Your Guide to Earning Bonus Miles With Airline Promotions

Meghan CoyleSep 16, 2021

Many or all of the products featured here are from our partners who compensate us. This may influence which products we write about and where and how the product appears on a page. However, this does not influence our evaluations. Our opinions are our own. Here is a list of our partners and here's how we make money.

It would take a lot of flights and a lot of money to earn airline miles only by flying. Thankfully, there are plenty of other ways to earn miles through airline credit cards, dining programs, online shopping portals, cruises, vacation packages and rental cars. If that list isn’t long enough, check out some of these limited-time bonus mile offers from airlines.

American Airlines

1,000 bonus miles for staying at a Hyatt hotel abroad

Register for the promotion with your AAdvantage number and you can earn 1,000 bonus American miles per stay at a participating Hyatt hotel in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. Stays between Sept. 3 and Dec. 19, 2021, are eligible for the offer.

2,000 bonus miles on your wine delivery

American Airlines' partnership with Vinesse Wines means you can earn miles while you sip wine at home during social distancing measures. Your first shipment of wine will net you 2,000 bonus miles. After that, you'll earn 5x miles per dollar on every subsequent shipment.

Bonus miles by opening a savings account with Bask Bank

If you're trying to save money instead of spend it, opening a savings account with Bask Bank might be a good way to boost your mileage earnings. Instead of earning interest, you'll earn 1 mile per dollar that's in your Bask Bank savings account per year.

The real boost in miles comes from the sign-up bonus, which is 1,000 miles for maintaining a $5,000 balance in your account for 90 days within 120 days of the account opening. There are additional bonuses available for providing feedback and keeping higher minimum balances of $25,000 or more.

1,000 miles by spending $25 in the first 30 days of joining the AAdvantage dining program

New AAdvantage dining members earn 1,000 miles after spending $25 in the first 30 days of joining the program. (Pro tip: Register your Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®, which offers double points on dining already.) When you pay for your meal with a registered card at a participating restaurant, you will earn at least 1 mile per $1 spent.

Registering your card and signing up for emails from the program is an easy way to earn at least 3 miles per dollar spent at participating restaurants. This promotion is ongoing.

10x miles on your donations to Stand Up to Cancer

American Airlines has partnered with the Stand Up to Cancer charity to offer AAdvantage miles for donating. You'll get 10 miles per dollar you donate on contributions of more than $25. You must donate through this special link to receive the points.

Alaska Airlines

50% bonus on EQMs for flights

The "Fast Track to Elite Status" promotion is now running through the end of the year. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can qualify for elite status faster by flying any time through Dec. 31, 2021. Each flight will earn 50% more elite qualifying miles. No registration necessary.

Up to 20,000 EQMs for spending on Alaska credit card

Alaska cardholders also have another opportunity to earn extra EQMs for an accelerated way to elite status. From Sept. 16 through Nov. 15, 2021, every $2,500 you spend on qualifying purchases on the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card or Alaska Airlines Visa® Business card will net a bonus 2,500 EQMs. The maximum number of bonus miles that can be earned through this limited-time offer is 20,000 EQMs.

Enter to win up to 100,000 miles

Alaska Airlines is hosting the "How Far You'll Go Sweepstakes" through Sept. 24, 2021. One grand prize winner will receive 100,000 bonus miles and three first prize winners will receive 20,000 bonus miles. To enter, sign up with your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account. You can also earn extra entries by installing the Mileage Plan Shopping button on your browser, shopping through the Alaska portal and opting into Mileage Plan Shopping emails.

1,000 bonus miles when you join Mileage Plan Dining

Joining Mileage Plan Dining is free, and you’ll earn miles at over 10,000 participating restaurants. All you have to do is sign up and register your credit cards to earn up to 5 miles per dollar at select restaurants. Plus, you’ll get 1,000 bonus miles when you spend $30 in the first 30 days of joining the program and submit a review within 30 days of your visit.

2,250+ bonus miles for joining a wine club

Wine aficionados have multiple miles-earning opportunities with Alaska's partners, Vinesse and Laithwaites Wine Club. Your first box of wine will get you 2,250 bonus miles when you join either one. Buying any additional wine in later shipments from Vinesse will earn 5 miles per dollar. With Laithwaites Wine Club, the earning structure is a little different. Each case of wine after the first one will earn 1,000 miles each, and non-wine club purchases will earn 3 miles per dollar.

1,000 bonus miles per box on your first 5 boxes from Home Chef

Meal kits might be one way to spice up your current grocery and takeout routine. When you order a box of ingredients for a Home Chef recipe, you'll earn 1,000 miles per box with this Alaska Airlines promotion. The bonus miles are applied to your first five boxes.

Delta Air Lines

Earn bonus points with Lyft rides

Thanks to a partnership between Delta and Lyft, you can earn SkyMiles every time you ride with Lyft. You can also earn 2 miles per $1 on airport rides. Just make sure your SkyMiles and Lyft accounts are linked to start earning.

Earn up to 3,000 bonus miles in the first 30 days of joining SkyMiles dining

Join the SkyMiles dining program, register your credit card and you could get 500 miles by spending $30 at participating restaurants within the first 30 days of joining. Elite Medallion members earn 1,000 bonus miles on their first visit.

You can earn an extra 1,000-mile bonus on your second visit when you spend $30. Finally, get another 1,500 miles on your third visit with a minimum spend of $30. Keep in mind you must complete an online review after your visits to receive the miles. You must create a dining profile by December 31, 2021, to qualify for these bonuses.

Earn 1 mile per $1 spent on Airbnb bookings

Staying at Airbnb can get you miles, similar to staying at the airline's partner hotels. Book your stay through Delta's Airbnb portal to earn 1 mile per dollar spent on your booking. Make sure to enter your Delta SkyMiles account number before you book. This earning opportunity is ongoing.

JetBlue

Yearly miles bonuses

JetBlue offers bonus miles when you fly a certain number of flights in a calendar year. Award flights do not count toward the bonus.

  • Receive 5,000 bonus miles when you complete three round-trip flights.

  • Receive 7,000 bonus miles when you complete seven round-trip flights.

  • Receive 10,000 bonus miles when you complete 10 one-way flights that are 1,600 miles or longer.

3 miles per dollar spent on in-flight Amazon purchases

Save your Amazon shopping for your flight. When you log into JetBlue’s Fly-Fi network and visit Amazon.com, you can earn 3 miles per $1 spent on eligible purchases.

This bonus will not apply if you purchase through the Amazon app onboard your flight.

Spirit

Earn 1,000 bonus miles for joining the dining program

You know the drill. Register your card, dine at a participating restaurant within the first 30 days of joining Spirit’s dining program, submit a review and get 1,000 bonus miles. Every review or online order through June 30, 2021, will get you an entry into a sweepstakes to earn 50,000 Free Spirit bonus points.

Southwest

Get 500 bonus points for earning 1,500 points in the dining program

Members with a Rapid Rewards dining account can earn a "First Step" bonus. After earning 1,500 points through dining at participating restaurants and completing reviews, members will receive 500 bonus points. New member bonuses do not count toward the first 1,500 points needed to qualify for the First Step promotion.

United Airlines

Earn 5,000 bonus miles for booking a hotel on Rocketmiles

Rocketmiles already awards 10,000 miles per night for booking your hotel through their portal. The service is sweetening the offer this year with an extra 5,000 miles when you book before Dec. 31, 2021.

Earn up to 3,000 bonus miles for joining the dining program

New members of the United MileagePlus Dining program receive 1,000 bonus miles after spending $25 at a participating restaurant within the first 30 days. MileagePlus Premier members and MileagePlus cardmembers earn an additional 500 bonus miles on their first visit. All members earn 500 bonus miles for the next three visits when you spend $25 or more. Register for the dining program and link your credit card by July 16, 2021, to qualify.


How to Maximize Your Rewards

You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2021, including those best for:

Get more smart money moves – straight to your inbox
Sign up and we’ll send you Nerdy articles about the money topics that matter most to you along with other ways to help you get more from your money.