This is not a sponsored post: making the most of air miles when booking travel

It really isn’t. No-one would sponsor us.

But seriously, one of the most helpful things we have both done is to sign up to the American Express Gold Card.

There’s loads of options out there for reward cards and especially those that give airmiles, but I reckon this one is currently the best. It helps that the annual charge (£140) is waived in the first year. At its most basic, you’re picking up 1 point (equivalent to 1 airmile) for every £1 you spend on the card. However it’s the offers, bonuses and other incentives that make this card so helpful when you’re planning a big trip.

Spending £2000 in your first three months gets you a bonus 20,000 points. That’s 20,000 extra airmiles. And the best bit about the gold card – as compared to say, Amex’s British Airways credit card – is that you can choose from a huge number of airlines to transfer the points to. We used a portion of our points to pay for flights from Alaska – Japan!

Other nice little additions include a couple of free airport lounge visits and access to the Amex Travel website – which whilst not entirely comprehensive, always has some pretty good deals on flights and hotels.

Sign up and earn a bonus 9000 points here!

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