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Postby rygo » Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:09 pm

Anyone who has a Capitol One credit card with the following redemption tier, this message is for you. I've had a Capitol One No Hassle Miles Visa card for a couple years which has a miles redemption tier as follows:



Travel up to $150 = 12,500 miles

$150.01 to $350 = 25,000 miles

$350.01 to $600 = 50,000 miles

$600.01 and greater = the cost of travel x 100



The Visa card earns 3 miles for every dollar spent at any gas station or grocery store. You get 1 mile for every dollar spent anywhere else. Anyone who has this same card as myself, or another free capitol one card which has the same redemption tier here is what you need to do:



Sign up for the Capitol One No Hassle Miles Ultra for Professionals Master Card as well. Currently this card has a $39.00 annual fee, but it gives you 2 miles per dollar spent anywhere. The redemption method for this card is as follows:



Price of travel x 100 = # of miles needed. For example, a $200 ticket would cost 20,000 miles.



For the general spending public, it is MUCH MORE beneficial to get double miles on every purchase than triple miles ONLY on gas and groceries. Check your statements and do the math. I did, and it's not even close. So here is what you do:

1. When you shop for groceries or get gas, use the Visa card.

2. When you shop for anything else, use the MasterCard.


You will earn a substantial amount more miles this way for a cost of only $39 a year. And here's the key: the miles are transferable between accounts!

When you redeem the miles for travel costs, do as follows:

For a ticket costing:


$0-124 redeem using MasterCard

$125-150 redeem using Visa

$151-249 redeem using MasterCard

$250-350 redeem using Visa

$351-499 redeem using MasterCard

$500-600 redeem using Visa

Over $600 doesn't matter, they are the same.


This is how you maximize your benefits on both sides of the coin so to speak. You will earn double miles on every purchase, and triple miles on gas and groceries. At redemption, transfer your miles to the applicable account. If you bought a ticket for say $340.00 and redeemed it using the MarsterCard, it'll cost you 340 x 100 = 34,000 miles. That same $340 ticket would only cost 25,000 miles using the Visa account! On the other hand, a ticket of $360 would be 36,000 miles using MC and 50,000 miles using Visa. This is why you simply follow the breakdown above.

In the end you will earn thousands more miles a year and save yourself thousands of miles at redemption. This is advice for people with good credit. Obviously, pay your cards on time to avoid interest.

To all those of you who have a capitol one card with the above mentioned tier, enjoy this excellent method and please forward this info to anyone you think might be interested!


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Postby Cucumber » Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:14 pm

The thing about Cap One though is they have crappy customer service and are considered a subprime lender for the most part. Personally I think it's better to go for cashback and then just buy the plane ticket yourself. You get more for your money that way.
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Postby rygo » Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:57 pm

I can't speak on Capitol One's customer service. I haven't had to deal with them for much of anything.

As far as getting cash back, you will get more for your miles if you buy the ticket first then seek a redemption. Cash back is 1% of every mile you have earned. So 10,000 miles = $100. Like I mentioned above, if you buy a ticket for $340 it'll only cost 25,000 miles by redeeming using the Visa card. If you took cash back for 25,000 miles you'd get $250. Again, this is only for those of us who have a card with the above mentioned tier. The system is a win-win and effectively eliminates the negative aspects of both cards.

If you do have a Capitol One card with similar benefits and a tier as I referenced, DO NOT CANCEL IT. Currently the cash back system is half (ex. 10,000 miles = $50) for people who are becoming new card holders.

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Postby wendypollman » Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:54 am

Anyone who owns Miles Visa card, enjoys the benefits of cashbacks, rewards and so on... This is advantageous most
especially when you plan to buy tickets.

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Postby jykishan » Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:09 pm

is there a charge to transfer your miles from one account to another?



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