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Flying used to be the only way to rack up frequent flyer points and miles, back in the day. These days you can earn miles by reading, eating, shopping, or doing virtually any fun activity. Today, more than half of all frequent flyer points and miles are now earned without even going to the airport. Anything is possible.

Here are some ways to boost your frequent flyer points without even flying:

Credit cards: Get an airline co-branded card (also called an airline affinity card) and use it to pay for everything. This is the easiest and probably the fastest way to earn frequent flyer points and miles while staying on the ground. All airlines with frequent travel schemes have linked up with a bank to set up co-branded frequent flyer credit cards or have partnered with American Express Membership Rewards or Diners Club Rewards. Mileage earning power and perks vary according to the type of card (Classic, Gold, Silver, or Platinum), your frequent flyer program and your status in it.

Financial services: Investing  not spending anything  is a really productive way to grow your miles. Check your frequent flyer credit card rewards program for participating mutual funds, stocks and investments that offer mileage points. For example, American Express Membership Rewards program offers bonus frequent flyer points from Fidelity. Ameritrade gives 25,000 bonus miles (if your frequent travel program is a partner) when you set up a trading account.

Real estate: Your house or any other property you own can be a rich source of frequent flyer points. Take a look at your frequent flyer or membership rewards program for participating real estate firms that offer bonus points. Real estate transaction amounts are big, which means a lot of frequent flyer points. These points can come from various types of transactions: when you take out a new mortgage, refinance your house, or list it for sale. You could even earn points from the moving company when you move to your new home.

Dining: A number of airline travel schemes offer frequent flyer points on dining programs. You can sign up for free with Rewards Network, which coordinates all of these programs. The amount of points you earn will depend on your membership level in Rewards Network: elite members get 5 miles on every dollar; engaged members get 3 miles; active members get 1 mile; and all levels receive periodic bonuses. Membership level is essentially set by the number of times you dine at participating restaurants per calendar year; the higher the level, the more restaurant choices.

Shopping: Virtually all airline programs have online shopping malls with mileage earning offers. Next to flying, this is increasingly becoming the fastest way to earn frequent flyer points. These online malls feature dozens of online merchants offering anywhere from 1 to 10 miles per dollar of spending charged to your frequent flyer credit card. There is no price difference between earning and not earning miles, which means you really get added value from the bonus frequent flyer points. One caveat: make sure to compare prices with other sources to avoid spending more just to get an extra hundred miles or so.

There are more ways coming out every day to earn frequent flyer points. Just responding to a survey online can earn points. Stay alert for these opportunities.


About Author Rich Greenwood :

Article author is a keen traveller and runs travel accommodation booking website: <a href="http://www.makemystay.com.au" target="_blank">http://www.makemystay.com.au</a> Richard is also involved with credit card comparison website click4credit.com.au which features frequent flyer credit cards at: <a href="http://www.click4credit.com.au/frequent_flyer_credit_cards.p" target="_blank">http://www.click4credit.com.au/frequent_flyer_credit_cards.p</a> hp


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