Best way to maximize when buying international flying tickets

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Best way to maximize when buying international flying tickets

Postby lexrj » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:36 pm

I'm going to buy a few tickets ($4k worth) from the US to Europe within the next few months and most likely on the upcoming yrs. What's the best card or deal that I could take advantage off?
I'm not really looking to get a free flight right away, just rack up some points, miles or whatever for a free flight (international) next time.
Ps: I don't fly much during the yr and I mostly spend (3k/month) everything on my BCP for cashback, I also don't have any airlines or travel cards.
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Postby Money card » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:27 pm

For international flights from the US to canada I would recemond the Capital1 venture card 2 miles per dollar spent on everything
concierge service , they can help you get dining resorvations, book trips, help you with car rental service if you need.
the only bad thing is after the first year theres a 59.00 annual fee. obviously no foreign transaction fee. from what I was told no black out dates.
another card to look at is the chase sapphire perfered 2 points per dollar spent on dining and travel, this card also comes with concierge service. this card also has no foreign transaction fee, I would imagiane this card to has no black out dates.
but after the first year theres a 95.00 annual fee.

will you be traveling on business or family vacations?
I would stay away from American express there cards have a 2.7 tranaction fee. the platinum doesn't have a fee but it has an annual fee of 450.00.

there are other cards that have no foreign transaction fee like all of the capital1 cards. as far as travel goes those are the 2 cards I would recemond. If I were you I would look at citibank and see what they have to offer you.

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Postby DoingHomework » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:16 am

A "few" tickets to Europe will likely cost more that $4k unless you are going at very low travel times on the cheapest flights. That is going to limit your rewards. If you will always be going to the same place you should try to concentrate your flights on the same airline and look into a card with that airline or a partner.

If you are east coast US you'll get about 5000 points per round trip. You'd need about 20 RT to earn one free. But if you are only flying NY-london and stick with a single airline you might do much better.

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Postby cashback » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:27 am

Chase has the best sign up bonuses. Depending on your credit, you can get all or any combination of Chase Freedom, Sapphire Preferred, and Ink Plus. If you got all of them, you can get 100K+ in Ultimate Rewards points, which can be transferred 1:1 to most airline miles programs.

You can rack up some serious points with if you do it right with these cards. Especially if you are spending 3k/mo. Chase's Ultimate Rewards program is generally considered the best rewards program for travel rewards.
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