Let’s start with a visualization. On one side you have yourself, a piece of plastic and an end goal of 100,000 miles. Just by doing the things you do every day, buying coffee, paying bills and so forth, you can draw a straight line to your goal, and score! Hooray. Now let’s take a different approach to 100,000 miles. Flying. You need to fly. A lot. That’s money and time spent, which makes the line between you and 100,000 miles look like a never ending series of flights taking off and landing, which is totally non feasible for most people. Credit cards are the great “hack” to turning ordinary people into extraordinary travelers…

Miles Are Aspirational Travel, Savings Or Both…

It doesn’t matter whether you’d like to go around the world in first class, or just make it home in economy for the holidays. Miles are not mythical beasts, they are discounts toward travel. Utilizing a rewards credit card puts savings into every purchase you make. Every dollar you spend, and let’s be real, people have to spend money every single day, a dollar becomes a mile, which becomes a discount. Use them as you like. There are maximizing ways, but any way is better than not.

And Credit Cards Carry Additional Benefits With Further Savings… 

Yes, many credit cards have annual fees, but some are waived for the first year and even when they are not, they can save you money. Let’s take a $95 annual fee, fairly standard for most airline credit cards. These cards often come with free checked baggage for everyone on your reservation. At $25 per bag, it’s not hard to see how a single round trip for one person would save you $50, and a round trip for two would save $100. On that single trip you’re making your annual fee back. Add in early boarding and you’ve got an even sweeter deal.

Credit Cards Make You An Extraordinary Traveler, Without The Need For Frequent Travel…

Flying international First Class on a top airline is an incredible experience. With champagne costing more than $100 served freely, gigantic beds for sleeping, fine dining on the ground and in the air, responsive service and fast tracks through the airport; collecting miles from every day purchases allows you to experience the very best. While most must suffer through countless hours of flying, you can create your own fast track to the good stuff without any of the hassle or expense. Just pay your bills in full every month…