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Your Guide to Earning Bonus Miles With Airline Promotions

June 3, 2020
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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.

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American Airlines

Double miles on your flights through September 2020

American Airlines has followed up on last month’s offer with another opportunity to earn bonus miles for booking a flight during the month of June. First, you have to register for the promotion through your AAdvantage offers page before you can start accruing bonus miles. Then book and pay for your flight for travel between now and Sept. 30, 2020. Once you complete your flight, you’ll receive 2x miles you would have originally earned (up to 10,000). The deadline to register for the promotion and book your flights is June 30, 2020.

Up to 5,000 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, while your second shipment will garner an additional 3,000 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 5,000 miles for maintaining a $5,000 balance in your account for 30 days within 60 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.

» Learn more: How to avoid getting a raw deal on airline miles purchases

Alaska Airlines

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.

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.

» Learn more: All the ways riding Lyft can earn you travel rewards 

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.

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.

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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.

Southwest

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.

United Airlines

25% bonus miles for shopping, dining, taking surveys or sending e-gift cards

For the month of June, United is adding a 25% bonus when members sign up and engage with a participating MileagePlus partner, such as the dining program (see below) and the MileagePlus Shopping portal. The other actions that are eligible for the bonus include sending e-gift cards through the MileagePlus X app or taking surveys with the Opinion Miles Club. Any qualifying activity between now and June 30, 2020, will qualify for the bonus.

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 June 18, 2020, to qualify.

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