Are airline credit cards worth having?

Reporter: Andryanna Sheppard
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The holiday season sees over half of Americans planning to travel, with a staggering seven million expected to embark on journeys to reunite with loved ones. For these travelers, airline credit cards hold the promise of enhanced experiences, but are they worth the investment?

Are airline credit cards worth it?
Credit cards, Photo by AP.

Booking a flight with earned miles or points is not synonymous with a free ride. Travelers are still responsible for ticket taxes, fees, and surcharges. These additional costs can accumulate, so meticulous planning is essential to maximize your rewards.

Frequent flyers who accumulated points during the pandemic should exercise caution. Some airlines have adjusted their ticket prices to offset the surplus of earned points. On top of that, some have even reduced the amount points are worth. Travel experts advise monitoring pricing trends and redeeming points strategically.

Travelers should prepare for any issues at the airport this holiday season. (CREDIT: WINK News)

With careful consideration and strategic planning, airline credit cards can significantly enhance your travel experience. However, it’s crucial to research and understand the terms and conditions of each card, as not all point systems are identical. By doing so, you can confidently embark on your journey, knowing you’ve made the most of your travel benefits.

Not all airline credit cards are created equal and it’s easy to get lost trying to figure out which card is best for you. NerdWallet and The Points Guy have compiled lists of the Best Airline Credit Cards as of November 2023.

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