There are a couple of great credit card offers out there that you will want to consider. The first is the US BANK Avianca Airlines LifeMiles Signature VISA Card. This nets you 40,000 LifeMiles, after spending $3,000 within the first 4 months. If you are not familiar with Avianca, it is a Colombian based airline, which is part of StarAlliance. This means, the miles can be used to book flights on United Airlines, and the many other StarAlliance carriers. So what does 40,000 miles on Avianca get you? If you your origin is North America, then you can score
- Hawaii (40,000 miles)
- Mexico (35,000 miles)
- Caribbean (35,000 miles)
- Domestic U.S. (25,000 miles)
These mileage rates are based on a round-trip award ticket. The sucky part of LifeMiles, is they charge you $25.00 to book the award ticket, whether you call them, or do it online. They also charge $150 to change an award ticket, so be sure you are set on your dates and plans. The cool thing about Avianca is they do NOT have fuel surcharges on partners, meaning if you fly United, you won’t get dinged with fuel surcharges on the award ticket Another plus is the website is pretty easy to navigate, and find flights. Below is the link for the US Bank application page. No annual fee the first year, $75 thereafter. Be aware, this offer ends April 28th, so apply soon!!
The second great credit offer on the block is the new Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard from Barclays. This is nice, because many people who had the previous card, offered from Bank of America , can also get this one, since this is a completely different card. This card does have an annual fee of $89, but you get some pretty good perks with the card. There are no foreign transactions fees, and if you use the card to buy your tickets on Hawaiian Airlines, your first bag is checked free. Pretty standard these days, but nonetheless, a nice touch. You also get a 50% coach companion ticket, but not sure if that applies for all fares or just the flex full coach fares. So what does 35,000 miles get you on Hawaiian Airlines?
- Hawaii (20,000 – 30,000 miles) or 40,000 miles for first class
- You can redeem the miles on partner airlines (see list here)