How many miles is 30k? - Frequent Flyer Miles FAQ

Advertising Disclosure

Credit-Land.com is an independent, advertising-supported web site. Credit-Land.com receives compensation from many credit card issuers whose offers appear on our site. Compensation from our advertising partners impacts how and where their products appear on our site, including, for example, the order in which they may appear within review lists. Credit-Land.com has not reviewed all available credit card offers in the marketplace.

Credit Card Applications » Questions » FAQs » Frequent Flyer Miles » How many miles is 30k?

How many miles is 30k?

Answered on
Add to Favorites:

Tags: , ,

When searching for a travel credit card, we often see credit cards with promo offers like ‘earn 30,000 bonus miles’ or ‘get 40,000 bonus points’. To get these promos you should meet spending requirements within a given number of months. But how many miles is 30k or 40k? Is it enough to book an award ticket?

Firstly, it is worth noting that there are two types of travel credit cards: airline co-branded credit cards and regular travel rewards credit cards. You can earn miles and points using both types of cards, though the promo offers may vary between two types of cards. Also, these promotions often change seasonally. Let’s take some average promo of 30k miles and see what it gets you.

An airline credit card with a 30k bonus miles offer does not mean that you will have enough miles to redeem for a round-trip reward ticket. You should take into consideration the redemption options and the number of miles required for destination you have chosen, flight class and the ticket price. On the other hand, traveling off-peak may be beneficial, as you may need less miles than during peak travel season.

When you have 30k miles on a regular travel rewards card, you can evaluate how much it is in dollar value. Such cards usually provide an easy to understand redemption rate: 100 miles = $1. If you have, for example, the Discover it® Miles credit card and you’ve earned 30k miles, that means that you’ve earned $300 and you can redeem them for your travel expenses. To do this, you should find any travel purchase in your Discover credit card account and redeem miles in any amount toward your travel purchase.

So, when you see a travel credit card with 30k bonus offer, do not apply right away. There are number of details you should explore, like offer terms, redemption opportunities, limits, the minimum number of miles you can redeem, miles expiration and other things. Knowing such details can help you to choose the card that will work for you.

  • Paul Massie

    I think it is hard to estimate the real worth of award miles for airline credit cards as it varies depending on the route and season

Get the latest news, articles and expert advice delivered to your inbox. It's FREE.
Match Mile For Mile: We’ll match all the Miles you’ve earned at the end of your first year. For example, if you earn 30,000 Miles, you get 60,000 Miles.
For Excellent, Good Credit
Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 90 days — that's enough to redeem for a $500 travel statement credit
For Excellent Credit
Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
For Excellent, Good Credit

Other Questions in
Frequent Flyer Miles