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TPG reader Kerry emailed me to ask:

“I’m off to England next summer and would love to know what credit card is best to cover the flights. Thanks!”

This is a pretty broad question, and the answer depends on factors like where you live, and whether you want to fly Economy class or Business/First class. Without knowing any of that, I would suggest getting the US Airways Premier World MasterCard from Barclaycard, because it currently has a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles (after your first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee), along with other perks like a 5,000 mile award discount when you book US Airways operated flights.

US Airways also has off-peak awards to Europe for just 35,000 miles round-trip, and with that 5,000 mile discount, that means you can get to Europe for just 30,000 miles round-trip. Granted, that’s only during off-peak dates and you’ll have to be flexible, but it’s still a fabulous deal. Even at regular saver rates you’re looking at 60,000 miles round-trip for Economy and 100,000 miles round-trip for Business class, which is competitive with other rates. US Airways also doesn’t add huge fuel surcharges (except on partner British Airways).

If you get the right credit card, you may just be able to fly to London using miles or points. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
The right credit card should get you to London using miles or points. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

You could also look to fly on American Airlines, as they have a great award chart, but again, stay away from British Airways flights to avoid their huge fuel surcharges. Delta could also be an option at 125,000 SkyMiles round-trip for Business class, or you could fly on their partner Virgin Atlantic, which typically has good award availability to go with that hip in-flight and lounge experience.

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
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16.49% - 23.49% Variable
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Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
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