This is the ninth post in a monthlong series that started here. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader another two minutes to complete. I am writing this for an audience of people who know nothing about frequent flier miles, and my goal is that by the end, you know enough to fly for free anywhere you want to go. Previously Best Practices for Your First App-o-Rama.

Credit cards are the way you will earn the majority of your miles. Credit cards are a free way to get the huge miles necessary to be able to travel anywhere you want for just the cost of the taxes of an award ticket.

Make sure you’ve read all of Free First Class Next Month up to this point before jumping on these offers. Definitely read:

Best Practices for Your First App-o-Rama

Double Credit Card Miles with Business Cards

And absolutely positively don’t apply for credit cards if they cause you to spend beyond your means, if you can’t pay them in full each month, or you are applying for a major loan in the near future.

For the most current list of the best cards, check here.

Continue to An Easy Way to Meet Multiple Minimum Spends at Once.

23 COMMENTS

  1. can someone only have one of those AA cards at one time and that’s why people try so hard to get two at once, or can you wait till the next churn to get the second one?

    and is club Carlson a hotel chain that could help me in Japan?

  2. and I really think you should highlight the annual fees for the cards cuz some aren’t waived….like the 475$ dollar one =x

    • That’s prominently on the application; I’ve added a line to read the applications and terms and conditions closely. This page does not give full info (or even much info) about the cards.

  3. Corey asked: Is club Carlson a hotel chain that could help me in Japan?

    I was hoping to use some Club Carlson points during next month’s Japan DO, but found that there aren’t many CC properties in Japan. One at NRT, one at Yokohama (about an hour south of Tokyo, as per Google Maps). And, a few other properties in other parts of that nation.

  4. In your experience, how long has it taken for the AA bonus miles to post to your account? Hit the spend in October and still haven’t seen them, normal?

    • As soon as the statement hits where you met the minimum spend in my experience. You should probably call.

        • You always call the bank about the credit card (Citi). The airline just lends its name and sells its miles. The bank does everything else.

  5. Hi, how likely am I to get Sapphire, Ink, US Airways, 3 HHonors (Citix2 + Amex) and BofAm Hawaiian some 3 months after I received one AA from Citi and a BA from Chase?

    If my wife got all of these 7 cards during our first churning how likely is she to get the following ones: Amex SPG + HH Surpass, BofH Hawaiian, Citi AAx2, Chase United (55K!) and BA and/or USBank Carslonsx2 in a few months when we churn again??

    Thank you in advance,

  6. I just got a mail offer for a Amex Business Gold card with a 75,000 Membership Rewards after $2000 of spend. It appears to be a targeted offer as accessing the online application requires a RSVP code off the mailing. This seems like a pretty good offer to me. Have you seen this offer?

  7. From reading the AA card thread on flyertalk, Citi is now preventing people from getting two AA cards at the same time. It is similar to what they implemented on the Citi Hilton cards a week or so earlier.

  8. Whenever I look over the terms and conditions for the Mercedes Platinum Amex, I don’t see anything about the $200 airline credit–just info about credit towards the lease of a Mercedes.

    Am I looking in the wrong place?

  9. I have a Chase Subaru card but recently got rid of the Subaru. I’d like to switch to the Sapphire card. I’m guessing the only ways to get the miles is to apply for a new card, as opposed to trying to get my credit line moved from Subaru>Sapphire. Correct?

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