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How to Fly for Free – Part 4

Now that you have been using your airline’s credit card, learned to shop on the Eshopping web portals, are already familiar with “double dipping” so now let me share one more way to earn additional miles.

Do you ever send flowers or gift baskets? FTD will give you 20 miles per dollar spent, 1-800 Flowers will deposit 15 miles per dollar spent while Teleflora rewards you with 1,000 miles for each order. Not too bad and you will look like a hero for sending a gift! 🙂

Do you like wine? If you join Vinesse, a wine club in California, you will earn 2,000 miles just for signing up and 5 miles per dollar spent on your future orders.  I have tried this myself, they picked a great selection of domestic and international wines, both red and white in each shipment. Over a certain order amount they include a free gift as well; I got  a nice corkscrew.  Drink it up, buddy!

Do you ever go to theaters, opera or exhibitions? Guess what, from now on you can earn up to 2,200 miles per ticket purchased for participating Broadway shows! I live in Virginia so I don’t not have any luck here but perhaps folks in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago or Las Vegas might benefit from this but check it out for sure!

Want to relax? Go get a massage or facial, use SpaFinder and earn 3 miles per dollar spent! I especially liked this!

Do you fill out surveys online? E-Rewards will give you up to 250 miles per survey so sign up on this website and start filling out surveys. Occasionally companies send you a product to test and you may even keep it while earning some miles! I tried it, not bad!

Do you ever rent a car from major agencies? If you do, start renting from Avis, Budget, Alamo, Payless, National, Dollar,  Hertz, Thrifty, Carmel, Europcar, Sixt, Groundlink and Supershuttle because each of them will earn you miles as long as you give them your frequent flyer number at the time of reservation or when you pick your car up. Depending on which car rental agency it is or and what your frequent flyer status is, you will earn anywhere between 500 and 1,250 miles per rental term (not days).  I have taken advantage of this many times.

Dine out in restaurants affiliated with the airline and earn miles while stuffing your face. I wish Pho places participated but I cannot have it all. In order for you to earn miles for dining you must open an account in the Dining Network and register your credit card otherwise you won’t earn miles from the restaurant just from your bank! Please see my blog on How to Fly for Free – Part 2 on this topic!

Do you stay in leading hotel chains? If you do, consider Hilton, Wyndham, Intercontinental, Choice, Starwood, Marriott, Shangri-La, Radisson, Hyatt, La Quinta, Best Western or many other smaller hotel chains? If you do, you will earn 250 miles for each stay (not per night).

Do you ever take cruises anywhere? If you do, check out all cruise liners, from small ships to mega boats because they all participate in frequent flyer programs, your earning potential is anywhere between 10,000 and 50,000 miles per cruise (depending on the cruise liner, destination, room category, etc) but this is another great way to kill two birds with one stone. Take me with you!

Do you ever park at airports? Try PreFlight Airport Parking and earn 1 mile per dollar spent. You will earn a free day for every 6 days you park with them! Hello!

Are you planning on buying or selling real estate? I got news for you! HomeMiles are giving you 2,000 miles for every $10,000 of the sale or purchase price; or 1,500 miles for every $10,000 when you refinance. You will earn an additional 5,000 miles if you move state-to-state with Allied, North American or Global Van Lines.

If you want to invest money, you can earn between 15,000 and 50,000 miles with Fidelity Investments after your deposits. Or try BankDirect who is also rewarding you miles on bank account deposits and opening CDs but there are a few more options for you in this category, I just picked two. LendingTree used to be an affiliate years ago but it now seems they broke up with the airlines.

You can now earn miles for signing up for DirectTV or switching your energy bills to any of these (in certain states): Energy Plus, Everything Energy, Gexa Energy, NRG Home Solar or Reliant. Range of miles is between 5,000 and 30,000 per subscription. At one time Netflix was an affiliate as well which I did sign up for but they are no longer available for this program.  At that time Netflix used to be $18 a month. Can you believe that? It is now $7!

Donate money to Susan G. Komen or the National Foundation for Cancer Research and earn 10 miles per dollar spent with both organizations. You may be able to write your donation off so everybody wins but you double dip! 😉

Stay tuned, there is more, the next blog will be about “triple dipping”!

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