(Closed) Best Credit Cards for Airline Points

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

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Tachetetreasures:  If you’re in the US. the Capital One Venture Card is supposed to be awesome as far as no black-out dates, etc. Another option is to choose one specific to the airline you use the most. (My parents have one for United and one for Southwest, they are happy with both, because beyond miles, you get perks like free checked bags, etc for using their cards).

So I guess the question is whether you can pick one airline/airline group (United points can be used for Lufthansa flights, for example) (is there a hub where you live?) or if you want to be flexible.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

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Tachetetreasures:  Any card that allows you airline points will allow you to fly internationally with those points, but you will have to save them up for a while. For example, DH and I are going to England from Denver with points, and round-trip tickets were about 60,000 points each. If you’d like to travel internationally soon, it may be a good idea to choose a card with a large sign up points bonus (some will give you 50,000 points for signing up and spending a certain amount of money in the first few months).

 

ETA: I just checked, and the Venture card gives 2x points on all purchases, plus a 40,000 point signing bonus. With the airline flexibility, sounds like it could be perfect for you.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 1 month ago by  gingerkitten.
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Newbee
  • Wedding: Kauai

This is totally my hobby/specialty [post moderated for self promotion] – my husband and I were long distance for four years and almost never paid for airfare.

My top recommendation, and the card I use most regularly, is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. I use it to transfer points to Southwest, United, etc.

Most cards offer significant sign-on bonuses. These are the bread and butter of free travel. Currently, there is an extremely limited offer for a US Airways card that will give you enough points for two round trip flights for only $99. To find it, go Google “frequent miler best credit card offers” and on the giant long list, find US Airways Mastercard – but this is literally subject to end any day, now that the programs have merged.

Please feel free to message me privately. I am so happy to help you make your family visits more affordable. 🙂 I can even help you toward that honeymoon!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Chase Sapphire Preferred. Hands down. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

We are in Canada but have the WestJet World Elite MC. It gives us 1 or 2% back on purchases plus a signing bonus plus a $99 companion flight with no blackouts. Our wedding is across the country for us, so we are using our WJ dollars and companion flight for flying for the wedding. We also get a % on vacations, and flights booked through WJ.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I have the United card and the Southwest card. Im happy with both, but I find myself using the United card more often, because I want to accumulate miles for international travel 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have an American Express Blue Sky card and an Expedia MasterCard. The Expedia card is great for getting bonuses on booking all kinds of travel, but unless I’m specifically booking on Expedia I tend to use my AmEx. This might be a good card if you’re not going to put much on it because you accumulate points that can then be used to rebate travel. This way you don’t have to wait 4 years to have enough miles, but you can just redeem the points for a $100 statement credit against any kind of travel purchase.

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