Back in October I wrote an article called “The Top 8 Airline Cards In 2014,” but I’ve come to the conclusion that that name was misleading. It’s not that they are bad cards, in fact they are the best cards in the United States, however, they only were for people in the United States.

So I decided to dig deep into the internet and find some of the best airline cards that can be used by people elsewhere in the world. If there is a card that I happened to miss (which I’m pretty positive that I will since I can only do so many cards in one post!) that you know of, feel free to let other people know about it in the comments section. These are not necessarily the best cards for each country, they are only one of the better ones, but I made sure to include a link to all of their top cards so you can compare for yourself. 🙂

Europe:

  1. The Preferred Rewards Gold Card:
  • New Cardmember welcome bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points, when you spend £2,000 on your Card in your first three months, enough for one return flight to over 90 European destinations2
  • Transfer points to 15 major frequent flyerand hotel programmes
  • Earn two points on almost all your spend made while abroad3
  • Earn two points for virtually every £1 spent at major petrol stations and supermarkets in your first year3
  • Two complimentary airport VIP lounge passes every year5
  • Cardmembers can enjoy access to a wide range of sought-after events, including music, theatre and film, often before tickets go on sale to the general public with American Express Invites
  • Travel and shopping protection included with your Card6

Annual fee: £125 (£0 the first year)

  1. British Airways American Express Credit Card:
  • 9,000 bonus Avios welcome offer1
  • Offer ends 11 February 20151
  • Companion Voucher each year when you spend £20,0002
  • Automatic enrolment to the British Airways Executive Club
  • Travel and shopping protection3
  • Manage your account online and on the go
  • Cardmembers can enjoy access to a wide range of sought-after events, including music, theatre and film, often before tickets go on sale to the general public with American Express Invites

Annual fee: None

For more European card options check out this website.

Australia:

  1. The Citibank Rewards Credit Card – Signature:
  • 5 points per $1 spent on eligible purchases in Australia and 4 points overseas (includes international websites) with the Citibank Rewards Program.
  • 60,000 reward points on first purchase
  • 0% p.a. for 6 months on balance transfers (cash rate after 6 months)2.
  • Join the Qantas Rewards Program and earn 1 Frequent Flyer point per $1 spent on eligible purchases (points are automatically transferred to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account each month). A $49 annual Citibank Qantas Rewards fee applies3.
  • A range of complimentary insurances.
  • Free wine every time you dine with the Citibank Dining Program.

Annual fee: $299

For more Australian cards here is a great site.

Canada:

  1. Aspire Travel World Mastercard:
  • 2 reward miles for every $1 on all purchases – no matter where you shop
  • 35,000 bonus miles when you make your first purchase
  • 10,000 anniversary bonus miles every year
  • No limit to the amount of miles you can earn
  • Add an authorized user for $0 and earn even more miles with their purchases
  • World MasterCard benefits, including Travel Emergency Medical insurance and Trip Cancellation insurance

Annual fee: $120

Probably one of the best reward information sites on the net, much more than just Canada information here!

Mexico:

  1. AeroMexico Visa Signature:
  • 1 mile per $1 spent and double miles on certain purchases
  • 20,000 bonus miles on first use
  • Buy 3 tickets and get the 4th free
  • Luxury hotel collection
  • Zero fraud liability
  • Signature premium offers

Annual fee: $80

Here is a link to two similar cards, depending on your needs.

China:

  1. HSBC China Airlines Infinite Card:
  • Overseas spending NT$15 = 1 mile and NT$25 = 1 mile locally
  • Extra 25% miles when you purchase from China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines with card
  • Renew and get 20,000 miles annually

Annual fee: There is one, but I’m not positive how much it is.

The link above will send you to more card options from the same company.

South Africa:

  1. SAA Voyager Credit Card:
  • Best Voyager Miles earn rate.
  • Double miles in first month
  • Up to 19,000 bonus miles on first SAA flight purchase.
  • Business Class lounge access
  • Business Class check in
  • 2,500 mile enrolment bonus
  • Complimentary SAA Companion ticket

Sadly I couldn’t find a good site that compared their cards or said if they had an annual fee on the landing page.

New Zealand:

  1. Platinum Edge Credit Card:
  • 2 Reward Points (RP) on Rs 150 spent. 50% more RP on dining spends
  • Redeem RP as CashBack against outstanding amount on your Credit Card. (100 Reward Points = Rs. 40)
  • Zero Lost Card liability post reporting of the loss of card
  • Fuel Surcharge Waiver capped at Rs. 250 every billing cycle (ST applicable).
  • Earn a CashBack of Rs. 2,900 on RP accumulated by spending Rs. 5 lakh on your card.
  • Save up to Rs. 1,800 every year on your fuel transactions
  • Get first year fee reversed if you spend Rs. 10,000 in first 90 days of card set-up date and renewal fee reversed if you spend Rs. 50,000 in a year prior to renewal date

Annual fee: Vary for each card member

Here is a very informative site for comparing credit cards.

I tried to do the best I could as far as diversifying cards and offering links to where you could find more, but in case none of these cards work for you I suggest doing some research for the country you need on Google. There are a surprising amount out there around the world, so you should be able to find something.

18 COMMENTS

  1. It is great that you addressed good travel cards for non-US citizens. I find that my travel cards have been worth it by saving me checked baggage fees and paying for the annual fee from that. It is great to try to hack the system even if it is harder to do these days!

  2. I got almost a free roundtrip flight from the USA to China and back using my Delta miles! I wish I could take more advantage of travel credit cards, but living in China most places don’t accept them.

  3. I still haven’t gotten a great deal out of my travel card but I’m sure if I put more effort into travel hacking I’d get something out of it.

    And I love that you made this post! There are tons of travel credit card posts out there but a lot of them are only applicable to US citizens so we need more posts like this. 🙂

  4. Thanks for the heads up on the Australian card Clay! If I can’t get a second year with no annual fee on my current ANZ Frequent Flyer card then I will definitely look at the Citibank one. They also have a great debit card that has no overseas transaction fees on ATMs

  5. This is great. I’m Canadian and didn’t know about the one you mentioned for Canadians. I’ll need to check that out and see if it’s better than what I’m currently using. Thanks for the tips!

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