View the April 2011 best airlines credit card bonus list.
The fastest way to earn airline points is by signing up for airlines credit cards. In this monthly roundup, I’ll introduce you to the card I would get if I were on the market for a new card (which I think I always am).
You might want to read this before getting a new card: How does applying for multiple credit cards impact your credit score?
I would also suggest you sign up for a free credit report via Credit Sesame. This way you can keep up with how the cards are impacting your credit score. I never recommend signing up for credit cards for points if you have credit card debt. Instead, I’d suggest you check out this guide for getting out of credit card debt
This month, American Airlines CitiCard drops off the list. Unless they extend their 75,000 bonus mile promotion, I’d hold off getting that card. I’ve added a United card and British Airways card to the list.
The Top Four Airline Mile Credit Cards
Continental OnePass Card: 50,000 Bonus Points
This was a top credit card choice in Feb and is a top choice once again.
Here’s what you get with the Continental OnePass Airlines credit card:
- 50,000 bonus miles after your first purchase — enough for two round-trip reward tickets within the U.S. (excluding Hawaii) and Canada.
- A waiver of the $85 annual fee for your first year.
- 10,000 bonus miles annually when you spend $25,000 on your Card.
- Two miles per $1 spent on tickets purchased directly from Continental.
- One mile per $1 spent on all other purchases.
- Redeem miles for car rental and hotel rewards in addition to flights — a Cardmember exclusive.
In addition, you get to enjoy these benefits:
- First checked bag free every time you fly when you purchase your tickets with your Card for flights operated by Continental only (a savings of up to $50 per round trip).
- Two Presidents Club® passes ($100 value) every Cardmember anniversary.
If you conservatively estimate the value of each point at 1%, then this is a $500 sign up bonus. Remember, if you’re married, each person can get a card.
Also, be sure that you first sign up for Continental’s mile promotion starting Feb 1st, 2011 to get extra bonuses when you sign up for the card.
You can apply for the card or get full details here.
Another option is to get 30,000 bonus miles and $50 cash back with the Continental OnePass Card. Get those details here.
Southwest Airlines: Get Two Free Flights
This promotion is not longer available. I check as for March 8th, 7:00 p.m. EST and could not find it.
You can still get one free roundtrip flight with the Southwest credit card.
I reviewed the card here. It’s a great way to get your hands on a free flight (that you can easily redeem), but you’ll need to be prepared to pay the $59 annual fee. Also, be aware that Southwest recently changed its point system.
United Mileage Plus Visa Signature Card: Up to 30,000 Points and $50 Cash back + More
While the United offer still lags behind the Southwest and Continental offer, it is a solid offer with some newly added benefits (as of Feb 25th, 2011).
The new benefits include:
- $50 back after your first purchase!
- Receive a one-way upgrade certificate
That is in addition to the current benefits:
- First Year Free, then $60
- 30,000 miles is more than enough for a round-trip saver award ticket to anywhere in the continental United States.
- Receive 25,000 bonus miles after your very first purchase.
- Receive an additional 5,000 bonus miles by adding an authorized user to your account.
- Earn 1 mile for every $1 in purchases charged on your United Mileage Plus card.
- There is no limit to the miles you can earn.
To get the card now, click here.
British Airways Visa: Up to 50,000 points.
British Airways Visa – Earn 25,000 bonus BA Miles after your first purchase, plus an additional 25,000 bonus BA Miles when you spend $2,500 in the first 90 days.
There are two reasons why this card isn’t higher on the list.
- British Airways has had some very lucrative bonuses this year. While 50,000 is good, they might top it.
- BA is known to have high taxes and fees associated with award travel. That obviously devalues their points.