Best Cashback card for charging airline tickets?

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  1. PointyWings

    PointyWings Silver Member

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    What, in your opinion, is the best credit card (in USA) for charging airline tickets and earning cash back? I thought I read sometime ago that US bank offered the maximum %, but going to their site now it seems that they only offer 'points' and not actual cash back. If the points can be converted into cash, does anyone know the formula?

    Otherwise I have come across Capital One's 2% (with a $59 annual fee), but nothing better
     
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  2. Ed Chandler
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    The US Bank Cash+ allows you to pick "airlines" as one of the two categories for which you can earn 5% cash back. In addition, if you redeem in increments of $100, you get a $25 bonus. (Credit given where credit is due to FrequentMiler: http://boardingarea.com/blogs/frequentmiler/2012/10/05/the-best-cash-back-card/)

    Also consider that the Priceline VISA gives 5% back when you "name your own price" on Priceline. So if you use Priceline a lot, this is a good choice. Two other hidden benefits on this card are:
    1. It's a Barclay card ... so it doesn't eat up a Chase/Citi/AMEX "slot" in your app-o-rama.
    2. It's got a picture of the Shat on it. 'Nuff said. ;)
    Good question, really. I'd just come here to post another thread about US Bank, so this was good timing.
     
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  4. traveltoomuch

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    The FIA Fidelity Amex? 2% cash back deposited in your Fidelity brokerage account. Downside: it's issued by FIA. Upsides: no annual fee. Amex's slightly more limited acceptance is not a problem for airline ticket purchases.
     
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    And while it's not CASH, you can get up to 10% back on travelocity purchases with the travelocity amex.
     
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    Dont forget, for this week it might be the Chase Freedom with 5 UR for tickets directly from airlines (Q4 promo).

    I'm considering getting several itineraries done to capitalize on this. Does anyone know whether larger taxes & fees on award tickets will trigger 5 UR?
     
  8. Ed Chandler
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    I have no direct experience, but it should. It has with other cards.
     
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