Airline-branded credit cards

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  1. hannah.

    hannah. Active Member

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    This is kind of a newbie question, but I hope someone can help. Do you have to use the airline-branded credit card to purchase your tickets in order to receive the benefits (e.g. priority boarding, waived bag fees), or will simply having an valid airline-branded credit card give the same benefits?
     
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  2. othermike27

    othermike27 Silver Member

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    For the airline cards I'm familiar with (Chase UA MP), you must pay for your ticket with the credit card to receive that card's benefits. Club access might be an exception (...?)
     
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    iolaire Gold Member

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    From my experience with AA and UA you only need the card - despite the stated rules. I go through so many credit cards that I’m never using that card to book travel on that airline and usually receive the same benefits. Note I don’t travel all the time so this could change without me knowing it
     
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  4. Espan

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    as far as I understand it, you need to make the purchase (even if it's taxes on an award redemption) with the card to get the bag allowance, boarding privileges.
     
  5. hannah.

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    Thanks everybody! I was debating whether to put spending on my CSP card, but it looks like I should use the co-branded card if I want to take advantage of the bag allowance/boarding privilege benefits.
     
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    You should check with the particular airline, because each one may have a different policy.
     

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