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Strategies to Maximise Credit Card Benefits to Fly Nearly Free
Strategies to Maximise Credit Card Benefits to Fly Nearly Free
The Best Strategy to Supplement the Chase Trifecta for Avios Points on British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Iberia
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Guide to Flying Free all over through British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Iberia Airlines Avios Programs starting with Chase Credit Cards and graduating to American Express after 3 years.
Note: This is intended as a supplement to the Chase Trifecta for those who travel frequently on relatively short hops anywhere in the World, or on long-haul flights that are available through Aer Lingus or Iberia. Other approaches are better for other people. See this Guide to decide which approach is right for you.
If you travel on short-distance hops within the U.S. or most anywhere in the World, this is by far the best strategy for you to make the most out of your credit card rewards. In fact, this is the current strategy that I am using to prepare my friends and family for our upcoming Alps and Oktoberfest trips, and several trips around Europe thereafter. It is amazingly lucrative for travel around Europe.
Done right, this will result in roughly the following rewards for someone who spends at least the averages for Americans according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Year 1: 131,000 Points/Per Person 131,000Chase
Year 2: 123,000 Points/Per Person 70,000Chase:53,000 Avios
Year 3: 89,000 Points/Per Person 36,000Chase:53,000 Avios
Year 4: 149,000 Points/Per Person 96,000Amex:53,000 Avios
4-year Total: 492,000 Points/Per Person 237,000Chase:159,000 Avios:96,000 Amex
Avios points can be very valuable, especially when flying less than 1150 miles per leg, and especially in Europe where flights less than 650 miles start at only 4,000 miles. This is a must do if you are planning to travel with multiple destinations on the same continent. However, if you use Avios points to fly across oceans you must transfer any British Airways Avios to Aer Lingus or Iberia to avoid fuel surcharges that are quite expensive. To avoid this, transfer some of your Chase or Amex points to another Airline partner for the transoceanic portions of the trip.
We tend to keep our Chase and American Express rewards separated from Airline rewards programs for flexibility and only transfer them to the Avios Programs when we need more points than we currently have in our Avios accounts.
Below, we will cover the schedule of how to best use this strategy to earn the most possible points over a 4-year period for an individual and for a couple below that. For the specifics on the Chase Trifecta, which will be the cards you get and use over the first 12-18 months, please see our more detailed blog on their specifics and why they are the best travel platform for vacation travelers here.
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Individual Strategy for the Chase Trifecta with the Avios Rewards Priority
This will take you to the 4-year point where most strategies max out, but with Avios it can keep on rolling with any American Express card that gives you welcome bonuses in Membership Rewards points , with Either or both of the American Express British Airways cards, and even with Marriot Bonvoy points. If you love Europe, or plan on Summering there like I do, keep this rolling for 7-10 years and you could earn hundreds of thousands more points.
Couples Strategy for the Chase Trifecta with the Avios Rewards Priority
This will take you to the 4-year point where most strategies max out, but with Avios it can keep on rolling with any American Express card that gives you welcome bonuses in Membership Rewards points , with either or both of the American Express British Airways cards, and even with Marriot Bonvoy points. If you love Europe, or plan on Summering there like I do, keep this rolling for 7-10 years and you could earn hundreds of thousands more points.
This should earn the average couple anywhere from 900,000 and 1,200,000 points in less than 5 years. If you have a larger family it should be much more due to increased expenditures.
We are writing similar strategies for several of the other Chase Transfer Partners, if you prefer these carriers and will link them below as they are completed.
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Important: The instructions in this guide are based on current credit card incentives. We will periodically update them to keep them accurate, but there is no way to guarantee that the particular costs and incentives will be available at the time you choose to enroll in the services we suggest here. They could be better or worse. We are doing this as a service to you and may be compensated from other organizations for referring you to their services. Always read all credit card agreements and terms carefully before signing up, and remember to spend responsibly to avoid interest and fines.
These strategies can be a great tool to enrich your life and can improve your credit when used correctly, but irresponsible spending on credit cards can do just the opposite. We attempt to influence people towards what we think is the best strategy for them, but we are not experts or professional financial advisors. Please monitor your credit and spending. We suggest you adjust these schedules as needed to keep or advance your credit at the level you are targeting. We keep ours in the mid to high 700s at all times and find that easy to do through paying off all credit card debt every month, and never paying any creditors late. You should too.
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