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Airline Miles Reward Cards

These airline mileage credit cards earn you valuable mileage with the frequent flyer or frequent guest program of your choice while you spend money on travel and other purchases.

Airline cards let you combine miles from purchases with those you accumulate by flying. This helps infrequent flyers earn a free ticket. If you are not loyal to a particular airline, consider a "points" card, which lets you accumulate discounts on any airline.

 

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You can use frequent flyer miles to earn free flights and upgrades. Many credit card companies offer frequent flyer miles as incentives. Airline miles credit cards, sometimes referred to as affinity cards, are linked to specific airline frequent flyer programs. For example, continental has its Citi Platinum card. Airline companies want to retain most frequent customers by rewarding them for their loyalty. For every dollar charged, the cardholder earns one mile.

Annual fees for these cards tend to be somewhat higher than for comparable non-mileage cards--in the $25 - $125 range, depending on whether you opt for the regular, gold or platinum versions. And APRs (annual percentage rates) are also higher than those of their non-mileage-earning counterparts, typically falling into a fairly narrow (and high) 15% - 18% range.

If you conscientiously focus your mileage-earning in a single program, it makes perfect sense to make that program's card your everyday plastic of choice. In order to add value to the cards, airlines and their card partners routinely offer special promotions allowing cardholders to earn bonus miles for various transactions.

Before signing up for a card, be sure to examine your spending and travel habits. Airline cards let you combine miles from purchases with those you accumulate by flying. This helps infrequent flyers earn a free ticket. If you are not loyal to a particular airline, consider a "points" card, which lets you accumulate discounts on any airline. All-in-one cards, which give you multiple ways to cash in points, may be your best bet if you think your points could expire (in, say, three years) before you have enough for a free ticket.

 

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