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Best Airline Co-Branded Credit Card (2021)

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Free flights and upgrades, priority boarding and avoiding baggage fees –these are just some of the rewards you receive when you start making purchases with a good airline co-branded credit card. 

  • 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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  • Amex Gold Delta SkyMiles Card

    Amex Gold Delta SkyMiles Card

    Frequent Delta flyers benefit from the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card through perks like free checked bags and priority boarding. Other benefits include no foreign transaction fees, an annual fee waiver the first year and a sign-up bonus of up to 30,000 miles with qualifying transactions.
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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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  • 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.
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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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  • Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card

    Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card

    This new card comes packed with new benefits, including a 40,000-mile and 10,000-Medallion Qualification Miles signup bonus, free Delta Sky Club access, Status Boost, complimentary upgrades, Global Entry or TSA PreCheck fee credit and one companion certificate each year.
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  • Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card

    Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card

    The signup bonus for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles from American Express includes 40,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles with eligible purchases. Other benefits include companion certificates, Status Boost, a free checked bag and priority boarding. Cardholders can earn three miles per dollar on Delta purchases and direct hotel bookings, plus two miles per dollar on restaurants and supermarkets.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
    Photo courtesy of Chase

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

  1. Allegiant World Mastercard
  2. Amex Gold Delta SkyMiles Card
  3. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card
  4. Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card
  5. Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card
  6. Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card
  7. Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card
  8. Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card
  9. Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Card
  10. United Explorer 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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