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5 Credit Cards That Offer Free Checked Bags

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Credit Cards for Free Checked Bags

The high cost of air travel makes it important to find savings wherever you can. Depending on the airline you choose and the number of people flying, it can cost you hundreds of dollars just to check your luggage. That's why it might make sense to get a credit card that offers free checked bags.

Read on for our full rundown of the five best cards that offer this perk.

The 5 Best Credit Cards for Free Checked Bags

JetBlue Plus Card

Fees: Annual fee of $99; no foreign transaction fee.

APR: 0% intro APR on balance transfers made in the first 45 days for the first 12 billing cycles; then 17.24% to 26.24% APR on purchases and balance transfers.

Sign-Up Bonus: Earn 40,000 points after spending $1,000 with your card in the first 90 days of opening the account.

Benefits and Rewards: Earn 6X TrueBlue points for each dollar spent on purchases with JetBlue, 2X points at restaurants and grocery stores, and one point on other purchases. In addition to getting your first checked bag free, you get 5,000 points on your account anniversary and 10% of your points back each time you redeem them.

If you purchase a JetBlue Vacations package of $100 or more with your card, you'll also get a $100 statement credit. You'll also save 50% on in-flight purchases, and be eligible for TrueBlue Mosaic benefits for one year after you spend $50,000 or more on purchases annually.


Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard

Fees: Annual fee of $450; no foreign transaction fee

APR: 16.99% to 24.99%

Sign-Up Bonus: You'll earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first three months of your account opening.

Benefits and Rewards: This card awards two miles per dollar you spend on American Airlines and one mile for other purchases. In addition to getting your first checked bag free, you get the first checked bag of up to eight companions free.

Other benefits include access to Admirals Club, an annual bonus of 10,000 miles if you spend $40,000 on your card each year, and priority check-in, airport screening, and early boarding on American Airlines flights. Cardmembers can also save 25% on in-flight purchases and get a statement credit of up to $100 for Global Entry or TSA Precheck.

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Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Card

Fees: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95; no foreign transaction fee

APR: 17.24% to 24.24% APR

Sign-Up Bonus: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Note that this sign-up offer expires on March 15.

Benefits and Rewards: Earn two miles per $1 you spend on United Airlines tickets, and one mile per $1 on other purchases. You can redeem your miles for flights with United Airlines and Star Alliance member airlines.

You get your first checked bag free, as well as one companion's first checked bag free. Other benefits include priority boarding privileges, and two one-time passes to the United Club each year on your cardmember anniversary.


Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card From American Express

Fees: Annual fee of $95 waived for the first year; no foreign transaction fee

APR: 16.99% to 25.99% APR

Sign-Up Bonus: You'll earn 50,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases with your new card within the first three months, and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within your first three months. Plus, you can earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles after you make an additional $1,000 in purchases within your first six months. Note that this sign-up offer expires on April 11.

Benefits and Rewards: Earn two SkyMiles for each dollar you spend on Delta purchases and one mile for all other purchases. Your first checked bag is free when you fly with Delta; this applies to up to nine passengers on your reservation. Other benefits include Zone 1 priority boarding, a discount on Delta Sky Club passes, and 20% off in-flight purchases.

SEE ALSO: The 6 Best Travel Credit Cards for Small Businesses


Platinum Card From American Express

Fees: Annual fee $550; no foreign transaction fee

APR: No APR (no interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month)

Sign-Up Bonus: Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months of opening your card.

Benefits and Rewards: Although it doesn't specifically offer free checked bags, this card does include a $200 annual airline fee credit that can be used to pay any baggage fees. It also awards 5X points for flights that you book with American Express Travel or directly with airlines.

You also get Gold Status for Hilton Honors and Starwood Preferred Guest programs, and a credit of $100 for Global Entry or $85 for TSA PreCheck. Other benefits include airport lounge access and up to $200 annually for Uber rides.

Readers, what credit cards do you use to get rewards while traveling? Let us know in the comments below!


Contributing Writer

Christina Majaski is a freelance writer and mom of daughter Chloe and dog Monty in Central Minnesota. She has covered social media, personal finance, law, business, and travel for various online and print publications since 2003. You can read her work online at Wise Bread, Digital Trends, PayScale, and many others.
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michael bonebright (DealNews)

@hellodoms

With this article, we're presenting a selection of cards that offer a variety of different rewards -- with free checked bags being one of those rewards. For shoppers who travel a lot, paying multiple checked bag fees over the course of a year will quickly outpace any annual fee.

For what it's worth, I don't have one of these credit cards, because I don't check bags when I travel. You're right -- shoppers who don't travel or check bags often should definitely look for different perks in a credit card.

Thanks for reading!

hellodoms

Look at the annual fees $450, $550 for card, title is misleading not free, most international fights inbound and outbound us 2 , 50# bag free, not worth it