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April 29, 2009
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If you have a Northwest WorldPerks Visa credit card, some changes may soon affect your rewards account. On April, 27, 2009 American Express, the leading provider of airline loyalty program credit cards announced that its SkyMiles airline rewards program was being integrated with Northwest WorldPerks.

What does this change mean for customers of US Bank, the issuer of the WorldPerks Visa card? Well, the merger of the two airline credit cards will be a benefit for those who are looking forward to earning more miles during their membership. Also, those who have already earned an appropriate number of miles, can redeem them for travel rewards like seat upgrades or free flights.

As regards customers who are planning to accumulate more miles through their Northwest WorldPerks airline rewards program, it may make sense for them to apply for a Delta SkyMiles credit card because WorldPerks are actually being integrated into SkyMiles.

David Rabkin from American Express says that the issuer is encouraging customers to switch to a Delta SkyMiles credit card by offering them temptingly attractive incentives. These incentives include no annual fees for the first year of membership, a low APR on balance transfers and up to 25,000 bonus miles for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card.

Before you switch, carefully study the new card’s rewards program rules. Pay special attention to the expiration dates and limitations to the number of miles you can earn. Make sure that the method of earning and redeeming the miles is flexible enough. Also, remember that American Express only approves customers with a good to excellent credit score, so if you have made some late payments recently, you shouldn’t apply for the AmEx Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card.

While American Express is upgrading its SkyMiles rewards programto Northwest WorldPerks, US Bank is issuing a new unaffiliated airline credit card. Its most valuable feature will be flexibility that will allow cardholders to redeem their miles for seats without blackout dates or for brand-new merchandise. Miles can be redeemed at more than 150 US airlines with no hassle.

During difficult financial times, it is especially important to save a few dollars for a rainy day, and airline credit cards if used wisely, could be an excellent saving tool. So, before you apply online for an AmEx card or a credit card from US Bank, read the specific terms and conditions that each of them offers carefully. Choose the card with lower rates and the more attractive miles rewards program. Pay your balances in full each billing cycle and you’ll make the most out of your miles rewards.

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  • Larry
    With the Virgin / Barclaycard signature offer, there seems to be some consumer deception or maybe even outright fraud goin on.   I decided to jump on this offer..  read all the info on it..  was approved for their platinum card, paid the fee, then was only awarded 10,000 points instead of the advertised 20,000.   When i inquired about the less than advertised bonus points, Barclaycard claims only Signiture Visa cardmembers get the 20,000..  as a platinum cardholder, you don't qualify for that level of bonus, so you get 10k instead.   Well, in their current ongoing promotions, it states plain as day that....    Applicants approved for the Visa Signature or Platinum Card with $49 annual fee will receive 20,000 Bonus Points awarded to your Virgin America Rewards Account at the close of the first billing statement in which you make your first purchase or balance transfer (that is not returned or rescinded) and have paid the Annual Fee on the account (and such fee is not rescinded). They don't mention anything about a separate program for platinum cardholders..  However, trying to get someone to resolve this issue with either Virgin or Barclaycard seems to be rather impossible.. Seems to me they're simply drawing people in with the fraudulent offer, then simply saying, oh, we're sorry you don't qualify..  but thanks for signing up for our garbage credit card with insane fees..   
  • CreditLandCom
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We have reviewed this offer and you are correct, nowhere it is mentioned that 20,000 Bonus can become a 10,000 Bonus all of a sudden... We will mention this in our review of this card so others can make an informed decision. Another way to get Virgin miles is to get an American Express charge card: The Business Gold Rewards Card® now offers 50,000 Miles, though you do have to spend $5,000 in the first three months of card membership to get it. It also has $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175. http://www.credit-land.com/details/the-business-gold-rewards-card-from-american-express-open.php Premier Rewards Gold Card now offers 25,000 Miles, though you do have to spend $2,000 during your first three months of Card membership. It also has annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $175. http://www.credit-land.com/details/american-express-premier-rewards-gold-card.php While we do not know If any of these offers make sense to you, we are at least sure that you will get advertised bonus in full if you decide to get them... Conversion rates for Virgin America are: 100 Elevate Points = 200 Membership Rewards® Points All the best.
  • Deborah Ellsworth
     would very much like to start a new credit history  by making payments on time I would tohave a credit card that is NOT PREPAYID! I don't need a card with a high limit just something to start a new credit history. Thank You Deborah Ellsworth
  • Deborah Ellsworth
    I would very much like to start a new credit line to get back on track. I DO NOT WANT A PREPAID CARD!! This new credit card if I am approved does not have to hace a high limit just something for me to start over again and prove myself ThankYou. D Ellsworth
  • Miss Edna
    there is a huge problem with the RFIP chip: it is easily compromised. There are already 'readers' in the form of what looks like a cellphone in a case, that scans all the info in the chip by merely walking near a person -- this 'reader' penetrates leather, cloth, spandex, etc. The only thing it will NOT penetrate is METAL. Perhaps one has seen commercials touting metal credit card cases. Here is my hint for a free fix: cut a piece of aluminum foil or use the foil that is used to keep foods fresh, like coffee. Cut it so that when folded once, it forms a sleeve for your credit card. place the credit card in the sleeve, then place the sleeve in your wallet.
  • Robin Parks
    I am looking to apply for the AARP Visa signature card from Chase that offers $100 after spend $500 in first 3 months, no annual fee and 0% interest first year; I don't want to mail in offer because of having to write in Social security #. Can you direct me to the proper on-line site?
  • CreditLandCom
    The Chase bank cards are not currently available at Credit-Land.com, but you can consider applying for the Citi® Dividend Platinum Select® Visa® Card - $100 Cash Back. The cards has similar terms and cash back program.
  • Becky
    This is Becky Now what do I do just waqit for acard to come to me?
  • CreditLandCom
    Once you have applied, you should receive a letter within 10 business days letting you know if you were approved and when your card will arrive. If you did not receive any letter or notification from the issuer, you should contact them directly. Also, you should contact the issuer if you’ve been waiting for your credit card longer than 30 days. Since we are not a bank and don’t issue credit cards, we cannot give you any information about your application or credit card.
  • SavingStar
    Thank you for posting about SavingStar. Just to clarify one sentence in your article, we have over 5 million members (not 500). Thanks, Josh
  • CreditLandCom
    Sorry for the misprint. We’ve corrected the sentence. Thank you for noticing that.
  • Eric
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