Airline Credit Cards - A “How To” Guide
There are many airline credit cards available today, but it is up to you to earn the most miles/points possible. You will find how to earn bonus miles, use business expenses to your advantage, and how to turn normal purchases/budget expenses into miles/points. Let’s discuss in more detail how to maximize your card’s earning potential.
Some airline credit cards will give a new card holder bonus miles for choosing their card or even give double miles/points when you purchase airline tickets. A little investigation into what each card offers before applying can save you not only in interest and fees, but in actual miles/points as well. In fact, some airline credit cards offer as much as 25,000 miles just for choosing their card! A little research in this area will definitely be to your advantage in getting the most miles/points as quickly as possible.
Another avenue of quickly adding mileage/points to your account is by receiving double miles/points for airline ticket purchases. Check to see if the airline credit card companies you are interested in will double miles/points for the purchase cost of a regular ticket charge. If you travel frequently due to business or for personal reasons, these types of miles/points credits could really add up quickly.
Business Expenses and Tickets
As a business owner, you can use your airline credit card for business expenses and earn miles to help offset the expense of your employees’ airline tickets for their business trips.
For personal benefit, another approach is to charge business expenses to your airline miles credit card that will be eventually reimbursed by your employer. When you receive your travel check from your employer, make sure you pay the balance owed by the due date and you will have miles/points earned for a well-earned vacation!
Earning Maximum Miles/Points and keep the Interest Costs down
Since many airline miles credit cards have a higher interest rate than other cards, to most effectively use your airline credit card without running up unnecessarily high interest charges:
1) Use your card to purchase as many items as possible; including paying off your monthly bills without going over your usual monthly expenses already budgeted;
2) Immediately pay off any balances when your airline credit card statement arrives.
What will this accomplish?
1) It will credit your account with the maximum miles/points without incurring the high interest rates;
2) Since you are earning miles/points quickly, you can enjoy the reward of going on more trips or to a more exotic destination than by just occasionally using your airline miles credit card.
There are so many ways you can reap the rewards of your airline miles credit card, from saving money for your business expenses, finally being able to take that dream vacation, to bringing home your child from college or living far away . . . unlimited uses . . . unlimited dreams . . .
It is up to you how quickly your reward miles/points add up. These ideas are very simple, but if used correctly will give you maximum benefits with minimal costs. Here is a quick checklist for your reference: 1) Research alone can add up to 25,000 miles on your new card; 2) Add some miles from airline ticket purchases; 3) Business expenses–either actual business or personal business can be used to offset future business expenses or used to enable personal trips. 4) Finally, converting simple costs of daily purchases/budgetary expenses into miles/points will give you countless opportunities to earn miles and points. I think you will definitely find that these methods will enable you to earn miles and points quickly with your new airline credit card.
Are You Managing Credit And Debt Or Is It Managing You?
Credit is an established part of American life. It can be a valuable tool permitting you to purchase a home or a car, finance an education, or take advantage of special sales and offers. Unwise use of credit, however, will lead to financial problems. Knowing your legal rights and remedies is a first step to resolving those problems.
Your credit report
Your credit report is an essential element for a sound fiscal future. Employers, insurance agencies, and future creditors use the report to obtain information about you. Your credit report is such an important document that the law gives you certain protections against the reporting of incorrect information.
How to obtain a copy of your credit report:
If you were denied credit, you should obtain a copy of your report to verify that the information is correct. You have the right to know which credit reporting agency prepared the report that was used to deny you credit. Under state law, you have the right to a free copy of your credit report within sixty days of being denied credit. Laws change and there are different laws in different states, so do your homework.
You also are entitled to one free copy of your credit report per calendar year, even if you were not denied credit. Consider requesting a copy every year to ensure your report is without errors.
Correcting your credit report:
If there is incorrect information in your credit report, you may ask the credit reporting agency to investigate. The agency must investigate your claim within 30 business days by asking the creditor in question to review its records, unless the agency believes that the dispute is "frivolous or irrelevant." The credit reporting agency must correct, complete, or delete any information that is erroneous, incomplete, or unverified.
Additionally, negative information that is more than seven years old cannot be included in your credit report. There are several exceptions to this rule; the main one is bankruptcy, which may be reported for up to ten years.
If you disagree with the results of the credit bureau’s investigation, you have the right to prepare a brief statement that explains your version of the dispute. The credit reporting agency will then include this statement with your credit report each time it sends out the report.
If you have credit problems:
If there is legitimate negative information in your credit report, there is nothing you can do to change it. Negative information includes late payments, bankruptcy, liens, and accounts given to a collection agency.
Negative information in your files does not necessarily mean that you will be denied additional credit. Different creditors review your credit history in different ways.
Credit repair clinics offer to "fix" your credit record for a certain fee. These clinics cannot remove or change correct information on your credit record. You can do at little or no cost anything that a credit repair clinic can do.
Getting off credit card mailing lists
Credit reporting agencies allow businesses to pre-screen your credit report to determine whether they want to send you a credit card offer. For example, offers from credit card companies that say, "You’ve been pre-approved," use a pre-screening process. If you do not want to allow your credit report to be pre-screened, you can now "opt out" of the process by calling 1-888-5-OPT-OUT.
There is no way to stop all junk mail, but this step can eliminate offers from companies that use the credit reporting agencies.