Airline Credit Cards

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I keep the information on this page updated, but please double check the credit card applications for details about terms and conditions of the offers.  Please let me know if you find a better offer so that I can list it here!  The card offers are listed alphabetically by airline.

Here are 40+ ways to complete the minimum spending on credit cards if you are concerned about completing the minimum spending requirements.

1.  Alaska Airlines

Bank of America Alaska Air

  • 30,000 miles after approval on the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Personal card
  • $100 statement credit after making $1,000 in purchases within 1st 90 days of opening account. (Only available to those who haven’t had the card before.)
  • $75 annual fee NOT waived for the first year;
  • NO foreign transaction fees
  • $99 companion certificate valid only in coach
  • Alaska Air miles can be used on partner airlines such as American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Air France, LAN, etc.
  • 25,000 miles with the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business card
  • Warning:  Bank of America may issue you a lower platinum plus or preferred card, if you don’t qualify for the Signature card, which offers only 6,000 or 4,000 miles!

2.  American Airlines 

3.  AAdvantage Executive

4.   British Airways

5.  Delta

Daraius’ Tips

6.   Delta Reserve

American Express Delta Reserve

  • 10,000 medallion (elite) miles after 1st purchase with the American Express Delta Reserve card
  • First checked bag is free; free Delta lounge access
  • $450 fee NOT waived for first year; No foreign transaction fee
  • Earn 2 Delta miles per $1 spent on Delta & 1 mile for everything else
  • Earn 15,000 regular & elite miles after spending $30,000 and an additional 15,000 regular & elite miles after spending another $30,000 in a calendar year
  • Tip:  This card could be worth the high fee if you’re looking for Delta club access and medallion (elite) qualifying miles.  Otherwise, skip it.

7.  Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines World MasterCard

  • Earn 40,000 bonus miles after spending $500 in purchases or balance transfers within the 1st 90 days with the Frontier Airlines World MasterCard
  • Earn 2X miles on purchases at and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • No blackout dates.  Book any round-trip award flight on Frontier Airlines starting at 20,000 EarlyReturns® miles (plus fees and taxes)
  • $69 fee NOT waived for 1st year

8.  Hawaiian Airlines

9.   Southwest

Daraius Tip:  How to get the Southwest Companion Pass!


10.   United Airlines

Daraius Tip:  See the Hot Deals tab for other offers.

11.   Virgin Atlantic

Bank of America Virgin Atlantic 

  • 20,000 Virgin Atlantic miles after 1st purchase with Bank of America Virgin Atlantic card
  • Up to 5,000 additional miles for adding authorized users to your account
  • Virgin Atlantic points transfer to Hilton in 3:4 ratio, so 50,000 Virgin Airline miles becomes 75,000 Hilton hotel points
  •  $90 annual fee NOT waived for the first year; 1% foreign transaction fee
  • My review of the Virgin Atlantic credit card

12.   Other Airline Card Offers

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  1. Need some advice. Aa card renews this month with $85 fee. Last year when I called to cancel I was offered enough points to hang on to it. It’s been 2 years since I applied for the cards, so I obviously want to apply for new vs renewing this one. What’s best strategy? Apply first, then if I need recon adoration,

  2. Oops! sorry about that! Back to my post… if I need to go to recon, I could offer to transfer the credit from existing account and close original account. Or should I close first before reapplying? Agents obviously can see what I’m doing, right? In the end…. what I want is the 50k bonus and no fee for a year. .. however i get there. Does citi ever agree with the logic to extend another bonus with minimum spend on existing account to save us both the hassle of new app? Is been 24 months since last app. .. (with 2 browser trick but those days are sadly gone.) Thanks in advance for response and bearing with my typos!

  3. I’ve seen several posts asking about about re-applying for a Citi American Airlines personal card again (whether it’s a visa, or a master card) 18 + months and whether one can get the 50K bonus points. MMS answer has been “usually”. I closed my Citi AA MC on 3/2012, applied for a Citi AA visa on 9/2012 (not knowing I couldn’t re-apply for another personal card, whether it was MC or visa, so soon) and was denied for having had a card within the past year. It has now been 22 months since I closed my first Citi MC and I received an offer in the mail with a reservation number and stating I could receive the 45K bonus. My credit is excellent so I figured I would be approved, but was concerned I’d get approved but NOT get the bonus. I called the 1-800 number listed on the invitation & talked to a rep, and the rep said she could NOT guarantee the bonus until AFTER I was approved. Needless to say, I didn’t apply, because if it’s really 24 months that need to pass before I can guarantee getting the bonus, I’d rather wait a few more months. My concern over the bonus points, is that I recently applied for the Chase Southwest Premier card (for both my husband & I) after 1 year, and were both instantly approved, spent the required minimum, and both received letters in the mail after spending the minimum and told we could not get the bonus because we had been a cardmember within the past 2 years. This kept us both from earning our companion pass for 2014. After careful planning to get the points to post in January 2014, this was a real disappointment! My question: are Chase and Citi banks both requiring 2 years to pass before awarding bonus miles? If I applied for the card within 2 years and got approved anyway (but didn’t get the bonus, as in the case with Southwest), do I have to wait another 2 years after cancelling to re-apply & hope for the bonus? Thanks!!

  4. Darius,

    Seeking to apply for a few cards at one time. Would it be wise to apply for the United Explorer w/50k miles, InkBold, 50k Points,, Southwest Bus & Pesonal, both at 50k miles, all at one time ? Thanks.

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  7. Just received an offer for Mileage Plus Explorer VISA through Case. 50,000 bonus miles after spend of $2k in 1st 3 months plus 2 miles per $ spent and a couple opt other extras but the web site I was directed to does not exist for this offering.

    Any thoughts?

  8. Daraius, you might need to update your BOA Alaska Business link. Applying through it leads to this message:

    “The credit card application “link” you requested is currently unavailable.

    Your business is important to us.

    Please call us at 1-888-803-5421 and we will be happy to process your credit card request immediately.

    Thank you for your interest.”

    They have a slightly different looking app on their website.

  9. hi Daraius. yes, it happened after submitting the app. Tried twice, same result.

  10. I have a personal Delta Reserve card that I’ve had for several years plus a Business Delta Reserve that I have had for 13 months. If I apply for the Delta Platinum SkyMiles Amex would I be eligible for the SkyMiles and MQM bonuses??

  11. We are in post points-devaluation period right now! I have biz plans to travel to India in the next couple of years and quite frequently. Could you please suggest which airline miles are the best if I have to travel from Chicago or NY to India? Should I start accruing more of AA or United miles? Again, no plans to fly anywhere else….only Central Asia this time. Please advice. Thanks.

  12. What does it take to get the Visa Signature card from Alaskan vs the lower level cards? I have good credit (725-750 accross all). I want the 25k, not some 6k that I did not apply for!

  13. I’m considering applying for multiple cards from different companies on the same day.
    What’s the maximum cards you’d advise applying for at one time from each company, such as Chase, AmEx, Citibank, etc?
    When applying for multiple cards on one day, if the different card companies use the same credit bureau, would I get multiple credit inquiry hits from the same bureau ?
    Thanks for your help.

  14. Daraius,
    Are lots of airline, hotel or rewards points/credits more valuable ?
    I’ m getting ready to apply for new credit cards and am not sure the route to go.
    I’m in Chicago, mainly travel domestic, and am closer to O’hare airport.

    • @Gaurav – Very strange!

      @Douglas – I believe the terms say that you shouldn’t have another AMEX Delta card for the last 3 months to get the bonus on a new card.

      @Frugal-Sarah – I still prefer United miles, because there are more options and you don’t pay fuel surcharges. That said, you could also diversify with AA miles, but will pay extra fuel surcharges if you fly on British Air from London to India.

      @ Andrew – Bank of America doesn’t disclose the criteria!

      @Michael – I’d do no more than 1 personal and 1 business card.

      @ Bryan – Depends on your travel goals, but for domestic travel, you could consider Southwest, though it flies from Midway and not O’Hare. Or cash back cards like the Barclays Arrival card.

  15. 50,000 miles AA card link not working. Do you have a current link?

  16. Your blog is great.
    I can only find the Southwest 50K *personal* offer with the $99 fee.
    Do you know the links with the $69 fee and for business cards?

  17. New 100,000 American Airline mile deal up for Citi ExecutiveSM / AAdvantage®World EliteTM MasterCard®

    Make $10,000 in purchases within 3 months of account opening

    Plus, earn up to $200 in statement credits – earn $1 in statement credits for each $1 spent on purchases within the first 12 months of cardmembership

  18. Hi D,

    the link for the 50k AA card, isn’t working.
    When I hit apply, there is a system error message.

  19. Hey Daraius, just wanted to let you know that I just saw the 50k mile bonus back for the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card after spending $2,000 in three months. It’s been well over a year since I last saw this…check it out!

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  21. Hi, I used to have Citi Premier Thank You which awarded points not only on purchases (including purchases from any airline vendor including 3rd party vendors) but also on Actual Airline Miles flown. Citi has now removed that benefit and put it on their Citi Prestige Card. The Premier card was about $95 in annual fees but the Prestige is $350 in annual fees. Anyone have suggestions for a good card that provides miles or points on actual miles flown plus points on purchases. Extra benefits like companion tickets, luggage insurance, lounge access, etc. would be a plus but primarily looking for a card that offers airline miles flown across carriers. Than you.

  22. Delta Platinum link does not seem to work. I’m only able to get the current public (much worse) offer for 5k MQMs and 35k redeemable sky pesos. Too bad, that missing 5k MQMs is a definite deal breaker for me… 🙁

  23. I need about 1800 miles quickly into my wife’s United MileagePlus account to reach an award ticket. short of buying from United ($75 for 2000 miles) are there any other easy ways? E.g. converting from my several hotel points balances? Can i convert from my hotel points to my wife’s United account or do the names have to match?

    Thanks a bunch,

  24. Virgin Atlantic miles transfer to Hilton points has been devalued as of Feb 6, 2014. Formerly 1:2, it is now 2:3, so that a transfer of 50K miles only gets you 75K points now…..

    Still worth it, just not as good as it was.

    • @Lee Ann – The page and application loads for me. Perhaps try with a different browser?

      @Travis – Thanks for sharing.

      @Sal – I don’t believe there is a card with a low annual fee which lets you earn miles for flights flown.

      @ Keith – Thanks for the update. I’ll remove that link. It was nice while it lasted.

      @ Bipin – You can convert from your Chase Ultimate Rewards accounts to your United accounts. Hotel transfers aren’t very good values.

      @Robert Hanson – Thanks. I had a post on the updated ratio, and have updated the details here as well.

  25. Darius, or anyone else have any luck with getting a Citi AAdvantage MC if you already have an existing AAdvantage card – i happened to get the Amex version they used to have last year. I didn’t close the Amex but the annual fee is due and so i used the link to apply and got a denial because they said it’s only for 1st time AAdvantage cardmembers – regardless of card type. I said I wanted to do the close the existing and open the new card – ala Chase cards but they said no.

    Wondering if anyone was able to just maybe HUCA and convince a rep to approve it? or if anyone was able to get the new card with chip if they had previously closed their old AAdvantage card in the 18-24 month range.

    • @Hao – It is usually 18 to 24 months before you can get another Citi AA card again. That said, the Citi Executive card is considered a different product, so you can get that even if you have an existing Citi American Airlines card.

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  27. Hi Darius,

    I have been Citi AAdvantage member for about 15 years. I thought they used to have friends referral program. They don’t have any referral offers anymore?

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  29. RE: UNITED EXPLORER CARD (CHASE). Just found out checked bag WAS NOT FREE (because I was flying on a mileage ticket (duh, this is why we sign up for these Credit cards, to get free trips)!
    Chase blames it on United and United blames it on Chase! Not sure WHOSE policy it is. Was able to get it credited back (not worth the several hours of time an aggravation) but had to on principle.
    I called American to verify if this is THEIR policy as well. They said it IS NOT (i.e. free checked suitcase on FF or Paid ticket. I don’t know if you have any ideas on how to approach these companies, but this is a very disappointing (and potentially expensive) policy. Seems like false advertising to me (their rationale: it is in the fine print).

  30. I posted earlier (copied below) – can anyone recommend a credit card where I get points for miles flown along with points on everyday purchase. Is CITI Prestige the only card? Any other recommendations. See earlier note below:

    Hi, I used to have Citi Premier Thank You which awarded points not only on purchases (including purchases from any airline vendor including 3rd party vendors) but also on Actual Airline Miles flown. Citi has now removed that benefit and put it on their Citi Prestige Card. The Premier card was about $95 in annual fees but the Prestige is $350 in annual fees. Anyone have suggestions for a good card that provides miles or points on actual miles flown plus points on purchases. Extra benefits like companion tickets, luggage insurance, lounge access, etc. would be a plus but primarily looking for a card that offers airline miles flown across carriers. Than you.

  31. FYI: the link on this page still takes me to a page that says “This offer is no longer available”.

  32. Confirmed. The DeltaPlatinum link I mentioned above is working again now.

  33. Hi Darius,

    I started chasing miles after a trip to South America and coming across your blog. Now I have close to 300k. I know that is probably nothing compared to many experts out there. I realize though that I am only accumulating points for AA. Haven’t started with any hotels nor any other airlines. Not sure if you have answered this before but is it worth to have cards from various airlines or concentrate on just 1-2?

    • @Jon – In general, having miles in different airline programs means that you have more options when it is time to book. That said, American Airlines is the strongest for flights to South America, so I’d use their miles. You also have enough miles for a flight to South America in any class!

  34. Hi there! Thanks for the awesome information! Do you have a similar links page for business cards? I am looking for American Advantage Miles. Thanks again!

  35. Mark the Meanderer

    Hi Darius, do you happen to know if the AAdvantage 50k bonus with mastercard is valid if I already applied for the AAdvantage 50k bonus AMEX? I had cancelled this AMEX card half a year ago, so I’m wondering if I’m eligible. Your response is much appreciated.

  36. My wife just received the United 65,000 offer with no particular effort to do so. Simply logged on to MileagePlus account and the link was right there.

    Also, another out that I’ve not seen anyone make (though I’m sure it’s been suggested) is that if you have a Chase United MASTERCARD that was a legacy continental OnePass MasterCard… you can apply for a Chase United VISA card, as this is in fact a different account. Wife and I both did this in February to the tune of 100,000 miles total. I’ve spoken to many United flyer friends who did not consider this was an option. Might be worth pointing out?

    • @Mark the Meanderer – You usually have to wait at least 18+ months from when you were last approved to get the bonus again.

      @Ray Purkis – Thanks for the tips. You can usually get the bonus again if it has changed versions.

  37. I didn’t try making an application for any other card. My hubby and I both have active Citi AAdvantage cards. Opened around the exact same time about 6 mths earlier. We have been shopping with the Mile Multiplier thru AAdvantage eShopping and good friends have been letting us order exactly what they require and paying us back. EXCELLENT CLOSE FRIENDS !!! So, what’s the advice then when we make use of these miles however wish to get the bonus miles for credit cards once again? Wait up until when? double browser trick? Cancel one for signup for other, timeframe in between? other ideas?

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  39. On the United 65,000 offer above, when I go to the website there is a link for 30,000 points if you spend $1,000. Where do I find the link for 65,000 miles?

  40. any idea if and when we will be able to combine AA and USairways miles for award redemption?

  41. Hi Darius,

    I applied and received the BOA Alaska Airlines Visa Signature and noticed that BOA already credited my account with the 25,000 miles and I have not yet met the $1,000 minimum spend. Should I continue to meet the spend or move on to another card spend requirements and assume my miles are safe?


  42. To Michael: You have to log in to your UA account at, then you can see the higher offer. Mine is 50000 after spend $2000 within three months.

  43. Hi Darius,
    I applied UA mileage card 18 months ago in Oct 2012, canceled it in Sep 2013, can I re-apply the card and get bonus again or have to wait until oct 2014. (Do I need to wait 18 months or 2 year from the date I last approved?)
    Thank you very much for your help!

  44. Hi Daraius,
    I’m going to be flying Delta a handful of times this year so I was looking at getting the Delta Gold AMEX for the priority boarding and free checked bag. I noticed that if I click your link to the 30k deal or if I just browse the AMEX website in the browser I normally use, it has my visit cached and knows I’m an AMEX card holder as I have the no-AF Hilton AMEX for several years. It offers me an upgrade to the Hilton Surpass with a bonus of 50k points which is not as good as the 75k offer. Anyways, back to Delta. If I browse the (cached) website, I only see a 10k Delta bonus for the Gold. If I use your targeted link and log into Delta, I get a deal for 35k with $500 spend. Reading the details for the card it states “If you are identified as a current American Express® Card Member, you may not be eligible for this welcome bonus offer.”

    Sorry for the long-winded build up, but in your experience if I apply for the Gold AMEX through the targeted offer, would I get the 35k miles after meeting the spend? Or is AMEX pretty strict on giving out any bonuses? I would use a different browser with cleared cache, but looking forward to your input. Thanks!

  45. Hope you can help! We have a USAir premiere card with 53,000 miles. I have 20,000 miles in my acct but they can’t be combined unless I share them into my husbands acct for 200$. We want to go to europe in the fall which would take 110,000. Miles. What credit card should we apply for that would give us enough points.

    • @Jane – It is 60K miles for a roundtrip in coach to Europe. You could consider earning United and American Airlines miles (though be careful of the fuel surcharges charged by American Airlines if you redeem for flights on British Airways).

  46. I don’t know if this has been mentioned yet but with the US Airways Mastercard you also get an annual companion certificate. It allows you to buy a round trip in the United States (excludes Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada and then take two other people with you for $99 each before tax.

    Also if you pay the annual fee you also get the award processing fee waived along with the 5000 mile rebate if you book all US Airways flights.

    At the end of the year you also get 10000 mile bonus towards a preferred status. It’s not mileage you get in your account, but if you’ve only flown 15,000 miles that year the bonus will make it look like you flew 25000 miles which will qualify you for the first preferred level Silver. Now that US and AA are merging you also get benefits and miles on both.

  47. Hi Darius,
    I make family trips to Phoenix from Boston 3-4 times per year. What would be my best tactic to accumulate airfare miles other thorn using the Barclaycard Arrival card? Thanx for your help

  48. Hi Darius,
    I am planning to bring my family in beginning of June from Houston to San diego (roundtrip)
    I need to buy like 5 tickets which comes to $2300 approximately. Considering I have less than 2 months to accumulate the points which card would you suggest me. both me and my husband can apply for one. But when will they exactly credit our account. as soon as we purchase the limit or in other words would we be able to use those miles to book with time less than 2 months. thanks I really appreciate your help.

  49. Mark Killington

    Interesting reading about the Chase re-apply policies. I have read in the past that you could get another card 18 months to two years after your previous one was cancelled. However I notice that the Chase terms now explicitly state that if you have ever had the card in the past, you will not qualify for a signup miles bonus. So I’d definitely like to know what peoples’ experiences are.

    • @Mukta – It will be hard to get the miles for everyone to post so quickly. That said, you could get the Barclays Arrival card which will get you ~$440 towards travel which can be used towards any tickets.

  50. Daraius, thanks for your reply to my previous question. I don’t want to give up the United Chase Presidential Plus card b/c the net cost to us is $145 and in addition to the two free bags we use when we winter in Puerto Vallarta we get premier status and club privileges. When we missed a connection in Houston during the storms in January people waited hours in ticket lines while we just went into the club and the concierge got us taken care of immediately. Well worth it!
    But since I realize it’s going to cost me 70k miles for stsndard awards from here on out I need to get a better second card and a new one that will give me a big infusion of miles I can use on united. Chase sapphire? Barclays? I don’t really understand the points but if they transfer 1:1 then they are equivalent to miles. We dine out a lot and the one that gives you bonus on groceries is good too… Your thoughts? From Columbus we are pretty locked into United for PV and my husband has health issues so easiest travel conditions back and forth to PV is current goal. Thanks!

  51. Thanks for your reply on 4/4! But I got confused. I read your post(Emily’s Dec churn) and you mentioned that Emily used to get sapphire preferred in Dec 2011, after she canceled in June 2012, and got the bonus again in Dec 2012(that’s 18 months after she first got approved). Does that mean one doesn’t need to wait two years after closing a/c to get another bonus?

  52. Hi Darius, do you happen to know how the Bluebird can help me get the $ 10.000 that I need? And how to work? Thanks

  53. Hi Andrey,

    Buy One Vanilla Visa Gift card at CVS and pay by credit card and upload at Walmart Money Center. In addition, you can buy cash card from Costco online if you are member and shop a lot there or your favorite grocery store. Ask around your friends, relatives to pay their bill, buy gift card and next time you will do for them the same.

  54. Hi , wife and I want to go to Europe in May of 2015. Which card would you recommend I use for airline / hotels?


  55. Greetings Darius, Re: Southwest Companion Pass. I earned 50k with personal visa, 30k with (Sapphire->Hyatt) transfer and was declined for Southwest Business visa. What would be best strategy to earn 30k points for coveted Companion Pass? I appreciate your guidance!

  56. if i already have a DL platinum amex and i am considering upgrading to the reserve card, will i get the 10k MQM’s when i upgrade, or will i have to spend 30k in 1 yr to get any MQM’s? I opened my platinum Amex account almost 10 yrs ago.

  57. Can I transfer miles or points from an American Express Platinum to redeem for travel hotels etc on my U.S. Airways Premier world Card?

    I heard that if I transfer points between cards, they a redeemable at better value per points on certain cards,

    Thank you for a great website!!

    • @Andrey – See this post

      @Ed D – I’d consider earning United miles from the United card and from the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Ink Plus/Bold cards which you can transfer to United. For hotels, I’d consider the Hyatt card, Club Carlson card, or the Starwood hotel card deepening on your destination. See this post on how to choose a hotel credit card.

      @James – You could buy the points from Choice hotels and transfer or try again for the SW business card.

      @David Black – It depends on the upgrade offer. Usually you don’t get the sign-up bonus for upgrading, but it doesn’t hurt to ask if they have an upgrade offer.

      @Terrance – Unfortunately, you can’t transfer points from the American Express Platinum to other credit card. But you could transfer points to select airlines and hotels such as British Airways etc.

  58. looking for a combination amex citi american airlines card
    do you know where to find

  59. Jessica Alfieri

    Does any bank/credit card company other than Citi offer miles on American Airlines?

  60. Hello Darius! Long time lurker, first time poster!
    Question 1: I finally signed up for the 100k mile offer with Citi and got approved. I just got a “welcome email” from them, but it doesn’t reference anything about the 100k miles with $10k spent in first 3 months. Should I worry? I did a screen print of the landing page that has all the good stuff – 100k miles, $200 statement credit, etc. before I inputted my name and it took me to the rather simple application form. I suppose if I don’t get the 100k miles shortly after 3 months, I should call?
    Question 2: I have had a Citi AA Gold account since 1996 and got the miles for signing up back then. $50 annual fee. That’s the ONLY card I use. Am I not maximizing the credit cards available? Should I cancel this one and get another? Or just cancel since i’m getting this new one with $450 fee per year? I only got this one b/c it was the whopping 100k mile offer and I always wanted membership to AA lounge.

  61. Chowmi,

    When you called to activate the credit just ask them to make sure. I was in the same boat couple months ago. I called to activate and ask them to make sure.

    • @george – I can’t find a link to the Citi American Airlines AMEX card.

      @Jessica Alfieri – You can get the US Air card which will eventually become American Airlines miles. Or Starwood hotel points which you can transfer to American Airlines.

      @chowmi – Welcome! I wouldn’t cancel the card if it is one of your oldest cards because it could help your credit score.

  62. Hey Darius,

    I really appreciate this site. I’ve been churning delta credit cards for a few years, but only recently did the light bulb go off that I could and should do the same with other airlines. If I get a Chase United Cards while I have a Chase Amazon Card, will I still qualify for the United bonus? Thanks!

  63. Darius (and Hoang),

    Thank you! I received the card in a fancy box yesterday, and it did specify the 100k in 3 months/10k spent bonus miles. Thanks again!

  64. I was approved for 1 Barclay & 2 Chase cards about 3 weeks ago. Plus I have another fee free Visa Chase/Signature card from many years back.
    1. When would be a good time to apply for add’l cards ?
    2. Any idea how much a dent my credit score would get hit again if I decided to apply for more cards ?
    3. I already have 3 Chase cards. How many Chase cards is allowed at any one time?

  65. Great Site!

    The Amex Gold Delta Skymiles card has a $50.00 statement credit after making a “qualified” purchase from Delta in 3 months from card opening.

    If I use Skymiles to buy a ticket, and use my Amex/Delta card to pay TSA security fees, is that qualified?

  66. How long do I have to keep the Hawaiian airlines credit card open before I can cancel? I want the 35,000 bonus miles but don’t want to keep it open after I make the $1000 in spend.

  67. Carolyn Bethel

    We currently have both a green and gold card with Amex which gives us mileage on Delta. However, a rt ticket to Barcelona from Detroit costs us each 138,000 miles. They are now offering a Premium Gold Card with triple miles for only $25.00 more per year. Should we get that card or would we be better off getting another card that gives us better mileage. Delta seems tocharge more iles than any other airline. We currently have 238,00 miles on Amex but they don’t let you use it with any other airline than Delta from our start point. I want to get extra miles with either a hotel based credit card or another airline card. Please help me with the best card I can get at this time. I need to make my airline and hotel reservations soon. Thank You so much for your help. Carrie

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  69. Thanks so much for this website full of great information. It has been very helpful.

    I just wanted to share a little more info with you

    The American Express Delta Reserve Card no longer has foreign transaction fees

    Thanks again

  70. Thanks as usual. Your blog is the most helpful and revealing than others that I follow. Used your links for more cards. Thanks.

  71. I clicked on the wrong link for the citi executive card. I clicked on the one offering 60,000 miles instead of the 100,000. I was approved but when I realized my mistake the rep offered to cancel the application and told me to reapply tomorrow. She said it will not be a pull-they only do a pull every 30 days but only 1 application per day. Has this ever happened to you? Hopefully she is right about applying tomorrow.

    • @kevin – You could apply for a card form other banks such as AMEX or Citi. Each bank will assign you a certain limit on cards and credit lines.

      @LuvToTrvl – No personal experience, but it should work!

      @ Heather – You can close the card whenever you want, but I usually keep it open for at least 8 to 10 months.

      @Carolyn Bethel – I’d choose another card such as an American Airlines or United card. For hotels, I like the Hyatt, Starwood and Hilton cards.

      @Brian J – Thanks! I’ve updated the listing.

      @ Mumum – Thanks for reading and for using our links!

      @mimi – I thought it was 1 application every 8 days, but keep us posted!

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  73. The Amex Gold Delta Skymiles card has a $50.00 statement credit after making a “qualified” purchase from Delta in 3 months from card opening.
    What is the consensus on the least expensive way to earn the $50.00 statement credit without buying a ticke or having a flight booked? I am thinking $14 for DELTA 24 HOUR WI-FI PASS. IF I had a flight booked , would a food or drink purchase scheduled online before the flight qualify? , would a food or drink purchase on the flight qualify? thx

  74. I do most of my award travel on AA, and have had the Citi Platinum AA card for a decade now – accumulated almost 450k just off the card purchases (240k left). With a family of 5 now, I need more miles. Any suggestions for AA miles accumulation?

  75. Thank you for the reply. Anyone have any personal experience with purchasing a $14 for DELTA 24 HOUR WI-FI PASS or .another idea for less than $20 spend to get the $50 statement credit?

  76. I’m trying to use my Southwest points for an international flight for the first time. Unfortunately, when I’m trying to book a British Airways flight it doesn’t give me the option to upgrade to the Premium Economy class, although I know it is available. Do you know if I use my points to purchase through Southwest, would I be able to upgrade to the Premium Economy class through British airways later?

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  78. I was looking at the Delta website and it requires you to enter in a “skymiles” number to see what your offer is. Where can I get that number if I didn’t receive the offer from them?

  79. It’s not a referral link, but there’s still a live 50K link for SW here.

  80. Are there any restrictions on traveling to Hawaii and/or Alaska with the Alaska $99 companion fare?

  81. Is there anyway to transfer my Ultimate Rewards to points to my MileagePlus Account or any other one ?
    Same with my AmericanExpress points. Thanks.

    • @steph – You can transfer Ultimate Rewards points (if you have the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold/Plus) to United. You can’t transfer AMEX points, but can transfer to Air Canada and redeem for United flights.

  82. Is it possible to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest so they count toward the Companion Pass?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

  83. How long do you keep miles credit cards active AFTER you met the min spending and collected the miles?

    Thanks for the info you provide!

  84. Hey Darius,

    I currently have the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card as well as Barclays Arrival Plus Card. In generally I fly around 8 round trips annually with 3 of them being between Dallas and Atlanta and the rest being between Dallas and San Francisco/Seattle. I’m currently flying US Airways/AA, Alaskan Airlines, and Sprit for the most part. I have no strong loyalties to a particular airline, but am trying to figure out which would be best for me to stick to as far as earning miles and getting a credit card with based on the locations I generally fly.

    Would you recommend getting an airline card for one of those airlines based on my the locations that I’m flying? Also, what airline would be the best for redeeming flights using Barclays Arrival Plus Card and/or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Cards?

    Thanks for your help!!

    • @Marc – That would be too easy!

      @Ben – I keep them for 9 to 10 months after opening them and then evaluate if they are worth the annual fee.

      @Alex – I’d suggesting flying the airlines which are the cheapest. If you have the Sapphire Preferred you earn 2x points on all travel. You could also get the airline card to get more points via the sign-up bonus.

  85. Since the Citi Executive 100K offer is now dead, would it be possible to sign up for the Citi Platinum Select for 50K miles (first year annual fee free) for my husband even if he already has one? I got in on the Citi executive but he didn’t. TIA

  86. I don’t see any reviews of the Virgin America credit cards?

  87. Dude your knowledge on this stuff is mind blowing.

    2 of us are heading to Hawaii in Dec 14′. Overwhelmed with options/offers. Just want to get the airfare as low as possible. Any advice is appreciated.


  88. is the 100,000 American Airline promo over?

  89. We fly twice a year to Europe for a cruise economy comfort ,We use the chase Sapphire card for everything about 100,000$ per year is it the best card for us? thanks Marty

  90. Josh,

    Another options is British Airways credit card. If you from CA area, you may need only 50K Avios points (one credit card application), for 2 of you fly to Hawaii for free.

  91. I wonder whether anyone else has noticed this. I missed it, even though I thought I had read everything carefully. A big reason I got the ‘100K miles point executive CITI card’ was to get the 10K extra elite miles to help me get to exec platinum faster. However, I always have many more points than miles because I fly first whenever possible (purchased), so I tend to get 1.5 points for each mile flown. Can you see where this is going? Based on this, I always get to platinum, and likely exec platinum, on elite points – and never never never get there on elite miles. So, the 10K award elite miles to me has value 0. For example, I was at 56K elite points and about 37K elite miles before the 10K elite miles was awarded – and am now at 56K elite points and about 47K elite miles after the 10K elite miles were awarded. So, the 10K elite miles they gave me are worthless to me. Those elite miles will never help me get to next level because I will always already be there on elite points. Let’s extrapolate. This is happening to all their very best customers who have this card – big spenders, frequent fliers. When they find out, if those 10K elite points were important to them (as they were to me), they will not be happy. More consequences: a) this reduces the incentive to meet that magic $40K dollars spent which buys you this offer (which is worthless in these scenarios); b) those 10K elite miles come each year, but now there is less incentive to keep the card after you get their 100K miles or to spend $40K on this card; c) it is not smart to mislead people who spend a lot of money on your card – they will start looking elsewhere. keep them happy, they stay loyal. pull something like this, and they start thinking twice about other cards. Enough said – I did not read the fine print. let the buyer beware. wonder how many other people noticed this? I asked CITI to also give me points – got back a ‘that is the way AA does it’. I asked AA, and they said I had to talk to CITI. This does not bring credit to AA or CITI.

  92. Hello. We are flying PA to Alaska next June. I am looking at the Alaska Airlines card but I am having a difficult time deciphering which card offers the better deal.

  93. Thanks Darius for your posts and for making reference to better offers. I would appreciate it if you clearly distinguish the terms of your credit card links from the other offers out there. I reviewed your description of the Alaska Airlines card which states $100 statement credit and clicked on the card and applied for it. I realized a month later that a different link was needed for that particular offer.

  94. the United Airlines card link isnt working. do you have a diff link for the 50k?

  95. Hey Darius,

    I primarily fly between Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, New York, and Boston. Would you recommend getting an American Airlines card or a Southwest card? I currently have miles with both airlines, but want to consolidate my flights towards one airline.


  96. hi, what are some ways I can reach million miler status with AA besides flying? I’m at 839k. They discontinued the miles for purchase program and now it is really taking me forever to get there… any advise?

  97. I am considering opening a Chase Sapphire card. I currently have a United MileagePlus card and have 8000 miles on it. I see that miles from the Sapphire can be transferred to the united card. Can they be transferred in the reverse? From the MileagePlus to the Sapphire?

  98. I just wanted to share with everyone the positive experience I had with Chase yesterday. I was calling to cancel my United Explorer Plus card, as I have had it for one year, and the annual fee was just coming due. This was the first time I have called to cancel a card with Chase, so I wasn’t sure how they would act. Many of the things I’ve read seemed to indicate they would not bat an eye and would just close the account down. I was ok with that. I initially spoke to a lady who just asked why I was closing my account. I told her that honestly I don’t need the United card because I have the CSP, and I can just transfer points from there to United. She said ok, and transferred me to an “accounts supervisor” who asked me the same basic question. I explained again, and said that I really liked my CSP (I had paid the annual fee a few months prior) because of its versatility, and that the United card was unnecessary. He said that he could close my account, but if I wanted, he would just give me a $150 statement credit towards the $95 annual fee and leave it open for another year. I was honestly taken back, and couldn’t speak for a second. My initial reaction was to automatically reject this sales pitch to keep me because that’s what we are trained to do, but I realized that would be stupid. He explained it would show up within one billing cycle, and I wouldn’t even have to pay the fee first, and would be left with a $55 credit balance. Wow! Needless to say I accepted. I am not sure what factored in to Chase offering me that, because most of the things I have read say try to get the fee waived, but definitely don’t count on it, as it is not likely. It could be because I’ve kept the CSP for going on two years, or the fact that I have a checking and savings with Chase, but I’m not sure, because I don’t have a high balance in my accounts with them. Regardless, I wanted to share this information with others who may be facing the time to cancel for the annual fee being due. Take heart, there is hope that you can have it waived. Maintain a good relationship with Chase, even if it means being strategic and paying an annual fee on a card that is valuable to you. Just for more reference info on my status with Chase I have: a checking and savings account (low balances), the CSP, the United Explorer, and 2 Southwest Rapid Rewards Cards.

    • @alex – It depends on which airline has the most convenient flights to those destinations from your departure airport. You could get both cards for the bonus points, but credit your flights to only 1 airline. If you want to use miles to fly internationally, American Airlines is likely the better choice.

      @ otto – The only way to get there is by flying!

      @AliSchreib – Unfortunately, they can’t be transferred from the United card to the Sapphire Preferred.

      @Kevin C – Chase has great customer service. Thanks for sharing!

  99. Is there a set amount of time from when you Sign up for a card then cancel it and then resign up for it again to get the bonus again. I know different cards may have different rules on that but the 3 cards I am mostly asking about would be the:
    1. Chase Sapphire
    2. United Ultimate Explorer
    3. American Airlines Platinum Select

    If I wait 12 or 18 or 24 months from when I signed up or from when I canceled those cards would I get the first time bonus if I met the spending requirements again?