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Earning Free Miles With Airline Mile Cards

Feb 7, 2008
If you travel a lot of business or you like to travel to a lot of places with your family or even by yourself for pleasure, I hope you're using an airline miles credit card to go back and forth. If you're not, I really hope you take the time to read this article so you can better understand how the credit cards actually work.

Airline credit cards are ideal for people who probably make about five to ten trips a year at least. If you don't make this many then I would say that you shouldn't waste your energy applying for one unless you want to sign up to take advantage of the free airline ticket. If you do take more than five trips years then you're already a perfect candidate for this type of card. The next step you're going to want to take is to start researching.

A credit card that based on airline rewards is a very simple concept. You can either apply for a card that focuses on one airline, which I would highly recommend. The reason I would recommend a credit card that focuses on one airliner is because when you tend to travel with one airliner a lot, they will start to notice and apply to certain statuses. The higher you work your way up the ladder, the more perks you'll get like complimentary upgrades, tickets, food, etc.

If you don't want to apply for a credit card that focuses on one airline then you can focus on a travel credit card. These credit cards are more the traveler that wants to save on hotels, airlines, and the whole package. They don't necessarily work like an airline credit card but they give you points for every dollar you spend that is related to travel. When these points reach a certain point, you'll be able to cash them in for items, free tickets, hotel rooms, and more.

The difference with an airline credit card that focuses on an airline such as Delta is that you'll receive a mile for every dollar you spend. This is usually how the industry works but every carrier varies when it comes to dollars to mile rations, what you can redeem, etc. When you rack up enough airlines with the airliner, you'll be able to redeem them for future flights. The thing you should look out for when you do apply for a card is for a credit card that never lets the frequent flier miles expire. You won't want get a lot of points and find out they're all gone when you go to redeem them.

Like any credit card you apply for, make sure that you do your research when applying for a card. Make sure that the airliner you're applying for is near your home. You won't want to apply for a card and come to find out that airliner doesn't even leave your airport. Watch out for the terms, annual fee, and any other terms and conditions. Once you find the right card, apply for it and start saving on your mileage!
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