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.
Earn 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.
2,000 bonus points for booking your first Rover pet sitter
Join Rover and earn 2,000 American AAdvantage miles after your pet’s first walk or stay is completed. After that, you’ll earn 1 mile per $1 on future Rover bookings. Existing Rover customers cannot earn the bonus points, but they can earn the standard 1 mile per dollar once they connect their AAdvantage account.
3x miles per dollar spent on Vivid Seats
You can earn AAdvantage miles for buying tickets to concerts, sports and theater performances through Vivid Seats. Just go to american.vividseats.com, select your tickets and enter your American AAdvantage account number to get at least 3 miles per dollar spent on your Vivid Seats purchase.
Earn double miles when you fly Fiji Airways
Register for this promotion to earn 2x miles when you fly with Alaska Airlines’ partner Fiji Airways between Feb. 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020. It’s not just limited to flights to Fiji — you could earn double miles for flying to destinations in the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. The miles should hit your account about four to six weeks after your flight.
50% bonus on qualifying elite miles when you fly Alaska
You could get on the fast track to Alaska Airlines’ MVP elite status when you fly by April 11, 2020. Register for this promotion and receive 50% more elite-qualifying miles on your Alaska Airlines flights. Elite status comes with benefits like free upgrades and free checked bags.
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.
Delta Air Lines
3x Delta miles for Langham stays
Delta and Langham have teamed up for a spring promotion. When you stay at select Langham hotels now through April 30, 2020, you can earn triple Delta miles. There are four participating hotels in New York, Los Angeles, London and Chicago. You must book directly with Langham Hotels and use the promo code “DALBONUS” and present your SkyMiles card at check-in to earn your extra miles.
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.
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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 June 30, 2020, 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.
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.
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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.
Earn 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 they earn 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.
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 where you spend $25 or more. Register for the dining program and link your credit card by May 28, 2020, to qualify.
How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2020, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- No annual fee: The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card
- Flat-rate rewards with no annual fee: The Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
- Premium travel rewards: The Chase Sapphire Reserve®
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
- Business travelers: The Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
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