If you dream of traveling but don't have the funds to do it, or your not one of those who travels all the time for business and then racks up free miles to use on vacation, here are the top 5 other ways to earn miles...
A lot of credit cards are linked to frequent flyer programs, so this is a good way to earn miles without having to actually fly. Be aware, however, that these programs tend to charge annual fees. Read carefully to make sure that using these cards aren't costing you more than actually paying for a plane ticket.
If you are already a member of a frequent flier program, they usually partner with online retailers that allow you to earn miles whenever you shop with these retailers. So before you send flowers to your friend in the hospital or buy the next best-seller on Amazon, check with your frequent flyer program to see if you can earn miles at the same time.
Some hotel chains will allow you to turn the points you earn with them into airline reward points instead. Holiday Inn is a good example; instead of using your points toward future hotel stays, you can transfer them to your frequent flier program instead.
These days banks are offering rewards programs if you use your debit card instead of writing checks or using cash. This is another easy way to earn miles. Again, check with your bank for fees associated with the card to see if it's worth it.
There are online survey programs that partner with airlines, so that if you take their surveys they will pay you in money that you can use to redeem frequent flier miles. You have to be a current member of the airline program to participate, but it's completely free. All it costs you is the time it takes to fill out the survey.
Join all the reward programs that interest you. Most airline programs, hotel, retail, etc. are free to join. Take advantage of their offers and you will be flying around for free in no time!
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