It’s been nearly six months since COVID-19 took our world by storm, crashed our economy, and tanked the travel industry. After half a year of various travel restrictions and quarantining, I’d imagine most of us have the travel bug! Since we are all itching to get out and see the world again, I started wondering how many flight points I had accrued with my American Airlines AAdvantage Elite Mastercard. Have I earned enough points to pay for my flight to my next destination? I signed up for this specific credit card because I travel often and everyone knows the cost of airfare is one of the biggest deterrents when planning a trip. I use my Mastercard for purchases I was going to make anyway, so why not have a credit card with perks that I can really benefit from? Before booking your next trip, have you considered taking a quick survey of your payment options? Do any of the credit cards or debit cards you’re using provide you with free travel rewards, perks, or points? If not, you may want to reconsider!
Booking your next vacation or trip with your travel credit card likely means reward points or bonuses coming your way. While some cards offer bountiful sign-on bonuses, others tout free airport VIP lounge access, TSA Precheck, Global reimbursement, free checked baggage, and more! When you use your card to make the airline purchase, some cards might even allow you to upgrade your travel and receive in-flight discounts on purchases. For example, my AAdvantage Mastercard allows for one free checked bag, and a 50% discount on alcohol purchases made during my flight.