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Airline miles can be better than pay with miles. Pay with miles cards being: Venture, Escape, Sapphire... etc. The big difference with like a PRG or Delta card is that you're buying a mile ticket, not offsetting a ticket cost. There's a big difference.
Pay with miles are great for domestic flights that are around $200-300 because they only require 20,000 to 30,000 miles; where as on an airline card they'll be similar in miles, but you rack them at a slower rate.
Airline cards are much, much better for international travel because flying to Europe is only 60,000-75,000 miles on Delta, but if you were to use a Venture card you'd be offsetting a $1,000-1,500 flight, which would run you 100,000 to 150,000 miles.
I have the PRG for the sole fact that I rack up 2x miles on Gas and Groceries and I can then transfer them to Delta at 1.5 at select times of the year, and I primarily fly internationally, so it works better for me.
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