Credit cards earn users mileage in frequent-flier programs
Two US airlines – American and United – have just announced new credit cards that bring their users additional mileage and have a range of other perks. American Airlines’ Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard will be the first airline card to have a chip-and-pin capability that makes purchases easy. Although the annual fee is $450, this upmarket card allows access to the highly exclusive Admirals Club, whose annual membership is actually bigger than the card’s fee. Like other airline cards, it also gives free first-bag check-in for the user and up to eight companions.
United Airlines’ new Mileage Plus Explorer Card from Chase has a much lower annual fee, $95, and this is not charged for the first year. Its benefits include priority boarding; free first-bag checking for the user and one travel companion; air miles that will never expire; and two one-day passes to the airline’s Red Carpet Room airport lounge per year.