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Free airline/ hotel credit cards in US for elite members?

Free airline/ hotel credit cards in US for elite members?

Old Apr 24, 14, 9:29 am
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Free airline/ hotel credit cards in US for elite members?

Hi guys

I am a Jet Airways (Indian airline) platinum member and by virtue of this status am entitled to free Jet Airways' co-branded credit card with American Express and others i.e. no joining or annual fees as long as I retain my platinum status with Jet Airways.

I've recently moved to US and am wondering if there is a similar "free" card offered by any US airline/ hotel chain. I have the highest tier in SPG, Hilton Honors, British Airways, Jet Airways and Hyatt

Any ideas?

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Old Apr 24, 14, 9:45 am
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There are quasi-free cards.

The UA Explorer Card can be considered free for elites. The first year usually is free. With $25k yearly spend, a bonus of 10k Mileageplus miles are earned. For cardholders, 10k can be used to cover the annual fees of ~$95 USD. For 1K members, an additional $60 USD is credited.

Many of the hotel cards (like the IHG credit card, at $49 USD annual fee per year) kind of pay for themselves with a free night or similar each year.

Jet Airways has some kind of partnership with UA, but is not *A. Air India has supposedly been in talks to join the *A and I would expect it to become a member within a couple years.
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