There are, in fact, quite a few...
The are hundreds of credit cards you can apply, we won't be reviewing all of them, of course! You simply have to use your card and collect air miles. Sounds easy, right? The rate vary a lot, but you "live on credit" (make sure you pay the whole amount the next month so you don't have to pay any interest!), you WILL collect lots of air miles each month just paying your expenses. Once again, always, always beware of the interest rates and commissions for use of credit card. Don't risk your financial life just because of the miles!
It may be an overlooked way to earn and collect air miles, but it's one of the easiest for sure. All major airlines have online stores. What do you have to do? Simply log in to your account and find your airline's shopping portal. When you make a purchase at the store, you’ll earn bonus miles from that airline & It won’t cost you anything extra!
Or Use a Shopping Portal
If you really need to buy something - and instead of buying simply from your airline store (if you're not into buying luggage or toy planes!) - go to evreward.com. This site should always be your first stop when you’re about to make an online purchase. It will tell you how many points you can earn in each program. Sweet!
If you’ve got some spare time on your hands, earn miles by taking online surveys. Two of the most popular sites are eMiles and e-Rewards. Once you earn a certain number of points, they’ll deposit miles into your program of choice.
Yes, you can earn miles just for eating at a restaurant. If you're loyal to Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Dining program for instance, it allows you to earn three points for every dollar spent at partner restaurants. If you live in a mid-sized city or above, there’s a good chance you will find participants in your area. For example, there are currently fourteen different restaurants within a ten mile radius of Ann Arbor, MI. Of course, larger cities are likely to have even more.
You may be able to earn miles for getting an auto insurance quote, opening a brokerage account, and even getting a mortgage. Our favorites are Fidelity and Ameritrade (US only), where you can receive 15,000 to 50,000 miles for opening and funding a non-retirement account. The only catch is that you need to be making a five-figure deposit to score all those miles...
In any case, please check in your home country. These deals are very common across most developed countries.
This category widely known, since just about every frequent flyer program has rental car partners. Most rental car companies have several different airlines in their network, so you should be able to get those miles every single time you rent a car.
Beware, however, that some companies might not credit your miles automatically. The are numerous cases which they're doing so deliberately. In such case, you should file a request in order to collect the miles.
From newspapers to magazines or cable TV, some airlines allow you to earn miles on various new subscriptions you buy through them. Just browse your airline program to find out.
As you can see, there are LOTS of ways to collect miles without stepping a foot on a plane. While some of these ways may be only available to US market, don't overlook it. Check your airline partners and you WILL find other ways to collect miles.
Any other ways to collect air miles? Share your thoughts and strategies with us!