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Airline credit cardsAirline credit cards can boost your mile earning quickly, but not all airlines deliver on easy rewards. Some are good for U.S. flights, others better for long international trips, so the best card for you depends on where you want to fly. It's easy to find your best card for airline flights with our tools:

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We regularly monitor award availability and prices, using that intelligence to rank the right cards for the places you want to go with your miles based on both how fast you can earn and how much you'll need to redeem. If you have your own opinion, you can customize the award value we use so you can find the best cards for your habits.

Note: Annual point and rewards calculations are MileCards.com estimates only and not provided by any credit card issuer. They are for comparison only, and may vary based on your actual spending and travel.

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$1,014

Travel Rewards Earned

68,800

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : Yes
Free Bag : No
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

$1,014

68,800

Yes! Free Bag : !
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95.
Bonus Offer

Earn 40,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months.

Card Highlights
  • Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $500 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate RewardsSM.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees, plus Chip and Signature enabled for international travel.
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value - that means 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points.
  • 24/7 direct access to dedicated customer service specialists
  • Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95

Additional benefits

  • Rental car collision damage coverage is Primary
  • Trip Cancellation coverage of up to $10,000
  • Trip Delay coverage of up to $500
 
Where can you use your points?

This is one of the most flexible cards available, and is a solid choice for all kinds of flight rewards, especially if you want to try both domestic and international travel. That's because the points it earns can be transferred directly into your accounts with United, Southwest, and more. Even if it doesn't rank highest in total reward value for you in this list, you may find the fact that you can top off your mileage accounts in several programs worth more than we calculate.


Other programs you can transfer points into include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Airlines, Amtrak, Hyatt, Marriott, and Ritz Carlton. That means you can combine points from this card with miles you've already earned at any time.


You can also use your points toward the cost of buying travel on www.UltimateRewards.com with no blackout or capacity controls. If a ticket is for sale you can buy it, with every 10,000 points worth $125. Savvy travelers find the best value is transferring points to airline miles for rewards, particularly long distance international flights via United MileagePlus. 

Estimated Rewards

For domestic flights, the best use of points is generally to transfer to Southwest, where you can you can often find flights for less than 20,000 points.


You can also transfer your points to United, which is a good value for long international flights. You can get a roundtrip to Europe in Economy Class on United or its many partners for 60,000 miles on many days and to Asia for 70,000 - 85,000 miles, even when airfares are $1,200 or more. If you're flexible with dates, Hawaii roundtrips on United are 45,000 miles.


For hotels, we assume you transfer points to Hyatt, the highest value hotel program.


If you choose to redeem travel directly through Ultimate Rewards, every 10,000 points is worth $125 in travel, or $0.0125 each toward any flight or hotel room. 


You may get more value out of the card by transfering to other partners. For example, if you transfer to British Airways Avios you can get awards on its partners American Airlines or Alaska Airlines for as little as 9,000 points round-trip. It's a useful option if you live in a city with a lot of American or Alaska non-stop flights.  And if you're heading to Hawaii you can use Avios for non-stop flights from the West Coast on Alaska or American for 25,000 points round trip, versus 45,000 miles or more with most other airline programs.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

40,000

$572

Spending

28,800

$412

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0.0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

68,800

$1,014

Reward Rate

5.6%

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$935

Travel Rewards Earned

40,200

Annual Points Earned

Virgin America Premium Visa Signature® Card

$935

40,200

No! Free Bag : !
$149 annual fee
Bonus Offer

Earn 15,000 Elevate® bonus reward points.

Card Highlights
  • $149 annual fee
  • Take off faster with 15,000 bonus reward points after you make $1,000 in eligible purchases within your first 90 days as a cardholder.
  • That’s worth up to $300 towards your next reward flight on Virgin America.
  • Earn 3 points per $1 spent with Virgin America.
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else
  • Earn up to 15,000 status points every year and carry forward any additional status points.
  • No change or cancel fees on Virgin America flights.
  • Free first checked bag.
  • $150 off a companion ticket every year.
  • Save 20% on in-flight purchases.
  • Points don't expire.
  • No blackout dates or restrictions on reward flights.

 

 
Where can you use your points?

You can use points on Virgin America flights, which are a very good deal, but we only recommend this card if you live near San Francisco or Los Angeles, the cities with the most Virgin America route options, or plan to fly to them with your points on a Virgin flight.


You can also use points on partners like Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Hawaiian Airlines, and Emirates Airlines. So these points are also useful for getting to Hawaii via Hawaiian Airlines, the UK, India, and Africa via Virgin Atlantic, and the Middle East and Asia via Emirates. But you'll have to call in to book these partner awards as they are not available online.

Estimated Rewards

Virgin America Elevate® reward points are worth about 2.2 cents each when used for travel on Virgin America. So a $300 ticket costs only about 15,000 points. That's valid for any seat, anytime, a generous proposition. 


For partner travel a roundtrip in Economy on Virgin Atlantic from San Francisco to London can be had for 25,000 points + $390 in taxes and fees. A roundtrip in Economy on Hawaiian Airlines from San Franisco to Maui can be had for 26,000 points plus $10 in taxes and fees, which is a very good deal versus the 40,000 points most mileage programs charge.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

15,000

$330

Spending

25,200

$554

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$50

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

$150 companion discount

NA

$150

Less annual fee

NA

$149

Total

40,200

$935

Reward Rate

5.2%

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$925

Travel Rewards Earned

35,200

Annual Points Earned

Virgin America Visa Signature® Card

$925

35,200

No! Free Bag : !
$49 annual fee
Bonus Offer

Earn 10,000 Elevate® bonus reward points.

Card Highlights
  • $49 annual fee
  • Take off faster with 10,000 bonus reward points after you make $1,000 in eligible purchases within your first 90 days as a cardholder.
  • That’s worth up to $200 towards your next reward flight on Virgin America.
  • Earn 3 points per $1 spent with Virgin America.
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else
  • Free first checked bag.
  • $150 off a companion ticket every year.
  • Save 20% on in-flight purchases.
  • Points don't expire.
  • No blackout dates or restrictions on reward flights.

 

 
Where can you use your points?

You can use points on Virgin America flights, which are a very good deal, but we only recommend this card if you live near San Francisco or Los Angeles, the cities with the most Virgin America route options, or plan to fly to them with your points on a Virgin flight.


You can also use points on partners like Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Hawaiian Airlines, and Emirates Airlines. So these points are also useful for getting to Hawaii via Hawaiian Airlines, the UK, India, and Africa via Virgin Atlantic, and the Middle East and Asia via Emirates. But you'll have to call in to book these partner awards as they are not available online.

Estimated Rewards

Virgin America Elevate® reward points are worth about 2.2 cents each when used for travel on Virgin America. So a $300 ticket costs only about 15,000 points. That's valid for any seat, anytime, a generous proposition. 


For partner travel a roundtrip in Economy on Virgin Atlantic from San Francisco to London can be had for 25,000 points + $390 in taxes and fees. A roundtrip in Economy on Hawaiian Airlines from San Franisco to Maui can be had for 26,000 points plus $10 in taxes and fees, which is a very good deal versus the 40,000 points most mileage programs charge.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

10,000

$220

Spending

25,200

$554

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$50

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

$150 companion discount

NA

$150

Less annual fee

NA

$49

Total

35,200

$925

Reward Rate

5.1%

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$866

Travel Rewards Earned

76,000

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : No
Free Bag : No
$89 - waived the first year

Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®

$866

76,000

No! Free Bag : !
$89 - waived the first year
Bonus Offer

Earn 40,000 bonus miles if you make $3,000 or more in purchases in the first 90 days from account opening. 40,000 bonus miles equates to $400 off your next trip!  

Card Highlights
  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days - that’s enough to redeem for a $400 travel statement credit
  • Earn 2X miles on all purchases
  • Miles don't expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
  • Chip card for increased confidence and convenience to pay abroad as easily as you do at home
  • Book the travel you want - airfare, hotels, cruises and more and earn miles on your purchase
  • Get 10% miles back to use toward your next redemption every time you redeem for travel statement credits
  • No foreign transaction fees on anything you buy while in another country
  • Complimentary online FICO® Score access for Barclaycard Arrival cardmembers
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use your points to offset the cost of any travel booking with any airline. Just buy the ticket with your card, then apply your points to remove some or all of the cost from your statement.

The best part is the introductory bonus will hit your account right after you hit the introductory spending threshold. So if you're about to book a vacation, you can save $400 on it right away. Just pay for the tickets you want, hit the required spending for the intro bonus, then you can apply the bonus points you earn to erase the cost of your ticket.

You have up to 90 days after your purchase to apply points to offset the cost. And you can use points to pay for just part of the ticket if you'd like, so you don't need to have a big balance of points to start saving money.


The downside is your points are always worth the same amount - about one cent each. So you miss out on some of the big values traditional airline miles provide for first / business class or international travel. But if you are okay with saving a decent amount on basic travel, this is a great no-fuss option that gives good value with little work on your part.

Estimated Rewards

2,000 points are worth $20 toward travel purchases, and you get 10% of your points back for each travel redemption. That gives a net value of 1.1 cents per point.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

40,000

$440

Spending

36,000

$396

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

76,000

$866

Reward Rate

4.8%

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$828

Travel Rewards Earned

62,400

Annual Points Earned

Citi Prestige® Card

$828

62,400

No! Free Bag : !
$450 annual fee
Bonus Offer

Earn 30,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $2,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open. That’s enough for $300 in gift cards.

Card Highlights
  • 2 points for every $1 you spend on dining
  • 3x points on air and hotel spending (effective October 18, 2014)
  • 33% more value for your Points when you redeem for airfare through the ThankYou Travel Center
  • 60% more value for you Points when you book American or US Airways flights through the ThankYou Travel Center
  • Access all American Airlines Admirals Clubs when flying American for you and 2 guests
  • Priority Paass Select, which offers access to up to 700 airport lounges worldwide
  • No points cap or expiration
  • $250 statement credit for airline fees each year (effective October 18, 2014)
  • Complimentary 4th night at luxury hotels
  • No foreign purchase fees
  • $100 Global Entry application fee credit
  • Access to the MasterCard® Airport Concierge™ service
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use ThankYou points to buy any flight, hotel, or car rental, as well as gift cards and special merchandise. There are no blackout dates or restrictions - if a ticket is for sale you can buy it with points. 


This card and its annual fee are worth it for you if you can take advantage of American Admirals club access for you and your family. 

 

And a $250 annual credit for airline charges also helps offset the annual fee. It's good on any airline charges less than $100 billed to your card. 

Note that Southwest Airlines flghts are not available online with the Citi ThankYou Travel Center, but you can call Citi at 1-800-THANK-YOU to redeem for Southwest flights or any other airline.

 

Estimated Rewards

Your points are worth 1.6 cents each toward American and US Airways airfare when you book via the Citi ThankYou Travel Center - that means a typical $300 ticket costs just over 18,750 points. Points for flights on other airlines are worth 1.33 cents.


Our point earning calculations assume you earn 4 points per dollar when you buy airfare with the card. This is because the card earns you points for both the price of the ticket as well as the number of miles you will fly with the ticket.


For example, a $300 ticket that is 1,000 miles in distance roundtirp will earn you 1,300 points. That works out to just over 4 points for each dollar you spent on the airfare.


If you buy tickets to further destinations you will earn even more points. For example a $1,200 ticket from New York to London that is 7,000 miles roundtrip will earn you 8,200 points.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

30,000

$480

Spending

32,400

$518

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

$250 air fee credit

NA

$250

Less annual fee

NA

$450

Total

62,400

$828

Reward Rate

4.6%

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$806

Travel Rewards Earned

67,600

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : No
Free Bag : No
$0 first year, then $175

Wells Fargo Propel World American Express® Card

$806

67,600

No! Free Bag : !
$0 first year, then $175
Bonus Offer

Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in net purchases (purchases minus returns/credits) in the first 3 months

Card Highlights
  • No foreign currency conversion fees
  • Up to $100 per year in reimbursements toward incidental airline charges (anything charged to an airline but tickets can be reimbursed)
  • Complimentary room upgrades and more from the Luxury Hotel Program
  • 3X points on Airlines2X points on Hotels1X point on all other net purchases (purchases minus returns/credits)
  • $0 Introductory Annual Fee for the first year, $175 for each year after that.
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use your points to book any flight, or redeem for gift cards starting at 2,500 points or cash back.

Estimated Rewards

Your points are worth 1 cent each toward travel on any airline.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

40,000

$400

Spending

27,600

$276

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Annual airline credit

NA

$100

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

67,600

$806

Reward Rate

4.5%

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$790

Travel Rewards Earned

76,000

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : No
Free Bag : No
$0 intro for the first year; $59 after that

Capital One® Venture (SM) Rewards Credit Card

$790

76,000

No! Free Bag : !
$0 intro for the first year; $59 after that
Bonus Offer

Earn a one-time bonus of 40,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months

Card Highlights
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime
  • No blackout dates or seat restrictions
  • New accounts get a $0 intro annual fee for
    the first year; plus earn 40,000 bonus miles
  • No foreign transaction fees
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use your points to 'erase' the cost of any travel purchase made on your card. Just note you must have enough points to erase the entire cost of a single purchase in order to do so. So for example, if you bought a $200 hotel room, you must have 20,000 points in your account to get credit for it. You can't ask for partial credit like a similar card, the Barclaycard Arrival.

Estimated Rewards

Every 10,000 points is worth $100 toward a travel purchase.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

40,000

$400

Spending

36,000

$360

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

76,000

$790

Reward Rate

4.4%

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$759

Travel Rewards Earned

84,900

Annual Points Earned

Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard® from Bank of America

$759

84,900

No! Free Bag : !
$90 annual fee
Bonus Offer

45,000 points: 20,000 Flying Club bonus miles after your first retail purchase, 25,000 additional Flying Club bonus miles after you spend at least $2,500 in qualifying purchases

Card Highlights
  • 20,000 Flying Club bonus miles after your first retail purchase
  • 25,000 additional Flying Club bonus miles after you spend at least $2,500 in qualifying purchases
  • Enjoy up to 15,000 additional Flying Club miles every anniversary
  • Earn up to 5,000 Flying Club miles when you add additional cardmembers to your account. Flying Club miles are redeemable for flights, cabin upgrades and more.
  • Earn 3 Flying Club miles per $1 on Virgin Atlantic purchases
  • Earn 1.5 Flying Club miles per $1 on every other purchase
  • Travel with unlimited earning potential on Flying Club miles
  • Earn tier points along with your Flying Club miles. You get 1 tier point per $2,500 in purchases (maximum of 2 per month) and additional tier points when you fly Virgin Atlantic or our airline partners. The more tier points you earn, the higher your status. The higher your status, the better the benefits you enjoy.
  • Get a second reward ticket for half the miles when you redeem Flying Club miles for a Virgin Atlantic Economy reward ticket (must spend $25,000+ in purchases annually)
  • Enjoy personal concierge services for VIP access to dining, hotel and sought-after tickets
  • Enjoy special offers including exclusive access, entertainment, excitement and discounts
 
Where can you use your points?

Earns Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. Good for travel on Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, Virgin Australia, and many partners, including Delta Airlines, though Delta can have very limited availability of awards and you must call on the phone to book partners.

While this card can be a good deal for travel to England, it's not as easy to use for U.S. and other travel unless you want to deal with calling on the phone to book partner flights.

 

Estimated Rewards

Virgin Atlantic charges 35,000 - 42,500 miles roundtrip for an Economy flight to/from the UK plus a surcharge of about $500 (connections on partner airlines not included). That compares to a typical Economy airfare to the UK of about $1000. Flights in Upper Class incur surcharges of over $1,000 and often cost over 100,000 points. Rates for travel on Virgin America in the U.S. are reasonable with flights as low as 10,000 points roundtrip and few or no fees. You also have access to book on Delta flights. For example domestic flights are 25,000 points roundtrip, but availability of seats is limited. So we can really only recommend this card if you live in a city with good Virgin Atlantic or Virgin America service.

 

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

45,000

$450

Spending

32,400

$324

Annual bonus

7,500

$75

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other

NA

$

Less annual fee

NA

$90

Total

84,900

$759

Reward Rate

4.2%

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$718

Travel Rewards Earned

55,000

Annual Points Earned

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

$718

55,000

Bonus Offer

Get 25,000 points for a Roundtrip Flight after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. Government fees as low as $12 not included.

Card Highlights
  • Get 25,000 points for a Roundtrip Flight after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. Government fees as low as $12 not included.

  • Get 6,000 points after your Cardmember Anniversary.

  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines® and AirTran® Airways purchases made directly with the airlines and on Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases.

  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • Redeem points for gift cards, car rentals, cruises, hotel stays, and international flights to over 800 Destinations on 50+ global carriers.
  • No foreign transaction fees
 
Where can you use your points?

Southwest is a good program for earning domestic travel, with Southwest points worth nearly 1.5 cents each when used for Wanna Get Away fares.


Southwest has very wide availability for flights with points and this card earns a special annual bonus of 6,000 points, which is enough for over $80 toward a Wanna Get Away fare.


The downside of the Southwest program is limited value for flying places Southwest doesn't fly. You can use your points to buy tickets on other airlines for international and Hawaii travel, but it's at a less desirable rate that makes your points worth about 1 cent each in some cases.

Estimated Rewards

Earns Southwest Rapid Rewards points. Use for flights on Southwest and Airtran. Wanna Get Away fares can be purchased with points at the rate of 60 points per dollar of airfare (70 points after March 2014). Also redeem points for Gift Cards, Car Rentals, Cruises, Hotel Stays, and International flights to over 800 Destinations on 50+ global carriers.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

25,000

$358

Spending

24,000

$343

Annual bonus

6,000

$86

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$99

Total

55,000

$718

Reward Rate

4.0%

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$700

Travel Rewards Earned

53,600

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : No
Free Bag : No
$125, waved for first 12 months

Citi ThankYou® Premier Visa® Signature Card

$700

53,600

No! Free Bag : !
$125, waved for first 12 months
Bonus Offer

Earn up to 50,000 bonus ThankYou®Points

Card Highlights
  • Earn up to 50,000 bonus ThankYou®Points: Earn 20,000 points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. Earn an additional 30,000 points after another $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of your second year of being a cardmember. Bonus points are redeemable for up to $500 in gift cards, up to $625 for airfare or other great rewards.
  • Annual Fee: $125. However, this is waived for the first 12 months.
  • 3X ThankYou Points on Dining out and Entertainment
  • 2X ThankYou Points on Airfare and Hotels
  • 1X ThankYou Points on other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use ThankYou points to buy any flight, hotel, or car rental, as well as gift cards and special merchandise. There are no blackout dates or restrictions - if a ticket is for sale you can buy it with points. Note that Southwest Airlines flghts are not available online with the Citi ThankYou Travel Center, but you can call Citi at 1-800-THANK-YOU to redeem for Southwest flights or any other airline.


You can also transfer your points to miles with 7 airline programs. They are: Asia Miles, EVA Airways Infinity Mileage Lands, Etihad Guest, GarudaMiles, Qatar QMiles, Singapore KrisFlyer, and Thai Royal Orchid.


These transfer partners are most useful for advance miles and points users, and people wanting additional options for travel to Asia and the Middle East. You can read more about them in detail using the link below

Estimated Rewards

Earns Citi ThankYou points. Every 10,000 points = $125 in airfare on any airline when redeemed through the ThankYou Travel Center, or every 10,000 points = $100 in gift cards or other rewards.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

20,000

$250

Spending

33,600

$420

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

53,600

$700

Reward Rate

3.9%

Have your own value per point?

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$675

Travel Rewards Earned

52,000

Annual Points Earned

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

$675

52,000

No! Free Bag : !
$69 annual fee
Bonus Offer

See details at application link.

Card Highlights
  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines and AirTran®Airways purchases made directly with the airlines
  • 2 points per $1 spent on Rapid Rewards® Hotel
    and Car Rental Partner purchases
  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • 3,000 points after your Cardmember Anniversary.
 
Where can you use your points?

Southwest is a good program for earning domestic travel, with Southwest points worth nearly 1.5 cents each when used for Wanna Get Away fares.


Southwest has very wide availability for flights with points and this card earns a special annual bonus of 3,000 points.


The downside of the Southwest program is limited value for flying places Southwest doesn't fly. You can use your points to buy tickets on other airlines for international and Hawaii travel, but it's at a less desirable rate that makes your points worth about 1 cent each in some cases.

Estimated Rewards

Earns Southwest Rapid Rewards points. Use for flights on Southwest and Airtran. Wanna Get Away fares can be purchased with points at the rate of 70 points per dollar of airfare. Also redeem points for Gift Cards, Car Rentals, Cruises, Hotel Stays, and International flights to over 800 Destinations on 50+ global carriers.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

25,000

$358

Spending

24,000

$343

Annual bonus

3,000

$43

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0.0

Less annual fee

NA

$69

Total

52,000

$675

Reward Rate

3.7%

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$670

Travel Rewards Earned

61,600

Annual Points Earned

Frontier Airlines World MasterCard®

$670

61,600

No! Free Bag : !
$69 annual fee
Bonus Offer

Earn 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases in the first 90 days  

Card Highlights
  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases in the first 90 days
  • Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles on balance transfers (1 mile per $1 transferred) in the first 90 days
  • Earn double miles on purchases at FlyFrontier.com and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • No blackout dates! Book any roundtrip award flight on Frontier starting at 20,000 miles (subject to fees/taxes from $5)
  • Cardmember Exclusive! Redeem roundtrip companion award tickets for 5,000 less miles (from 15,000 miles plus taxes/fees from $5)
  • 0% Introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, a variable APR, currently 15.99% or 24.99% based on your creditworthiness
  • $69 Annual Fee

 

 
Where can you use your points?

Earns EarlyReturns miles that can be used on Frontier Airlines flights.

Estimated Rewards

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

40,000

$480

Spending

21,600

$259

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$

Less annual fee

NA

$69

Total

61,600

$670

Reward Rate

3.7%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$660

Travel Rewards Earned

43,000

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : Yes
Free Bag : No
$0 first year, then $450

The Platinum Card® from American Express for Ameriprise Financial

$660

43,000

Yes! Free Bag : !
$0 first year, then $450
Bonus Offer

Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $450.

Card Highlights
  • Exclusive Membership Rewards® program Offer - As an Ameriprise client, you can earn an additional 5,000 Membership Rewards points for each $20,000 in eligible purchases on your Platinum Card, up to 30,000 points per year.
  • Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $450. - A benefit offered to you as an Ameriprise client
  • Limited Time Offer: Get 25,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 in purchases on the Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • AIRPORT CLUB ACCESS AND PRIORITY PASS SELECT: The Platinum Card has two complimentary airport lounge programs: Priority PassTM Select and the Airport Club Access Program. These programs give you access to over 600 domestic and international lounges including the Delta Sky Club® and our CenturionSM lounges (You must enroll to participate in the Priority Pass Select Program).
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Up to $200 a year in credits for incidental fees charged by the airline to your Platinum Card Account.
  • 24-Hour Concierge Service: Our Concierge staff is available to you day or night as a personal resource for many different aspects of your life. Whether you need to select a restaurant and arrange the details of an upcoming special event or if you want expert advice selecting just the right gift, you can rely on Concierge to coordinate and take care of your requests, big and small
  • EMV smart chip available upon request
  • Terms & restrictions apply.
 
Where can you use your points?

This card earns American Express Membership Rewards points. Transfer into miles with Delta, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Alitalia, All Nippon, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, El Al, Air France / KLM, Frontier, Hawaiian, Iberia, JetBlue, Singapore, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin America.


Transferring to Delta miles is an option, but savvy flyers like using Membership Rewards points to take advantage of deals with Air France / KLM Flying Blue, British Airways, Singapore, and Virgin Atlantic.


You can also redeem your points for flights booked via American Express Travel with every 10,000 points worth $100 in travel value. We prefer transferring points directy to airline programs for higher potential value.

Estimated Rewards

Membership Rewards points are good for topping off Delta SkyMiles balances you already have or saving for premium international flights using mileage transfer partners like Aeroplan, Air France, or ANA. Beware though that many award flights flown by non-US based partners incur fuel surcharges of hundreds of dollars. You can avoid these by transfering to Delta miles or using Air Canada miles to redeem on United, among other options.


For domestic flights, British Airways charges as little as 9,000 points roundtrip for short nonstop flights, and American and Alaska are partners of British Airways. So by transfering your points to British Airways you can book flights on American and Alaska for a low number of points. The catch is you need to live in a city with a lot of American or Alaska Airlines nonstop flights as British Airways charges extra miles if your trip involves a connecting flight.


But if you can't take advantage of that Delta will be your go-to transfer option. Expect to pay closer to 32,500 points for a domestic flight on Delta rather than the lowest advertised 25,000 mile level. You can also transfer to Air Canada to redeem on United Airlines, which tends to offer more seats at the 25,000 mile level, though domestic flights like this aren't always the most valuable use of miles.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

25,000

$250

Spending

18,000

$180

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Annual airline fee credit

NA

$200

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

43,000

$660

Reward Rate

3.7%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$660

Travel Rewards Earned

44,000

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : No
Free Bag : No
$0 intro* for the first year, then $49*

U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards Visa Signature® card

$660

44,000

No! Free Bag : !
$0 intro* for the first year, then $49*
Bonus Offer

Get 20,000 Bonus FlexPoints after the first $3,500 in net purchases in the first 4 months.

Card Highlights
  • Get 20,000 bonus FlexPoints after the first $3,500 in net purchases within the first four months.
  • Award travel starts at just 20,000 FlexPoints (up to a $400 ticket value) on over 150 airlines with no blackout dates or online redemption fees
  • Earn one FlexPoint for every $1 of eligible net purchases charged to your card
  • Earn two FlexPoints for every $1 spent on gas, grocery or airline purchases — whichever you spend most on each monthly billing cycle — and on most cell phone expenses
  • Earn Triple FlexPoints for your charitable donations
  • $0 intro Annual Fee* the first year, after that $49*
  • Earn 3,500 bonus FlexPoints each year when you spend $24,000 in Net Purchases.
  • You can redeem these FlexPoints for your annual fee or combine them with other FlexPoints for travel or many other rewards
 
Where can you use your points?

Use points for travel on on over 150 airlines with no blackout dates or redemption fees.

Air travel award ticket redemption examples:

20,000 FlexPoints

=

Up to $400 ticket value

30,000 FlexPoints

=

Up to $600 ticket value

40,000 FlexPoints

=

Up to $800 ticket value

50,000 FlexPoints

=

Up to $1,000 ticket value

Estimated Rewards

FlexPoints are worth 1 to 2 cents each depending on the value of the ticket you purchase.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

20,000

$300

Spending

24,000

$360

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

44,000

$660

Reward Rate

3.7%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$659

Travel Rewards Earned

71,600

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : No
Free Bag : Yes
$95, waived for first 12 months*

Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard®

$659

71,600

No! Free Bag : !
$95, waived for first 12 months*
Bonus Offer

Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles after $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership

Card Highlights
  • Earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership
  • Your first eligible checked bag is free*
  • Group 1 boarding and 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases*
  • Earn a $100 American Airlines Flight Discount every cardmembership year with qualifying purchases and cardmembership renewal*
  • Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
  • Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year*
 
Where can you use your points?

AAdvantage miles can be used on American and US Airways flights, as well as for flights on its partners, including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, LAN, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, and more. Note that you need to call in to access Cathay Pacific, LAN, and Japan Airlines flights.


Flights on British Airways incur fuel surcharges which vary, but are around $500 for Transatlantic flights in Economy and $1,000 in Business or First Class.  These are fees British Airways also charges its own frequent flyers when they book with miles. Other partner flights do not have surcharges of this magnitude.

Estimated Rewards

AAdvantage miles are best saved for flights in Business Class and First Class, which opens up some very good deals.  You can get to most of Asia for about 100,000 miles roundtrip in Business Class on American or its partners Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines with decent availability. Europe is also available for 100,000 miles roundtrip in Business Class, but beware that flights on British Airways incur large fuel surcharges of about $1,000 for Business Class and about $500 for Economy Class. Domestic flights are usually available for around 50,000 miles in First Class, a decent deal versus fares of around $1,000 or more.


There are also some good deals in international Economy Class. You can fly to Europe from Oct 15 - May 15 for just 40,000 miles roundtrip and much of Asia from Oct 1 - April 30 for 50,000 miles in Economy Class on American and its partners. Availability to Hawaii is spotty in Economy Class at 40,000 miles, though First Class seats at 80,000 miles tend to be easier to find, especially if you can take advantage of partners Hawaiian Airlines or Alaska Airlines from the West Coast. Australia is also a great option, with partner Qantas offering many seats for 75,000 miles round trip in Economy, though seats in Business Class are very hard to find unless you plan far ahead.


Your actual reward savings may vary based on how much the ticket or hotel you purchase would have cost in cash.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

50,000

$425

Spending

21,600

$184

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$50

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

71,600

$659

Reward Rate

3.7%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$630

Travel Rewards Earned

50,400

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : Yes
Free Bag : No
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $65

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

$630

50,400

Yes! Free Bag : !
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $65
Bonus Offer

Starpoints bonus: Earn up to 25,000 bonus points.

Card Highlights
  • Starpoints® bonus: earn up to 25,000 bonus points: 10,000 after your first purchase and another 15,000 after you spend $5,000 within the first 6 months of Cardmembership
  • That's enough for a weekend getaway to a Category 4 Hotel.
  • Free Hotel Nights: redeem Starpoints at over 1,100 hotels in nearly 100 countries worldwide - with no blackout dates. Some hotels may have mandatory service and resort charges.
  • Free Flights: redeem Starpoints on over 350 airlines with SPG Flights - with no blackout dates
  • No limits on the number of Starpoints you can earn
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $65
  • Terms and Restrictions apply.
 
Where can you use your points?

While there are better cards if you are looking for domestic flights, this card offers great value for free hotel nights and is also very versatile for flight awards, especially if you are saving up for a long international trip thanks to 20+ airline transfer partners, including American Airlines. Starwood points can be used for nights at Westin, Sheraton, W, Le Meridien, St. Regis, Four Points, and Aloft hotels. Starwood offers hotel nights for some of the lowest point prices, making them great for earning via credit card spending.


Airline programs you can transfer to include American, Delta, US Airways, British Airways, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, Asiana, China Eastern, Emirates, Ethiad, Air France / KLM, Hawaiian, JAL, Lufthansa, Qatar, Singapore, Virgin Atlantic.


The transfers can take several days, but savvy travelers like the fact that you get a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer. American Airlines is one of the most valuable programs to use for international awards. 

Estimated Rewards

We estimate the value of Starpoints at about 2.5 cents per dollar for hotel nights. For example, you can get a hotel that might go for $250 a night for 6,000 points + $110. For flight rewards, we generally assume you transfer miles to airlines and get a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer. However we factor this in by adding 25% to the dollar value we estimate for flight awards and don't add the 5,000 points to the annual points earned total.

Your actual reward savings may vary based on the price in cash you would have paid for a hotel night, and number of points required.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

30,000

$375

Spending

20,400

$255

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other(free nights, etc)

NA

$0.0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

50,400

$630

Reward Rate

3.5%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$624

Travel Rewards Earned

41,600

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : No
Free Bag : No
$0 introductory annual fee for the 1st year, then $40

JetBlue Credit Card from American Express

$624

41,600

No! Free Bag : !
$0 introductory annual fee for the 1st year, then $40
Bonus Offer

Get 20,000 TrueBlue® points after you spend $1,000 with your Card in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.

Card Highlights

Product information for this card is not provided by the card issuer and is subject to change. It should be used for comparison purposes only. You can see the latest details at JetBlue.com.

  • Get 20,000 TrueBlue® points after you spend $1,000 with your Card in your first 3 months of Cardmembership.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the 1st year, then $40
  • Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have had this product or a Crewmember JetBlue Card account within the last 12 months.
  • 8X TrueBlue® Points at JetBlue. Earn up to 8 TrueBlue points per dollar of eligible purchases made directly with JetBlue. Here’s how: You’ll get 6 points from JetBlue for purchasing Getaways packages and for booking flights on jetblue.com and an additional 2 points for using your Card.
  • 1X TrueBlue Points on Eligible Purchases. Earn one TrueBlue point per dollar of other eligible purchases.
  • Statement Credits for Inflight Purchases. Get a statement credit for 50% off select inflight purchases such as movies, meals and cocktails with your Card.
  • $50 Statement Credit. Get a $50 statement credit each year you purchase a JetBlue Getaways vacation package with your Card. 
  • EMV Smart Chip available upon request
 
Where can you use your points?

Earns JetBlue True Blue points. Use for travel on JetBlue and Hawaiian Airlines.

Estimated Rewards

The value of a JetBlue point tends to vary between 1 cent and 2 cents per point, and more expensive flights tend to have a lower value per point. So if a ticket costs $100 it will require between 5,000 and 10,000 JetBlue points. JetBlue points are a fair deal if you live in New York, Boston, or Los Angeles, and want to take your award travel on JetBlue flights.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

20,000

$300

Spending

21,600

$324

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

41,600

$624

Reward Rate

3.5%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$596

Travel Rewards Earned

51,600

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : No
Free Bag : Yes
$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

$596

51,600

No! Free Bag : !
$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
Bonus Offer

Earn 30K bonus miles after you make $1K in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.

Card Highlights
  • Earn 30K bonus miles after you make $1K in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn As You Spend: Get 2X miles on Delta purchases and 1X miles for all other eligible dollars spent.
  • Check your first bag free on every Delta flight - that's a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Premium Travel Perks: Settle in sooner with Priority Boarding.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • EMV smart chip available upon request
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.
 
Where can you use your points?

SkyMiles can be used for travel on Delta, Alaska Airlines, and SkyTeam partners including Air France, KLM, Korean Airlines, Aeromexico, Alitalia, China Southern, and Aeroflot. Other partners include Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Air Tahiti Nui.


Beware that availability on Air France and KLM can be very limited for flights to and from the U.S.

Estimated Rewards

SkyMiles has three levels for award prices: Saver, Standard, and Peak. Most of the time you can expect to pay the Standard level for awards. For Economy Class, that means domestic awards will run you about 32,500 miles round-trip, those to Hawaii will run about 65,000 miles, and those to Europe will run around 90,000 miles.


A good value for Delta miles is trips to Australia, where its partner Virgin Australia has excellent availability on its flights out of Los Angeles for 100,000 miles in Economy and 160,000 miles in Business Class. It's also a good choice to Italy if you are able to get to a city that Alitalia serves, with good availability in Economy for the Saver rate of 60,000 miles and Business Class for 125,000 miles. London is also generally easy to get to via New York at the same rates thanks to its partnership with Virgin Atlantic. Delta is stingy to Asia, though if you're just looking for one award seat on a flight you can find many more options than for two seats. 


Your actual reward value may vary based on how much the ticket or hotel you purchase would have cost in cash.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

30,000

$300

Spending

21,600

$216

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$50

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

51,600

$596

Reward Rate

3.3%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$586

Travel Rewards Earned

58,600

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : Yes
Free Bag : No
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $175

American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card

$586

58,600

Yes! Free Bag : !
Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $175
Bonus Offer

Get 25,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.

Card Highlights
  • Get 25,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn Fast: 3X points for flights booked with airlines, 2X points at US gas stations and US supermarkets, 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • You can transfer points to over 20 frequent traveler programs or use points for gift cards at popular stores.
  • Use your Card for retail, dining, travel or groceries, then go online and use points towards your eligible charges.
  • As an added bonus, you can get 15,000 points after you spend $30,000 in purchases on the Card in one year.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175.
  • EMV smart chip available upon request
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.
 
Where can you use your points?

This card earns American Express Membership Rewards points. Transfer into miles with Delta, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Alitalia, All Nippon, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, El Al, Air France / KLM, Frontier, Hawaiian, Iberia, JetBlue, Singapore, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin America.


Transferring to Delta miles is one of the most popular options, but savvy flyers like using Membership Rewards points to take advantage of deals with Air France / KLM Flying Blue, British Airways, Singapore, and Virgin Atlantic.


You can also redeem your points for flights booked via American Express Travel with every 10,000 points worth $100 in travel value. Most savvy flyers prefer transferring points directy to airline programs for higher potential value.

Estimated Rewards

Membership Rewards points are best saved for topping off Delta SkyMiles balances you already have or saving for premium international flights using mileage transfer partners like Aeroplan, Air France, or ANA. Beware though that most award flights flown by non-US based partners incur fuel surcharges of hundreds of dollars. You can avoid these by transfering to Delta miles or using Air Canada miles to redeem on United, among other options.


For domestic flights, British Airways charges as little as 9,000 points roundtrip for short nonstop flights, and American and Alaska are partners of British Airways. The catch is you need to live in a city with a lot of American or Alaska Airlines nonstop flights as British Airways charges extra if your trip involves a connecting flight.


So for the rest of us, transfering to Delta is the most viable domestic option. Expect to pay closer to 32,500 points for a domestic flight on Delta rather than the lowest advertised 25,000 mile level. You can also transfer to Air Canada to redeem on United Airlines, which tends to offer more seats at the 25,000 mile level, though domestic flights like this often aren't the best use of miles from a premium card.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

25,000

$250

Spending

33,600

$336

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

58,600

$586

Reward Rate

3.3%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$577

Travel Rewards Earned

55,200

Annual Points Earned

Alaska Airlines® Visa Signature® Credit Card

$577

55,200

Bonus Offer

30,000 Bonus Miles upon approval

Card Highlights
  • 30,000 Bonus Miles upon approval
  • Receive an annual coach Companion Fare from $118 (USD) ($99 base fare plus taxes and fees, from $19 depending on your Alaska Airlines flight itinerary).
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 on all purchases
  • Earn 3 miles per $1 on Alaska Airlines tickets/vacation packages/cargo purchases
  • Earn up to 5 miles per $1 at partner hotels and restaurants
  • Enjoy no mileage cap. There's no limit to the number of miles you can earn with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card.
  • Go far and wide with points redeemable on over a dozen airlines. Visit the Alaska Airlines website for the airline partner list.
 
Where can you use your miles?

Alaska Airlines miles can be used for flights on Alaska Airlines, but they can also be used for American, Delta, Qantas, British Airways, Emirates, Air France / KLM, Aeromexico, LAN, and Fiji Airways.


While you can't combine Alaska miles with the miles of other programs like Delta, you can use them to book any flight a partner makes available to its own frequent flyers at the 'saver' mileage levels. No U.S. program has a broader range of partners, and is one you should consider crediting flights to if you don't fly enough to hit 'elite' status with any one of American or Delta.

Estimated Rewards

If you don't fly Alaska a lot, we recommend this card if you can take advantage of the Companion voucher, plan to go to Hawaii on Alaska for as few as 40,000 miles roundtrip, or plan to take advantage of its unique international partner options, which offer access to some good Business Class and First Class deals. Most are easily bookable online at AlaskaAir.com. Unlike Delta, Alaska has good access to flights with Air France and KLM to Europe, particularly in Business Class at 125,000 miles roundtrip. It also has access to flights on Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Emirates, British Airways, and more at competitive mileage prices. It's tougher to earn miles with Alaska's program, but when you do they can be valuable for these premium awards. 

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

30,000

$300

Spending

25,200

$252

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Annual Coach Companion fare (value varies)

NA

$100

Less annual fee

NA

$75

Total

55,200

$577

Reward Rate

3.2%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$575

Travel Rewards Earned

51,600

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : No
Free Bag : Yes
$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

$575

51,600

No! Free Bag : !
$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
Bonus Offer

Start with 30,000 bonus miles after your spend $1,000 in the first 3 months.

Card Highlights
  • Start with 30,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Check your first bag for free — save up to $100 per round-trip
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year
  • No foreign transaction fees!
  • Earn double miles on United ticket purchases, and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as you're a Cardmember, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United flight
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
 
Where can you use your points?

MileagePlus miles can be used for travel on United and its partners, including Air Canada, Lufthansa, ANA, Singapore, Thai, Swiss, Austrian, TAM, Asiana, Avianca, TACA, Copa and more. 

Estimated Rewards

United miles are best saved for International trips in Economy Class, particularly to Europe where you can get a roundtrip for 60,000 miles. Availability at this mileage price is generally very good thanks to United's Star Alliance partners including Lufthansa and Swiss Airlines. Asia can be reached for 70,000 - 85,000 miles, a decent deal when cash tickets run $1,500 or more.


Business Class flights can also be a good use of miles, but generally only if you can find seats on United's own flights at its lowest Saver level price. You can get to Europe for 115,000 miles roundtrip and most of Asia or Australia for 140,000 miles on United flights. The issue is, availability at these prices can be very spotty. Flights on partners in Business Class are more expensive, with 140,000 miles required for Europe and 160,000 miles for much of Asia.


Availability to Hawaii is decent in Economy Class, with United offering more flights to Hawaii than any other airline, though at peak times you may have to pay 60,000 or 80,000 miles instead of the lowest 45,000 mile Saver price. Getting to Central and northern South America is also easy thanks to partners Copa and Avianca / TACA.


Run of the mill domestic flights in Economy Class usually aren't a great deal, which is the case with most of the big airlines. You'll probably pay closer to 37,500 miles for your trip if you're not flexible with dates than the lowest advertised 25,000 miles.


You can get better domestic travel value from the rewards you get from your card spending with Southwest points or bank points cards like the BankAmericard Travel Rewards card. But if you go to places where tickets usually cost $500 or more like some smaller cities with limited service, or buy last minute tickets, then saving United miles for these trips can be a good deal. Long flights across the country in First Class are also a good deal instead of paying $1,500 or more if you can find dates at the Saver 50,000 mile level.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

30,000

$288

Spending

21,600

$207

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$50

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

51,600

$575

Reward Rate

3.2%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate
NO FEE

$567

Travel Rewards Earned

48,800

Annual Points Earned

Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard®

$567

48,800

No! Free Bag : !
$0 Annual Fee
Bonus Offer

Earn 20,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days — that’s enough to redeem for a $200 travel statement credit  

Card Highlights
  • Earn 20,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days — that’s enough to redeem for a $200 travel statement credit
  • 0% intro APR on balance transfers and purchases for the first 12 months after account opening. After that, variable APR, currently 14.99% or 18.99%, based upon your creditworthiness.
  • Earn 2X miles on travel and dining and 1X miles on all other purchases
  • Miles don't expire as long as your account is open, active and in good standing
  • Book the travel you want — airfare, hotels, cruises and more and earn miles on your purchase
  • Get 10% miles back to use toward your next redemption every time ou redeem for travel statement credits
  • No foreign transaction fees on anything you buy while in another country
  • Complimentary online FICO® Score access for Barclaycard Arrival cardmembers
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use your points to offset the cost of any travel booking with any airline. Just buy the ticket with your card, then apply your points to remove some or all of the cost from your statement. The best part is the introductory bonus will hit your account right after you hit the $1,000 spending threshold. So if you're about to book a vacation, you can save $400 on it right away. Just pay for the tickets you want, and hit $1,000 in total spending, then you can apply the bonus points you earn to erase the cost of your ticket. You have up to 90 days after your purchase to apply points to offset the cost. And you can use points to pay for just part of the ticket if you'd like, so you don't need to have a big balance of points to start saving money.


The downside is your points are always worth the same amount - about one cent each. So you miss out on some of the big values traditional airline miles provide for first / business class or international travel. But if you are okay with saving a decent amount on basic travel, this is a great no-fuss option that gives good value with little work on your part.

Estimated Rewards

2,000 points are worth $20 toward travel purchases, and you get 10% of your points back for each travel redemption. That gives a net value of 1.1 cents per point.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

20,000

$220

Spending

28,800

$317

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

48,800

$567

Reward Rate

3.1%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$560

Travel Rewards Earned

40,200

Annual Points Earned

Blue Sky Preferred (SM) from American Express Card

$560

40,200

Bonus Offer

Earn 15,000 points after you make $1,000 in purchases — redeemable for a $200 statement credit toward airline tickets, hotel stays, or any other type of travel.

Card Highlights
  • Earn 15,000 points after you make $1,000 in purchases — redeemable for a $200 statement credit toward airline tickets, hotel stays, or any other type of travel.
  • Unlimited travel choices with an annual fee of $75 and no blackout dates.
  • Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have had this product within the last 12 months or any other Consumer Blue Sky® Card account within the last 90 days.
  • Get Flexibility to Pay Over Time
  • You decide if you want to pay charges over time or pay in full.
  • Blue Savings Program®. Enjoy exclusive savings on the things you already buy. Not just for a limited time, but all the time.
  • Earn 2 points at U.S. restaurants, for hotel rooms and for car rentals. Earn 1 point per dollar for other purchases. Points are earned only on eligible purchases.
  • Start redeeming for travel rewards with as few as 7,500 points, redeemable for a $100 statement credit on any travel purchase.
  • Earn Points and Unlimited Rewards. Earn points for virtually everything you buy. No point caps or expiration dates - travel anytime with no blackout dates.
  • $100 Annual Airline Allowance. Use your annual allowance on incidental airline charges such as baggage fees and in-flight meals.
  • EMV Smart Chip available upon request
 
 

Where you can use your points

Earns Blue Sky points. Every 7,500 points = $100 in statement credit toward airline tickets, hotel stays, or any other type of travel. You simply use your points as cash to offset the cost of travel tickets you buy - regardless of where you purchase them - online or with a travel agent.

Estimated Rewards

Earns Blue Sky points. Every 7,500 points = $100 in statement credit toward airline tickets, hotel stays, or any other type of travel.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

15,000

$200

Spending

25,200

$335

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Annual airline fee credit

NA

$100

Less annual fee

NA

$75

Total

40,200

$560

Reward Rate

3.1%

Have your own value per point?

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NO FEE

$554

Travel Rewards Earned

52,400

Annual Points Earned

PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card

$554

52,400

No! Free Bag : !
No annual fee
Bonus Offer

20,000 bonus points when you spend $2,500 within the first 3 months of opening the Card account – that’s worth $200 toward your next round-trip airline ticket

Card Highlights
  • Earn 5 points on airfare purchases
  • Earn 1 point on all other purchases
  • 20,000 bonus points when you spend $2,500 within the first 3 months of opening the Card account – that’s worth $200 toward your next round-trip airline ticket
  • No annual fee
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Free LOUNGE CLUB membership which gives access to airport lounges throughout the world (upon spending $15,000 on the card in a calendar year)
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use your points toward travel on any airline with no blackout or other restrictions. The number of points you need is simply based on the cash cost of the ticket - you are 'buying' the ticket with points. 


The downside is high value tickets like first / business class can cost more this way than with traditional airline miles, but you don't have to worry about availability on specific days.

Estimated Rewards

Points can be used like to purchase airline tickets via PenFed's online or phone booking. Points are worth about 1 cent each.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

20,000

$200

Spending

32,400

$324

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

52,400

$554

Reward Rate

3.1%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$551

Travel Rewards Earned

56,600

Annual Points Earned

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

$551

56,600

No! Free Bag : !
$195 annual fee
Bonus Offer

Earn 5,000 MQMs and 35,000 Bonus Miles

Card Highlights
  • Earn 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • In addition, earn a $100 Statement Credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 MQMs after you spend $25,000 or more on eligible purchases each calendar year. Also earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 MQMs after you spend $50,000 or more on eligible purchases each calendar year.
  • Annual Membership Fee of $195 ($150 for applications received by May 1, 2014)
  • You can check your first bag for free and save up to $50 on a round-trip Delta flight.
  • Receive double miles on Delta purchases and 1 mile for all other eligible dollars spent.
  • Receive Zone 1 Priority Boarding on Delta flights.
  • Rely on 24/7 emergency assistance when traveling more than 100 miles from home.
  • Receive a 20% savings in the form of a statement credit on eligible in-flight purchases of food, beverages, movies, television shows, video games and audio headsets.
  • EMV Smart Chip available upon request

While not always advertised, this card also offers a companion certificate for domestic travel on Delta flights each year you renew your card and pay the annual fee. It's valid on certain fare classes and carries some restrictions like only being valid on some of its lowest L, U, and T economy fares, and subject to limited seats on any given flight, but if you're flexible it can be useful.

 
Where can you use your points?

SkyMiles can be used for travel on Delta, Alaska Airlines, and SkyTeam partners including Air France, KLM, Korean Airlines, Aeromexico, Alitalia, China Southern, and Aeroflot. Other partners include Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Air Tahiti Nui.


Beware that availability on Air France and KLM can be very limited for flights to and from the U.S.

Estimated Rewards

SkyMiles has three levels for award prices: Saver, Standard, and Peak. Most of the time you can expect to pay the Standard level for awards. For Economy Class, that means domestic awards will run you about 32,500 miles round-trip, those to Hawaii will run about 65,000 miles, and those to Europe will run around 90,000 miles.


A good value for Delta miles is trips to Australia, where its partner Virgin Australia has excellent availability on its flights out of Los Angeles for 100,000 miles in Economy and 160,000 miles in Business Class. It's also a good choice to Italy if you are able to get to a city that Alitalia serves, with good availability in Economy for the Saver rate of 60,000 miles and Business Class for 125,000 miles. London is also generally easy to get to via New York at the same rates thanks to its partnership with Virgin Atlantic. Delta is stingy to Asia, though if you're just looking for one award seat on a flight you can find many more options than for two seats. 


Your actual reward value may vary based on how much the ticket or hotel you purchase would have cost in cash.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

35,000

$350

Spending

21,600

$216

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$50

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Annual companion ticket (value varies)

NA

$100

Less annual fee

NA

$195

Total

56,600

$551

Reward Rate

3.1%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$546

Travel Rewards Earned

54,600

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : No
Free Bag : No
$0 first year, then $89

TD First ClassSM Visa Signature® Credit Card

$546

54,600

No! Free Bag : !
$0 first year, then $89
Bonus Offer

Earn 15,000 bonus miles the first time you swipe your card within the first six months, and earn an extra 10,000 bonus First Class miles when you spend $3,000 in the first six months.

Card Highlights
  • With every travel and dining purchase, you'll earn 3X first class miles.
  • Earn 15,000 bonus miles the first time you swipe your card within the first six months, and earn an extra 10,000 bonus First Class miles when you spend $3,000 in the first six months.
  • Redeem your First Class miles with ease - after you've made your travel or dining purchase, just use your First Class miles for a statement credit
  • Enjoy VIP treatment, savings and perks at over 800 luxury hotels worldwide
  • Access TD First Class Visa Signature Concierge, your complimentary personal assistant designed to make your life hassle-free
 
Where can you use your points?

First use your TD First Class Visa Signature credit card to make your travel arrangements (purchase an airline ticket, book a hotel room, make a car rental reservation) or to charge a meal at a restaurant. Next call the TD Rewards Center at 1-877-GO-TD1ST (1-877-468-3168) within 180 days of the charge. They will verify the travel/dining purchase charge and then submit the credit. The credit will be reflected on your next monthly billing statement following your call to the TD Rewards Center.

Estimated Rewards

Every 10,000 points is worth $100 toward travel purchases

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

15,000

$150

Spending

39,600

$396

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

54,600

$546

Reward Rate

3.0%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$541

Travel Rewards Earned

63,600

Annual Points Earned

The Amex EveryDaySM Preferred Credit Card

$541

63,600

Yes! Free Bag : !
$95 annual fee
Bonus Offer

Earn 15,000 points when you spend $1,000 within the first 90 days of account opening

Card Highlights
  • $95 annual fee.
  • Use your Card to make 30 or more purchases in any billing period and earn 50% extra points on all those purchases less returns and credits.
  • When you shop at US Supermarkets you can get 3x points on up to $6,000 in purchases each year. You can 
    earn 2x points at standalone gas stations in the US and 1x points on all other purchases.
  • You earn full American Express Membership Rewards points, which can be transfered to many airline mile and hotel programs.
  • For the first 15 months enjoy a 0% introductory APR on your purchases and balance transfers. After that, your APR will be a variable rate, currently 12.99%  to 21.99%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.

Terms and limitations apply.

Points and reward estimates assume you meet the 30 purchase per month requirement to earn 50% extra points.

 

 
Where can you use your points?

This card earns American Express Membership Rewards points. Transfer into miles with Delta, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Alitalia, All Nippon, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, El Al, Air France / KLM, Frontier, Hawaiian, Iberia, JetBlue, Singapore, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin America.


Transferring to Delta miles is one of the most popular options, but savvy flyers like using Membership Rewards points to take advantage of deals with Air France / KLM Flying Blue, British Airways, Singapore, and Virgin Atlantic.


You can also redeem your points for flights booked via American Express Travel with every 10,000 points worth $100 in travel value. Most savvy flyers prefer transferring points directy to airline programs for higher potential value.

Estimated Rewards

Membership Rewards points are best saved for topping off Delta SkyMiles balances you already have or saving for premium international flights using mileage transfer partners like Aeroplan, Air France, or ANA. Beware though that most award flights flown by non-US based partners incur fuel surcharges of hundreds of dollars. You can avoid these by transfering to Delta miles or using Air Canada miles to redeem on United among other options.


For domestic flights, British Airways charges as little as 9,000 points roundtrip for short nonstop flights, and American and Alaska are partners of British Airways. The catch is you need to live in a city with a lot of American or Alaska Airlines nonstop flights as British Airways charges extra if your trip involves a connecting flight.


So for the rest of us, transfering to Delta is the most viable domestic option. Expect to pay closer to 32,500 points for a domestic flight on Delta rather than the lowest advertised 25,000 mile level. You can also transfer to Air Canada to redeem on United Airlines, which tends to offer more seats at the 25,000 mile level, though domestic flights like this often aren't the best use of miles from a premium card.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

15,000

$150

Spending

48,600

$486

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$95

Total

63,600

$541

Reward Rate

3.0%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate
NO FEE

$536

Travel Rewards Earned

50,600

Annual Points Earned

BankAmericard Travel Rewards®

$536

50,600

No! Free Bag : !
No annual fee
Bonus Offer

10,000 bonus points offer - that can be $100 off your next travel purchase

Card Highlights
  • Earn 1.5 points per $1 on every purchase, every time with no annual fee
  • Online-exclusive 10,000 bonus points after qualifying purchases, that can be $100 towards travel purchases
  • Redeem points to pay for flights, hotels, vacation packages, cruises, rental cars, or baggage fees with no blackout dates
  • No limit to the total number of points you can earn and points don't expire
  • 0% Introductory APR for 12 billing cycles for purchases, then 14.99% - 22.99% Variable APR
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Bank of America® customer? Enjoy an annual 10% customer points bonus on your total purchases when you have a qualifying Bank of America account.
 
Where can you use your points?

Simply book your travel however you choose with your card, then pay yourself back with points. There are no restrictions or blackout dates. You can cover any travel-related expense including airfare, hotels, car rentals, baggage fees, upgrades and more. And you can cover all or part of your trip. If you don't have enough points for an entire purchase, you can choose to use points to pay for just part of it. It's up to you.

Estimated Rewards

Use your miles toward any travel purchase - every 10,000 points = $100. The annual points earned totals assume you use the Bank of America Travel Center to book all airfare and hotel purchases, earning you 3 points per dollar, instead of the standard 1.5 points per dollar the card earns when you book elsewhere.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

10,000

$100

Spending

36,000

$360

Annual bonus

4,600

$46

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

50,600

$536

Reward Rate

3.0%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$506

Travel Rewards Earned

47,600

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : No
Free Bag : No
$0 first year, then $45

Wells Fargo Propel 365 American Express® Card

$506

47,600

No! Free Bag : !
$0 first year, then $45
Bonus Offer

Earn 20,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in net purchases (purchases minus returns/credits) in the first 3 months

Card Highlights
  • 3X points at U.S. Gas Stations2X points at U.S. Restaurants, and 1X point on all other net purchases (purchases minus returns/credits).
  • You will earn an annual bonus of 10%25% or 50% more on non-bonus rewards points if you maintain a qualifying consumer Wells Fargo Checking or Savings Account, or PMA® Package.
  • No foreign currency conversion fees
  • Your points do not expire, and there is no cap on how much you can earn.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year and only $45 after that
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use your points to book any flight, or redeem for gift cards starting at 2,500 points or cash back.

Estimated Rewards

Your points are worth 1 cent each toward travel on any airline.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

20,000

$200

Spending

27,600

$276

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

47,600

$506

Reward Rate

2.8%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate
NO FEE

$455

Travel Rewards Earned

42,500

Annual Points Earned

Capital One® VentureOne Rewards Credit Card

$455

42,500

No! Free Bag : !
$0 annual fee
Bonus Offer

One-time bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months

Card Highlights
  • Earn 1.25 miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Fly free on any airline, any time, with no blackout dates
  • For new accounts, earn 20,000 bonus miles
  • Save with a low intro APR on purchases and no annual fee
  • No foreign transaction fees
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use your points to 'erase' the cost of any travel purchase made on your card. Just note you must have enough points to erase the entire cost of a single purchase in order to do so. So for example, if you bought a $200 hotel room, you must have 20,000 points in your account to get credit for it. You can't ask for partial credit like a similar card, the Bank of America Travel Rewards Card.

Estimated Rewards

Every 10,000 points is worth $100 toward a travel purchase.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

20,000

$200

Spending

22,500

$225

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

42,500

$455

Reward Rate

2.5%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$450

Travel Rewards Earned

51,600

Annual Points Earned

The US Airways Premier World MasterCard®

$450

51,600

Bonus Offer

Earn up to 40,000 bonus miles with qualifying transactions.

Card Highlights
  • Earn up to 40,000 bonus miles with qualifying transactions
  • Exclusive: Book award flights for 5,000 fewer miles - award travel starts at just 20,000 miles for cardmembers
  • Enjoy your first bag checked free on eligible bags for you and up to 4 companions on domestic US Airways operated flights
  • Zone 2 boarding on all US Airways flights
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 on US Airways purchases
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 on purchases everywhere else
  • Annual companion certificate good for up to 2 companion tickets at $99 each, plus taxes and fees
  • First Class check-in
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete details
 
Where can you use your points?

Dividend Miles can be used on travel with US Airways and American Airlines, and as fo March 31, 2014, OneWorld partners including British Airways and Cathay Pacific.

Estimated Rewards

US Airways miles, like American Airlines miles, are not great deals for domestic Economy Class travel, but are good deals for international Business Class and First Class travel. Save up these miles for trips to Europe or Asia in the big seat using partner airlines. You'll have to call on the phone to locate and book these flights. Domestic First Class is also a decent deal thanks to the American Airlines merger, as American tends to have generous availability of First Class seats at the lowest award prices.

Your actual reward savings may vary based on how much the ticket or hotel you purchase would have cost in cash. 

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

30,000

$255

Spending

21,600

$184

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Annual companion certificate (value varies)

NA

$100

Less annual fee

NA

$89

Total

51,600

$450

Reward Rate

2.5%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate
NO FEE

$436

Travel Rewards Earned

43,600

Annual Points Earned

Chase Freedom®

$436

43,600

No! Free Bag : !
No annual fee
Bonus Offer

Earn a $100 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.

Card Highlights
  • Earn a $100 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening

  • Earn a $25 Bonus after you add your first authorized user and make a purchase within this same 3-month period

  • 0% Intro APR for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers. After the intro period, a variable APR of 13.99%-22.99%
  • 5% Cash Back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases between July 1 and September 30, 2014 at gas stations and Kohl's®
  • You'll enjoy new 5% categories every 3 months like gas stations, restaurants and Amazon.com. It's free and easy to activate your bonus each quarter!
  • Unlimited 1% Cash Back on all other purchases
  • No annual fee and rewards never expire
 
Where can you use your points?

Earns Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Redeem for travel, gift cards, and more at www.UltimateRewards.com. Every 1,000 points = $10 in travel value.

If you also have an annual fee based Ultimate Rewards card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus you can transfer the points you earn from this card into leading airline mile programs including United and Southwest at 1:1. This is a great companion for these cards because it has no annual fee and earns a 5x points bonus in rotating categories during the year, so you can boost your Ultimate Rewards balance.

Estimated Rewards

Earns Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Redeem for travel, gift cards, cash back, and more at www.UltimateRewards.com. Every 1,000 points = $10 in travel value. 

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

10,000

$100

Spending

33,600

$336

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

43,600

$436

Reward Rate

2.4%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate
NO FEE

$428

Travel Rewards Earned

42,800

Annual Points Earned

Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card — Earn 20,000 Bonus Points

$428

42,800

Bonus Offer

Earn 20,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $1,500 in card purchases within 3 months of account opening - redeemable for $200 in gift cards or other great rewards.

Card Highlights
  • Earn 20,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $1,500 in card purchases within 3 months of account opening – redeemable for $200 in gift cards or other great rewards!
  • 0% intro APR on Balance Transfers and Purchases for 12 months. After that, the variable APR will be 12.99%-22.99% based upon your creditworthiness*
  • There is a balance transfer fee of either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.*
  • 2 ThankYou Points per dollar spent on dining at restaurants and entertainment. 1 ThankYou Point on other purchases
  • Points do not expire and earn unlimited Thank You Points
  • Redeem ThankYou Points for merchandise, travel rewards, gift cards, cash and more
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with Chip Technology
  • No annual fee*
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use ThankYou® points to purchase travel using the ThankYou® online booking tool, which includes nearly every airline (Southwest is an exception, though you can book that over the phone) and your points are worth 1 cent each for travel, gift cards, and more. You can also transfer your points to Hilton HHonors.

Estimated Rewards

Earns ThankYou® points - every point is worth 1 cent toward travel, gift cards, or other rewards. 

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

20,000

$200

Spending

22,800

$228

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

NA

$

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

42,800

$428

Reward Rate

2.4%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate
NO FEE

$426

Travel Rewards Earned

39,600

Annual Points Earned

PenFed Platinum Rewards Visa Signature

$426

39,600

No! Free Bag : !
No annual fee
Bonus Offer

Card Highlights
  • Earn 5 points on gas purchases at the pump
  • Earn 3 points on supermarket Purchases 
  • Earn 1 point on All Other Purchases
  • No annual fee
  • No foreign transaction fees
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use points to book flights with most airlines.

Estimated Rewards

This is a basic card with points that can be used like cash to buy plane tickets. You'll most likely want the card for the full Chip and PIN feature and no foreign transaction fees.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

0

$0

Spending

39,600

$396

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

39,600

$426

Reward Rate

2.4%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate
NO FEE

$400

Travel Rewards Earned

40,000

Annual Points Earned

The Travelocity® Rewards American Express® Card

$400

40,000

Bonus Offer

Earn 5,000 bonus points after your first purchase.

Card Highlights
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after your first purchase
  • Earn an additional 5,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn 3 points per $1 spent on eligible Travelocity purchases
  • Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Points can be redeemed for statement credits towards Travelocity purchases for Flights, Hotels and Vacation Packages
  • No blackout dates or restrictions
  • No Annual Fee
  • Please see Terms and Conditions for complete details
 
Where to use your points

The best deal with this card is to save 20,000 points and use it for $400 in statement credit off of any Travelocity purchase. That nets you a 2% cash value for your points. Lower point redemptions have a less favorable 1% cash value.

Estimated Rewards

ENJOY RICHER REWARDS ON YOUR TRAVELOCITY PURCHASES

5,000 points = $50 statement credit

10,000 points = $100 statement credit

20,000 points = $400 statement credit


We assume a value of 1 cent per point, though if you save up 20,000 points you will reach the threshold for 2 cents per point in value, which is the best deal with this card. 


Our calculations assume you make all of your Airline and Hotel purchaes at Travelocity, earning the 3 point per dollar bonus.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

10,000

$100

Spending

30,000

$300

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

40,000

$400

Reward Rate

2.2%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate
NO FEE

$388

Travel Rewards Earned

38,800

Annual Points Earned

The Amex EveryDaySM Credit Card

$388

38,800

Yes! Free Bag : !
No annual fee
Bonus Offer

 Earn 10,000 points when you spend $1,000 within the first 90 days of account opening

Card Highlights

Points and reward estimates assume you meet the 20 purchase per month requirement to earn 20% extra points.

  • With Amex EveryDay there is NO ANNUAL FEE.
  • Use your Card to make 20 or more purchases in any billing period and earn 20% extra points on all those purchases less returns and credits.
  • When you shop at US Supermarkets you can get 2x points on up to $6,000 in purchases each year. You can 
    earn 1x points on other purchases.
  • You earn full American Express Membership Rewards points, which can be transfered to many airline mile and hotel programs
  • For the first 15 months enjoy a 0% introductory APR on your purchases and balance transfers. After that, your APR will be a variable rate, currently 12.99%  to 21.99%, based on your creditworthiness and other factors.

Terms and limitations apply.

 

 
Where can you use your points?

This card earns American Express Membership Rewards points. Transfer into miles with Delta, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Alitalia, All Nippon, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, El Al, Air France / KLM, Frontier, Hawaiian, Iberia, JetBlue, Singapore, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin America.


Transferring to Delta miles is one of the most popular options, but savvy flyers like using Membership Rewards points to take advantage of deals with Air France / KLM Flying Blue, British Airways, Singapore, and Virgin Atlantic.


You can also redeem your points for flights booked via American Express Travel with every 10,000 points worth $100 in travel value. Most savvy flyers prefer transferring points directy to airline programs for higher potential value.

Estimated Rewards

Membership Rewards points are best saved for topping off Delta SkyMiles balances you already have or saving for premium international flights using mileage transfer partners like Aeroplan, Air France, or ANA. Beware though that most award flights flown by non-US based partners incur fuel surcharges of hundreds of dollars. You can avoid these by transfering to Delta miles or using Air Canada miles to redeem on United among other options.


For domestic flights, British Airways charges as little as 9,000 points roundtrip for short nonstop flights, and American and Alaska are partners of British Airways. The catch is you need to live in a city with a lot of American or Alaska Airlines nonstop flights as British Airways charges extra if your trip involves a connecting flight.


So for the rest of us, transfering to Delta is the most viable domestic option. Expect to pay closer to 32,500 points for a domestic flight on Delta rather than the lowest advertised 25,000 mile level. You can also transfer to Air Canada to redeem on United Airlines, which tends to offer more seats at the 25,000 mile level, though domestic flights like this often aren't the best use of miles from a premium card.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

10,000

$100

Spending

28,800

$288

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

38,800

$388

Reward Rate

2.2%

Have your own value per point?

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$366

Travel Rewards Earned

43,000

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : No
Free Bag : Yes
$50, waived for first 12 months

Citi® Gold / AAdvantage® World MasterCard®

$366

43,000

No! Free Bag : !
$50, waived for first 12 months
Bonus Offer

25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $750 spent on purchases within the first 3 months, that's enough for a round trip domestic MileSAAver® award (taxes and fees of up to $10 apply)

Card Highlights
  • 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $750 spent on purchases within the first 3 months, that's enough for a round trip domestic MileSAAver® award (taxes and fees of up to $10 apply)
  • 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on purchases
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptancewith your Citi chip credit card
  • 25% savings on eligible in-flight purchases when you use your card
 
Where can you use your points?

AAdvantage miles can be used on American and US Airways flights, as well as for flights on its partners, including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, LAN, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, and more. Note that you need to call in to access Cathay Pacific, LAN, and Japan Airlines flights.


Flights on British Airways incur fuel surcharges which vary, but are around $500 for Transatlantic flights in Economy and $1,000 in Business or First Class.  These are fees British Airways also charges its own frequent flyers when they book with miles. Other partner flights do not have surcharges of this magnitude.

Estimated Rewards

AAdvantage miles are best saved for flights in Business Class and First Class, which opens up some very good deals.  You can get to most of Asia for about 100,000 miles roundtrip in Business Class on American or its partners Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines with decent availability. Europe is also available for 100,000 miles roundtrip in Business Class, but beware that flights on British Airways incur large fuel surcharges of about $1,000 for Business Class and about $500 for Economy Class. Domestic flights are usually available for around 50,000 miles in First Class, a decent deal versus fares of around $1,000 or more.


There are also some good deals in international Economy Class. You can fly to Europe from Oct 15 - May 15 for just 40,000 miles roundtrip and much of Asia from Oct 1 - April 30 for 50,000 miles in Economy Class on American and its partners. Availability to Hawaii is spotty in Economy Class at 40,000 miles, though First Class seats at 80,000 miles tend to be easier to find, especially if you can take advantage of partners Hawaiian Airlines or Alaska Airlines from the West Coast. Australia is also a great option, with partner Qantas offering many seats for 75,000 miles round trip in Economy, though seats in Business Class are very hard to find unless you plan far ahead.


Your actual reward savings may vary based on how much the ticket or hotel you purchase would have cost in cash.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

25,000

$213

Spending

18,000

$153

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

43,000

$366

Reward Rate

2.0%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$365

Travel Rewards Earned

43,000

Annual Points Earned

Visa® Black Card TM

$365

43,000

No! Free Bag : !
$495 annual fee
Bonus Offer

Earn 25,000 bonus points when you spend $1,500 in the first 90 days.

Card Highlights

BLACK CARD VIP PROGRAM. Cardmembers receive VIP treatment at over 3,000 hotels, resorts and villas across the globe, including spa treatments, room upgrades, complimentary breakfast, early check-in, late check-out and more.

DOUBLE VALUE ON AIRFARE. Redeem your points for a wide range of reward options including gift cards, experiences and double value on airfare, which means it takes fewer points to go further. 

UNLIMITED VIP AIRPORT LOUNGE VISITS. Cardmembers receive complimentary membership and unlimited visits to over 350 lounges in 200 cities worldwide with our VIP airport lounge program.

 
Where can you use your points?

You can use your points for travel on any airline at any time via MyBlackCardRewards.com or redeem for hotels or gift card. Just note that while this card does offer airport lounge access, it is limited within the U.S. This should also not be confused with the Centurion Card from American Express, which is commonly referred to as the 'Black Card.' That card carries an annual fee of $2,500, includes airline elite status, and is part of the Membership Rewards program. This Visa Black Card is unrelated to that card.

Estimated Rewards

Every point is worth 2 cents toward airfare, so 10,000 points gives you $200 in airfare value. You can also use points for hotels and gift cards, though in these cases points are worth 1 cent each so 10,000 points gives you $100 in value.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

25,000

$500

Spending

18,000

$360

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$495

Total

43,000

$365

Reward Rate

2.0%

Have your own value per point?

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$360

Travel Rewards Earned

58,000

Annual Points Earned

The Platinum Card® from American Express

$360

58,000

Bonus Offer

Earn 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.

Card Highlights
  • Earn 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • With the Platinum Card, you can receive up to $200 a year in statement credits for airline incidental fees like checked bags fees, flight-change fees, and snacks.
  • To receive the statement credit, you need to enroll and select a qualifying airline.
  • There are no foreign transaction fees with purchases made on your Platinum Card.
  • Platinum Card Concierge is your personal resource to help secure a last minute restaurant reservation, or shop for a hard-to-find gift.
  • Terms & restrictions apply.
 
Where can you use your points?

This card earns American Express Membership Rewards points. Transfer into miles with Delta, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Alitalia, All Nippon, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, El Al, Air France / KLM, Frontier, Hawaiian, Iberia, JetBlue, Singapore, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin America.


Transferring to Delta miles is an option, but savvy flyers like using Membership Rewards points to take advantage of deals with Air France / KLM Flying Blue, British Airways, Singapore, and Virgin Atlantic.


You can also redeem your points for flights booked via American Express Travel with every 10,000 points worth $100 in travel value. We prefer transferring points directy to airline programs for higher potential value.

Estimated Rewards

Membership Rewards points are good for topping off Delta SkyMiles balances you already have or saving for premium international flights using mileage transfer partners like Aeroplan, Air France, or ANA. Beware though that many award flights flown by non-US based partners incur fuel surcharges of hundreds of dollars. You can avoid these by transfering to Delta miles or using Air Canada miles to redeem on United, among other options.


For domestic flights, British Airways charges as little as 9,000 points roundtrip for short nonstop flights, and American and Alaska are partners of British Airways. So by transfering your points to British Airways you can book flights on American and Alaska for a low number of points. The catch is you need to live in a city with a lot of American or Alaska Airlines nonstop flights as British Airways charges extra miles if your trip involves a connecting flight.


But if you can't take advantage of that Delta will be your go-to transfer option. Expect to pay closer to 32,500 points for a domestic flight on Delta rather than the lowest advertised 25,000 mile level. You can also transfer to Air Canada to redeem on United Airlines, which tends to offer more seats at the 25,000 mile level, though domestic flights like this aren't always the most valuable use of miles.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

40,000

$400

Spending

18,000

$180

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Annual airline fee credit

NA

$200

Less annual fee

NA

$450

Total

58,000

$360

Reward Rate

2.0%

Have your own value per point?

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NO FEE

$339

Travel Rewards Earned

25,500

Annual Points Earned

Blue Sky from American Express®

$339

25,500

Bonus Offer

Earn 7,500 Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.

Card Highlights
  • Welcome Bonus: Earn 7,500 Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Unlimited Travel Options: Every 7,500 points that you earn can be redeemed for a $100 statement credit toward any airline ticket, any hotel stay, car rental or cruise.
  • Flexible Ways to Earn: earn 1 point for virtually every dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Flexible Bill Payments: pay your bill all at once or over time.
  • No annual fee, 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, then a variable rate, currently 17.24%- 22.24%.
  • EMV Smart Chip available upon request
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.
 
Where can you use your points?

Earns Blue Sky points. Every 7,500 points = $100 in statement credit toward airline tickets, hotel stays, or any other type of travel. You simply use your points as cash to offset the cost of travel tickets you buy - regardless of where you purchase them - online or with a travel agent.

Estimated Rewards

Earns Blue Sky points. Every 7,500 points = $100 in statement credit toward airline tickets, hotel stays, or any other type of travel.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

7,500

$100

Spending

18,000

$239

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

25,500

$339

Reward Rate

1.9%

Have your own value per point?

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NO FEE

$328

Travel Rewards Earned

32,800

Annual Points Earned

Chase Sapphire®

$328

32,800

No! Free Bag : !
No Annual Fee
Bonus Offer

10,000 bonus points when you spend $500 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening - that's $100 in travel rewards when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards(SM)!

Card Highlights
  • 10,000 bonus points when you spend $500 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening - that's $100 in travel rewards when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards(SM)!
  • 2,500 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • 2X points on dining at restaurants and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • Points never expire, and there are no limits on how many points you can earn
  • Redeem points for travel, gift cards, merchandise, cash back and more
  • Earn an additional point per dollar spent when you book airfare and hotel accommodations online through Chase Ultimate Rewards(SM)
  • 24/7 direct access to dedicated customer service specialists
  • No Annual Fee!
 
Where can you use your points?

Earns Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Redeem for travel, gift cards, and more at www.UltimateRewards.com. Every 1,000 points = $10 in travel value.

If you also have an annual fee based Ultimate Rewards card like the Ink Plus you can transfer the points you earn from this card into leading airline mile programs including United and Southwest at 1:1.

Estimated Rewards

Earns Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Redeem for travel, gift cards, and more at www.UltimateRewards.com. Every 1,000 points = $10 in travel value.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

10,000

$100

Spending

22,800

$228

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

32,800

$328

Reward Rate

1.8%

Have your own value per point?

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NO FEE

$309

Travel Rewards Earned

28,900

Annual Points Earned

USAA American Express

$309

28,900

No! Free Bag : !
No annual fee
Bonus Offer

Earn 2,500 bonus points with your first purchase

Card Highlights
  • Earn 2X points for every dollar on gas and grocery purchases all the time.
  • Earn one point for every dollar on your every day purchases.
  • Get 2,500 bonus points with your first purchase.
  • Earn points without a cap or expiration.
  • Use your points to redeem for cash, merchandise, gift cards or travel.
  • Redeem for cash on your mobile device — it's easy!
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use points to book flights with most airlines.

Estimated Rewards

This is a basic card with points that can be used like cash to buy plane tickets. You'll most likely want the card for the full Chip and PIN feature, which is available on request. 

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

2,500

$25

Spending

26,400

$264

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$20

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

28,900

$309

Reward Rate

1.7%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$281

Travel Rewards Earned

37,600

Annual Points Earned

Mercedes-Benz Credit Card from American Express

$281

37,600

Yes! Free Bag : !
$95 annual fee
Bonus Offer

10,000 Membership Rewards® points after you charge $1,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of Card Membership

Card Highlights
  • Earn Membership Rewards points on your purchases:
  • 5x POINTS ON SELECT MERCEDES-BENZ PURCHASES
  • 3x POINTS AT US GAS STATIONS FOR EACH TRANSACTION OF $400 OR LESS
  • 2x POINTS AT US RESTUARANTS
  • 1x POINTS ON OTHER PURCHASES 
  • 10,000 Membership Rewards® points after you charge $1,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of Card Membership†
  • A $500 certificate each year you charge $5,000 in purchases, good toward the future purchase or lease of a new Mercedes-Benz‡
  • Up to 1,000 excess miles waived at lease-end on leases through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services‡
  • $50 certificate at renewal of your Card account, good toward Genuine Mercedes-Benz Accessories ‡
  • Annual fee of $95
  • EMV smart chip available upon request
  • Terms and Limitations Apply.
 
Where can you use your points?

This card earns American Express Membership Rewards points. Transfer into miles with Delta, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Alitalia, All Nippon, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, El Al, Air France / KLM, Frontier, Hawaiian, Iberia, JetBlue, Singapore, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin America.


Transferring to Delta miles is one of the most popular options, but savvy flyers like using Membership Rewards points to take advantage of deals with Air France / KLM Flying Blue, British Airways, Singapore, and Virgin Atlantic.


You can also redeem your points for flights booked via American Express Travel with every 10,000 points worth $100 in travel value. Most savvy flyers prefer transferring points directy to airline programs for higher potential value.

Estimated Rewards

Membership Rewards points are best saved for topping off Delta SkyMiles balances you already have or saving for premium international flights using mileage transfer partners like Aeroplan, Air France, or ANA. Beware though that most award flights flown by non-US based partners incur fuel surcharges of hundreds of dollars. You can avoid these by transfering to Delta miles or using Air Canada miles to redeem on United, and British Airways miles to redeem on American.


For domestic flights, British Airways charges as little as 9,000 points roundtrip for short nonstop flights, and American and Alaska are partners of British Airways. The catch is you need to live in a city with a lot of American or Alaska Airlines nonstop flights as British Airways charges extra if your trip involves a connecting flight.


So for the rest of us, transfering to Delta is the most viable domestic option. Expect to pay closer to 32,500 points for a domestic flight on Delta rather than the lowest advertised 25,000 mile level. You can also transfer to Air Canada to redeem on United Airlines, which tends to offer more seats at the 25,000 mile level, though domestic flights like this often aren't the best use of miles from a premium card.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

10,000

$100

Spending

27,600

$276

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$95

Total

37,600

$281

Reward Rate

1.6%

Have your own value per point?

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NO FEE

$280

Travel Rewards Earned

28,000

Annual Points Earned

Priceline Reward Visa® Credit Card

$280

28,000

No! Free Bag : !
No Annual Fee
Bonus Offer

Earn 5,000 bonus points after your first purchase plus, earn an additional 5,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on qualifying transactions in the first 90 days of account opening

Card Highlights

• No Annual Fee

• Earn 5,000 bonus points after your first purchase

• Earn 5X points on Priceline.com purchases

• Earn 1 point on everything else.  And there’s no limit to the number of points you can earn!

• Plus, earn an additional 5,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on qualifying transactions in the first 90 days of account opening

• Your points can act like cash - Redeem points for statement credits against purchases made on your account

• Please see terms and conditions for complete details

 
Where can you use your points?

You can use your points for any purchase made on your card. Just buy something (it doesn't have to be travel) and use your points for statement credit. Every 10,000 points is worth $100.

Estimated Rewards

Where can you use your points?

Spend your points like cash. Redeem points for statement credits to purchase anything you want.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

10,000

$100

Spending

18,000

$180

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

28,000

$280

Reward Rate

1.6%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate
NO FEE

$260

Travel Rewards Earned

23,000

Annual Points Earned

Andrews FCU GlobeTrek Rewards

$260

23,000

No! Free Bag : !
No annual fee
Bonus Offer

5,000 points after your first purchase

Card Highlights
  • 1.90% APR introductory rate* for the first 9 months on all  purchases and balance transfers
  • Earn Rewards Points with every purchase
  • No balance transfer fees
  • No annual fees
  • No cash advance fees 
  • No International/Foreign Transaction fee 
  • 5,000 points with your first purchase 
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use points to book flights with most airlines.

Estimated Rewards

This is a basic one point per dollar card with points that can be used like cash to buy plane tickets. You'll most likely want the card for the full Chip and PIN feature and no foreign transaction fees.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

5,000

$50

Spending

18,000

$180

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

23,000

$260

Reward Rate

1.4%

Have your own value per point?

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NO FEE

$250

Travel Rewards Earned

20,800

Annual Points Earned

Frontier Airlines World MasterCard® - No annual fee

$250

20,800

No! Free Bag : !
$0 annual fee
Bonus Offer

Earn 10,000 Bonus Miles after your first purchase or balance transfer

Card Highlights
  • Earn 10,000 Bonus Miles after your first purchase or balance transfer
  • Earn Up To 10,000 Bonus Miles (1 mile per $1) with balance transfers in the first 90 days
  • Earn 1 Mile per $1 on Frontier purchases and 1 mile for every $2 spent on all other purchases
  • Low Intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 months after account opening
  • No annual fee1
 
Where can you use your points?

Earns EarlyReturns miles that can be used on Frontier Airlines flights.

Estimated Rewards

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

10,000

$120

Spending

10,800

$130

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

NA

$

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

20,800

$250

Reward Rate

1.4%

Have your own value per point?

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NO FEE

$200

Travel Rewards Earned

18,000

Annual Points Earned

Wings Financial Visa Signature

$200

18,000

No! Free Bag : !
No annual fee
Bonus Offer

Card Highlights
  • 1% cash back on all purchases
  • No annual fee
 
Where can you use your points?

You earn cash back you can use anywhere.

Estimated Rewards

This is a basic cash back card. You'll most likely want the card for the full Chip and PIN feature, and may need to pay $5 to join the Wings Financial Foundation to join the credit union and be eligible to aply. 

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

0

$0

Spending

18,000

$180

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$20

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

18,000

$200

Reward Rate

1.1%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate
NO FEE

$200

Travel Rewards Earned

18,000

Annual Points Earned

Wells Fargo Rewards

$200

18,000

No! Free Bag : !
No annual fee
Bonus Offer

Card Highlights
  • Earn 5 points per dollar every $1 spent on gas, grocery, and drugstore net purchases (purchases minus returns and credits) for 6 months and 1 rewards point for every $1 spent on all other net purchases with your credit card.
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use points to book flights with most airlines.

Estimated Rewards

This is a basic one point per dollar card with points that can be used like cash to buy plane tickets. You'll most likely want the card for the full Chip and PIN feature. 

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

0

$0

Spending

18,000

$180

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$20

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

18,000

$200

Reward Rate

1.1%

Have your own value per point?

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NO FEE

$200

Travel Rewards Earned

18,000

Annual Points Earned

Commerce Bank Rewards

$200

18,000

No! Free Bag : !
No annual fee
Bonus Offer

Card Highlights
  • Earn one point for every dollar in Net Merchandise Purchases
  • Earn five points for every dollar in interest you accrue on your monthly balance.
  • Earn bonus points at thousands of participating retailers when you use your Commerce Bank Visa Signature credit card to shop in-store or online through the commercebank.com/rewardswebsite.
  • Points can be redeemed for merchandise, gift cards, travel, cash back and more! A cash back redemption is applied to your account as a statement credit.
  • UNLIMITED point earning. No cap exists on the points you can earn each year.
  • Points expire after 5 years.
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use points to book flights with most airlines.

Estimated Rewards

This is a basic one point per dollar card with points that can be used like cash to buy plane tickets. You'll most likely want the card for the full Chip and PIN feature. 

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

0

$0

Spending

18,000

$180

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$20

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

18,000

$200

Reward Rate

1.1%

Have your own value per point?

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NO FEE

$200

Travel Rewards Earned

18,000

Annual Points Earned

UN FCU Azure

$200

18,000

No! Free Bag : !
No annual fee
Bonus Offer

Card Highlights
  • Earn Rewards Points with every purchase
  • No annual fees
  • 1% foreign transaction fee
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use points to book flights with most airlines.

Estimated Rewards

This is a basic one point per dollar card with points that can be used like cash to buy plane tickets. You'll most likely want the card for the full Chip and PIN feature. To join this credit union you'll need to buy membership in the UNA USA for $25 at this link

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

0

$0

Spending

18,000

$180

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$20

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

18,000

$200

Reward Rate

1.1%

Have your own value per point?

Recalculate

$180

Travel Rewards Earned

18,000

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : Yes
Free Bag : No
$0 intro annual fee for the first year of Cardmembership, then $95.

American Express® Green Card

$180

18,000

Yes! Free Bag : !
$0 intro annual fee for the first year of Cardmembership, then $95.
Bonus Offer

Card Highlights
  • No Pre-Set Spending Limit: Get purchasing power that helps you take more control of your finances.
  • Global Assist® HotlineYou can rely on 24/7 emergency assistance when traveling more than 100 miles from home
  • Membership Rewards®ProgramGet 1 point for every dollar of eligible purchases.
  • EMV smart chip available upon request
  • Terms and Limitations apply
 
Where can you use your points?

This card earns American Express Membership Rewards points. Transfer into miles with Delta, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Alitalia, All Nippon, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, El Al, Air France / KLM, Frontier, Hawaiian, Iberia, JetBlue, Singapore, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin America.


Transferring to Delta miles is one of the most popular options, but savvy flyers like using Membership Rewards points to take advantage of deals with Air France / KLM Flying Blue, British Airways, Singapore, and Virgin Atlantic.


You can also redeem your points for flights booked via American Express Travel with every 10,000 points worth $100 in travel value. Most savvy flyers prefer transferring points directy to airline programs for higher potential value.

Estimated Rewards

Membership Rewards points are best saved for topping off Delta SkyMiles balances you already have or saving for premium international flights using mileage transfer partners like Aeroplan, Air France, or ANA. Beware though that most award flights flown by non-US based partners incur fuel surcharges of hundreds of dollars. You can avoid these by transfering to Delta miles or using Air Canada miles to redeem on United, among other options.


For domestic flights, British Airways charges as little as 9,000 points roundtrip for short nonstop flights, and American and Alaska are partners of British Airways. The catch is you need to live in a city with a lot of American or Alaska Airlines nonstop flights as British Airways charges extra if your trip involves a connecting flight.


So for the rest of us, transfering to Delta is the most viable domestic option. Expect to pay closer to 32,500 points for a domestic flight on Delta rather than the lowest advertised 25,000 mile level. You can also transfer to Air Canada to redeem on United Airlines, which tends to offer more seats at the 25,000 mile level, though domestic flights like this often aren't the best use of miles from a premium card.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

0

$0

Spending

18,000

$180

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

18,000

$180

Reward Rate

1.0%

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$180

Travel Rewards Earned

18,000

Annual Points Earned
Point Transfer : Yes
Free Bag : No
$0 intro annual fee first year, then $125

American Express® Gold Card

$180

18,000

Yes! Free Bag : !
$0 intro annual fee first year, then $125
Bonus Offer

Get discounts and low rates at hotels and resorts, plus a $75 hotel credit when you book through Gold Hotel Collection

Card Highlights
  • Access to Exclusive Benefits: Baggage Insurance Plan* when you travel, and shop with confidence with Extended Warranty* and Return Protection
  • Use points for gift cards for dining, entertainment, and to shop over 300 of some of your favorite merchants
  • Get discounts and low rates at hotels and resorts, plus a $75 hotel credit when you book through Gold Hotel Collection
  • $125 annual fee
  • EMV smart chip available upon request
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply
 
Where can you use your points?

This card earns American Express Membership Rewards points. Transfer into miles with Delta, AeroMexico, Air Canada, Alitalia, All Nippon, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, El Al, Air France / KLM, Frontier, Hawaiian, Iberia, JetBlue, Singapore, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin America.


Transferring to Delta miles is one of the most popular options, but savvy flyers like using Membership Rewards points to take advantage of deals with Air France / KLM Flying Blue, British Airways, Singapore, and Virgin Atlantic.


You can also redeem your points for flights booked via American Express Travel with every 10,000 points worth $100 in travel value. Most savvy flyers prefer transferring points directy to airline programs for higher potential value.

Estimated Rewards

Membership Rewards points are best saved for topping off Delta SkyMiles balances you already have or saving for premium international flights using mileage transfer partners like Aeroplan, Air France, or ANA. Beware though that most award flights flown by non-US based partners incur fuel surcharges of hundreds of dollars. You can avoid these by transfering to Delta miles or using Air Canada miles to redeem on United, among other options.


For domestic flights, British Airways charges as little as 9,000 points roundtrip for short nonstop flights, and American and Alaska are partners of British Airways. The catch is you need to live in a city with a lot of American or Alaska Airlines nonstop flights as British Airways charges extra if your trip involves a connecting flight.


So for the rest of us, transfering to Delta is the most viable domestic option. Expect to pay closer to 32,500 points for a domestic flight on Delta rather than the lowest advertised 25,000 mile level. You can also transfer to Air Canada to redeem on United Airlines, which tends to offer more seats at the 25,000 mile level, though domestic flights like this often aren't the best use of miles from a premium card.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

0

$0

Spending

18,000

$180

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$0

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

18,000

$180

Reward Rate

1.0%

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NO FEE

$150

Travel Rewards Earned

18,000

Annual Points Earned

UN FCU Elite

$150

18,000

No! Free Bag : !
$50 annual fee
Bonus Offer

Card Highlights
  • Earn Rewards Points with every purchase
  • No annual fees
  • 1% foreign transaction fee
  • Access to over 350 airport VIP lounges in over 83 countries – treat yourself like a VIP no matter where you travel, or which airline and class you fly. (4 free visits per year when you purchase the airfare with your VISA Elite; thereafter, USD 27 per visit)
 
Where can you use your points?

You can use points to book flights with most airlines.

Estimated Rewards

This is a basic one point per dollar card with points that can be used like cash to buy plane tickets. You'll most likely want the card for the full Chip and PIN feature. To join this credit union you'll need to buy membership in the UNA USA for $25 at this link

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

0

$0

Spending

18,000

$180

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$20

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$50

Total

18,000

$150

Reward Rate

0.8%

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NO FEE

$30

Travel Rewards Earned

73,200

Annual Points Earned

Orbitz Rewards Visa Card

$30

73,200

No! Free Bag : !
No annual fee
Bonus Offer

$50 activation bonus after you spend $200

Card Highlights
  • 10% back in Orbucks when you book eligible hotels on the Orbitz mobile app, or 8% on desktop/web
  • 7% back in Orbucks on flights on our mobile app, or 6% on flights and packages on desktop/web
  • 2% back in Orbucks on all purchases - anytime, anywhere
  • A $50 activation bonus
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • No annual fee
 
Where can you use your points?

This card earns Orbucks, which you can use to book many of the hotels available on Orbitz.com. Since this card earns 2 Orbucks for all purchases, you're earning 2% cash value toward rewards on everything you buy, a very generous earning rate for a no annual fee card. You have your choice of many hotels available at Orbitz.com, so your points aren't tied to any one chain, giving you more flexibility than traditional hotel rewards cards. However Orbitz prevents you from redeeming points at some hotels available on its website, though the majority are available for use with your points.

A downside is you can't use these points to book flights or rental cars. You can only use them to book free hotel nights, but the points you earn from the card never expire. 

Estimated Rewards

Every Orbuck is worth $1 toward any Orbitz.com hotel booking, and you can use some or all of your points toward your hotel purchases. Just note that when you book through Orbitz you often won't earn points or credit from your hotel's own rewards program. Our point calculations scale Orbucks like traditional points where 1,000 points = $1 in value. 

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

0

$0

Spending

73,200

$0

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$0

Total

73,200

$30

Reward Rate

0.2%

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$0

Travel Rewards Earned

31,600

Annual Points Earned

Delta Reserve Credit Card

$0

31,600

Bonus Offer

Get 10,000 bonus miles and Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after your first Card purchase

Card Highlights
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles and Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after your first Card purchase
  • Earn up to 30,000 MQMs each calendar year with Miles Boost(SM) after spending $60,000 in eligible purchases on your Card. If in any calendar year Eligible Spending on the Delta Reserve Card is $30,000 or more, the Basic Cardmember will be awarded 15,000 bonus miles and 15,000 Medallion Qualification Miles ("MQMs" as defined in the Delta SkyMiles Membership Guide and Program Rules). If in that same calendar year Eligible Spending on the Delta Reserve Card is $60,000 or more, the Basic Cardmember will be awarded an additional 15,000 bonus miles and 15,000 MQMs. The MQMs are not redeemable and only count towards Medallion status.
  • Receive complimentary Delta Sky Club® access for yourself when traveling on a Delta flight 
  • The annual fee is $450, Additional Cards are $175 per year
  • Give the Gift of MQMs As a Delta Reserve Credit Cardmember, you have the unique ability to gift Miles Boost MQMs earned through the use of your Card to friends or family members to help them reach Medallion status, faster.
  • You can check your first bag for free and save up to $50 on a round-trip Delta flight.
  • Receive double miles on Delta purchases and 1 mile for all other eligible dollars spent. There's no limit to the amount you can earn.
  • Receive a 20% savings in the form of a statement credit on eligible in-flight purchases of food, beverages, movies, television shows, video games and audio headsets.
  • Enjoy complimentary, 24-hour-a-day access to Concierge Services.
 
 
Where can you use your points?

SkyMiles can be used for travel on Delta, Alaska Airlines, and SkyTeam partners including Air France, KLM, Korean Airlines, Aeromexico, Alitalia, China Southern, and Aeroflot. Other partners include Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and Air Tahiti Nui.


Beware that availability on Air France and KLM can be very limited for flights to and from the U.S.

Estimated Rewards

SkyMiles has three levels for award prices: Saver, Standard, and Peak. Most of the time you can expect to pay the Standard level for awards. For Economy Class, that means domestic awards will run you about 32,500 miles round-trip, those to Hawaii will run about 65,000 miles, and those to Europe will run around 90,000 miles.


A good value for Delta miles is trips to Australia, where its partner Virgin Australia has excellent availability on its flights out of Los Angeles for 100,000 miles in Economy and 160,000 miles in Business Class. It's also a good choice to Italy if you are able to get to a city that Alitalia serves, with good availability in Economy for the Saver rate of 60,000 miles and Business Class for 125,000 miles. London is also generally easy to get to via New York at the same rates thanks to its partnership with Virgin Atlantic. Delta is stingy to Asia, though if you're just looking for one award seat on a flight you can find many more options than for two seats. 


Your actual reward value may vary based on how much the ticket or hotel you purchase would have cost in cash.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

10,000

$100

Spending

21,600

$216

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$0

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Companion ticket (value varies)

NA

$100

Less annual fee

NA

$450

Total

31,600

$-4

Reward Rate

-0.0%

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$0

Travel Rewards Earned

28,800

Annual Points Earned

United MileagePlus® Club Card

$0

28,800

No! Free Bag : !
$395 annual fee
Bonus Offer

 See details on application page.

Card Highlights

This card earns 1.5 MileagePlus miles per dollar spent, a 50% bonus over other typical airline credit cards. It also includes full United Club membership, which is up to a $500 annual value. Your first and second checked bags are free for you and a traveling companion, and you'll enjoy Premier Access boarding privileges. United will also waive fees on close-in award bookings (though not change fees) and you'll get special privileges with Hyatt and Avis. 

 

 
Where can you use your points?

MileagePlus miles can be used for travel on United and its partners, including Air Canada, Lufthansa, ANA, Singapore, Thai, Swiss, Austrian, TAM, Asiana, Avianca, TACA, Copa and more. 

Estimated Rewards

United miles are best saved for International trips in Economy Class, particularly to Europe where you can get a roundtrip for 60,000 miles. Availability at this mileage price is generally very good thanks to United's Star Alliance partners including Lufthansa and Swiss Airlines. Asia can be reached for 70,000 - 85,000 miles, a decent deal when cash tickets run $1,500 or more.


Business Class flights can also be a good use of miles, but generally only if you can find seats on United's own flights at its lowest Saver level price. You can get to Europe for 115,000 miles roundtrip and most of Asia or Australia for 140,000 miles on United flights at the Saver price. The issue is, availability at this price level can be very spotty. Flights on partners in Business Class have better Saver price availability, but are more expensive, with 140,000 miles required for Europe and 160,000 miles for much of Asia.


Availability to Hawaii is decent in Economy Class, with United offering more flights to Hawaii than any other airline, though at peak times you may have to pay 62,500 or 80,000 miles instead of the lowest 45,000 mile Saver price. Getting to Central and northern South America is also easy thanks to partners Copa and Avianca / TACA.


Run of the mill domestic flights in Economy Class usually aren't a great deal, which is the case with most of the big airlines. You'll probably pay closer to 37,500 miles for your trip if you're not flexible with dates instead of the lowest advertised 25,000 miles.


Domestic travel generally isn't a great deal if you're just earning points via credit card spending. Cards that earn Southwest points or bank points cards like the BankAmericard Travel Rewards cards are better suited for that. But if you go to places where tickets usually cost $500 or more like some smaller cities with limited service, or if you buy last minute tickets, then saving United miles for these trips can be a good deal. Long flights across the country in First Class can also be a good deal at 50,000 miles if you can find dates at the Saver level instead of paying $1,500 or more in cash.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

0

$0

Spending

28,800

$276

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$50

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$

Less annual fee

NA

$395

Total

28,800

$-39

Reward Rate

-0.2%

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$0

Travel Rewards Earned

21,600

Annual Points Earned

Citi® Executive / AAdvantage® World Elite MasterCard

$0

21,600

No! Free Bag : !
$450 annual fee
Bonus Offer

Earn 75,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after you make $7,500 in purchases within 3 months of becoming a cardmember. Plus get a $100 statement credit with $100 in purchases.

Card Highlights
  • First Checked Bag Free
  • Admirals Club® Membership Privileges
  • Enhanced Airport Experience
  • 25% Savings on Eligible In-Flight Purchases
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: Each calendar year when you reach $40,000 in spending on purchases with your Citi ExecutiveSM / AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard® credit card, you will earn 10,000 AAdvantage® elite qualifying miles
  • Earn Double AAdvantage® Miles on Eligible American Airlines Purchases
  • No Mileage Cap
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on Purchases
  • Expert Concierge Service
 
Where can you use your points?

AAdvantage miles can be used on American and US Airways flights, as well as for flights on its partners, including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, LAN, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, and more. Note that you need to call in to access Cathay Pacific, LAN, and Japan Airlines flights.


Flights on British Airways incur fuel surcharges which vary, but are around $500 for Transatlantic flights in Economy and $1,000 in Business or First Class.  These are fees British Airways also charges its own frequent flyers when they book with miles. Other partner flights do not have surcharges of this magnitude.

Estimated Rewards

AAdvantage miles are best saved for flights in Business Class and First Class, which opens up some very good deals.  You can get to most of Asia for about 100,000 miles roundtrip in Business Class on American or its partners Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines with decent availability. Europe is also available for 100,000 miles roundtrip in Business Class, but beware that flights on British Airways incur large fuel surcharges of about $1,000 for Business Class and about $500 for Economy Class. Domestic flights are usually available for around 50,000 miles in First Class, a decent deal versus fares of around $1,000 or more.


There are also some good deals in international Economy Class. You can fly to Europe from Oct 15 - May 15 for just 40,000 miles roundtrip and much of Asia from Oct 1 - April 30 for 50,000 miles in Economy Class on American and its partners. Availability to Hawaii is spotty in Economy Class at 40,000 miles, though First Class seats at 80,000 miles tend to be easier to find, especially if you can take advantage of partners Hawaiian Airlines or Alaska Airlines from the West Coast. Australia is also a great option, with partner Qantas offering many seats for 75,000 miles round trip in Economy, though seats in Business Class are very hard to find unless you plan far ahead.


Your actual reward savings may vary based on how much the ticket or hotel you purchase would have cost in cash.

 

Points

Dollars

Sign on bonus

0

$0

Spending

21,600

$184

Annual bonus

0

$0

Baggage fees

NA

$50

Foreign transaction fee

NA

$30

Other (free nights, etc)

NA

$0

Less annual fee

NA

$350

Total

21,600

$-86

Reward Rate

-0.5%

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