What are the best cards for earning travel rewards?
Answered on Friday, January 5th, 2018 by
Amy Miller

Airlines credit cards offer a great opportunity to earn rewards for your flights. In order to choose the best you need to account all the factors. The crucial thing is to be aware of your credit score, as most travel cards require good and excellent credit.
1) First of all, determine what type of card you are looking for. A person that flies one airline exclusively, will benefit from a co-branded card, but a person that isn’t that loyal won’t get much from it. On the other hand, general travel cards can give you miles on all purchases that you may spend on flights. For example, the Discover it Miles card gives you 1.5 miles on all purchases and matches all your earned miles at the end of the first year of usage as long as you are a new cardmember.
2) Consider the sign-up bonuses. Travel rewards credit cards often come with sign-up bonuses. You need to spend certain amount of money in a given period of time to qualify for such a bonus. However, this allows you to earn for your trip at short notice. A good example of such card is the Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard® that offers 40,000 miles as a sign-up bonus.
3) Don’t forget about fees. The best cards won’t make you any extra for your rewards, so consider the no annual fee credit cards and no foreign transactions fee credit cards.

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LifeMiles, the loyalty program of Star Alliance member airline Avianca, allows to earn and buy thousands of miles. Avianca’s program is very flexible as you can combine miles and cash when purchasing award flights. Using LifeMiles is a way to get Star Alliance Business award space. Avianca doesn’t impose fuel surcharges on award tickets.

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You can get the Discover It Miles credit card. It will allow you to earn 1.5 miles on all your purchases and then redeem them for flights with any airline, including KLM. The card does not have a traditional sign up bonus. However, all miles you earn during the first year of your card membership […]

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