There are several good ways to earn airline frequent flyer miles or points for reward travel other than flying. Airline and travel credit card bonuses are the quickest way to earn a lot of travel miles or points. There are others ways to earn airline miles or points, including shopping on airline shopping sites, car rentals, buying products or services from the airline partner companies...
There are various ways to earn frequent flyer airline miles or points for reward travel, beside the obvious flying on the airline. Here is a list of some of the others ways you can earn free travel through airline frequent flyer programs.
Credit Cards - there are many airline and travel credit cards available that give a generous miles or points bonus if you meet the spend requirement. Check here for the Best Travel & Airline & Hotel Rewards Credit Cards
Airline Partner Products or Services - there are a variety of partnerships that the airlines have with companies that supply products or services, like flowers, wine, investments, satellite television, internet service, sports or entertainment tickets...
Dining - every major US airlines offers a dining reward program for you to earn airline miles or points for dining at participating restaurants. Here are some of these programs:
Alaska Airlines: Mileage Plan Dining
American Airlines: AAdvantage Dining
Delta Airlines: SkyMiles Dining
JetBlue: True Blue Dining
Southwest Airlines: Rapid Rewards Dining
United Airlines: Mileage Plus Dining
Surveys - you can take surveys to earn airline miles or points from various airlines. You can earn Jet Blue True Blue points through Points For Surveys, American Airlines AAdvantage miles, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles, Southwest Rapid Rewards points, and United Mileage Plus miles through e-Miles.com. You can also earn Southwest Rapid Rewards miles through e-Rewards.com
This is a time consuming method but it pays off. We have been earning free domestic round trip flights for 2 on Southwest Airlines for the last couple of years, just by doing surveys. It takes approx. 20-30 minutes or so per day, and you only need to do 1 or 2 surverys on a few days each week to earn enough for 2 free round trip flights for 2.
Utility Bills - Some of the airlines have partner programs with companies such as Energy Plus or Everything Energy and Reliant in some states. You earn airline miles or points by paying your utility bills. Check your airline frequent flyer program
Airline Shopping Sites - You can earn miles and points while you shop for items that you normally buy every day. You can buy thousands of products through many familiar stores (Amazon, Walmart, Kohls,...) and earn travel miles and points. Each airline has their own shopping site, and you need to signup on the airline shopping sites. After you sign up, you need to start your online shopping on the airline shopping site first. Then you find the product(s) you want to buy and the store you want to buy them at, and then click the Shop Now button (or similar) and you will be redirected to the store site. You need to check out and pay like you normally do, and as long as you start at the airline shopping site you will be credited 1 or more miles or points for every dollar you spend. Some stores offer 2x or 3x or more miles or points per dollar.
Besides earning airlines miles and points for free reward travel, there is another benefit of using some of these methods to earn extra miles or points. Using the dining programs or shopping sites or surveys or other methods will help you to extend the expiration date of your miles or points. Some frequent flyer programs have miles or points that expire, and using these other methods will help you to extend the date farther out until you can use the miles or points to travel.
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