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User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1964 times:

I may soon need to buy tickets on a consistent basis and wondered who had the best credit card to gain FFB miles.

Anything other than the AAdvantage card, please. Big grin TC


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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

Delta Sky Miles...but there are some fees I think, American Express based. I'm planning on getting one, for the sad day when my non-rev status is gone (till I'm hired  Big grin)

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

Well... then I can't help you.

After getting my AAdvantage card last year... I have since cancelled all my other credit cards. The service I have been getting from Citibank has been outstanding. (They even gave me a $50 credit for not returning my call within a "timely" manner.)


User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1064 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

Try the Continental Airlines Visa/Master Card from Chase. If you get any card other than the standard card (platinum or signature) you get double miles when you book thru Continental directly as well as a whole bunch of great retailers. Its worked out great for me. Also if you get the higher level cards you get a nice amount of bonus miles just for joining. I think 6K for platinum and 10K for signature.

Dave


User currently offlineProudtoflyaa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

I personally use the AAdvantage card, found great service and great rewards (the miles).

User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12213 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1885 times:
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I guess it all comes down to what FF program you have the most miles with at the moment, and who flies to your destination. Personally, I have the NWA WorldPerks Check Card, which gives me 1 mile per $2 spent. The NWA Credit Card will give 1 for 1.


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User currently offlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

I think Citibank now offers 2 AAvandtage cards. One is $50 per year fee and gives 1 mile per $1, the other is no fee and and give 1 mile per $2. (or something like that - I get ads in the mail)

Does CaptialOne have a card that allows mileage on any airline? I would check into that if you can't decide which airline would be best.

And if I could be allowed to get on my credit card soap box for just a second.

Don't pick a credit card just for the miles. Take a credit card that offers you the lowest rate and lowest fees. Those miles can start to cost you a bunch of money if you are paying 20% interest on credit card debt. And, if you pay off your credit card each month (and you should!!) then why would you want a card that has a fee?

'nuff said.



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User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1853 times:

And, if you pay off your credit card each month (and you should!!) then why would you want a card that has a fee?

Free travel insurance... free rental car insurance... not being on hold everytime you call...

I've got alot of experience with creditcards... you basically get what you pay for.


User currently offlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 871 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1836 times:

"...Free travel insurance... free rental car insurance... not being on hold everytime you call...

OK, if those things are important to you, just remember, they aren't free!





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User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1064 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

I don't think any of the FF Credit Cards offer low interest rates. I think my CO Chase CC has an APR of around 13.5%. My mom had the Mileage Plus Visa for a while and that rate was 14.99%. Most reward cards don't give you a great break on interest rates. Your other option is to get Amex and get the membership rewards program. These points can be transferred to most of the majors. I have also done that. I know CO has certain time that they will give American Express bonus miles for transferring them over. Last year I transferred my Amex points to CO and got a 25% bonus.

Dave


User currently offlineUaord From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Best card is AMEX with enrollment in Membership Rewards. You can transfer points over 12+ airlines (CO, DL, SN, US, Virgin, Quantas, ANA, Air France, Mexicana, Aer Lingus, Frontier, EL-AL, AeroMexico, Alitalia, SwissAir, Hawaiian, Frontier, LanChile, Cathy, etc....).

Not the cheapest of cards but the one that provides the most options. You can also use your points for hotel, vacattions, cruises, merchandise etc.






User currently offlineGeg2rap From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 848 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1782 times:

I gotta give it up Delta Sky Miles you get crazy amounts of miles if you put food cell phone bill gas etc plus bonus miles all the time $85 fee though

User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2419 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1758 times:

My wife and I have CO Chase Visas- very good program. We have our AT&T phone bill through CO and get miles for that as well. Also, certain restaurants where we dine give us CO FF miles as long as we use our CO Chase Visa to pay. We rack up lots of miles charging everything we can, but we are also disciplined to pay it off every month....

Also... we can use/ earn miles on NWA and DAL flights too!!!



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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1748 times:

JAL777, Citibank did WHAT???

They even gave me a $50 credit for not returning my call within a "timely" manner.

Great - credit card companies over here usually don't even offer to call back... and those who do offer to call back, usually don't...

Wow - competition really does work out for the consumer...



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User currently offlineFlyingBanker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1727 times:

Bank of America offers the USAirways, Alaska Airlines, Asiana, Hawaiian and America West Visa credit cards. Say if you had an Alaska Airlines credit card and also with Bank of America you can get a Alaska Airlines debit/check card. You get 3,000 miles for enrolling in the debit card program, 1,000 anniversary miles for a $30 annual fee. Then you would earn 1 mile for every $2.00 you spend. I believe the Alaska Airlines classic Visa has a $45 annual fee. You would earn 3,000 miles upon approval for that. So, with that you would have 6,000 miles right off the bat for mostly nothing....enough for an upgrade. They also have higher mileage rewards for Alaska Airlines Platinum and Gold. You can compare all of the cards at bankofamerica.com

User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1719 times:

Leskova... no one was as surprised as I was.

But then again, I throw ALOT of business their way and they know that.


User currently offlineWingman From Seychelles, joined May 1999, 2203 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1706 times:

I've had most of these cards and will always swear by my AMEX. They consistently win the Satmetrix award for best customer experience and the MR program is also consistently rated #1 in the industry. Not all majors will accept the MR points directly but once you transfer into any of the carriers that do you can go through the alliance code shares to get what you need. And also being able to buy golf clubs and plasma TVs is pretty cool.

User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

Thanks all! I just threw that in about AA because I'll soon be getting furloughed(being TWA...). The deal is the compnay I may be going to work for stays at Marriott exclusively and airlines a lot. The expenses are paid monthly so little or no interest expense will be accrued.

One person suggested I skip the FFB miles and get the Marriott Visa and go from there. I know NWA used to be associated with Marriott. Is that still the case? If I could combine my Marriott with NW, it might work out. Not trying to be lazy, I know I could research this but experienced people are always better than researching info.

Again, thanks to all for the input.TC



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User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

AA717driver,

If you do a search within the "Miles Buzz" fourm on FlyerTalk.com (a website dedicated to the earning of points/miles), you'll find hundreds of threads on this topic  Smile. Good luck!


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6520 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1605 times:

Frontier's "Early Returns" Mastercard is a good one. 15,000 miles for a free ticket. No annual fee on the platinum card. Your choice of 4 different animals to grace your card. Does it get any better?  Smile


Steve in New Orleans


User currently offlineVincent32 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1582 times:

I personally have the Bank of America US Airways Platnium Visa. The card has a $100 annual fee though. I recieved 10,000 bonus miles with the first purchase, 1 mile/$1 spent on purchases, and 2 miles/$1 spent on any US Airways purchase either for a ticket, in flight, etc. The service with Bank of America has been fine and my intrest rate is 9.99% then 12% after 6 months.

So far I've been pleased, and all you have to do is pay the balance each month to avoid the intrest and your good to go  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineJeffrito From United States of America, joined May 2001, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1549 times:

$100 annual fee? Ouch!

User currently offlineSierraAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

Here is a basic run down of which banks offer cards for the respective frequent flyer programs.

Bank of America
-Alaska Mileage Plan
-US Airways Dividend Miles
-Asiana Club
-HawaiianMiles
-America West FlightFund

Bank One
-British Airways
-Southwest Rapid Rewards
-United Mileage Plus

citi
-American AAdvantage

Chase
-Continental One Pass

USBank
-Northwest World Perks
-Korean SkyPass

Juniper
-Air Tran A+Plus
-Frontier Early Returns
-Midwest Miles

MBNA
-Air Canada Aeroplan (US residents)
-Aer Lingus Shamrock Rewards
-Lufthansa Miles & More

American Express
-Delta SkyMiles

CIBC
-Air Canada Aeroplan

Somethings to note is that this list is not all inclusive as airlines do offer cards through some other banks (like Diners Club). If you go to the banks website and see that Bank of America offers America West Flight Fund Visa cards, but you're a "MasterCard man," don't get discouraged. Just contact that bank and in most cases, they can get you a MasterCard. They may be reluctant to do so, but they should be able to do so if you persist. One draw back is that these are only for US residents with a social security number. However, if you are from another country but still hell bent on a specific card, you can probably still get one, just through a bank within your country. It's best to check with the airline's website.

In terms of banks, the interest rates are fairly similar on rewards cards, as are annual fees. Its usually best just to go with the bank that issues the card for the frequent flyer program that you're looking for. However, if you've dealt with USBank for years and had great expericences, go with them. Even if you want Delta SkyMiles, USBank does offer Northwest World Perks cards, and you can use your World Perks on Delta flights.

Also, if you're not totally into the credit card "thing," airlines and the banks usually also offer debit cards, but you usually only get 1 mile for ever $2 you spend, versus 1 to $1 with credit cards. Again, best to check.

And as for the free perks like car rental insurance, extended warranties and the such, those are indeed free. I worked for Visa in the warranty department and you'd be surprised at how many people have had the card for years, but just found out about the free services. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express all offer warranty extensions, purchase protection, rental insurance and travel assistance with specific cards. Call each respective card company for those specifics.

Visa - 800-847-2911
MasterCard - 800-622-7747

If y'all have any questions about anything, just let me know. It's kind of my forte.  Smile Hope this helps.

Brian


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