How to earn miles without flying and staying at hotels

April 7, 2014
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How to earn miles without flying?

Most of us associate earning miles with flying or staying in hotels, but there are many ways to earn miles and points without even stepping onboard an aircraft or staying a night in a hotel.

Take a look below at some of the options available.

1) Credit card sign-up bonuses and spending

Credit cards represent one of the most lucrative ways of racking up miles fast by benefitting from sign-up bonuses and miles on day to day spending. In some countries, it is not unusual to see sign-up bonuses of up to 80,000 miles for signing up to a co-branded credit card and reaching a minimum spending threshold whilst also earning 1 mile to 5 miles per US dollar spent. As a starting point, it is always worth checking if your frequent flier program of choice has any co-branded credit cards in your country of residence. Afterall, why not obtain miles and points for spending which you would be doing anyway?!  

2) Shopping portals

Many of the major frequent flier programs have shopping portals where you can sign up and access their partners such as Apple, Nike, Macy’s, Lewis and many more. Doing so can mean that you are able to earn everything from 1 mile up to 25 miles per USD spent. If you have a specific purchase in mind, it is always worth visiting one of the comparison sites such as Cashbackmonitor.com to establish which shopping portal currently has the best offer available.

3) Dining programs

Some frequent flier schemes have dining programs where it is possible to sign-up with a credit card and every time the credit card is used at participating dining outlets, you will earn anything from 1 mile to 5 miles per USD spent.  

4) Taking surveys

Another way of earning miles without flying is by participating in online surveys which can take everything from 5 minutes to 30 minutes per survey and will earn up to a few thousand miles at best per survey. Whilst this might not be as enjoyable as the other options, it could be an opportunity to collect miles if short of a few thousand miles for a particular award.

If you learn more about the opportunities of earning miles with out flying, why not book one of our consulting sessions here.

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