Thursday, January 28, 2010

Earn Miles With ANY Credit or Debit Card!

Yes, you can make almost every move you make a mileage-earning opportunity to grow your balance for that free trip of your dreams - and you don't need a popular travel rewards credit card for that! In fact, any type of credit or debit card will earn you miles with every swipe.


Turn a romantic dinner into a romantic getaway with your airline's mileage dining program.

Mileage Dining
Earn miles when you pay for breakfast, lunch or dinner at a participating restaurant by registering your credit or debit card at your desired airline's mileage dining program website. Right now, mileage dining is available at the following US-based airlines:

Alaska Mileage Plan
American AAdvantage
Delta SkyMiles
HawaiianMiles (via gift cards)
Southwest Rapid Rewards
United MileagePlus
US Airways Dividend Miles

Note: Some of these programs are connected with each other, so you may only use one card toward one airline at a time (you can change airlines later). A good rule of thumb is to assign specific cards to specific airlines. Also, if you already have a mileage card an airline, then consider making it a dining card with another one.

Mileage Shopping
By simply visiting your favorite online store through your desired airline's shopping webiste:

Alaska Mileage Plan (via services)
American AAdvantage
Delta SkyMiles
HawaiianMiles (via gift cards)
Southwest Rapid Rewards
United MileagePlus
US Airways Dividend Miles

So yes, even a prepaid debit card-using average Joe can start earning miles toward free flights, hotel nights and car rentals - and travel like George Clooney in Up in the Air. Speaking of prepaid debit cards, I recommend the American Express for Target.

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