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Miles credit cards, sometimes known as air miles credit cards or frequent flyer credit cards, allow you to accumulate frequent flyer miles with purchases made on your cards. You can then put these towards your next holiday’s airfare.
It’s no surprise that miles credit cards are one of the most popular types of cards. Who wouldn’t want to earn flights to Hokkaido while buying rice and diapers at NTUC? Of course, air miles do take significant spending to accumulate, so don’t expect to get round-the-world tickets with a few miserly transactions.
Competition is stiff in the area of miles credit cards, and it can be mind-boggling to sift through them all. Since miles credit cards don’t always offer waivers off their annual fees, it is worth knowing what you’re signing up for.
Firstly, check that you are getting a good dollar-to-mile conversion rate on your miles credit card. Usually, banks offer a lower rate on local spending and a higher one for overseas or foreign currency spending, so bear that in mind. Some cards offer attractive bonus rates with partner merchants so you can rack up miles more quickly.
While some airline-specific cards will credit your earned miles directly into an established frequent flyer programme, certain miles credit cards award points in other types of “currency” such as DBS points or Citi Miles. Converting these points into an actual air ticket will take a longer time and may cost more.
Always, always check the T&Cs of any frequent flyer programme for any unsavoury details the credit card issuer would rather you not know. These include when your miles will expire and whether there is a cap on the miles you can earn.
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