Credit Card Rewards points are a major marketing factor for credit card companies; however, few people are actually cashing in on the points they earn. A recent study conducted by thepointsguy.com showed that nearly 73 percent of credit card holders enrolled in a rewards program or frequent traveler program do not know how many points they have accumulated. Below are some tips on the best ways to accumulate, track and maximize the points you earn.
• Shop Differently: One expert says he never buys anything online without first checking airlines’ shopping malls. You will find that items are the same prices and you can get bonus miles in addition to what you earn on your credit card. After you rack up some points, use them to upgrade your flight from coach to business or first-class.
• Minimize Programs, Maximize Rewards: Mike Sprouse of Sprouse Marketing says the best way to maximize your rewards programs is to keep them to a minimum. This will make it easier to track and accrue points. Sprouse says that most of the companies that offer rewards programs count on you never redeeming them and having points spread out over fewer programs will ensure your redemption opportunities are on your mind.
• No Credit Card? No Problem: Even if you opt out of using credit cards or credit cards that offer rewards programs, you can still cash in on points programs. For example, Southwest’s Rapid Dining Program allows you to earn points by eating somewhere or going to certain clubs. Do your research and find the points programs that work for you.
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