1. Sign up for cards
And enjoy your welcome bonus and bonus points you earn every time you spend. There are credit cards that partner with airlines and there are cards that offer points that can be redeemed with many airlines. There are even some debit cards, if you can find them. Search frequent flyer websites and forums to pick ones that are right for you. Most bloggers will be making money for every card signed up through one of their links. However, that’s not to say these referrals can’t be trusted. After all, these bloggers’ reputations are everything to them and they wouldn’t do very well if they recommended a terrible card. However, you need to be good with your money to handle these cards. If you meet the minimum spending requirements, then you’ll make money from your free points but make sure any profit you make isn’t cancelled out by fines for paying off your balances late, for example. We don’t get paid for referring credit cards (not yet, anyway). What we do know is that the Citi Prestige and Chase Preferred cards are at the top of a lot of lists. But do your own research. Check out One Mile at a Time, The Points Guy, Road Warrior Voices, View From The Wing, Inside Flyer, Mommy Points and Frequent Miler. We don’t get paid for referring these referrers, either, but maybe we should 😉
2. Shop in online portals
Online portals – quite a terrible name for quite cool things – online shopping malls where you earn points for your purchases. These malls are home to your favourite retailers, so it just means getting rewarded better for buying stuff you’d be buying anyway. Most loyalty rewards programs have their own.
3. Sleep in hotels
Not when you could be sleeping in your own bed, but when you sleep in hotels on vacation or on business trips. Sign up to all the hotel loyalty rewards programs affiliated to the hotel chains you stay in (and even those you don’t, in case you do). If you stay in hotels often enough, the miles and points you accrue could add up to a free flight a year. Which isn’t bad considering you’ll earn it while you sleep. And viewing all your programs and miles in Loyalive makes tracking points super easy.
4. Dine out
Earn miles for eating at restaurants? Yes, really. Every major airline has a dining program. And all you have to do is register your credit or debit card to start earning your miles. You’ll get miles per dollar spent, plus bonus miles depending on promotions. Here’s some more info on dining programs from The Points Guy, One Mile At A Time and Million Mile Secrets.
5. Look out for promotions
You just can’t beat a great deal, such as this one. Sign up to airline and frequent flyer website/blog newsletters. Follow the airlines and frequent flyers on Twitter and Facebook. You could even try setting up Google Alerts. You’ll want to hear about these promotions as soon as they break. Some are seasonal and take place before the holidays. All will help you earn miles faster.
6. Rent a car
Airlines partner with car rental companies, meaning that every time you rent a car with them you can collect miles for doing so. Avis, for example, partners, with over 60 airlines.
7. Transfer your miles
The general consensus on transferring miles seems to be ‘don’t’, because it’s so expensive. But it is possible. Here’s some advice on how you can transfer miles between frequent flyer accounts.
Is there a non-flying frequent flyer mile boosting tip we’ve missed?
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Hat tip: Frequent Flyer, Chris Lopinto.