Miles Credit Card - Truth Be Told

Posted by Nick Niesen on October 29th, 2010

Miles credit cards also known as airline credit cards and frequent flyer credit cards are becoming more and more popular all the time. The reason is that the cardholder of a miles credit card is given reward points when they use their miles credit cards. These accumulated points can be transferred into airline tickets, hotel stays, and car rentals.

Today you can find a variety of miles credit card offers by several different companies and all of them will offer wonderful incentives to get your business. Not only are the rewards different for each miles credit card but so are the terms and conditions and the miles per dollar spent. Be sure to investigate every miles credit card before you apply to ensure that you understand the minimum number of air miles you must accumulate before you can redeem them for any rewards that are offered.

A miles credit card is really great for people that travel all the time for either business or pleasure. If you only fly once or twice a year for a get-a-way, you may discover they are not a big benefit. Every miles credit card has higher interest rates, annual fees and finance charges after the introductory period, than a regular credit card and if you do use your credit card enough you will not be able to enjoy the benefits that are offered.

You also may find that a miles credit card will only allow you to travel with one airline. This can be troublesome if this airline does not travel to all the destinations that you normally frequent. It is best to shop around until you can find a miles credit card that offers flexibility in choosing an airline, low interest rates, low annual fees, and one with the most air miles.

Today you can find a miles credit card that will offer bonus miles or points on your first charge, no annual fee for the first year, and 0% APR on all purchases made during the first 12 months and balance transfers. However, you must read what happens after that introductory special. Many of these miles credit cards charge a yearly fee of around $75 for the membership and 17% percent interest. This may make you step back and see if the miles credit card is really worth the price you pay. You may be able to purchase an airline ticket with the savings from not having a miles credit card.

If you are a frequent traveler, however, the rewards normally outweigh the charges. You will be able to earn points that can be transferred into air miles and enjoy free or discounted flights with the air miles you have earned. This can be great for a free flight to your favorite destination or for a business meeting. Either way, redeeming the points for a hotel stay, a flight or for a car rental will be worth having a miles credit card since you have to fly all the time anyway.

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