Credit Cards That Give Free Checked Luggage!

Tired of paying baggage fees?  Some of these cards can pay for their annual fees in just one trip!

Airline of your choice:
American Express Consumer Platinum
American Express Business Platinum
Either of these cards will cover $200 of fees, including baggage fees or other fees like change fees, per calendar year.
Annual fees of $450 applies, but you can get $400 in fee refunds in that year and a boatload of signup miles
Other benefits: Lounge access via AMEX Platinum (AA, Delta, and USAirways. Continental access ends 09/30). Worldwide lounge access via Priority Pass. No foreign exchange fee. Regus worldwide business office access. Free Global Entry Expedited Immigration Pass. Lost Item Purchase Protection. Starwood Gold Status. Avis, Hertz, and National status and other benefits.

Continental/United:

Chase Continental OnePass Plus Mastercard: 1 free bag for cardholder and everyone traveling with cardholder on Continental and United.
Annual fee: $0 first year, then $95.
Other benefits: 30K miles for spending $1,000 and adding an additional cardholder. Free Priority boarding. Non-expiring miles. Last seat EasyPass award avaialbility. Free primary Car Rental CDW. 2 annual lounge passes. $2 Continental in-flight LiveTV and Premium Drink discount. 10K bonus miles for spending $25K annually. Comp. upgrades for elite cardholders on award tickets. Double miles for Continental and United purchases.

Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Visa: 1 free bag for cardholder and everyone traveling with cardholder on Continental and United.
Annual fee: $0 first year, then $95.
Other benefits: Same as OnePass Plus Mastercard

Chase Continental Presidential Plus Mastercard: 2 free bags for cardholder and everyone traveling with cardholder on Continental and United.  Effective 01/01/12 only the cardholder and one companion receive 2 free bags.
Annual fee: $395.
Other benefits: Full Presidents Club Membership, Hyatt Platinum, Avis Presidents Club, 1K Flex Elite Miles per $5K spending.

Delta:

Delta Gold Consumer American Express: 1 free bag for cardholder and everyone traveling with cardholder on Delta.
Annual fee: $0 first year, then $95.
Other benefits: 25,000 miles for spending $1 and adding 2 cardholders. $99 annual coach companion ticket.

Delta Platinum Consumer American Express: 1 free bag for cardholder and everyone traveling with cardholder on Delta.
Annual fee: $150
Other benefits: 25,000 miles and 5,000 MQMs for spending $1 and adding 2 cardholders. Free annual coach companion ticket. Up to 20,000 MQMs annually based on spending.

Delta Reserve Consumer American Express: 1 free bag for cardholder and everyone traveling with cardholder on Delta.
Annual fee: $450
Other benefits: Delta SkyClub membership. 10,000 MQMs for spending $1. Free annual coach or first class companion ticket. Up to 30,000 MQMs annually based on spending.

Delta Gold Business American Express: 1 free bag for cardholder and everyone traveling with cardholder on Delta.
Annual fee: $0 first year, then $95.
Other benefits: 25,000 miles for spending $1 and adding 2 cardholders. $99 annual coach companion ticket. AMEX Open Savings.

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18 Responses to “Credit Cards That Give Free Checked Luggage!”

  1. hendel Says:
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    if one is traveling internationally where there are 2 free bags anyway, (for example, to australia), does this mean that with the continental card you can receive a third bag free?

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  2. shlomo Says:
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    does the delta card give free baggage if it closed

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  3. Deal guy Says:
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    With the Amex Plat, how do you get $400 in bag fee refunds, as opposed to just $200?

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  4. Dan Says:
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    @hendel:
    Nope.

    @shlomo:
    Dunno.

    @Deal guy:
    $200 before 12/31 and another $200 next calendar year.

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  5. Hillel Says:
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    So Amex doesn’t give 400 in refunds a year only the first year with using refund and December gives u 400 then second year u r get nothing nd eachnyearbafter only 200?

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  6. Jack Says:
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    The 2 free bags with Continental Presidential Plus card, is it 50 lb per bag or 70 lbs?

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  7. Miles Says:
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    Does the $99 companion ticket mean that we get a free companion flight for only $99 or are there restrictions? I thought it meant that we receive $99 off a companion ticket but I guess i misread the offers that Delta sends me.

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  8. bluto Says:
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    Don’t forget the US Airways Mastercard from Barclays

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  9. Dan Says:
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    @Hillel:
    Huh?
    They give $200 back every calendar (Jan-Dec) year.
    With 1 annual fee you can get $200 in refunds the first calendar year and $200 the 2nd calendar year.

    @Jack:
    It used to be 70, seems like its just 50 now though.

    @Miles:
    You can bring a companion with you for just $99!
    I think the paid ticket must cost at least $200.

    @bluto:
    Where does it say that card gives free luggage?

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  10. Lev Says:
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    I have the Delta Amex Plat., the only good thing is the free 2nd ticket. I’m probably the only loser paying $150 for the card.

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  11. Dan Says:
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    @Lev:
    As long as you use the free companion ticket the card pays for itself. Especially with the free luggage.
    I wouldn’t spend much on the card as you would do better with spending on Starwood or Premier Rewards Gold.

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  12. df Says:
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    booked a partner reward trip through continental.com with continental miles and the continental MC, but flying US airways. will i need to pay for a checked bag in that case?

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  13. Shua Says:
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    Which would you recommend to get, the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Visa, or the Chase Continental OnePass Plus Mastercard… Thanks alot for all these posts, they are greatly appreciated!

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  14. PT Says:
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    How do i get fee refunds on amex platinum?

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  15. tmi Says:
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    with the amex business platinum, you noted a boatload of signup miles. IN your link it doesn’t show them. ARe you referrring to the forum boards where they describe the need to call up MR and request them with a code, or are there other ways?
    I was offered 100/mo credit for first 4 months if I spend 5K per month. Nothing about miles though.
    And any ideas where to spend the 5K/month now that we are post mint days.

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  16. RW Scott Says:
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    Have a Delta Gold American Express. Nothing in write-up says you get a free companion ticket, but you state that is so. What am I missing? Trying to decide whether to pay $95 to renew.

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  17. Dan Says:
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    @RW Scott:
    Why don’t you call them?

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  18. mo Says:
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    dan, time to update this plz

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