If you're in a startup or run your own business, you probably know that big travel expenses aren't only a corporate problem.

The truth is that on the whole, small businesses often spend more on travel than their big business counterparts (Concur Expense IG Report).

From taking part in a strategic conference to visiting a potential distributor out of state, travel forms an essential element of many businesses. It also represents a significant business expense.

An airline business credit card is for your business what a regular airline credit card is for consumers, but usually comes with a few business-related perks. A key benefit of using a business miles card rather than your personal airline card to book business travel is that come tax season you don't have to sort personal expenses from business expenses.

If you fly regularly with the same airline then a dedicated airline card may work for you. This type of credit card usually gives you perks specific to one airline such as discounts on in-flight expenses (food, drinks, etc.), priority boarding or first checked bag free.

GET.com's Best Business Airline Credit Cards

Best ForCredit Card
BonusCapital One® Spark® Miles for Business
RewardsCitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®, a partner card
0% Intro APRCapital One® Spark® Miles Select for Business

The downside of airline cards is that you usually only earn a higher rate of miles or points on your airfare purchases from the partner airline. A flexible business travel card like Capital One® Spark® Miles Select for Business offers a good alternative that lets you earn a good amount of miles on a large part of your business spending.

Here is our pick of Business Airline Cards for 2017.




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CitiBusiness<sup>®</sup> / AAdvantage<sup>®</sup> Platinum Select<sup>®</sup> World Mastercard<sup>®</sup>

CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®

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CitiBusiness<sup>®</sup> / AAdvantage<sup>®</sup> Platinum Select<sup>®</sup> World Mastercard<sup>®</sup>
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  • For a limited time, earn 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*.
  • Designed for businesses
  • For a limited time, earn 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation*
  • Enjoy preferred boarding on American Airlines domestic flights*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 2 AAdvantage® miles for every $1 spent on purchases at telecommunications, car rental merchants and at gas stations*
  • Earn 1 AAdvantage® mile per $1 spent on other purchases.*
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16.74% (Variable)

$95, waived for first 12 months*

Why we like it
  • For a limited time, earn 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*.
Excellent, Good


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Bank of America<sup>®</sup> Business Advantage Travel Rewards World Mastercard<sup>®</sup> credit card

Bank of America® Business Advantage Travel Rewards World Mastercard® credit card

Bank of America<sup>®</sup> Business Advantage Travel Rewards World Mastercard<sup>®</sup> credit card
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  • Earn 25,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 in the first 60 days
  • Earn an unlimited base of 1.5 points for every $1 you spend on all purchases, everywhere, every time -- no matter how much you spend Earn 25,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 in the first 60 days
  • No annual fee and no international transaction fees
  • Earn 3 points for every dollar spent when you book your travel (car, hotel, airline) through the Bank of America® Travel Center - powered by Orbitz®
  • 0% Introductory APR on purchases for your first 9 billing cycles
  • Flexibility to redeem points for a statement credit to pay for your flights, hotels, vacation packages, cruises, rental cars, or baggage fees; option for cash back and gift cards

0% Introductory APR on purchases for your first 9 billing cycles

11.99% - 21.99% Variable APR on balance transfers

No annual fee

Why we like it
  • No annual fee and no international transaction fees.
  • Earn 25,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 in the first 60 days.
Excellent


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Capital One<sup>®</sup> Spark<sup>®</sup> Miles for Business

Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business

Capital One<sup>®</sup> Spark<sup>®</sup> Miles for Business
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  • Earn a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles once you spend $4,500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 on every purchase, every day
  • Plus, a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles once you spend $4,500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening
  • Miles won't expire for the life of the account, and there are no categories to limit where or what you buy
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year; $59 after that
  • There's no limit to the amount of miles you can earn
  • Redeem miles for travel, cash back, gift cards and more
  • No foreign transaction fees and fly on any airline, anytime, with no blackout dates or seat restrictions

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17.74% (Variable)

$0 intro for first year; $59 after that

Why we like it
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 on every purchase, every day.
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Capital One<sup>®</sup> Spark<sup>®</sup> Miles Select for Business

Capital One® Spark® Miles Select for Business

Capital One<sup>®</sup> Spark<sup>®</sup> Miles Select for Business
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  • Plus, a one-time bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening
  • Earn 1.5 miles per $1 on every purchase, every day
  • Plus, a one-time bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening
  • Miles won't expire for the life of the account, and there are no categories to limit where or what you buy
  • Save on interest with 0% intro APR on purchases for 9 months; 13.74%-21.74% variable APR after that
  • Pay no annual fee or foreign transaction fees
  • Get online Quarterly and Year-End Summaries
  • There's no limit to the amount of miles you can earn
  • Fly on any airline, anytime, with no blackout dates or seat restrictions

0% intro on purchases for 9 months

13.74% - 21.74% (Variable)

$0

Why we like it
  • Earn 1.5 miles per $1 on every purchase, every day.
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The Platinum Card<sup>®</sup> from American Express

The Platinum Card® from American Express

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The Platinum Card<sup>®</sup> from American Express
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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • New! Up to $200 Uber Savings Annually.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • 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 around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More. Terms Apply.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
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$550

Why we like it
  • Rewards program.
  • Platinum benefits.
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
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  • Annual fee.
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