000 anniversary points as well. A limited-time 65,000-mile sign-up bonus sweetens the deal.
    Photo courtesy of Chase

Free flights, no baggage fees, upgrades and priority boarding–these are among the rewards for spending on a good airline co-branded credit card. 10Best editors teamed up with a panel of miles-and-points experts to nominate the best on the market for American travelers, based on perks, redemption rates and other benefits. These are the cards our readers voted the best. 

The top 10 winners in the category Best Airline Co-Branded Credit Card are as follows:

  1. Allegiant World Mastercard
  2. Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card
  3. Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Card
  4. JetBlue Plus Card
  5. United Explorer Card
  6. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card
  7. Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard
  8. Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card
  9. United Club Infinite Card
  10. Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning cards!

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