The best Japan Airlines credit card for people who live in the United States is the JAL USA card. It offers 5,000 bonus miles after your first international flight with JAL and gives 1 mile per $2 spent on all purchases. But there are lots of travel rewards cards that can save you more on airfare on any airline.
The new Marriott Bonvoy card is an interesting alternative for travelers who sometimes fly Japan Airlines. Marriott Bonvoy was introduced in February 2019 following the Marriott/SPG merger. The card allows you to transfer reward points to more than 40 airline partners, including Japan Airlines, at a 3:1 ratio. Also, there’s a 5,000-point bonus on transfers of at least 60,000 points.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best travel card on the market. The reward points aren’t restricted to a specific airline, offering 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value. You can check out this review for the Chase Sapphire Preferred here.
Airline credit cards can be worth it if you travel frequently with a certain airline. You’ll often get extra rewards for buying your tickets from that airline and may receive special perks like early boarding or free checked bags. You can also get general miles cards that aren’t partnered with any specific airline. Those cards often provide more versatility and better overall value than airline-branded cards. Let’s look at some examples of both types.… read full answer
Here are airline credit cards that are worth it:
Frontier Airlines: 40,000 mile bonus when you spend $500 in the first 90 days. 2 miles per dollar on purchases from FlyFrontier.com and 1 mile per dollar on everything else. $100 voucher every year on your account anniversary if you spent at least $2,500. $69 annual fee. Good credit necessary for approval.
Lufthansa: 20,000 mile bonus when you make one purchase and pay the annual fee of $89. 30,000 additional bonus miles when you spend $5,000 in the first 90 days. 2 miles per dollar on all Miles & More airline partners, 1 mile per dollar on everything else. One companion ticket and two business lounge vouchers per year. Good credit necessary.
AeroMexico Visa: 5,000 bonus points and companion ticket when you make your first purchase. 2 miles per dollar on gas and groceries, one mile per dollar on everything else. Free checked baggage on AeroMexico flights. Can get with bad credit; this is a secured card so you’ll have to make a security deposit. $25 annual fee waived the first year.
Barclaycard Arrival Plus: 60,000 bonus miles when you spend $5,000 in the first 90 days. 2 miles per dollar on all purchases. $89 annual fee waived the first year. Good credit necessary.
Capital One Venture: 50,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Unlimited 2 miles per dollar on all purchases. No foreign transaction fees. Complimentary travel insurance and concierge service. $95 annual fee waived the first year. Good credit necessary.
A lot of airline cards will also have other travel-related perks. You might get insurance for travel accidents, trip cancellation, lost baggage, and/or rental cars. Read through your card’s terms and conditions to see all the benefits, and shop around to find the best airline card for you.
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