How To Travel Luxuriosly With Credit Cards Sign-Up Bonus & Mileage Sales?

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It may seem to be hard for people to travel in luxury style, such as flying business class or first class. However, here are few tips I would like to share with our readers about how to make it much easier and affordable! I believe you guys should feel much more comfortable and confident after reading this article. So, let’s start the topics!

(1) Apply for credit cards to earn sign-up bonus

This is the most easiest way to jump start your mileage balance. For example, check out the following figure of the American Airlines’ co-branded credit cards from Citibank.

As you all can see, 30,000 bonus miles can be earned when you spend $1,000 in purchases within first 3 months of the account opening. I believe for most of you, this should be easy. Recently this co-branded cards have offered 60,000 bonus miles (click me) as long as you are able to spend $3,000 in purchases within first 3 months. 60,000 miles is good enough for you to redeem for award tickets to South America, Asia, or Europe! What a great deal, right? Also, this card offers priority boarding, first checked bag free, and 10% mileage rebate of award travel redemption (up to 10,000 miles). I believe this card should give you tons of value even it charges $95 annual fee, since you can earn way more then this cost.

You can also earn lots of value by applying for American Express Starwood Preferred Gust (SPG) cards.

SPG program is one of the highest valuable flexible point system. When you have SPG points, you are eligible to transfer your points to lots of airlines programs by 1 : 1 ratio (click me), which makes SPG points as one of the most precious points currency in the points and miles world. As you can see in the above figure, you are able to earn the 25,000 bonus points if you spend $3,000 in purchase within the first 3 months of account opening. Having these points in hand, you could use it in lots of ways, not only redeeming for free hotel stay, but also transferring points to your preferred airline programs to redeem for business class / first class! You can also earn 5,000 additional miles to the airline program of your choice when transferring every 20,000 SPG points. It has been considered as one of the must-apply credit cards in United States.

(2) Buy miles from Airlines

When seeing the discounted mileage sale from airlines, sometimes it could be a great way to get more miles as long as you are going to redeem for business class / first class, which makes you save more comparing to the actual tickets price! Here is the example of mileage sale offered from American Airlines:

By calculating the cost of purchasing miles for award ticket redemption comparing to the actual price of business class / first class air tickets, you could understand that this is a great way to save a lot of money to fly in luxury style! Usually flying business class / first class can cost you more than $5,000 in most of the situation. However, when purchasing discounted mileage like this, you would only need to pay 50% or less, and you are still able to fly premium cabin! I would say this is really the beauty of the points and miles, isn’t it?

Are you going to pay for the first class tickets with this cost? Of course not! Use points and miles to fly!

I hope this article can convince you how points and miles can save you lots of money when fly premium cabins. When you have better way to save more money, and you are still able to fly in luxury style, why pay more? TripPlus is going to share more tips about how to redeem for award tickets, so stay tuned!

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