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US Major Airlines Receive More Than $25 Billion in Ancillary Revenue from Co-Branded Cards – Press Release

January 23, 2024

CarTrawler sponsored research reveals US major airlines netted 32% of global ancillary revenue and nearly 68% of frequent flyer and commission-based revenue.  Following further analysis on the 2023 CarTrawler Worldwide Estimate of Ancillary Revenue, IdeaWorksCompany found that US major airlines, defined as Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, and United, achieved ancillary revenue results far above their estimated 24% global traffic share. This is largely due to the outsize share of frequent flyer cash from their co-branded credit card programs. Traditional airlines, the largest category by number, came in at $42 billion, while low cost carriers (both categories) posted combined ancillary revenue of $38.1 billion, which represents a 2nd place position.

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