There are many ways to accumulate Airline Miles:
- Flying-if you don’t have any status with the airlines then you get 1 mile per mile flown. Unless you fly for work this is a very slow and laborious process for most people.
- Buying Miles-This is pretty expensive as they require you to purchase certain amounts and charge you a per mile charge on top of a transaction fee to purchase them. Sometimes they run specials that make it more affordable, but it isn’t always the best way to get more miles.
- Credit Cards- This is the least expensive way to accumulate airline miles. Most credit card companies are willing to pay thousands to get people to sign up for their credit cards. They just happen to purchase miles from the airlines, then set minimum spending requirements for you to obtain those miles. I know that many people are skeptical about it. Just think of how much money companies on advertising. Instead of spending it on advertising, they just give you a better deal.
Here are some links to gather the information as to how far your miles will take you. We’ve also included links to route maps that show where each major airline flies.
Airline Mile Programs
Delta Airlines (SkyMiles) Best Value: Alaska and Hawaii (varies)
- United Interactive Award Chart
- United Where We Fly
- United Partner Airlines
- Get United Mileage Plus Miles
US Airways (Dividend Miles) Best Value: Domestic Flights (20k RT)
- US Airways Award Chart
- US Airways Where We Fly
- US Airways Partner Airlines
- Get US Airways Dividend Miles
Southwest Airlines (Rapid Rewards) Best Value: 3-leg flights in the US (varies)
Frontier Airlines (Early Returns) Best Value: Central America (30k RT)
Also, check out our page on Using Hotel Points.