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Having an airline credit card was once just about earning frequent flyer miles. But as airlines continue to devalue their miles, the airline credit cards have stayed relevant by offering increased benefits. One of the benefits common to many airline credit cards is a discount on in-flight food and beverage purchases.

If you’re looking to save money on your in-flight purchases, then you should consider having one of these cards.

The Best Travel Credit Cards for In-Flight Purchases

The Platinum Card® from American Express

This card offers you a $200 annual airline fee credit that can be applied to in-flight purchases. New applicants can earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points after using their card to spend $5,000 within three months of account opening. Other benefits include lounge memberships with Delta SkyClubs, Priority Pass Select, and American Express Centurion lounges. You also get up to $100 in credit towards a TSA PreCheck or Global Entry application, as well as up to $100 in credit towards Saks Fifth Avenue purchases (requires registration). You also receive Gold status with Hilton and Marriott hotels, as well as elite status with Enterprise and Hertz car rentals. There’s a $550 annual fee for this card. (See rates and fees)

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American Express® Gold Card

This card offers you a $100 annual airline fee credit that can be applied to in-flight purchases. You also receive up to $10 a month in dining credits and 4x points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X) and at restaurants worldwide. It has a $250 annual fee. (See rates and fees)

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United℠ Explorer Card

This card features 25% back on in-flight purchases from United. For a limited time, new applicants can earn up to 65,000 bonus miles after spending $10,000 total in purchases in the first 6 months, and benefits include a free checked bag, priority boarding, and two annual visits to the United Club lounge. There’s a $95 annual fee for this card that’s waived the first year.

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

This card offers you 20% back on in-flight drinks and WiFi when flying on Southwest. It offers new applicants 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in new purchases within three months of account opening. It has a $149 annual fee.


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