Credit cards come with a bundle of benefits. Few offer you attractive cashback schemes on shopping whereas few give you exclusive discounts on flight rates, hotel booking, etc. Depending on your use, you can look at a variety of options available to choose the right credit card for yourself. If you are a frequent flyer, there are majorly two kinds of credit cards that can earn you discounts on your flight booking.

General travel card and the credit cards tied up with specific airlines also known as co-branded credit cards. Yes, you guessed it right. Both the variants have their pros and cons. General travel cards which are not attached to a particular airline, offer you discounts or reward points on your flight booking, dining, etc. These reward points can typically be redeemed and converted to cashback. Co-branded credit cards, on the other hand, offer you discounts on the respective airline along with the special perks such as free checked bags and priority boarding. These airline specific cards can make your air travel affordable, provided if you frequently travel via the respective airline.

Choose from the following list of credit cards to make your air travel less expensive.

1) SBI Air India Visa Signature Card

Annual fee of Rs.4999
Offers –

  • 20000 Reward Points as welcome bonus.
  • 10 Reward Points for every Rs.100 spent on Air India tickets.
  • 1 Air India mile = 1 Reward Point.
  • Complimentary membership of the Air India Frequent Flyer program –Flying Returns.
  • Access to over 600 International Airport Luxury Lounges with complimentary Priority Pass Program. Complimentary Visa Lounge Access Program in India at major domestic airports

2) HDFC JetPrivilege Diners Credit Card

With an annual fee of Rs.10000 for the first year with Rs.5000 as renewal fees
Offers –

  • 30,000 Bonus JPMiles as welcome bonus and 15 JetPrivilege Tier points within first 90 days.
  • 8 JP Miles for every Rs. 150 spent and 24 JPMiles on every Rs. 150 spent on every flight ticket booked on
  • 3X JPMiles on every flight booked via
  • 10,000 JP Miles and 5 JetPrivilege Tier Points upon the first swipe on your card within 90 days of card renewal date.
  • 1 JP Tier Point on every Rs. 1.5 lakh spends.
  • Complimentary Base fare waived ticket & Discount voucher for return flight ticket on upon realisation of membership fee.
  • Unlimited complimentary access to 600+ Airport Lounges globally.
  • 24/7 Concierge services for all your bookings

3) Citibank Prestige Visa Infinite Credit Card

With an annual fee of Rs.20000
Offers –

  • 1 Citi Prestige reward point = 4 Frequent Flyer Air miles.
  • 10,000 bonus air miles and vouchers of worth Rs.10,000 from Taj Group or ITC hotels every year.
  • Air Accident Insurance of Rs.5 Crores.
  • Overseas Medical Insurance of USD$ 50,000.
  • Unlimited complimentary Priority Pass lounge access at over 800 airports globally.
  • Meet & Assist services at over 30 international airports within Asia Pacific region.
  • Taj Epicure Plus Plan and InnerCircle Gold membership.
  • One-night complimentary stay at excellent properties across the world (minimum booking of 4 nights).

4) Standard Chartered Emirates Platinum Mastercard Credit Card

With annual fee of Rs.13999 for variant 1 & Rs.3999 for variant 2
Offers –

  • 27500 Skyward Miles as welcome bonus.
  • 4 Emirates Skywards Miles for every Rs.150 spent.
  • Fly to Dubai if you earn 27,500 Skyward Miles.
  • Fly to Rome, Paris or London, among others if you earn 55,000 Miles.
  • Fly to the USA if you earn 85,000 Miles.
  • Travel Insurance up to Rs.10 Million.
  • Complimentary membership to over 850 lounges globally with a usage fee of $27 per member.

5) Citibank Premier Miles Credit Card

With an annual fee of Rs.3000
Offers –

  • Convert every 2 Miles for 1 Frequent Flyer Air Mile.
  • Earn 4 Miles for every Rs.100 spent on all other transactions.
  • Earn 10,000 Miles with your first spend of Rs.1,000 or more.
  • 3,000 Miles on Card renewal.
  • Earn 10 Miles per Rs.100 when you book flight tickets, hotel stays, and car rentals at the dedicated PremierMiles website.
  • Earn 10 Miles per Rs.100 spent on all airline transactions.
  • Earn 10 Miles per Rs.100 spent with online partner merchants – and
  • Air Accident Insurance Cover of up to Rs.1 crore.
  • Complimentary access to Participating Airport Lounges in India.

6) American Express Jet Airways Platinum Credit Card

With annual fee of Rs.5000 for the first year with Rs.10000 as renewal fees
Offers –

  • 10,000 JP Miles as welcome bonus.
  • 8 JP Miles for every Rs.150 spent.
  • 5,000 Bonus JP Miles + a complimentary Jet Airways Base Fare Waived Domestic Ticket on every renewal.
  • 6 JP Miles for every Rs.150 spent for booking revenue tickets on
  • 5% discount on Base Fare for revenue ticket bookings made on
  • Complimentary membership to Priority Pass.
  • One Way Complimentary Jet Airway Domestic Ticket on the first charge.
  • Complimentary membership to Oberoi Hotels.
  • Complimentary Trident Privilege Gold Tier Membership.
  • Complimentary iPrefer Gold Tier membership.
  • Complimentary night’s stay at select properties of Oberoi Hotels & Resorts.
  • Complimentary visits to 14 Domestic Airport Lounges at 12 cities in India.

7) American Express Platinum Reserve Credit Card

With annual fee of Rs.5000 for the first year with Rs.10000 as renewal fees
Offers –

  • 11,000 membership reward points as welcome bonus.
  • One membership reward point for every Rs.50 spent.
  • Additional cashback of up to Rs.10000 at
  • Complimentary membership to Priority Pass.
  • Complimentary access to leading golf courses in India.
  • Privileges at Luxury Hotel chains like Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, Trident Hotels and more.
  • Access to American Express proprietary lounges in Delhi and Mumbai.

8) ICICI Bank Jet Airways Sapphiro Credit Card

With annual fee of Rs.5000 for the first year with Rs.5000 as renewal fees
Offers –

  • 10,000 JP Miles as welcome bonus.
  • 7 JP Miles for every Rs.100 spent.
  • 5000 JP Miles on renewal each year along.
  • Complimentary Airport Lounge Access to over 600 VIP Lounges.
  • Complimentary one-way base fare waived domestic ticket.
  • 5% e-booking discount at