Welcome to The Boston Globe readers! An introduction to the site…

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.

Thanks for making it this far.  I’d love it if you bookmark the site, come to visit and give me your questions and feedback.



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    • dan caplette on May 10, 2014 at 10:36 pm
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    Just read the Globe article. When using a credit card to buy a gift card is there a fee to buying a gift card and is there a money limit on the gift card? I suppose then you want to get a money order (such as Western Union) in your name to redeposit into your checking account to pay off the credit card bill. How are the small charges to do all this weigh against the miles you are earning?

    I basically concentrate on American Airlines, being my timeshare is in Aruba and I have used miles to get tickets. I use AAdine and AA shopping, and have a Citi card, any other tips to increase my account balance with AA. hanks for your time.

    1. Hi Dan,

      I put a response to your question in this thread. If you want some more ideas, please email me at frequentflyermiles101@gmail.com.

    • Ken on May 1, 2014 at 11:14 pm
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    I just got a Capital Venture One card. Can I use to it pay my monthly AMEX bill ( about $2000/ mo) and get double points?

    1. Sorry, I’ve never heard of being able to pay a credit card bill with another credit card. There are some credit card companies, including Capital One, that allow you to pay your bill with a debit card over the phone, though.

  1. Hey there Mike. Greetings from Somerville.

    The “contact” feature of this page doesn’t seem to work, so I thought I’d reach out to you this way.

    I learned about you in today’s (hilarious) Globe piece by Katie Johnston, and was wondering if you’d be interested in a copy of my book….


    Just let me know and I’ll have my publicist send you a copy.



  2. Against my better judgment, since I don’t want to start a flame war, I’m leaving this comment in.

    No, I did not call the Globe and pitch an idea. The reporter, with whom I’ve spoken before about other issues, called me. I doubt it was done to push my blog (I’m just not smart enough to pull that off.), since there are numerous blogs mentioned and the article didn’t really focus on blogs, but I appreciate the conspiracy theory. And yes, my material is original, although there are enough travel blogs that there’s no way that I would come up with information that isn’t found anywhere else.

    Without commenting on your other feedback, Gary’s Viewfromthewing.com is an excellent blog.

    But thank you for the feedback.

    • S on May 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm
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    So tell us, how did you manage to get the Globe to post that article? Did you just call them an pitch the idea? Do you have a friend at the paper? Its pretty clear that the entire article was written just to push a link to your blog? Pretty ingenious. Too bad your blog just steals material from better blogs. If your readers want a really good blog they should checkout ViewFromtheWing.com.

    1. He doesn’t steal from MY blog.

      I wish more people DID, to be honest!


      • S on May 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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      Sorry steal may have been too harsh. Lets just say you don’t originate a ton of information. There are so many frequent flyer blogs out there these days that post the same deals over and over. Its hard to find the person that first discovers a deal. Most often it isn’t even a blog writer, but rather someone on flyertalk. The Boston Globe article definitely should have mentioned flyertalk as a resource for information. All the blogs just “steal” from there.

      1. I’m also surprised that Flyertalk wasn’t mentioned (although I’ve been reading it less and less). I spent a lot of time with the author of the article and I know that it could have been 2-3X as long as it actually was. I’m guessing that FT ended up on the chopping block.

        A lot of my ideas come from general knowledge, a lot come from what I’ve learned over the years, but yes, there’s no question that nobody knows where the original idea came from. Example: I learned about the 100,000 miles AA card when I got a flyer in the mail. But my offer didn’t come with the $200 credit. I found out about that from someone else but can’t, for the life of me, remember where.

        One thing I’m trying to do with this blog is move away from the “deal of the day” mentality and more into programs in general, but I’m still working on finding my “voice.” Thus, all comments, good and bad, are helpful.

        And on a side note, I’m also a big BtVS fan.


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