Capitalize on Your Holiday Purchases

Well folks, it's that time of year again! Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the Christmas decorations are flying up at an alarming rate. It's only a matter of time before you're spending your hard earned money on gifts for every family member this side of the Mississippi.

Now there is nothing that makes me cringe more during the holidays than seeing someone swipe a debit card for all of their holiday purchases. Get it together people! If you're going to spend on others, you might as well get something back for yourself in return.

I know a lot of my readers aren't extreme travelers, but even you can benefit from your holiday expenditures. I've compiled what I believe are the three most basic credit cards for those of you looking to earn a few extra miles this holiday season. All of them offer good sign up bonuses, low minimum spend requirements, and no annual fee for the first year. Take a look and see what you think...

Gold Delta Skymiles Credit Card

  • 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit after you make your first Delta purchase
  • First checked bag free
  • Priority boarding
  • 2X miles on Delta purchases
  • 1X miles on everything else
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95

Citi / AAdvantage Gold World Elite Mastercard

  • 25,000 bonus miles after spending $750 in purchases within the first 3 months
  • 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases with your card
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $50

United MileagePlus Explorer Card

  • 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months
  • First checked bag free
  • Priority boarding
  • 2X miles on tickets purchased from United
  • 1X miles on everything else
  • 2 United Club passes each year
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95

All-In-All

If you've got a trip coming up at the beginning of 2017 or even if you're planning a trip for later in the year, don't miss out on a chance to save yourself some cash! Once you've got your card picked out, make sure to read over my 5 easy steps to redeeming your first award ticket and you'll be good to go!

What card are you putting your purchases on this holiday Season?