Or, consider other cards for 50,000 or more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$750 for air / hotel / car bookings. Or transfer points to United, Southwest, Hyatt, and more.
No annual fee.
The New York Times has an article about the lengths people will go to avoid paying baggage fees on airlines. Now, baggage fees are not a new thing — they’ve been around for decades. What’s new is charging for the first and second checked bags, which several years ago were free on most airlines.
The Times suggests things like…
It makes passing reference to what is probably the easiest solution — getting an airline mile credit card that offers free checked bags — but doesn’t mention which airlines offer them.
So to help out below is a list of basic, entry level airline mile credit cards that offer a checked bag fee waiver. A single roundtrip flight can save you $50 or more, $100 or more if you’re traveling with 2 people. And they all come with decent bonus mile offers so you’re effectively getting paid for that checked bag fee waiver upfront.
Entry level cards ($95 or less annual fee, most waived first year)
Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express – 1st bag free for up to 9 people per reservation
United Mileage Plus Explorer – 1st bag free for up to 2 people per reservation
Premium Cards (include lounge access, $395+ annual fee)
American Airlines Citi Executive AAdvantage – 1st bag free for up to 8 people per reservation
Delta Reserve American Express – 1st bag free for up to 9 people per reservation
Note that if you’re flying US Airways you’re out of luck. No credit cards offer a checked bag fee waiver for their flights.
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