Only four of the 28 Star Alliance airlines have credit cards available to people in the U.S., as of Feb. 2019: Asiana, Avianca, Lufthansa and United. But if you earn miles from any Star Alliance member, you can redeem them with the other member airlines, too. So having a Star Alliance credit card can add a lot of flexibility to your rewards travel.
Getting any Star Alliance credit card automatically enrolls you in the airline’s loyalty program. So just by getting the card, you’ll instantly gain access to earning and redeeming miles with any of the Star Alliance airlines.
The best Star Alliance credit card is the Lufthansa Credit Card because it has an initial bonus of up to 50,000 miles (worth over $1,100). You get 20,000 miles after making one purchase and paying the $89 annual fee. You earn another 30,000 miles for spending $5,000 in the first 90 days. On top of that, the card offers 2 miles per $1 on purchases from Lufthansa and partner airlines. Plus, there’s an annual companion ticket and two Business Lounge vouchers.
The United MileagePlus Explorer card is another good choice. It offers an initial bonus of 40,000 miles for spending $2,000 in the first 3 months. You also get 2 miles per $1 spent on United purchases, 2 United Club lounge passes per year and priority boarding. And you receive a free checked bag for you and a companion on all United flights. The card charges a $0 annual fee for the first year. The fee is $95 every year after that.
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.
The best travel credit card with no annual fee is the Capital One VentureOne card because it offers an initial bonus of 20,000 miles for spending $1,000 in the first 3 months. It also rewards cardholders with at least 1.25 miles per $1 spent on all purchases (10 per $1 at hotels.com). VentureOne has a $0 foreign transaction fee in addition to its $0 annual fee.… read full answer
If you aren’t planning to go anywhere too adventurous, consider the Discover it Miles card. Discover’s not accepted in as many international locations as Visa or Mastercard, but its US acceptance is pretty good. The Discover Miles card also has good rewards. It offers 1.5 miles per $1 spent on all purchases, doubled year one.
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