Best Airline Credit Cards

Earn points for everyday spends to spend on flights and upgrades

You can save a fortune on flights just for spending on one credit card. You can get big points for a ‘welcome bonus’ and then additional air miles or points as you spend. There are different cards that are suited for different spenders. Some have no fees but some with fees give bigger rewards. Check through some of the below cards to see what would work best for you.

British Airways Amex

No fee. Intro 5,000 bonus points, plus companion ticket on £20,000 spend

Virgin Atlantic Reward+

Annual fee. Earn 15,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+

Annual fee. Earn 15,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase.

British Airways Amex

No fee. Intro 5,000 bonus points, plus companion ticket on £20,000 spend

British Airways Amex

No fee. Intro 5,000 bonus points, plus companion ticket on £20,000 spend

Most airline cards have an annual fee, but the British Airways Amex* is free and gives 5,000 bonus Avios points when you spend £1,000 in the first three months – on top of the standard one point per £1 spent. And if you spend £20,000 in a year, you’ll earn a companion ticket, which lets someone travel with you without using points, but don’t use this as a reason to overspend.

An off-peak economy return to Paris costs 8,000 Avios points (though you’ll still need to pay £35 in taxes), so you’d get a one-way flight with the intro bonus points alone (again, you pay taxes on top) – see the BA website for more.

Note, as it’s an Amex it’s not accepted everywhere and you usually won’t get the bonus if you’ve held an Amex card in the past two years.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Credit Card​

Annual fee. Earn 15,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase – just make it within 90 days of opening your account

Earn 15,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase – just make it within 90 days of opening your account.

1.5 Flying Club miles for every £1 you spend on everyday card purchases. And 3 miles for every £1 you spend with Virgin Atlantic or Virgin Holidays. Restrictions apply*.

An off-peak economy return to Paris costs 8,000 Avios points (though you’ll still need to pay £35 in taxes), so you’d get a one-way flight with the intro bonus points alone (again, you pay taxes on top) – see the BA website for more.

An off-peak economy return to Paris costs 8,000 Avios points (though you’ll still need to pay £35 in taxes), so you’d get a one-way flight with the intro bonus points alone (again, you pay taxes on top) – see the BA website for more.

British Airways Amex

No fee. Intro 5,000 bonus points, plus companion ticket on £20,000 spend

Most airline cards have an annual fee, but the British Airways Amex* is free and gives 5,000 bonus Avios points when you spend £1,000 in the first three months – on top of the standard one point per £1 spent. And if you spend £20,000 in a year, you’ll earn a companion ticket, which lets someone travel with you without using points, but don’t use this as a reason to overspend.

An off-peak economy return to Paris costs 8,000 Avios points (though you’ll still need to pay £35 in taxes), so you’d get a one-way flight with the intro bonus points alone (again, you pay taxes on top) – see the BA website for more.

Note, as it’s an Amex it’s not accepted everywhere and you usually won’t get the bonus if you’ve held an Amex card in the past two years.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Credit Card​

Annual fee. Earn 15,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase – just make it within 90 days of opening your account

Earn 15,000 bonus miles with your first card purchase – just make it within 90 days of opening your account.

1.5 Flying Club miles for every £1 you spend on everyday card purchases. And 3 miles for every £1 you spend with Virgin Atlantic or Virgin Holidays. Restrictions apply*.

An off-peak economy return to Paris costs 8,000 Avios points (though you’ll still need to pay £35 in taxes), so you’d get a one-way flight with the intro bonus points alone (again, you pay taxes on top) – see the BA website for more.

An off-peak economy return to Paris costs 8,000 Avios points (though you’ll still need to pay £35 in taxes), so you’d get a one-way flight with the intro bonus points alone (again, you pay taxes on top) – see the BA website for more.