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Best Airlines To Travel In 2024 And How To Book With Your Credit Card Rewards



While there are several airlines that will proverbially take you across the pond—whichever pond that is—there are two standouts from both an onboard quality standpoint as well as the ease of earning rewards within the respective loyalty programs.

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines operates several flights from the United States to its hub in Istanbul and continuing on to various destinations. In its premium-class cabins, you can expect an upgraded service including catering from Turkish signature Flying Chefs, some of the most comfortable seats in the air and Ferragamo amenity kits.

Not only is Turkish Airlines enjoyable when up in the air, but it’s a breeze to book award flights since the Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles program is a transfer partner of Bilt Rewards, Capital One rewards and Citi ThankYou® Points.

There’s plenty of credit card options that can help you beef up your Miles&Smiles balances, as well.

If you’re flush with United MileagePlus miles from either being an avid United flyer or holding one of the many co-branded credit cards, you can use those miles to book flights on Turkish Airlines as both are part of the Star Alliance airline partnership.

Qatar Airways

Qatar is another top-notch airline to fly with in style, where you can enjoy truly luxurious business-class cabins. For example, its Qsuite configuration—dubbed “first class in business” offers much of what you’d see in first class, like a la carte dining and enclosed pods for added privacy.

Qatar Airways is rather versatile when it comes to booking flights, thanks to its partnership with Alaska Airlines. You can leverage your Mileage Plan miles to book award flights. And, since Qatar Airways Privilege Club uses the same Avios as British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia, you can take advantage of transfers between those programs.

Moreover, each of the following cards offer a generous welcome bonus:

You can combine those Avios earned from your card with British Airways and then transfer them to Qatar Airways Privilege Club to book your flights.

Qatar Airways is also a transfer partner of Citi ThankYou Points and American Express Membership Rewards®. So holding cards like the Citi Premier® Card* or The Platinum Card® from American Express (terms apply, see rates & fees) allows you to top off your Avios balances.

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