Free Frequent Flyer Miles

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
-- Mark Twain

Free frequent flyer miles are available in many ways without actually flying on the airline giving you the miles. I list my favorites on this site. To view the offers, click on each of the categories in the menu to the left.

I have sought free frequent flyer miles for about 16 years. I have traveled much of the world. For years my international round trip tickets have been in business class and free except for taxes and fees. I have over 2.4 million miles still waiting to be used - which means I haven't been traveling enough recently. Almost all of the miles I used to get the tickets and all of the leftover miles were acquired by means that were free or very cheap (not miles from paid flights) and using programs I describe on this web site.

By no means do I list all of the ways to earn miles. I confine myself mostly to U.S. airlines, offers available to U.S. residents, and, most important, offers that are free or very cheap. There are other worthwhile offers that I usually do not list, but which are listed elsewhere on the internet. Some of those other sites are listed in the Other Programs I Like section of this web site. Pay particular attention to my list of worthwhile blogs. I list the offers with occasional brief comments; the better blogs tell you how best to use them.

When I started the project, largest numbers of miles for the least amount of effort came from switching long distance land line carriers every 6 months, and from stock and bond broker offers. Other wonderful offers came along, such as the ability use your miles or cash back credit card to purchase $1 coins from the U.S. Mint with no service charge and free shipping, and the opportunity to buy U.S. Bonds on those cards. (Those offers are now gone.) Currently the best offers can be found on the Credit Card and Finance pages. But over the years this will probably change.

I suggest that if you are new to this site, take a few hours to read all of it once. This will give you a very complete idea of what is available. Then just subscribe to the service that sends you an email whenever I put something on my What's New page to keep up with the latest offers. Also read the How to Begin page listed near the bottom of the left menu. Is it worth it? Check out the Value of Miles page.

Do not fail to read that Other Programs I Like page. Many of the easiest and best offers are listed there, because they defy categorization. Check out the Dining programs, for example. And don't sign up for a program, buy a ticket, or redeem an award until you read the Registrations and Other Bonuses page. Do it right and you might get extra miles. And don't buy anything until you familiarize yourself with the kinds of offers available on my Buying Stuff page.

As I research miles earning opportunities, I occasionally come across some easy free money offers. I list them on the appropriate page, and reference them on my Free Money page.

I always list the best offers I know about. Sometimes I make a commission on these at no cost to you. And sometimes I earn a few miles or a small amount of money, always at no cost to you. But I always list those best offers I know about regardless of commissions. This website is my retirement project. I offer the information in the belief that travel is the key to intercultural understanding, and thus perhaps to world peace.

Caution and disclaimer: Any time an offer changes or expires, or any time there is a new offer, my site is instantly out of date. I do not get advanced warning or any other kind of special cooperation from those who offer the miles. In fact, in many cases they would prefer that I don't tell you about them. So there is no possible way that I could always have every listing and every category up to date and accurate, though I do my best to keep up with the changes and new offers (except when I'm traveling). If you use the information on this web site, you agree that before acting on it you will check it for accuracy from the sources giving the miles and services I mention, and to not rely on the information you read here. You agree to read and understand the terms and conditions of each offer before you accept it. I do not warrant the accuracy of information on this web site, and assume no responsibility for it, though I do my very best to keep it accurate. The help of you, my readers, is essential for this. Thanks in advance.

I depend on my readers to tell me about any inaccuracies, outdated information, program changes, dead links, etc., on this site. I especially depend on my readers to tell me about new offers and mileage producing ideas I haven't yet listed. If you find an inaccuracy or a new offer or idea, a polite email to me would be most appreciated by both myself and other readers. Thanks.

Happy free traveling. All I ask is that you be nice to the people you meet from cultures different than your own.

---Gary Steiger     

 

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