It’s that time of year again! April 15, 2015, is the IRS tax filing deadline, and readers often ask if it’s worth paying taxes with a credit card to earn miles and points.
I’ve written about paying income taxes with a credit card, and whether doing so will code as a cash advance (it won’t).
But because you’ll pay processing fees of up to 2.35%, it’s generally not worth it except under specific circumstances.
Paying Taxes With a Credit Card Might Make Sense in Certain Situations
Here’s how to pay taxes with a credit card and when it might make sense for you.
1. Get Into US National Parks for Free for a Year
You can get into US National Parks for free for an entire year and all you need is a 4th grader! Children under 15 get into National Parks for free any time. But now, thanks to the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, 4th graders can bring their family along for free during the 2015 to 2016 school year.
A 4th Grader Could Be Your Ticket to the Park
Families who are interested will get a free annual pass. Details on how to get passes have not been released yet, but I’ll let you know when they are!
This is a great excuse to plan a family or school trip to incredible places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Mount Rushmore. So get the word out to your friends, relatives, neighbors, and local schools!
Explore the Beauty of Places Like Arches National Park, Utah, for Free!
Don’t Have a 4th Grader?
You can still get into US National Parks for free in 2015 on these dates:
- April 18 to 19 (National Park Week opening weekend)
- August 25 (National Park Service 100th anniversary!)
- September 26 (National Public Lands day)
- November 11 (Veterans Day)
2. $25 Off Your Next Virgin America Flight With Visa Checkout
Are you planning medium or long-haul domestic award flights in the next few months? Do you live in a city not served by many nonstop American Airlines flights? And do you have a lot of American Airlines miles?
If so, you might save miles by booking Citi AAdvantage American Airlines reduced mileage awards!
The new list of Citi AAdvantage American Airlines reduced mileage award cities is out. You could save 5,000 to 7,500 miles on award tickets between specific destinations which change each month.
But only if you hold certain Citi American Airlines cards.
And there’s good news! American Airlines no longer charges a phone booking fee for reduced mileage awards. In the past, American Airlines charged $25 per ticket.
Spend Fewer Miles With American Airlines Reduced Mileage Awards
American Airlines publishes the list of eligible destinations every other month, with discounts listed for the next 4 months.
1. JetBlue Spring Sale (Ends Today!)
JetBlue is having a sale on spring flights. The sale is for travel through May 20, 2015, but I’m finding some discount fares extending into summer and even fall!
Are You Ready for a Vacation? Flying JetBlue Could Save You Some Money on Your Next Getaway!
You must book by the earlier of 11:59 pm Eastern Time or local time TONIGHT! Many of the best deals are for travel on Tuesday and Wednesday only. However, some fares include Saturdays and Sundays too, so you may be able to find a nice weekend getaway here!
Many folks like to fly JetBlue because they don’t charge for your 1st checked bag. But this could be changing soon, so keep this in mind when you book your flight!
Here’s a look at a few interesting deals on 1-way flights:
Only $83 for a 1-Way Flight to the Colorful Bahamas (No Need for a Return Ticket!)
Check out the full list of routes on sale to see if there is a flight that will work for you! Don’t see a deal that fits your travel needs? Remember to take a look at the Southwest sale (book by February 26, 2015).
Important Terms & Conditions:
- 14 day advance purchase required
- Black out dates for travel to New York City and Washington, DC - March 31, 2015, to April 8, 2015
- Black out dates for travel to Boston – April 21, 2015, and April 22, 2015
2. Frontier Airlines Sale $49 1-Way Flights
There’s an easy way to earn lots of points with Choice Hotels this spring.
Until April 22, 2015, you’ll earn 8,000 points when you stay twice at Choice Hotels with their “Choose Choice Twice, Get a Night at No Price” promotion.
Although they say you’ll get a free night, it’s really 8,000 Choice Hotel points – which is enough for an award night at over 1,500 lower-category Choice Hotels. But you can use the points however you want!
Earn 8,000 Points From Just 2 Stays With Choice Hotels – Enough for a Free Night
This could be a very good deal for folks who stay at Choice Hotels often, or can use the points for more expensive hotels in Europe. Or if you’re trying to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!