How to Earn More Airline Miles in 5 Simple Steps


Confession time: I love a good deal. When I get a particularly good coupon, I get so excited to save money, I’ll go around to everyone, asking “do you need to send anyone flowers? If so, I found a great coupon you can use!” What can I say? I just love the satisfaction that comes with knowing I got a good deal.

It should come as no surprise, then, that I love travel rewards programs. Beyond getting to buy flights with accumulated miles, I usually get enough miles in a year that I’m a silver or gold medallion member, which means I get free upgrades when they’re available, a dedicated support phone number, and free checked bags.

Rolling in first class for free? Count me in.

Cheers to @delta for giving me a free first class upgrade on my flight yesterday! Now back to the work grind. #posttravelblues

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To help you get there, I’m sharing my top tips for getting even more out of your airline miles program. While these tips will apply to most of the major airlines, I’ll let you know that I am pretty loyal to the Delta Skymiles program, because I live in Minneapolis, which tends to have a lot of Delta flights. Wondering which rewards program is right for you? Check out my guide to choosing a travel rewards program.

Ready to accumulate those miles? Let’s jump right in!

Want free flights and first class upgrades? Of course you do. Click to read my top 5 ways to get more miles (that you might not know about yet).
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