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Time to rethink mile-earning credit cards?

pointsjunkie

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We use no-fee Citibank Aadvantage cards for everything - auto-bill pay for utilities, phones, etc, charge everything, and always pay off at the end of the month. We have earned RT flights to Cancun for the four of us at least 3-4 times over the years. It does lock us in to American, but at least that makes it easier to choose our flights!

Occasionally they offer us specials - like right now if we use it 20 times we get an extra 2K miles, another time we could get 5x miles for several months, up to 20K extra miles. It seems to work out to about 2-3cents per dollar. There may be higher percent cards or cash back ones, but if we got cash back, the cash would dribble away.

do you shop on AA's mall and use the idine site? that can up your miles really fast.
 

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do you shop on AA's mall and use the idine site? that can up your miles really fast.

No, I don't shop on their mall because I don't do much online shopping. For what little online shopping I do, I use UPromise instead. The reward probably comes out to more on AA, but since it's real money on UPromise it looks like more :) I have used AA shopping to extend the expiration date of my kids' miles, though!

I can't figure out what you mean by the idine site..
 

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No, I don't shop on their mall because I don't do much online shopping. For what little online shopping I do, I use UPromise instead. The reward probably comes out to more on AA, but since it's real money on UPromise it looks like more :) I have used AA shopping to extend the expiration date of my kids' miles, though!

I can't figure out what you mean by the idine site..

pm me and i will give you the actual place to go. where do you live?
 

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After much searching, the best deal I found is the Chase Freedom Plus Master Card. I think they are trying to keep it a secret. Even when you know exactly what you are looking for, it's almost impossible to find info about it on their web site. When I called to get more info, the Customer Service Rep said that she had never heard of it, and she couldn't find it in her system. I had to get with a supervisor and he clearly didn't know much about it either.

The annual fee of $30. is waived for the first year. It's free thereafter if you have a checking account with Chase Bank. Single Points are earned on every purchase. There are 15 categories of purchases where you can earn triple points each month; you receive them for each of 6 of those categories where you spend the most money each month. One category is cell phone service, so I set it up with Verizon to take the payment directly from the credit card each month. Ditto our electric bill and cable service and oil bills. Other categories include purchases at fast food restaurants, movie theatres, video rental, all items purchased in drug stores e.g. Walgreen's, CVS and a few other Categories that I can't recall at the moment.

The Points can be used for the usual type of merchandise found in on-line and printed catalogues, including gas cards and a variety of gift cards. But they can also be "cashed out" by phone or online and will appear right away to offset some or all of the payment due on the current bill.

For each 20,000 Points you accumulate and cash out, you receive a $50. bonus in addition to the $200. value of 20,000 points. Each statement shows how many points were earned that month, how many you have altogether, and how much you can cash them out for at the present time. It's been adding up pretty fast with all the utility bills, etc... now being paid that way instead of through my on-line banking account
 
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