Whether they’re on planes, trains, boats and automobiles, most people tend to travel a hell of a lot more nowadays than ever before in the entire history of humankind. It’s just the modern world we live in – everybody seemingly whizzing about like nobody’s business!
Of course, travel isn’t free and people need to book flights and tickets and whatnot. For this, most people use their – yes, you guessed it! – credit cards.
For many credit card customers, using their credit card points for travel such as airline fares has become a hugely popular alternative to simple cash-back rewards. Back in the day, it used to be that customers earned travel rewards and travel points by actually travelling. Back when travel rewards could essentially be used for just about any purchases on your credit card, you earned double or triple points for such things as booking an airline flight on your credit card, or renting an automobile at the airport. Even though those perks haven’t changed too much, credit cards companies often offer similar rewards or bonuses toward airline and other travel expenses by shopping with partner companies. Or even just shopping in general.
Most major credit card companies will offer special cards that are directed at a specific airline. It’s hard to go even a few weeks without receiving a credit card offer, e.g. Southwest Airlines offering 25,000 Rapid Rewards points just for signing up for their credit card and spending $1,000 in the first few months. This is a really great reward that can get you an airplane flight to many places in the United States for free… simply by purchasing items you would normally buy anyway. By any credit card company standards, it’s a really great reward. Being able to visit your mom and pop in your home town, or go visit your relatives in a different state, or your grandparents at their retirement home in Florida.