Summer has officially arrived and that means many people are probably already planning a well-deserved vacation.
But did you know that airline frequent flyer credit cards aren’t always the best way to get free plane tickets?
Cindy Greenstein, The Points Mom, is addicted to earning points and miles.
Since the 90s, the Chappaqua mother-of-three has turned her expertise in rewards programs into a career, helping vacation-seeking families land five-figure trips anywhere in the world – just by using the right credit cards. to pay household expenses.
Greenstein says Capitol One’s new credit card debuted with a 100,000 mile bonus and offers two miles for every dollar spent, so she uses it for everything but her dining and grocery expenses.
The American Express Gold Card offers four times the Amex points on restaurants and groceries.
And YES parents – Greenstein says go ahead and get your kids involved. Give them credit cards so they can contribute points to family miles.
So you’ve earned the points – now what?
Common mistakes that people can make while using miles points is that they cannot compare points redemption with websites royalty program and transfer of miles or points.
Here is an example :
A $500 ticket on Delta might cost 50,000 American Express points, but on Delta’s rewards site it might cost 40,000 miles. So instead of redeeming the points on American Express, Greenstein says to simply transfer 40,000 of those points to the Delta rewards program.
Greenstein also says it’s a mistake to redeem points on Amazon. And when it comes to new cards, make sure you reach the minimum billing amount within the time limit, otherwise you risk having your registration cancelled.