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Whenever someone asks me how I manage to travel so often without going completely broke, I can’t help but chuckle a bit. There was a time not too long ago when my wife and I would stress about our vacations up until the very day of take off.
We would pinch pennies all so we’d be able to relax with the knowledge that we would not only have enough money to enjoy ourselves, but that we wouldn’t be returning home to bills piled sky high.
What I discovered the first time I left the country just 3 years ago was that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to fly first class. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to spend any money at all.
By using Google, and some patience, there are a ton of free resources out there that will teach you how to fly in first class using only points.
People assume that those who fly with points earn those points because they travel a lot. I used to be one of those people who believed that, so I get it. The thing is though, it’s just not true. Sure, you can earn points pretty easily by flying, but you can also earn a TON of points just by using a credit card.
Believe it or not, there are tons of credit cards that will help you earn points towards a flight simply by making everyday purchases. Using your credit card on things like groceries and dinner may seem trivial in the beginning, but trust me when I tell you that those points rack up quickly, especially if you keep using and paying off your card.
To help prove this, we’ve narrowed down the 4 best credit cards that will earn you a free flight in 2017.
CHASE SAPPHIRE RESERVE
First, let’s start with the negatives. The Chase Sapphire Reserve card comes with an annual fee of $450 — it definitely isn’t cheap. That said, if you can afford the fee, it more than makes up for the fee with plenty of rewards.
Customers can receive all kinds of goodies, whether it be money towards Global Entry and TSA Pre Check or access to over 900 airport lounges.
The card also comes with a $300 travel credit. The credit can be used for anything you may need, such as seat upgrades, pet fees, baggage fees, and more. All in all, the pros definitely outweigh the cons of this one.
CHASE SAPPHIRE PREFERRED
If $450 is a little too steep of an annual fee for you, the Chase Sapphire Preferred card may be a bit more your speed. With an annual fee of just $95, you can earn points in no time at all by using your card literally anywhere. They actually boast a 2x points offer on all travel and dining related purchases worldwide!
Because the Preferred card is significantly less expensive than the Reserve, you aren’t going to receive any of the perks that go along with the Reserve. That said, your first year’s annual fee will be waived, so it’s definitely something to look into!
AMERICAN EXPRESS BUSINESS PLATINUM
Much like the Chase Reserve card, the AMEX platinum has an annual fee of $450.
Also like the Reserve, card holders receive all sorts of incentives. For example, customers receive up to $200 in credit a year towards baggage fees, access to over 1,000 airport lounges, and fee credit for Global Entry and TSA Pre✔.
My personal favorite thing about this card is that customers are able to earn 2x points by paying for Uber with their AMEX. Card members also receive $15 in UBER credits every month PLUS a bonus of $20 in December, which makes for a $200 annual credit. Not bad, right?
BANK OF AMERICA TRAVEL REWARDS
If no annual fee is more your style, we’ve found the card for you. The Bank of America Travel Rewards card is perfect for those that are just starting to earn points and want to get started without having to worry about pesky annual fees.
Assuming that customers make at least $1,000 in purchases in their first 90 days, they will earn 20,000 bonus points IMMEDIATELY. However, it should be noted that the perks are once again unavailable on this card, as there is no annual fee.
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