Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Feb 08

Credit Card Christmas in February

It’s credit card Christmas, as a remarkable three airline cards are offering 50,000 mile sign-up bonuses. We’ll occasionally get one or two at the same time, but we rarely have three simultaneously.

Credit Card Bonanza

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You’ve got several choices if you want an enhanced bonus, so I’d take advantage of it now. Among your choices:

  • Southwest Airlines. The Rapid Rewards card will not only give you 50,000 sign-up points, worth about $75,000 in Southwest travel, but also get you halfway to the Southwest Companion Pass, which will let a companion travel with you for free for an entire year.
  • American Airlines: The Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select will earn you 50,000 miles for the sign-up bonus. It also has a bunch of other goodies and refunds 10% of your redeemed miles each year, up to 10,000.
  • United Airlines just upped the bonus for the Explorer card to 50,000 miles. It offers most of the same perks as the others but also gets you two one-time passes to the United Club each year on your anniversary.

But The Best Card Of Them All Hasn’t Changed

In a world where you are airline-agnostic, the best airline credit card is the JetBlue Plus Card. The sign-up bonus is 30,000 points and each point is worth about 1.5 cents. You can use TrueBlue points on any flight with an open seat and the card gives amazing rewards:

  • 6 points per $ on JetBlue purchases (2 at restaurants and grocery stores, 1 at all others)
  • You receive up to 9 points per dollar spent on JetBlue flights (at least 3 base points, 3 for booking online, 3 if you have Mosaic status).
  • JetBlue refunds 10% of your spent points each year.

In other words, purchase a ticket on JetBlue and you’ll receive up to 15 points per dollar spent on the cheapest fares. at 1.5c each, that’s a 22.5% rebate. Throw in the 10% refund of points each year and your rebate on JetBlue purchases can be as high as 25%.

 

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