Tips for Frequent Fliers

Some ways to get more out of your miles
By Green Point,  Newser User
Posted Jul 22, 2008 8:45 PM CDT
Tips for Frequent Fliers
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You sat in plenty of stuffy cabins to earn those frequent-flier miles: make sure you get a good trip out of them. Travel and Leisure runs down the best ways to earn miles and use them efficiently.

  1. Stick with one airline: The more you commit to a single airline, the better you'll be treated and the more miles you'll accumulate.
  2. Eat more, drive more: Rental car companies such as Hertz double the miles of some airline customers, and participating restaurants also offer such benefits.
  3. Ditch the mouse for the receiver: Booking a ticket by calling an airline agent can help you use your miles more efficiently than online booking.

  1. Watch out for expiration: Renting a car or checking into a hotel can keep your miles active. Use Mileage Manager website to keep track of your account.
  2. Look for sales: Some airlines offer low fares and bonus miles. Although these offers are rare, looking for them is worth it.
  3. Share: An airline may allow you to transfer a percentage of your miles to a friend or a member of your family, with transfer fee of one cent per mile.
  4. Think outside the plane: Your miles program may allow you to use your miles for products or services other than flights, car rentals and hotels.
  5. Circle the world: What better way to use your miles than taking a round-the-world trip with a single reward ticket and up to a year to complete the trip?
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