You are probably already set with credit cards from Chase, American Express and Citi. Most of us don't have too much experience with US Bank. They used to be stringent with approvals (i.e. if you had credit approvals in the last 6 months, there was no way you'd get a credit card from them). But this has changed. The reconsideration department is now at the same level as Chase and you should get approved if you have good credit.
US Bank partners with LifeMiles and issues the LifeMiles Visa Signature card. It comes with a sign-up bonus of 'just' 20,000 miles. But this being LifeMiles, there are some great deals to be had.
One amazing deal LifeMiles has in store is the return trip to Cheongju International Airport (CJJ) from anywhere in the US for just 25,000 miles in economy! That is 40,000 miles less per passenger than flying to Seoul directly!
Availability is pretty good from most West Coast cities but much more restricted from the East Coast.
Cheongju is just 70 miles from Seoul in central South Korea with lots of ground transport options to the capital.
Now you can't book this deal with the LifeMiles call center – it is only available via the online booking tool. Also, it is a good idea to avoid calling in later and making changes to this itinerary since it prices too low in the online award booking engine.
CJJ has no Star Alliance Business Class service, and since all flights need to be in the same cabin with LifeMiles, you can't book a business class flight to CJJ online.
Besides getting 20,000 'free' miles from the LifeMiles Visa Signature card, you can also buy miles with a 100% bonus every other month. 25,000 miles will cost you about $500.
Regular fares for West Coast to South Korea are in the $1,000 range from the West Coast with the occasional deal dropping it to $750 to Seoul.
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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents.
Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines.
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