What credit card do you recommend for a flight to Paris?

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  1. Beachgirl07

    Beachgirl07 Silver Member

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    Still new and wondering what credit card to get so I can take a flight to Paris. I heard it takes
    about 60,000 mile/ points on average. Can I also purchase and redeem miles on a ticket for someone else too right? Can you get a award ticket on any flight you want like on Southwest?
    NEWBIE QUESTION answer with care.
     
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    dhammer53 Gold Member

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    The Starwood card lets you transfer 20,000 points to 25,000 airline miles in most domestic and international carriers. The travel bloggers have links from their sights to get sign-up bonus points. Partners here... https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/account/starpoints/transfer/airline_partner_list.html

    Chase has a variety of sign up bonus' offering 40,000 points, and possibly 50,000. Chase has several partners, including Southwest. Many people funnel Chase points into United miles. Chase partners here ... https://ultimaterewards.chase.com/O...0020&tab=transfer&jp_ltg=leftNav&AI=406785645

    If you're married, both of you should apply.

    In answer to your second question, you can book a ticket for anyone.
     
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  3. pointshogger

    pointshogger Silver Member

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    Which airline do you plan to travel with?

    In addition to Chase and Starwood as mentioned above, you can also consider American Express Membership Rewards points which transfer to points used on Air France flights. Otherwise, Delta is a SkyTeam member along with Air France.
     
  4. satman40

    satman40 Gold Member

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    What is your departure city ?
     
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    edekba Gold Member

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    1) ... Cheapest would most likely be AA; with offpeak RT to Europe at 40k roundtrip. Now of course finding space not on BA (so you do not have to pay large amount on taxes and surcharges) will be the problem.

    2) Yes anyone you choose ...

    3) Yes & No. You can get an award ticket on any flight you want, if you pay the Standard Redemption rates which are extremely expensive. To get the best value you need to search for sAAver awards (on AA); which will not be available on any flight. Now if you're talking "any flight you want" as in any carrier you want then no unless you get a card that can use points for dollar redemption; (UR = $0.012 per point etc.)
     
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    satman40 Gold Member

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    AA would work just fine, she would have a little trouble with Southwest, unless beach girl is an excellent swimmer.

    AA does not always make it to the gate at CDG, sometimes they will bus you to the terminal.

    It is a nice city, and they do have some McDonalds, and the best pizza's,,,

    Had a great time..
     
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    Personally i would Pick AA as with 1 APP Mastercard Elite 100,000 miles after 10K spend in 3 months that is if you have the ability to MS.
     
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    You can, but only with the miles/points currency of that carrier and its partners. Southwest is not a member of any of the three big alliances (Star Alliance, One World, and Sky Team), so you pretty much need Southwest points to fly Southwest. There's at least one bank-issued currency - Chase Ultimate Rewards - that can be converted to Southwest points if you wish. But Southwest won't get you to Paris. :)

    Are you hoping to get enough miles for this trip from signup bonuses alone, or are you looking to accumulate miles over some interval? If the latter, what are your spending patterns (volume, type of merchants)?
     

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