Miles Rewards Credit Cards

With so many miles rewards credit cards its hard to figure out which one best suits you so here is a break down of a few of the top cards.

Continental OnePass
You can use your miles on: United, US Airways, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Lufthansa, Scandinavian, Singapore, South Africa Airways, Swiss, Thai, plus 11 more airlines.

Card Pros: Continental Airlines is generous in offering elite status customers free upgrades.
Fairly easy to redeem miles.

Card Cons: Upgrades from the cheapest coach ticket will cost you miles as wells as several
hundred dollars. There is limited seating for domestic (25,000 miles) tickets.

Air Canada Aeroplan
You can use your miles on
: Continental, United, US Airways, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Lufthansa, Scandinavian, Singapore, South African Airways, Swiss, Thai as well as 11 other airlines.

Card Pros: Member of the Star Alliance program which gives you the greatest number
of airlines and flights to use your miles on. Cheaper award flights then other Star
Alliance airlines. Business class ticket from USA east coast to Europe from 80,000.

Card Cons: Miles expire after 1 year if there is no activity on your account. Even with activity
on your card your miles will expire in 7 years. You will be charged a fuel charge if
you use miles for a Air Canada ticket, however its partner airlines do not charge
this fee.

American Aadvantage
You can use your miles on: British Airways, Cathy pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN, Quantas as well as 4 other airlines.

Card Pros: The only card where you can earn lifetime elite status solely through credit card
purchases. High award availability. Has the highest number of merchandise
partners.

Card Cons: Upgrades from the cheapest coach ticket will cost you miles plus several hundred
dollars. It partner British Airways will not allow you to use your miles to purchase
tickets from the U.S. to London.

American Express Membership Rewards
You can use your miles on: Almost any airlines.

Card Pros: You can actually transfer your membership rewards points to 17 different airlines.
After transferring your points you can use them on the partners of these 17
airlines. You can transfer your points to an airline that requires fewer miles to earn
a rewards ticket.

Card Cons: There is a $95.00 annual fee. You do not earn Elite status miles.

United Mileage Plus
You can use your miles on: Continental, US Airways, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Lufthansa, Scandinavian, Singapore, and 14 other airlines.

Card Pros: As a Star Alliance member it is fairly easy to redeem your miles for tickets to
Europe and Asia. Though not as easy as some other Star Alliance members.

Card Cons: United blocks some of its partner airlines award seats, but if you reach elite status
you will have access to these seats. Upgrades from the cheapest coach ticket will
cost you miles plus several hundred dollars.

US Airways Dividend Miles
You can use your miles on: Continental, United, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Austrian as well as 17 other foreign partners.

Card Pros: As a member of the Star Alliance member it is easier to book a rewards ticket to
Europe and Asia. It often runs bonus miles promotions in which you can earn or buy
lots of miles cheaply.

Card Cons: There is low availability for reward tickets on US Airways. The airline also charges
an online award redemption fee of $25.00 for each domestic ticket and $50.00 for
each international ticket.