GoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 15 Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5017 times:
My aunt and uncle have a BA one, not sure if it works with AA or the other OneWorld participants but it works out that they get a mile for every dollar they spend. Seems like a pretty good deal if you just pay off the monthly debt on time and all the way down each time. $1000 spent on whatever major purchase gives a thousand miles.
Hawk44 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 759 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5003 times:
I have the AA citi card and just got the delta skymiles card. I will probably end up canceling the AA card because AA's schedule does not work with mine but Delta's does. Plus DL is larger at my home airport.
Whatever card you get make sure the airline has a good operation at your home airport, for example if you live near PHL get the US card but if you live near DTW instead get the NW card.
FLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1183 posts, RR: 10 Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4987 times:
Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 1): Presently I use Citibank AA card, happy so far with it.
Ditto on that one. Mine costs 50 dollars a year. The secret is NOT to get a gold or platinum. There is absolutely no difference (you should see my credit line) except that they charge you a higher fee to have a different color. We charge many bills to it each month (cell phone, long distance, etc. automatically withdrawn) and every "major" purchase goes through the credit card. You get a mile per dollar and it goes right into your account. It adds up very quickly!!!!!! I then pay it online through my bank's website.
I know many people who have a UA credit card and are happy with it. It probably works the same way as AA's. The reason why we chose AA is because we use that airline to FLY2LIM so it was an easy choice for us.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9156 posts, RR: 52 Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4986 times:
I have a College Plus Visa with United and it is an ok one, but only gives half a mile per dollar. Every airline has a lot of different cards. Usually for the ones that offer one or two miles per dollar spent, you pay a fee which can be significant so those are for big spenders with good credit. Often you can get free ones without the fee, but they don't offer as many miles. I would research which airline you use, and give their options a look. I would stick to one though that is through Visa or Mastercard. Delta only has American Express, and you have to pay a fee which is not as good.
Another option is to go with Capital One or AMEX that gives you points redeemable on any airline. Often these cards aren't as good as a specific airline's card, but they do allow for more freedom.
Another good idea is pay for big expense items with your credit card and then pay off the bill as soon as you get it. My entire college tuition goes on a United Visa Signature Card which nets my family 30,000 miles per year, which is good enough for a free flight home for Christmas.
[Edited 2005-07-20 04:52:32]
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Sampa737 From Brazil, joined May 2005, 637 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4983 times:
I use the DL Skymiles AmEx. Double points. I charge everything and pay it off each month. I've earned thousands of points costing me nothing. However, you do have the yearly fee. If the platinum, you're awarded a free companion ticket each year.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7623 posts, RR: 38 Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4955 times:
I've got a Visa Avion Platinum. I can use it for any airline, anytime. It's the only one my bank offers other then a BA card, and I like to stick with only what my bank offers me. I also got an application for the Bank of America AS Platinum Visa yesterday , but I already threw it out.
TymnBalewne From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 928 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4953 times:
I remember the days when the airlines themselves offered their own credit cards. I used to have (and well, still have the plastic) the TWA "Getaway Card", the Pan Am "Clipper Card" and the Eastern "Wings" credit card.
Do any airlines still offer their own credit card or are they all affinity cards through Visa/Mastercard/Amex?
ScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6441 posts, RR: 33 Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4937 times:
Delta has a no-fee version of the SkyMiles AmEx -- the "SkyMiles Options" card. Like most of the other no-fee cards, it only awards half-points when compared to the versions with a fee, and the welcome bonus is modest at 1000 miles. The Options card isn't heavily promoted but you can probably find the web application form if you Google "SkyMiles Options."
The annual free companion ticket on the SkyMiles Platinum card is an excellent deal if you have a need for it.
Skyone From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 415 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4891 times:
For me, the ones that work!!!!!!
Go to HSBC here in Mexico and get the HSBC Visa Delta Sky Miles that gets you 1 mile per every $10 pesos ($1 US Dollar) you spent and has NO annual fee plus gives you 5000 Delta Sky Miles when you make your first purshase. And also get the Banorte Visa Classic that charges an annual fee of $390 pesos ($40 US Dollars) but gets you 1 Mexicana Mile per every $5 pesos spent ($0.5 US Dollars) that beats every card in the United States (Correct me if I am wrong). Well, Mexico has some rarities in its banking system.
Xkorpyoh From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 814 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4840 times:
Quoting Hawk44 (Reply 3): I have the AA citi card and just got the delta skymiles card. I will probably end up canceling the AA card because AA's schedule does not work with mine but Delta's does. Plus DL is larger at my home airport.
Quoting FLY2LIM (Reply 4): The secret is NOT to get a gold or platinum. There is absolutely no difference (you should see my credit line) except that they charge you a higher fee to have a different color.
Dont cancel the AA citicard!!.. I was going to do the same but found out the real secret. there is another card, not advertized, called AA Bronze Citi card with NO ANNUAL FEE!!.. same thing.. u earn miles but u dont get extra perks like free car rental insurance. Just ask them to switch it for you. you still get 1 mile for every dollar. the thing is that amex is not accepted everywhere so is good to have a backup visa or master card'
Pmg1704 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4630 times:
I strongly advise against the DL Platinum. The "Free Companion Ticket" requires you to purchase the first ticket at a minimum price. The prices are ridiculous in today's market and the availability is even worse. DL's frequent flier mile availability is pathetic.
I wrote to customer service about the "Free" ticket and never heard back. That pissed me off. I switched to their "classic" card since I fly on DL and Continental a lot. Only benefit I miss is the end of the year summary. Oh well, Quicken will have to do...
My bro works for Capital One, his recomendation was never to use a credit card you have to pay a fee for. The only one he has is the Amex cash back card.
Zoheb From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 184 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4610 times:
I just signed up for a British Airways Premium Plus Card from American Express, However In an exclusive offer for Virgin Flying Club members, you can apply for an American Express® Gold Charge Card and earn a whopping 20,000 bonus Flying Club miles when you’ve made your first purchase.
For an annual fee of £95 the American Express Gold Charge Card entitles you to complimentary enrolment into the American Express Membership Rewards® programme. This allows you to earn one point for virtually every £1 you spend using the Card.You can then convert the Membership Reward points into Flying Club miles at a rate of 1 Membership Rewards point for 1 Flying Club mile.
To help get you started, once your American Express Gold Card is approved and you make your first purchase by 31 October 2005, you’ll be awarded a bonus of 20,000 Flying Club miles.
Think about it, an American Express Gold Card in your wallet, and 20,000 Flying Club miles in your account. You could use those miles to upgrade your next Economy flight to Premium Economy, for example. .
To qualify for the bonus miles, take out the Gold Card by 31 August 2005 and spend on the Card by 31 October 2005.
Call 0800 085 7766 to apply, quoting reference number L51291KE99.
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3691 posts, RR: 29 Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4518 times:
I've got a couple of airline cards.
BA Amex Premium Plus - Earns 1.5miles with every £1 spent (3miles per £ with BA) and after £15k of spend I get a voucher that means when I redeem for one award ticket I get an identical one for free. That is an awesome benefit, the only catch is one voucher per year I've had this for over 2yrs now and have earned about 150,000 BA miles with it, charged everything from cars, to parents holidays, to bottles of Lucozade....it all adds up!
bmi Platinum Mastercard - Earns 1.5 Diamond Club miles per £, came with a 20,000 sign up bonus which was a winner. I use this as a back up for the rare occassions that Amex isn't accepted or I feel like saving up for an award on Star Alliance! Had this card about 5months now and attained close to 40,000 miles on it. I can't see any difference between the bmi Platinum and Blue apart from they give you Platinum if you have good rating...
Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 10): Do any of these credit cards reward you with [airline] miles that are "elite status qualifying"???
Of sorts, Miles earned from any source in AAdvantage count towards lifetime status, 1MM for Gold and 2MM for Platinum (no Lifetime EXP)
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No annual fee... low APR.. and NO ANNUAL FEE!!! lol
Currently I just have a Wachovia Visa.. No Annual fee.. but the fees really kill 'ya and can build up quickly if you don't stay on top of things. Like $1 to check your acct. balance at an ATM... $2 for a withdrawl at an ATM.. that kinda crap. I'm starting to use my Bank of America Visa Debit card a little more- with Advantage Checking all fees are waved.
LipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11318 posts, RR: 60 Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4490 times:
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Some credit cards like JJ Program give you more points every year when you celebrate more one year of membership. For International Card you receive 3,000 points (for a USD 60/year) , Gold 4,000 (for USD 80/year) and for Platinum 5,000 points (for USD 100/year).
Also you receive 1,33 point for USD 1
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