I have three great regrets thus far in my strange life: 1) Not buying Google stock when I “knew” it was a bargain; 2) Not buying Youku.com stock at $28 when I “knew” the Chinese online video firm was ripe for fast gains and 3) Not signing up for the right airline credit cards years ago.
If you fly often, you should earn air miles for every flight you book. And you should earn miles for every purchase you make on your credit card. It’s that simple.
I get a couple of free flights each year now from United Mileage Plus alone. And it’s far from the only flier friendly credit card I use.
Here’s an updated snapshot for April of the best airline credit card offers out there, in my opinion:
– United Mileage Plus VISA — Great card, and great sign-up bonus. Use that link to apply and you’ll earn up to 30,000 bonus miles, plus a $50 statement credit on your new account.
– JetBlue Airways American Express — Another must-have addition to any frequent flier’s wallet. Those who apply now via JetBlue’s web site or an airport kiosk can earn up to 20,000 bonus points. (One-way award flights start at only 5,000 points, so this is a very solid value.)
– Continental Airlines OnePass Plus — Aside from the serious design (click through to see it; screams business class, right?), this MasterCard offers up to 30,000 bonus miles to new cardholders… plus $50 back after your first purchase. You’ll also get 2 annual comped passes to the Continental Presidents Club, so you can act like a modern-day Don Draper, if you desire.
– Citi AAdvantage — They offer three different cards; these American Airlines flier rewards cards come in two varieties, VISA and American Express. Earn up to 30,000 bonus miles as a new cardholder. That’s more than enough for a domestic roundtrip flight.
Total if you owned all four credit cards: 30,000 + 20,000 + 30,000 + 30,000 = 110,000 bonus points/miles. (Roughly equal to at least 10 free flight segments, or 5 free domestic roundtrips, according to our estimate.)
View all of my favourite new credit card deals and offers over on Outlaw.
Disclosures: I used to review credit cards for a living. Also, my web site has a financial relationship with certain card issuers, including Chase and Barclays Bank.
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