There is a common myth that the only way to earn miles is to book more flights or spend with a travel credit card. But there are other many ways you can earn miles faster and redeem that dream vacation you always dreamt of.
Here are ten smart ways you can earn miles fast:
Tip #1 | Identify one or two loyalty programmes to sign up for
Even though price is an important factor when choosing flights, you probably have one or two airlines you prefer above all others. It might be worth signing up for their loyalty programme(s) and fly with them or their partners more often to earn miles or points fast.
Some important questions to consider before signing up for your preferred loyalty programme(s): Do the miles/points balance have an expiry date? Does the airline fly your most travelled routes? And, which alliance does the airline belong to?
Airline alliances can be incredibly valuable because you can earn & redeem miles/points and reach elite status across a wide range of airlines and regions. This means you could still earn your KrisFlyer miles even when you’re not flying with Singapore Airlines, but rather with one of their other partners within the Star Alliance, such as Thai Airways or Lufthansa.
The three biggest airline alliances are Star Alliance, SkyTeam and Oneworld. Here is a list of some top airlines in each of the alliances:
- Star Alliance
includes Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, EVA Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United. Click here for a full list of member airlines
includes Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, Saudia Airlines, Xiamen Air and more. Click here for a full list of member airlines.
includes American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, SriLankan Airlines. Click here for a full list of member airlines.
When flying with another airline within the alliance your preferred loyalty programme belongs to, simply update your frequent flyer number during the booking process or reach out to the customer service team who can help you to get the miles credited to the right account.
Tip #2 | Apply for the right credit card
Throughout the years, travel credit cards have been integrated with incredibly rewarding loyalty programmes. Every bank and card has different earn rates (for local and foreign spend), sign-up bonuses and minimum spending requirements, so consider these factors before you sign up for a new card. The time of signing up for a credit card matters, especially when banks run special sign-up bonus promotions, which can give you a significant head start in your miles-collection journey.
If you’ve sworn your loyalty to one specific frequent flyer programme, it might be interesting to see if the airline has any co-branded credit cards. These credit cards are specifically created to earn miles/points with an existing frequent flyer programme and are quite often the fastest way to earn this specific currency.
In addition to the economics of each card, don’t forget about the point in time when you actually want to use your miles/points. Therefore, make sure to check out the selection of partners the bank has, so you know with whom you can redeem your miles/points with or even transfer your miles/points. It can be very beneficial to transfer your miles balance to your preferred frequent flyer programme, so you can give your balance a boost and reach that dream flight redemption faster!
Check out some of these credit card benefits you can enjoy when you make your hotel bookings with Kaligo:
- Earn 10 Miles per S$1 spent on Kaligo with DBS Altitude Card
- Earn 10 Citi Miles per S$1 spent on Kaligo with Citi PremierMiles Card
- Earn 25 Citi ThankYou Points per S$1 spent on Kaligo with Citi Prestige Card or Citi ULTIMA Card
- Earn 10 Miles per S$1 spent on Kaligo with UOB PRVI Miles Card
United Arab Emirates
- Earn 10 ThankYou Points per US$1 spent on Kaligo with Citi Rewards UAE Card
- Earn 15 ThankYou Points per US$1 spent on Kaligo with Citi Premier UAE Card
- Earn 20 ThankYou Points per US$1 spent on Kaligo with Citi Prestige UAE Card
To find out more about the other credit cards that you can earn incredible miles or points with, visit www.kaligo.com and browse through the extensive list of partners we have when you make a hotel booking.
Tip #3 | Join an online mileage manager
Have you ever felt that all these loyalty programme points systems are too much to keep track of? Every programme has its own login details, currency balance and – unfortunately – expiry dates.
Thankfully, there are a couple of convenient online managing tools that keep track of all your loyalty programmes. Think of timely warnings when your points/miles are expiring or notifications of when you are eligible for a flight refund.
Our suggestions? Try AwardWallet (web) or Tripit Pro (web & mobile) and stay on top of the points game!
Tip #4 | Fly more to accumulate more miles
The most straightforward way to earn more miles is to fly more. However, earning miles and getting cheaper flights usually do not go hand-in-hand. Airlines generally award miles/points based on one of three popular strategies distance, zone or revenue based miles earning.
With a distance-based miles earning strategy, airlines will award you miles/points based on the actual number of miles flown, which seems to be the most logical strategy. British Airways Executive Club is an example of an airline using such a strategy.
Some loyalty programmes follow a zone-based miles earning strategy, which means you earn miles/points depending on the number of zones you crossed with your flight. That means that you could sometimes earn a significant number of miles more for seemingly similar distances, just because the next zone starts right in between the two destinations. For example, United MileagePlus and American Airlines AAdvantage reward miles based on zones crossed.
A strategy that is becoming more and more popular with loyalty programmes is the revenue-based one. Lufthansa’s Miles & More is an example of a programme that has recently shifted from a distance-based miles earning strategy to a revenue-based miles earning strategy. Airlines will award you mileage based on the actual revenue that you bring by purchasing your ticket. This means that your detective work in finding a cheap ticket or that incredible promotional discount might not pay off in terms of miles/points accrual.
Therefore it might be worthwhile to find out which strategy your airline of choice uses, so you can maximise your earnings.
|Tip||Even if you’ve forgotten to enter your membership number when booking the flight, you can usually still claim missing miles after your flight! The can be done by filing a Retroactive Mileage Claim form that you can find on the loyalty programmes’ website.|
Tip #5 | Spend on your loyalty programme’s shopping portal
Nowadays, almost all hotel and airline loyalty programmes have their own shopping portals, that allow you to either earn or redeem miles/points.
By doing your everyday or weekly spending through that portal, you automatically grow your balance, without spending extra. If a loyalty programme has partnerships with many of your favourite brands, you can accelerate your miles accrual whilst purchasing your favourite branded goods.
Tip #6 | Take a survey
A quick way to earn miles is to do online surveys. Big companies want to hear feedback from customers to improve on their product and they reward customers who do their surveys with miles. By visiting survey websites such as emiles.com or e-rewards.com you can fill in all sorts of surveys, which allow you to accumulate miles whenever you have free pockets of time.
What’s more, earning miles through surveys can also help to keep your loyalty programme account active too!
Tip #7 | Rent a car at a partner rental firm
Just like with other brands, most loyalty programmes have partnerships with car rental companies. This comes in especially useful when you’re on a holiday and want to rent a car anyway.
Simply book through the dedicated car rental platform and enter your frequent flyer number during checkout. To maximise your earnings even more, make sure to regularly check your loyalty programme’s website, as they might run special promotions on car rental.
Tip #8 | Earn more miles just by dining at your favourite restaurants
Make your meals twice as rewarding and dine at restaurants that are partners of your loyalty programme. At such partner restaurants, you earn miles by simply dining there. In addition, check out the rewards or bonuses when you pay with your co-brand credit card.
Tip #9 | Convert hotel points into miles
Some frequent flyer programs have partnered with several hotel loyalty programmes, which allows you to convert your hotel points into your desired frequent flyer miles. This can be extremely useful when you’re lacking just a couple of miles to redeem that long-awaited award ticket.
However, remember to take note of the transfer rate and choose your hotel loyalty programme wisely. Sometimes you might end up with an unfavourable transfer which could make it rather more valuable to keep the hotel points where they are.
Tip #10 | Book hotel rooms and earn thousands of miles
Most hotel-booking websites have price comparisons to find the cheapest hotel rooms. However, instead of a best-price guarantee, how about a best-miles guarantee?
By booking hotels on Kaligo, you get to enjoy your stay while earning an incredible amount of miles at the same time, at faster rates than any other hotel booking site.
|Example||A 3-night stay at a 4-star hotel in London would enable you to earn up to 12,787 miles with one of our top frequent flyer partners.|
What are you waiting for? Accelerate your miles earnings now!
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