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Getting Started in South Africa

Getting Started in South Africa

  1. Anonymous

    Hi Ben,

    I am a young American doing my BA degree at a university in South Africa. I want to start using a credit card to build up some points to travel more.

    One of my main problems is I use my fathers miles to travel. Using his miles allows me to fly for free between SA, Europe, and the U.S a few times a year. However, I want to become more independent and learn how to take advantage of the system out there.

    I have a pretty small budget (something like $500 a month) I spend in cash. Which credit card would you recommend for someone like me? I use Ethiopian Airlines (Star alliance) to commute.

    Could you give me some advice on where to begin?

    Thank you!

  2. MidSouthSkier

    A couple of questions pop to mind:
    1. Where are you planning to use the miles you earn? To/from SA or elsewhere?
    2. Do you have a credit history? If not we’d probably suggest a different card to start with than if you have established credit history.

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