If you’re just accumulating reward miles by flying, it’ll be a long time until you score a decent upgrade. Take advantage of reward credit cards, promotions, and other tactics to rack up airline miles faster and stop squeezing yourself into coach.
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Financial blog I Will Teach You To Be Rich has a guest post from Matthew Kepnes—of the Nomadic Matt travel blog—detailing ways you can rack up rewards points at a sizable clip without having to fly all over the world in the process. Among his favorite techniques for piling on the miles is watching for deals through airline marketing partnerships.
I sign up for all the airline mailing lists. I always watch out for special 2 for 1 miles deal. Or when they have special card offers to get extra miles. Last year, British Airways offered a card that gave 100,000 miles for signing up. That was a first class ticket home. American Airlines just gave me 1,000 miles for watching a demo on their new shopping toolbar. I got 5,000 AA miles by opening a Citi checking account. I got triple miles by buying some clothes from Gap just by seeing it in their mailing list. That doesn’t even utilize all the special bonus offers airlines have on cars, restaurants, and hotels. Make sure you sign up for airline (and credit card) newsletters so you can stay informed about these deals.
Check out the full article for more tips, including how to make airline reward cards work for you. It requires some effort, but if you’re a frequent flier, it could be worth it. While you’re racking up the miles you can track them with services like previously reviewed Award Wallet, also learn how to ensure your reward miles don’t end up vanishing during airline mergers.
How to Use Airline Miles to Fly Business Class (Without Even Stepping Food on an Airplane) [I Will Teach You To Be Rich] via [http://ow.ly/3b34t ]