Top 3 Ways to Earn Miles Without Leaving Your House

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated July 5, 2019

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July 5, 2019

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Whether it’s for work or pleasure, flying is something that many of us do every single year. But with the driving costs of buying airline tickets, we look for any way possible to save a little cash. While we scour different airlines to try to find the best deal, many of us also find ways to earn miles. However, given that this is usually done by purchasing plane tickets, it can be expensive to start seeing free miles. However, there are some ways to earn miles without ever leaving your couch. Keep reading to learn 3 simple ways to earn airline miles without flying at all.

If you’re like most people, then you probably have at least one credit card that you use. Although high-interest rates can be terrifying to deal with, most credit cards give you some sort of reward for spending money on it. (These are the cards with the best perks, FYI.) While these rewards usually include money back, gift cards, or money towards hotels, there are credit card options that actually offer airline miles. Not only can you reel in the airline savings by spending more money, but many airline credit cards will allow you to choose from a variety of different airlines when booking a flight. But before you head down this road, be sure to do your research on the best bang for your buck.

We actually break down the best airline credit cards here, with charts showing you exactly how much you can earn. Check it out so you can be sure you’re getting the best deal on airline rewards cards.

Another way to receive loads of airline miles without leaving your house involves using online shopping portals. That’s right, some major airlines actually give you miles when you purchase items through their online portal. The amount of points that you’ll receive varies, but it’s possible to receive up to 10 miles for each dollar spent through an airline’s online portal. As an added incentive, these sites will sometimes offer special promotions, where you’ll receive a certain amount of miles (usually a lot!) for making a purchase or signing up for a service.

While we pay our expensive utility bills every single month, wouldn’t you want to receive rewards for doing so? While these offers are only valid in some states, many airlines offer miles for switching to a certain utility provider, or by enrolling in a company and paying your bills through them. While these deals don’t apply to all airlines, there are some big names jumping on board, like US Airways, United, and American.

Now that you know these 3 easy ways to earn miles without moving a muscle, it’s time to get packing for your next adventure! (Hawaii, perhaps? It’s possible on a budget!) These simple tips allow you to not only take more trips, but to also save thousands of dollars in the process. Start earning so you can start flying.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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