Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Buying Gogo Wifi inflight can be incredibly expensive. On the coast to coast flights where it’s most popular you can expect to pay almost $40 to get online.
Sure, some people try to hack their way to some free access, but even that will cut out after just minutes, or you can limit yourself to Google apps that often work because airlines want you to be able to download their own apps from the Google Play store.
But if you use Gogo a lot, and want full, free access in flight these credit cards can help you save hundreds of dollars a year.
This card offers 12 Gogo passes per year and has an annual fee of just $49 a year (which is waived the first year, so you could get the card for the Gogo passes and cancel before the next fee is due).
Save the passes for long flights and you can get over $180 in value a year (and $400+ if you tend to wait until you’re in flight to buy a wifi pass).
US Bank lets you choose when you activate your 12 passes, letting you choose when you start the clock on their 12 month expiration date.
So you could just get the card, never use it, and still get great value out of the passes.
If you want to use the card for spending, it earns FlexPoints, which you can use to pay for flights on just about any airline using the US Bank travel center, or by calling 888.229.8864. With 20,000 points you can get a flight worth up to $400, making the points worth up to 2 cents each.
The card earns 2x points on airline, gas, or grocery purchases, whichever one you spend most on each month, 2x points on all cell service charges, and 2x points on charity donations.
This card comes with a hefty $450 annual fee, but it is loaded with benefits if you travel a lot.
First, you get 10 free Gogo passes a year.
American Express will automatically deposit the passes in your account, and you’ll have until December 31 each year to use them.
You also get free, global Boingo wifi access on the ground, worldwide. That lets you avoid paying airport wifi fees or dealing with slow, free wifi. Boingo membership usually costs $39 a month.
There’s also a $200 annual airline fee credit that lets you designate one airline each year and get reimbursed for up to $200 worth of inflight snacks, change fees, bag fees, or other purchases directly from the airline. Airline tickets, upgrades, mileage purchases, mileage transfer fees, gift cards, duty free purchases, and award tickets aren’t considered eligible for the credit, though some people have had luck with some gift cards.
You also can’t use the credit for wifi fees, as the charge usually shows up as billed by Gogo, rather than the airline, though if you’re flying United it often uses its own wifi service that does appear as an airline charge.
Airline lounge access is the big attraction. If you fly Delta a lot, you get access to all the Delta SkyClubs. You also get a Priority Pass card that gives you access to over 800 lounges worldwide, including some pretty useful ones here in the U.S.
And if you fly to or through New York – La Guardia, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston – Bush, Las Vegas, or Miami airports often, you can use American Express’ generously appointed Centurion Lounges, which are stocked with premium liquor and full, hot food that’s better than what you’ll find at most airport restaurants.
This isn’t an easy card to get.
You need to apply in person at a City National Bank branch in California or New York.
And it also has a $400 annual fee that’s waived the first year.
It gives you Priority Pass lounge access, but no Delta SkyClub or other major U.S. airline club access.
There’s also a $250 annual airline fee credit and a companion airfare program that gives you $100 off as often as you want, along with free membership in CLEAR, which lets you speed through security at several airports.
And if you’re really clever with the card, you can get even more value according to the Frequent Miler blog.
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