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4 Best Frequent Flyer Programs

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4 Best Frequent Flyer ProgramsAttention all travelers, don’t spend another dollar of flights, cars, or hotels before you check out these frequent flyer programs. There are some programs out there that have pricey annual fees and your points and miles expire if they go unused for too long, but here are a few programs that will help you save on your next trip. Some of these options do have an annual fee, but I made sure to include a few fee-free options.

American AAdvantage

The American AAdvantage frequent flyer program is so well-known and so popular because it works for those flying domestic and internationally. This flyer program has over 1,000 destinations and partners so there are endless ways to earn miles. With these partners, you don’t just have to fly to rack up points, for example, staying in hotels, dining out, and using certain credit cards will land you a big discount on your next trip. Take advantage of this program to the fullest by getting the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Card. This card offers deals such as 50,000 bonus miles for qualifying purchases in the first few months of approval.

Delta Frequent Flyer

The Gold Delta Skymiles is something that you want to look into despite the annual fee. Although the fee is waived for the first 12 months. Delta offers the opportunity to earn 30,000 bonus miles with qualifying purchases. To earn these miles you have to spend $1,000 on purchases within the first three months of having your card. You also get a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase with your card in the first three months. Delta seems to have partners in every area, including airlines, hotels, car rentals, cruises, dining, retail, credit cards, and top shopping brands. It shouldn’t be difficult for points to add up.

BankAmericard Travel Rewards Credit Card

The reason so many travelers are opting for BankAmericard is because there’s no annual fee and your points don’t expire. This card earns you points on every single purchase. For every one dollar you spend you are credited with 1.5 points. An advantage like this makes using your card worth it. These points don’t expire and they are unlimited, meaning if you earn so many points they won’t cut you off. To top that off they do not charge foreign transaction fees and if you are a Bank Of America customer with a checking or savings account you can earn 10% customer bonus points.

Discover it Miles

This credit card seems to have it all. You aren’t charged an annual fee ever or foreign transaction fees. They also offer 1.5 miles for every one dollar you spend, including everyday expenses, such as groceries and gas. Redeeming points is easy and you can either redeem for travel credit or cash back. However, there is something that makes this card stand out among the rest. Discover is the only card that matches all of your rewards at the end of the first year being a cardmember. There is no minimum or cap. If you earn $500 in rewards during your first year, Discover will match that. Definitely check this card out, especially since Discover is being accepted and becoming popular in more and more destinations around the world.

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17 Comments

  1. robin Rue says

    I am not loyal when it comes to flying, so I have never participated in a program like this. My sister flies a lot, so she ends up racking up a lot of points, though.

  2. lisa says

    This is great to know, my sister who is a government worker participate in some of these programs! Me, well I’m scared to fly! :0)

  3. candy says

    We actually have two Bank of America and Alaska. But we are using up all the Alaska miles and just going with Bank of America. It is really easy to use over some of the other programs.

  4. Christy Maurer says

    I don’t fly very often, so I don’t have a frequent flyer card. I do like Delta Airlines the best though they aren’t always the cheapest. This would be great if i did fly a lot.

  5. Katie Kinsley says

    I don’t fly enough to merit the use of a program, but I do have the Southwest rewards program. Now that I moved to Texas, DFW airport doesn’t have Southwest so I’m not even using them to fly back to see my parents!

  6. lisa says

    I love Discover. I get so much back for using their card. I use mine all the time for just about anything.

  7. Pam Wattenbarger says

    These are all great frequent flyer programs. I am a member of the Delta rewards club and I really like it.

  8. Heather says

    I wish I flew more. I think I might start soon. Thanks for the great tips, I used to have Delta Miles but of course they expired.

  9. Jacqui S says

    I don’t! Unfortunately I don’t fly enough. Hope to change that soon!

  10. valmg @ Mom Knows It All says

    I don’t fly enough to accrue points. I do have the United card, it lets you have a free bag which can save quite a bit.

  11. Jeanine says

    I haven’t flown since I was 8 years old, but if I was a more flyer we have something call air miles here and I think it would be neat to do!

  12. Susan Quackenbush says

    Since my husband retired from the Navy a few years back, we’ve been using a lot of our extra time to travel and experience new places but have yet to look into a good frequent flyer reward program. Thank you for sharing these different options, I’ll definitely be discussing it with him tonight!

  13. Terri Beavers says

    I will have to check these out. I love frequent flyer programs and didn’t know about some of these. I have family out of state and prefer flying over driving.

  14. Mimi Green says

    I’m not loyal when it comes to my frequent flier miles. I also don’t log enough miles to really earn discounts. Despite all of that I do sign up for the sky miles programs with the various airlines I travel.

  15. Nikka Shae says

    I need to take advantage of these points as I take several trips per year.

  16. Kathy says

    This is great for those that fly often. I’ve never even flown before. I’ll share this with some others though.

  17. LaShawn says

    I wish one of these would work for me, but I am not loyal lol. My husband flies a lot for work, and he is always with Delta.

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