Mike

Hi, I'm Mike and I've been collecting and burning frequent flyer miles for two decades now. Come join in the fun!

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Weekend Updates

A few updates this weekend: I started on the glossary, which is now its own page.  If you have any suggestions for terms, particularly ones that I have used, that should be in there, please let me know. I added direct links to the various alliances in the post about airline alliances. Want to subscribe? …

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An easy way to earn miles: e-Miles.com

One of my favorite types of posts is ways to earn miles without actually flying.  As we saw in the “Shopping online” section, it can be easy to earn miles on the ground.  Rarely do you hit the miles jackpot with these options (It’s usually 500 miles here, 1000 there, etc..), but they add up. …

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Elite Status: Extra freebies for frequent travelers

For those travelers who fly more than 25,000 miles per year on a particular airline (or airline alliance), you may be eligible for Elite Status on that airline.  Think of it as a bonus on top of the miles that you are already earning.  The airline keeps track of not only the miles that you …

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Airline Alliances: What are they and how do they work?

We’re moving into FF Miles 102 territory, but it’s important to understand the ideas behind airline alliances.  Simply put, an alliance is a partnership between two or more airlines, making long-distance travel easier.  There are three main alliances: Oneworld, Star Alliance and SkyTeam.  And while two US Airlines can be in the same alliance (US …

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Choosing a frequent flyer program: Which one is for me?

So you’re just getting started and about to build your frequent flyer account.  You’re now ready for the most important question: What airline’s program should I choose? And the single best answer is: It depends.  Sorry about that, the answer may not be so easy. Truthfully, like many things in life, the best program for …

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Earning miles without flying: Earn by shopping

The internet has become the great equalizer for shopping.  With a few clicks, you can compare prices for just about anything.  Thus, stores have turned to bonuses to get you to shop there. Before we go any farther, here’s a key point: You should never, ever buy anything online without determining if you can get …

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Understanding an Award Chart

No one has ever accused an airline of making things simple, and that includes figuring out how many miles you need to use to get somewhere.  In this post, we’ll look at an award chart and make some sense of it.  Please note: These things can get complicated, so don’t worry if it doesn’t all …

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Using your Frequent Flyer Miles (the good stuff)

So now that you’ve started to earn miles, or at least understand what they do, it’s time to get to the good stuff: the rewards (known in the industry as “awards”). Frequent flyer miles can literally take you anywhere in the world.  From Austin to Zurich.  Feel like flying in First Class?  You can get …

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So what is a frequent flyer mile, anyway?

Before we go any further, I want to make sure everyone is aware of the unit that we’re discussing, the frequent flyer mile. A frequent flyer mile is a simple enough concept.  It is simply a unit of “airline currency” that you earn through flying, using credit cards, etc.  You generally earn one mile (sometimes …

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Glossary

Here is a glossary of terms that you may encounter while managing your frequent flyer miles.  If a term isn’t clear to you, please contact me so I can help! Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMailers, check your Social or …

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