7. Check out airline credit cards
- If you are loyal to a specific carrier that's big at your preferred airport, it might make financial sense to carry an airline-branded Visa or MasterCard, says frequent-flier expert Jay Sorensen, president of Wisconsin-based IdeaWorksCompany. You may get a bonus of 50,000 miles plus benefits such as free checked bags, priority boarding and free foreign currency conversion — but you may have to spend a certain amount to get those bonuses.
- Also consider cards that give you miles for every dollar spent and will allow you to choose from a longer list of airlines.
- Remember: Cards that dole out miles typically come with annual fees, so they may not be worth the cost for infrequent fliers.