How to Keep It Going

Contents

1. Starting Notes
2. Points Vs. Miles (And Their Value)
3. Envisioning a Goal
4. Checking Your Credit
5. Choosing an Airline
6. How to Pick a Card (Or Two)
7. Real Life Examples
8. Score!
9. How to Keep It Going
10. Keeping Track of It All
11. Wonderful Side Effects
12. Final Words
13. Resources

Now that you’ve reaped the rewards of signup bonuses, the quickest way to get miles, how can you keep it going?

Sign up for the following right away:

airplane-listDining rewards. So easy and so potentially lucrative. Go to Google and search “[Your airline] rewards network dining.” It’ll be the first or second thing that comes up. I also put links in the Resources section at the end of this guide. Rewards Network has a great app called “Rewards Network Dining” for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry. I use it all the time to search for new places to dine, as it offers between 3 and 5 miles per dollar spent. This one’s especially great if you live in a big city. The restaurants are everywhere. The best thing is when I go out and, a few days later, see that I’ve accidentally earned bonus miles. And if you dine out with a group, ask if you can put it all on your card and have them give you cash. Easy, easy way to earn miles.

Dining Rewards:

Delta SkyMiles
American AAdvantage
United MileagePlus
US Airways Dividend Miles
Southwest Rapid Rewards
Alaska Air Mileage Plan

Example of a dining rewards signup bonus

Example of a dining rewards signup bonus

Example of a dining rewards bonus

Example of a dining rewards bonus

Miles earned from dining

Miles earned from dining

 

airplane-listShopping portals. Go to Google and search “[Your airline] shopping portal.” Never heard of a shopping portal? They’re great! Some people also call it an online shopping mall. It’s a huge collection of sites – many of which you may already use – that will give you miles just for clicking a link before you shop. It’s so easy. All the airlines have them. You can earn 2 to 10 points a dollar on average, and sometimes more.

If you spend $500 a month online shopping and get an average of 4 miles a dollar back, that’s 2,000 miles earned just by clicking a few links. After a year… well, that would add up! Most of the shopping portals offer a search toolbar to make it even easier. Set it up in five minutes and use it when you shop online. Extremely easy way to earn several thousands of points a year. I earn a free flight every six months exclusively from shopping online. Evreward.com does a great job of organizing information about the various portals. I order everyday essentials for Drugstore.com since it’s so easy to browse and has free shipping on orders over $25. I also order clothes and shoes online. If I don’t know my correct size, I’ll go try it on and a brick-and-mortar store beforehand. Then, I’ll go online to order it through a shopping portal and watch the miles roll in.

Shopping Portals:

Delta
American
United
US Airways
Southwest
Alaska
JetBlue

Chase Ultimate Rewards
American Express Membership Rewards

 

United’s shopping portal landing page

United’s shopping portal landing page

 

Delta’s shopping portal landing page

Delta’s shopping portal landing page

 

airplane-listPromotional emails. You’ll see links in the shopping portals to sign up for promotional offers. Sometimes these can be easy, useful, and even completely free. By adding your frequent flyer number to car rentals and hotel stays, you can earn even more miles. You can earn by linking your Facebook, booking flights through the airline’s app, or signing up for a new service. For example, I got 10,000 Delta SkyMiles by switching my electricity provider. The rates were better and I get miles automatically put in my account each month when I pay my bill. I also got 5,000 miles for joining a wine club. I put the spend on my American Express Gold Delta Skymiles card and get an extra 5 points a dollar for buying wine. Very easy and I enjoy it immensely. Only sign up for the offers you truly want, though. Remember there are always more. It’s amazing how many miles you can rack up by paying attention to promotional emails. I’d say I earn about 20,000 extra miles a year this way – that’s almost enough for a round-trip domestic flight.

Up to 4,000 bonus United miles to sign up for Netflix

Up to 4,000 bonus United miles to sign up for Netflix

 

Example of a promotion received via email

Example of a promotion received via email

 

Another promotion – this one is for 10,000 miles

Another promotion – this one is for 10,000 miles

 

airplane-listTransfer bonuses. If you’ve chosen a card that gives you access to American Express Membership Rewards, try to keep your points until a transfer bonus is offered. It’s worth it to sign up for their promotional emails as well. The bonus is usually an extra 30-50% on all the miles you transfer, which can net you thousands of free miles every quarter.

Recent British Airways transfer bonus opportunity

Recent British Airways transfer bonus opportunity

Using these techniques, you can easily get a free international trip or two, or several domestic flights absolutely free every year for doing things you planned on doing anyway. Amazing.

Constant activity in my Skymiles account – mostly from promotional bonuses

Constant activity in my Skymiles account – mostly from promotional bonuses

 

More activity in my Skymiles account

More activity in my Skymiles account

 

Even more activity in my Skymiles account

Even more activity in my Skymiles account

 Next up: Keeping Track of It All

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