(Closed) Best rewards credit card?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Thats really good to know, I dont have a credit card too.  Are there any good ones these days?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m quite fond of the Southwest Airlines card. It’s really easy to get free tickets & they fly from our town to a ton of places we like to go, with really no restrictions on when/where you can use the free tickets.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Starwoods, hands down.  I work in consulting and we travel a LOT and someone once did the analysis to figure out which was best, and it was the Starwoods Amex.  Not only can you use them on all the starwoods properties and most airlines the points go REALLY far.  My husband has Amex Membership rewards and it was 75K points a night for nice hotel.  With the Starwoods Amex we got FIVE nights for 90K.  So fabulous.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I am loving our Alaska Airlines card.  It is so easy to buy tickets with your points, they have a ton of awards partners, and we love to travel. 

Do check when you get the card to see whether interest is charged from the end of the billing period or from the day the charge posts.  We use our awards cards for everything – I just set mine up to make my stepson’s college tuition payments.  As long as I transfer the money from my account to pay off the charge before the end of the billing period, there is no interest – and that’s almost $40k miles a year.  Next I’m going to set up my mortgage payment on the card.  Can’t think why I hadn’t already done that!!

I have never heard of the Starwood card – will have to check that out!  Darling Husband has been wondering about getting an awards card in his name, so maybe that’s the other one we should have.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I like the American Express Blue Cash card.  It gets 5% on gas, groceries, and drug stores and 1% on everything else after spending $6,500 in a year.  So if you can get up that high in a year it is great.  Otherwise, you get 1% back on those and .5% on other purchases.  I use my card for everything now and pay it off at the end of every month.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My fi has the American Airlines rewards card and has gotten two roundtrip US flights as well as one roudntrip international flight in the past year, completely free!  Being that we lie across the country from eachother, and are going to Italy for our honeymoon…this has probably been the best rewards program I can think of!  I don’t know exactly how much he had to spend in order to earn them, but it coudn’t have been much as he is a grad school student and doesn’t have much money to spend!  We’re planning to use that credit card a lot when we’re married because we’ll live 2000 miles away from my family, and I’m sure I’m going to need/want to travel back a lot!

I have a cash back plan on my credit card through Wamu (…which was just bought out by Chase and most of my rewards are going away…) 🙁  Maybe it’s time to do research for a new cc…I’ll post with my findings soon!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Ceremony at the Lanikuhonua Phase II private estate, reception at a historic hotel in Waikiki

Yup we’re using the SPG rewards card.  Both Fiance and I opened separate cards to take advantage of the extra points w/ first purchase offer.  Our reception is at an SPG branded hotel, so more points there as well! 🙂

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m a frequent work traveler and I love my Hilton American Express. I toyed between the Delta and Hilton version but practically you can redeem Hilton points a lot easier. I get points just for booking travel online, 5 times points per stay, and at least 3 points per every day purchase. Hilton is one of the few companies that does not have any blackout dates so if they have room you are guaranteed a reservation!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Starwood Preferred Guest Rewards by American Express! It’s won top rating by several major groups, and we LOVE ours! We got half our Greece honeymoon for free with it.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I second the Alaska Airlines Signature Visa.  We live in Seattle, which of course has tons of Alaska flights.  We get tons of miles just for everyday purchases, plus three miles per $1 spent on Alaska flights and 1k bonus miles per passenger when the ticket is booked with an Alaska Signature Visa.  And, we get one $50 buddy pass each year.  I used this for our flights home for Christmas, and we saved $550!  

There are also tons of other ways to earn points through other partners (dining program, shopping program, etc.), which makes it even easier to get free travel faster.

I was going to try to talk my fiance into getting his own so that we get two annual buddy passes, but maybe I’ll have him get an Amex Starwood Rewards card–I have always heard the best things about this card.  Thanks for posting this, and for all the helpful responses!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I heart my Starwood Rewards Amex card and my United mileage card!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I concur! STARWOOD American Express! My fi and parents own time share properties through Starwood, and thank goodness for the point rewards because our accumulated points are helping out with my immediate family members accomodations for the week of our wedding! Such a life saver! And you can travel anywhere in the world and use your points to just go (or to exchange the time share week you have at one location for another anywhere in the world).

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m with MissaSb-American Express Blue!!! My fiance and I got back $400 last December. We put EVERYTHING on the AMEX and make payments every 2 weeks so our balance stays where we would like it. Wedding costs add up so why not get paid back for it!!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm

I have a Capital one rewards card and I love it because it seems to build points fast and if you use it for flying you can put it towards <span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-weight: bold”>any flight.  So if i have 30k points, I can use it to get reimbursed for any flight that I paid for that is $150-350 – so no black out dates!  Also over christmas they did a triple point special for everything spent for 3 months and i got tooons of points. No monthly fee if you have good – excellent credit.

I was thinking about signing up for the Southwest card too, I’ve heard its really good and easy to build up free flights.  

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