Dec 03

Earning miles with credit cards

First, I should note that earning miles with credit cards is one of the easiest ways to rack up a lot of miles quickly.  I’m also going to point out that the amount of information regarding credit card miles is so vast that it would be a blog in and of itself, so I’m going to start with the basics and get more involved as we go.  There are two primary ways to earn miles with credit cards.

First, most credit card companies have sign-up bonuses.  The bonuses can be as low as 5,000 or 10,000 miles and as high as 100,000.  They often come with caveats, such as spending a certain amount of money on the card within a certain period of time.  Some cards give you elite status if you spend enough, others give you free checked luggage.  Just read the terms and conditions, as well as the advertisements that are plastered all over the airlines’ pages.

Second, you generally get one mile for every dollar that you spend.  Often, you get bonus miles for spending on the airline itself.

Note that these credit cards often have annual fees (occasionally waived the first year) as well as punitive interest rates if you don’t pay your full bill at the end of the month.  There’s not much you can do about the first, at least according to the terms and conditions of the card, but a call to customer service will often get the annual fee waived.  The second is easy: just pay your bill on time.

For now, be aware that credit cards are an easy way to generate miles and I’ll discuss more in-depth strategies as we go.

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