Credit cards which offer airline fee credit will appeal the most to people with wanderlust, or those who need to travel frequently for business. While exclusive credit cards that reward you with credit towards travel aren't a new phenomenon, offers are becoming more generous. There are some air miles credit cards that come with a pretty generous statement credit when you make qualifying air travel purchases. To qualify for these upmarket credit cards, you'll need very good to excellent credit. We at GET.com have rated the following cards as the Best Credit Cards that offer you air travel credit annually in 2017:

  • Earn 40,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.

    Why we like it
    • $250 Air Travel Credit each year, and receive a statement credit, up to $100 every 5 years, as reimbursement for your application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre √®
    • 4th night hotel benefit for any hotel stay at hotels booked through the Citi Prestige® Concierge
    • Earn 40,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
    • Points are redeemable for a $532 flight on any airline or $400 in gift cards.
    • Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
    • Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
    • Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
    • 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases
    APPLY NOWAt Citi's secure website

    Regular APR

    15.74%* (Variable)

    Annual Fee

    $450

    Credit Required

    Excellent
    APPLY NOWAt Citi's secure website
    Why we like it
    • Earn 40,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
    We least like
    • Annual fee.
    • No low intro APR offered.

    Regular APR

    15.74%* (Variable)

    Annual Fee

    $450

    Credit Required

    Excellent
    Why we like it
    • $250 Air Travel Credit each year, and receive a statement credit, up to $100 every 5 years, as reimbursement for your application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre √®
    • 4th night hotel benefit for any hotel stay at hotels booked through the Citi Prestige® Concierge
    • Earn 40,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
    • Points are redeemable for a $532 flight on any airline or $400 in gift cards.
    • Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
    • Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
    • Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
    • 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases
    APPLY NOWAt Citi's secure website

Citi Prestige® Card, a partner card and unique MasterCard® issued by Citibank, gives you $250 air travel credit each year. That credit can be used towards your flight-related purchases, including tickets and checked bag fees. Just using this card to pay for your travel can knock $250 off your travel budget every year!

On top of that, you earn 40,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases with your Citi Prestige® Card in the first 3 months after account opening.

  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.

    Why we like it
    • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
    • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
    • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
    • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
    • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
    • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
    • Terms and Conditions apply.
    • See Rates & Fees
    APPLY NOWAt American Express' secure website

    Annual Fee

    $450

    Credit Required

    Good, Excellent
    APPLY NOWAt American Express' secure website
    Why we like it
    • Rewards program.
    • Platinum benefits.
    • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
    We least like
    • Annual fee.

    Annual Fee

    $450

    Credit Required

    Good, Excellent
    Why we like it
    • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
    • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
    • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
    • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
    • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
    • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
    • Terms and Conditions apply.
    • See Rates & Fees
    APPLY NOWAt American Express' secure website

The Platinum Card® from American Express, a GET.com advertiser, gives you up to $200 of airline fee credit annually. This credit can be used towards incidental fees (baggage fees, in-flight refreshments and flight-change fees) but not towards airline tickets. While the airline credit you get doesn't quite match what Citi Prestige® Card offers, The Platinum Card® from American Express comes with a long list of other benefits and plenty of polished American Express finesse.

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