As an avid traveler and rewards points aficionado, I feel it is my duty to tell you all my secrets. Earning miles is SO simple and easy that EVERYONE needs to do it. I started about 2 years ago and have taken multiple free trips! How else do you think I can afford to travel around the country to see my favorite bands? Duh.
Step 1. Sign up for miles programs on all the big airlines. Since I have lived all over the country I have flown a lot of different airlines. Depending on your home city you might always fly one airline so stick to that. For Example, from basically anywhere in the South you fly Delta. In Dallas, Southwest and American rule the air. Out West, Frontier is you best bet. US airways and United are everywhere, so I suggest you sign up with them as well.
American AAdvantage Miles
Southwest Rapid Rewards
US Airways Dividend Miles
Step 2. Most airlines let you redeem past flight’s miles within a certain time period. Each airline does this differently and with varying time periods of when you can redeem past miles – log in to your account to learn how.
Southwest- How to Redeem past miles
US Airways- log in to your profile and click on ‘request missing miles.’
United- Request Past Miles
Step 3. Check in tomorrow to see how to earn miles by eating at your favorite restaurants