5 Over 50: Quick Ways to Boost Your Miles

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There’s no easier way to earn a large amount of miles quickly than with a new credit card. Here are (5) with signup bonuses well worth getting a card for, each one has a bonus bigger than 50,000 points. And that’ll boost your account balances quickly.

  1. Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card has an 80,000 point signup bonus after $5000 spend within 3 months. That can even be enough for a roundtrip business class award ticket between the US and Europe. (Chase points are super valuable because they transfer directly to a variety of airlines and hotels.)

    It earns 3 points per dollar on travel — that’s airlines, hotels, rental cars, tolls, even Uber — and 3 points per dollar on shipping and advertising on social media and search engines, so great for anyone who advertises on Facebook or Twitter, or who spends money advertising with Google. It also comes with $600 protection against theft or damage when you use it to buy your cell phone. ‘5/24’ applies.

  2. Chase Sapphire Preferred Card lets you earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You also get 5000 more bonus points for adding no annual fee authorized user to the account and making a purchase within the same time period.

    Points transfer to United, Hyatt, Southwest, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines, Korean Air, Air France KLM, Marriott Rewards, IHG Rewards Club, and Ritz-Carlton. Probably the best all-around credit card, certainly for getting started in the hobby, and with a great signup bonus.

    The card earns two points on travel and dining at restaurants and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide. The card has an introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95.

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    Transfer Points and Redeem for Singapore Airlines

    Since in general Chase doesn’t approve this card for folks who have signed up for 5 or more new card accounts in the past 24 months, it’s the first card you should apply for.

  3. British Airways Visa Signature® Card is offering a signup bonus of up to 75,000 Avios: (Offer expired)

      Earn 50,000 bonus Avios after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. Earn an additional 25,000 bonus Avios after you spend $10,000 total on purchases within your first year of account opening for a total of 75,000 bonus Avios.

    If you spend $30,000 in a calendar year to earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years which can double the value of your Avios on a single redemption for 2 people.

    Chase’s 5/24 reportedly does not apply.


    British Airways First Class

  4. CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® will give you 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. It has a $0 annual fee the first year, then $95.

    Cardmembers receive one free checked bag and preferred boarding on American Airlines flights and a companion ticket after $30,000 in spend each year. The 60,000 point offer is gone from both the Citi and Barclaycard personal AAdvantage cards so I’m surprised to see this link for the business card still available..

  5. Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card offers 75,000 points after spending $3000 within the first 3 months of cardmembership. Now that Marriott points transfer to Starwood, it’s a great offer for Starwood points as well. There’s a $0 annual fee the first year then $85. 5/24 applies.


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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. Gary – In terms of British Air, there were pluses and minuses. Great First Class availability but it came with a price of about $1100 per ticket. I had no problem rationalizing that I was paying for a coach ticket and using points to upgrade all the way to First. Have flown it many times and always enjoyed it. And when I heard complaints – yes, Singapore, Cathay and others are “better”, I shook my head at how “entitled” we have become.

    That said, I have seen a MASSIVE shift in terms of First Class availability. And that pretty much ends the value proposition for me. You really could count on those seats and now, good luck! Still holding a companion pass that expires in another 18 months so I will find something, especially as retirement is near. But high fees with minimal availability is not a good value proposition anymore.

  2. <> How about just using it to pay the cellphone bill? Many people don’t buy their phones; they pay Verizon over a 24-month period for it.

  3. Knowing to apply for credit cards is easy. How about tips on big spending to meet the requirements?
    Other than buying MOs.

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