In the past year we have seen a number of mileage earning options disappear.
First it was Chase ending their
gravy train promotion of 25,000 Continental Miles with the opening of a bank account and using their Continental debit card.
Then later this year Chase announced that it was ending the Continental Debit Card programme, along with the United Mileage Plus Debit Card programme.
More recently Citibank has decided to end their AAdvantage Debit Card programme.
The underlying reasons for the discontinuation are not the focus of this discussion, that can be addressed another time. The topic I am trying to get across is that while credit cards will likely continue to earn miles for years to come, what about people who don’t have credit for various reasons (bad credit, no credit history at all, newcomers to the country, etc…)? The debit cards and bank account bonuses provided a means for mileage earning which has now disappeared. Yes there are mileage shopping malls and dining programmes and surveys for miles but the cards were arguably one of the most convenient ways to earn the miles we all wanted. I am curious about thoughts others have on this and if they see other possibilities to take the place of debit cards sometime in the future?