PhotoAlaska Airlines has made a couple of benefit changes to its Visa Signature Card. The credit card no longer carries foreign transaction fees, and bonus miles for new customers have been increased to 30,000, as long as the new cardholders meet the qualifying spending level.

"As we continue to expand our global partnerships and add to our growing list of more than 800 partner destinations worldwide, eliminating foreign transaction fees is the right thing to do for our world-traveling cardholders,” said Sangita Woerner, Alaska's vice president of marketing.

The expanded perks are in addition to the other benefits the card carries, including a free checked bag for the cardholder and six others included in his or her party; three times the miles on Alaska Air purchases; and an annual companion fare for $121.

Alaska Air's mileage plan currently features 17 international and domestic airline partners, flying to more than 800 global destinations. Alaska Air says its mileage plan was rated number one among airline rewards programs by U.S. News.

It should be noted that an airline credit card is probably not the best choice for people who rarely travel by air. While there are other rewards associated with the cards, the most lucrative are associated with air travel.

Other options

For example, the Frontier Airlines Credit Card is another attractive choice. Right off the bat, new cardholders earn 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 the first 90 days the account is open. Those 40,000 bonus miles are good for two round-trip domestic tickets, subject to availability.

Customers earn double miles per $1 spent on Frontier Airlines purchases and one mile per $1 spent on all other purchases.

Customers earn a $100 Frontier Airlines flight discount voucher after spending $2,500 or more in purchases during the card membership year.

For consumers who do not travel by air that much, a rewards card with a generous cash back feature is the better choice. Here are some options to consider.


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