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I can’t decide if I should invest in AA miles or United miles… I want to ultimately do some overseas travel (London / Paris / Rome). Help!!!
Steven, I know it may sound cliche but accumulating the “right” miles depends on where you want to go. I can see by the cities you’ve listed that Europe is high on your list. While you may be able to get to Europe for less miles using AA, United has a ton of availability, guaranteed no fuel surcharge, and can even tack on an extra essentially for free. United is a real winner for European travel.
I read that partner airlines sometimes accidentally give mileage credit on award flights. I am using a United Award on both Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa with an open jaw and a stop-over: JFK-IST (Turkish Air), IST-FCO (Turkish Air), PRG-JFK (Lufthansa). I know it is a very remote possibility to get flight credit, but I was wondering what Frequent Flyer program would be best to use for each leg of the trip?
What is a good combination of credit cards to begin with? I have been using Barclays arrival plus, but would like to go into transferable currencies. I spend about 5k a month and want to travel domestically and to carribean. I also spend a good bit on groceries and was looking at the Amex preferred with 3x on grocery with a 50% bonus. But in your experience, what combination of cards would cover the most categories that would be beneficial?
I think the best one to start with is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. It has great perks and really good transfer partners.
Other than that, it really depends on your travel goals. If you live near an United hub, the MileagePlus Explorer card may be good value for you. If you live near an AA hub, get the AAdvantage Citi Card. Since your goal is to travel mostly domestic/Caribbean, another great option may be the Southwest card. They regularly offer 50,000 point sign-ups, and their miles are among the easiest to redeem. Also, if you can get the companion pass (which their sign up bonus goes towards) you can get thousands of dollars of value out of it.
It’s nice to diversify your points, which makes the CSP worthwhile, but you will also get a lot of good value from getting an airline card for the airline you travel most often with.
Planning a trip next year to SE Asia and I’m building up miles/points. Is there a way to find out how to maximize my miles for award flights? Is there a chart that says something like ‘to fly on Cathay build up your miles on AA’ or ‘to fly on Singapore build up your points with UR or MR’?
Can Delta Skymiles from multiple family members be transferred to 1 family member in order to get a ticket? Are there fees involved? Many thanks!
Including USPS, there is NO place in Dallas, TX area that will let you use gift/debit cards with PINs to buy money orders. Is this now national?
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