Fly For Free Using Your Credit Card

By: Sean Tan

That light little bit of plastic in your wallet or purse is much over than your tool to make payments; it is your means to get some most fascinating freebies. You must already be knowing of the attractive schemes that credit cards come with, but do you know that your credit cards could also provide you some greatest reductions on your air ticket bookings, and even make it possible for you to fly for free?

Credit cards call the bonuses they give to their customers on air booking as airline miles rewards. These airline miles rewards are valuable to people who have gold and platinum credit cards generally, and they get those every time they use the card to make some buy. The rewards are called as points. Generally, gold credit cards give a reward of one point for one dollar spent using the card; though there may be some variations among card issuing companies.

Every time you swipe the card, you get a bonus point which you can later redeem for your air travel. Points are given for purchases, online payments, payments of gas and electricity bills, etc. that are done through your card. In some cards, this feature may be available but not activated. If you have a gold or platinum credit card, you must call up your bank and ask them if they have any airline miles reward points, and if yes, what is the rate of dollar to points accrued.

Then there are rewards on points. If you manage to collect a fixed number of points, then you will become eligible for some further bonuses, depending on how many points you have accumulated. When you redeem these points for air tickets, you stand to save a huge amount.

In fact, credit card companies have come up with special credit cards known as airline mile rewards cards. These cards are specifically designed to give better bonuses for frequent flying passengers. The number of points awarded on these cards for air travel is more than that offered on other credit cards.

Today credit cards have so many attached offers with them that prudent travelers are using them not just to fly for free, but in fact to plan their entire vacations for free. Even if not entirely free, they can reservation a total holiday package flight included and save heavily on the lump sum rates. Many credit cards also have cash back schemes, which again means more money saved.

So, the next time you are flying, try to find out how you can use your credit card to the maximum advantage when you are making the booking. Call up your bank and ask them directly; they will tell you. If you plan your things well, then you might as well fly for free the next time.

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