When it comes to airports and the flying experience, most of the best perks do not come standard. If travel is important to you, you'll have to look to the benefits offered by specific cards.
Travel reward credit cards might offer, for example, access to airport lounges, free luggage checks or discounts on inflight service.
Here's a sampling of some card-specific perks:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred cardholders can get reimbursed up to $500 for expenses like meals and lodging if their transportation -- including airplanes, buses, cruise ships and trains -- is delayed by more than 12 hours.
- Citi Prestige cardholders receive an annual $250 air travel credit, which can be used for tickets, baggage fees and upgrades. Of course, the card also comes with an annual fee of $450.
- Barclaycard World Elite MasterCard holders are covered by an insurance policy if they have to cancel or interrupt a trip due to illness, injury or death. Maximum reimbursement for transportation costs is $1,500.
Some Visa-branded credit cards and American Express cards also offer insurance if a cardholder's luggage is lost, damaged or stolen. On Amex cards, maximum reimbursement is $1,250 for carry-on baggage and $500 for checked baggage. This perk covers only what a cardholder's primary insurance carrier won't.
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