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.