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With the new year approaching quickly, you should probably start thinking about your end of the year checklist. Well realistically, I should’ve brought this up earlier, but at least there’s still time!
By “end of year” checklist, I’m of course referring to your points and miles checklist. Certain aspects of this game have an earning period that sticks to a calendar year, rather than a rolling year. Which means, if you’re close to hitting a certain goal, you might want to hurry and finish that before January 1st hits.
There are many credit cards available that offer lucrative yearly spend bonuses. These bonuses can range from earning status to earning miles to earning MQMs. So, if you’re close to hitting a yearly spend requirement, make sure you do before the year ends.
Here are the cards that offer yearly (calendar) spend bonuses (if I missed one, please let me know):
If you do not know how much you have spent on a card this year, send a secure message to support or call the number on the back of your card.
The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best travel perks available. If you are close to hitting the 110,000 Rapid Rewards points needed to earn yourself a companion pass for next year, make sure you do it soon. Here are a few ways to earn qualifying points:
Elite status usually lasts 1-2 years depending on the program and the date that you earned it, but you will always have to requalify at some point. If you need to requalify this year and you haven’t yet, you should get on that. This will likely require a mileage run, a mattress run, some manufactured spending, or some good ol’ reselling, depending on what status you’re trying to qualify for.
There are three big players in the credit card world that offer airline incidental credits. Incidentals can range from award ticket fees, taxes, gift cards, phone booking fees, gift registries, and other random airline fees that the credit card companies deem qualify (this varies by card). If you have not used your yearly airlines incidentals credit yet, you should and soon.
Here are the cards that offer airlines incidental credits: