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User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4076 posts, RR: 54
Posted (9 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5547 times:

I'm not sure if there is any difference, but does anyone know much about which airline credit cards are good?

I assume some give more miles and some have less/don't have yearly fees and so forth.

Anyone have any clue? I'm interested in crossing over.

-Phil


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5530 times:

Presently I use Citibank AA card, happy so far with it.


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User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5514 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.

Nick


User currently offlineHawk44 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 759 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5500 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.

Hawk44



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User currently offlineFLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1184 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5484 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 automatically withdrawn) and every "major" purchase goes through the credit card.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.
FLY2LIM



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9490 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5483 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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User currently offlineSampa737 From Brazil, joined May 2005, 637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5480 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.

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5452 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.


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User currently offlineTymnBalewne From Bermuda, joined Mar 2005, 944 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5450 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?

C.



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User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6709 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5434 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.


User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5411 times:

My mom has UA.. dad used to have UA- but now has an Orbitz card.

Do any of these credit cards reward you with [airline] miles that are "elite status qualifying"???


User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5390 times:

Here in Oz I use Commonwealth Bank's Gold Visa, which you can redeem points for QF Frequent Flyer points. Used to be 1:1 but now 1 reward point only earns 0.75 QF FF points.

I'm not a member of QF FF and I think CC reward points are useless anyway. (I use this card only because in reality it costs nothing)



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User currently offlineSkyone From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5388 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.


User currently offlineAvek00 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 4336 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5359 times:

No question on this one - the Delta SkyMiles Gold card by American Express - right now offering 15,000 SkyMiles for signing up + first year fee-free.


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User currently offlineXkorpyoh From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 819 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5337 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'


User currently offlineCOIAHTX From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5202 times:

Don't like DL AMEX, they aren't accepted in enough places, gotta go with US Bank NW Worlperks

User currently offlinePmg1704 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5127 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.


User currently offlineZoheb From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5107 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.


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5084 times:
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I have two AA cards and rack up all housing puchases on it, plus I use it to pay for anything from gas to underwear.


If the annual fee puts you off, definitely go with the AA bronze version.
just pay the card off once a billing period and you're on your way.

Remember we were talking the other night about new camera toys?

think of the miles you'll get just by buying lenses and new camera equipment? You get ONE mile per Dollar charged.

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User currently offlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5038 times:

Quoting TymnBalewne (Reply 8):
Do any airlines still offer their own credit card or are they all affinity cards through Visa/Mastercard/Amex?

According to the AA website, they do.

AA credit card Info .

No reason for them not to offer them. I can understand way they wouldn't be very popular, but still, no reason not to offer.



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3700 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5015 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  Sad 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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User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4999 times:

In a few years THIS will be in my pocket:

http://www.firstusa.com/cgi-bin/webc...d_college_plus&page=cont&mkid=6LPR

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.  Smile  Smile  Smile


User currently offlinePITA333 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 391 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4990 times:

The US Airways Signature Visa Card is what my father has, and he loves it.

http://www.usairwaysvisa.com/ip-boa-usav/?adlink=0000020059943917a466


User currently offlineLipeGIG From Brazil, joined May 2005, 11416 posts, RR: 59
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4987 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

Felipe



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User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4982 times:

Quoting PITA333 (Reply 22):
The US Airways Signature Visa Card is what my father has, and he loves it.

I have the option of getting the US airways Debit card:

http://www.usairwaysvisa.com/ip-boa-usav/html/checkcard.htm

-- but I really don't think it's worth it. Getting one mile for every two dollars (1:2), and a $30 annual fee (i'm pretty cheap), I don't really think it would ever amount to anything.


25 DENplanenut : PITA333 wrote: "The US Airways Signature Visa Card is what my father has, and he loves it." I have the same card too and I'm very pleased with it. I t
26 ACdreamliner : just signed up for the BMI one after reading this post, sounds like a good idea, buy everything on it, pay it off monthly, and i'm away!
27 EZEIZA : My mom has the Iberia Visa card and she's very happy with it so far ...
28 UAalltheway : Are you serious?! Screw elite status.. get the US visa!! That would blow my socks off!
29 Dinker225 : I have the United Visa. Very happy with it. Had it for over a year. I put my tuition on it. The past 2 years they have had a promo where you get doubl
30 Highpeaklad : In the UK I find Tesco creditcard is the best for AirMiles. You get one Tesco point for every £2 spent (+ usual points if shopping at Tesco) and beca
31 Simo82 : I have an AMEX - Alitalia MilleMiglia Card and I really must say that no card gives better services than AMEX every time there's been a problem they w
32 Legallykev : I got my Aeroplan American Express! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT lol
33 Legallykev : Forgot to mention that with the Platinum AMEX that I got, u have access to all the Maple leaf lounges and Executive check in at AC counters. + for eve
34 ExFATboy : I use the Citi AA Visa Signature card - the advantage to the "Signature" card is that you can charge beyond your credit limit, with the balance in exc
35 GhostRider : For those of you looking for a debit card, Chase Continental MasterCard Debit Card gives you 1 mile per dollar, 1,000 bonus miles for signing up, and
36 Spirtofalaska : alaska airlines visa card by bank of america here. Becuase i had no credit to start w/ i only have the Classic card w/ a little limit, BUT i still ahv
37 RJpieces : The only one he has is the Amex cash back card. My family uses that as well. If you add up the money you save every year, it is way more than you woul
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