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Best option for airline CC?

Dr. J 25,041 3,353 March 8, 2016 at 04:00 PM
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I realize there may not be a good answer to this but I need to bounce ideas off people.

For work, I have plenty of opportunity for travel. We (must) use company CC's for expenses where applicable, so I can't get an airline CC and expect to use it to rack up points that way. I do, however, have a lot of leeway in choosing which airline to use, within reason.

I've been considering getting an airline CC for awhile but without the points-generating avenue of using the CC for airline purchases, I've always been kind of "meh" about it. There is some value in an airline CC though - usually a points bonus for opening, then preferred seating, free bags, etc, but also an annual fee.

What's got me thinking about this is an offer I got from Delta/AE today for 60k pts w/$1k spend, $50 credit for first Delta purchase, 1st free checked bag and guaranteed group 1 boarding. Annual fee is $95 beginning 2nd year.

I've gotten offers from United, but generally the fees are higher, usually include free club passes (which I don't have the opportunity to use often), and have fewer bonus points.

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It really depends on what city you typically fly out of... I'd base my choice on what airlines have the best availability. Also, do you only want to fly domestic or are you also thinking about international? Do you typically fly alone or with someone?

My airline of choice is Southwest because it's super easy to rack up tons of points with them, they have many flight options near me, and I can earn the annual companion pass very easily which means B1G1 flights for me and my spouse.
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Quote from IceWeasel View Post :
It really depends on what city you typically fly out of... I'd base my choice on what airlines have the best availability. Also, do you only want to fly domestic or are you also thinking about international? Do you typically fly alone or with someone?

My airline of choice is Southwest because it's super easy to rack up tons of points with them, they have many flight options near me, and I can earn the annual companion pass very easily which means B1G1 flights for me and my spouse.

Generally international. I usually fly by schedule - minimize layovers mostly. Usually winds up a tie between United and Delta. AA comes in 3rd most of the time and the low cost people (SW, JB) are only really viable in esoteric cases (e.g. if I wanted to fly to FL).

I have points with both United and Delta - no real preference between the 2 although United has been pissing me off with canceled flights (mostly connectors from BDL to NYC).

Flying for business is mixed whether its by myself or with a coworker, but as I said cost really isn't a concern - we have some discretion to pick airfare and so long as it's not a huge disparity I don't blink at booking with a preferred carrier over another.
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Generally international. I usually fly by schedule - minimize layovers mostly. Usually winds up a tie between United and Delta. AA comes in 3rd most of the time and the low cost people (SW, JB) are only really viable in esoteric cases (e.g. if I wanted to fly to FL).

I have points with both United and Delta - no real preference between the 2 although United has been pissing me off with canceled flights (mostly connectors from BDL to NYC).

Flying for business is mixed whether its by myself or with a coworker, but as I said cost really isn't a concern - we have some discretion to pick airfare and so long as it's not a huge disparity I don't blink at booking with a preferred carrier over another.
Well since you're doing international, I'd also look into which airline has a better alliance. Delta is part of SkyTeam and United is Star Alliance. That may sway your decision some, as it opens up lots of other opportunities for the international flights. I primarily fly domestic, so I'm not as well-versed in who has the best international options.

You could always post over at FlyerTalk and see what the experts have to offer. Here is a thread that would help: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/in...-here.html
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