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What to Be Aware Of With Airlines And Credit Card Miles

Nick Makaryk
Jul 22, 2008
You should ask yourself a couple of questions if you have or want to get an airline credit card. Does the largest airline in the area offer benefits?. And what cards allow for benefits to be received quickly?.

One specific airline is all that an airline sponsored credit card will allow you to focus on. Not only will it be convenient, efficient but economical as well if the actual airline controls most of the destination routes in your area. You will have more freedom with credit cards that banks sponsor. Why? A number of airlines will accept the miles that you accumulate. This is the card with the most benefits for you if there is not an airline controlling the majority of destination routes in the area. A minimum amount of air miles required for travel than with the cards airlines sponsor is an advantage. You should be extremely cautious. A lot of fine print goes with credit cards sponsored by banks.

Different kinds of cards will vary on annual fees and membership. Standard, gold and platinum are offered by most major credit card companies. It is important to remember that fees increase with improved options. Membership and annual fees are higher and add up quickly on gold and platinum cards that have high credit limits. Zero percent interest is an introductory offer from most major credit cards offering air miles. Why? Credit cards are their business. The interest rates on an air miles card are for you if you are concerned about high interest rates. Before you receive a free or discounted trip a minimum number of miles are required by many of the credit cards providing air miles. Read the fine print over and over to make sure all stipulations are understood.

Air miles cards are beneficial when you travel frequently for business or pleasure. All of the necessary goods and services can be bought with these types of cards. You them redeem the points you were rewarded with for air miles. A free or discounted trip to the place of your choice can then be gotten. There is the additional incentive of bonus air miles being offered at some stores or specific travel destinations. When you sign with the company normally airline and bank sponsored cards give bonus air miles.

An air miles card has numerous disadvantages as well. If the entire balance is not fully paid every month then the higher interest rates they normally carry can add up fast. In order to get points to exchange for air miles these cards are normally used to buy things that are not needed. For the cardholder to truly benefit these air miles credit cards have to be used with responsibility just like any other credit card.
About the Author
Nick Makaryk is an Internet Publisher, Copywriter, and Founder of Best Credit Cards A Free consumer Credit Card Comparison site helps consumer minded individuals find the perfect credit card while avoiding high interest rates, charges, and no fees. Compare all Low Interest Credit Cards from accredited card issuers Visa, Master Cards, Discover, American Express.
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