A hearty welcome to all the readers who found this site because of the Boston Globe (Not to mention the two or three other readers I had previously. Thanks Mom and Dad.). I’m going to ask you to bear with me while I run through this introduction, since the average post is generally relatively short. Here’s a quick guided tour.
The Globe article talked about some of the crazy things that people do for miles. Hey, everybody needs a hobby. Whether it’s flying around the world for miles (Here’s a hint: If a customs officer ever asks you why you were in London for three hours, don’t reply, “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”) or ordering millions of dollars of coins from the mint, people can get awfully creative.
This site, while it may reference those stories occasionally, is more about miles in general. Whether it’s explaining how they work (See the Novice section), quick ways to earn them or the best ways to use them, I try to keep things on a broader level. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of tips along the way. I’ll pay particular attention to earning and redeeming miles, since there is nothing more frustrating than having a bank of miles and not being able to use them when you want to.
Before you jump in, there’s a few things I wanted to point out that have seemed to generate the most interest. Briefly, they are:
- There are a ton of ways to earn miles. Stop in here to see the most recent list. If you haven’t bought your Mom flowers yet (Shame on you.), here is a list of ways to earn miles for doing so.
- Looking to use your miles? Check out these posts.
- Do you want to earn miles for shopping? Hit this link to learn how. It also includes the links to each airline’s shopping affiliate.
- Would you rather just have cash rebates for shopping online? The sites to use are listed here.
- And since this is a travel site, look here for rebates on airlines and hotels, or here for rebates from travel agencies or rental cars.
Bottom line: There is a lot of info here, and I try to keep it somewhat organized in categories.
Oh, I know there are a lot of JetBlue fans out there. If you want information exclusive to that airline, I suggest you check out Bluemilers, a new site exclusive to our friends in Blue. It’s just starting and I expect it to grow rapidly.
Finally, I’m frequently asked if I do this for a living. For those of you who are hoping to get rich quickly through a blog, let me be the first to tell you that the internet isn’t the treasure chest it’s cracked up to be (I think Google pays me a few cents when people click on ads, but you’d have to ask them.). But it’s a heck of a lot of fun to run a blog, especially about a topic that I enjoy. So here’s my commitment: If an offer pays a commission to me and I recommend it, I will tell you up front.
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