Guest post by Clint Johnston of TripHackr.
Earning miles in the air is simple. Board the plane and earn one mile for every mile flown. Although elite frequent flyers may earn a bonus on miles flown, it is still not as lucrative as earning miles on the ground.
Flying is a slow and expensive way to earn enough miles for a free flight.
The fastest way to earn miles is on the ground and this is exactly what travel hackers do every year to travel for free. Travel hacking is the art of accumulating as many miles as you can to redeem for free travel. This includes flights and hotel rooms around the world. Here are some of the best ways to jumpstart your travel hacking.
1. Sign Up Bonuses
Apply for a co-branded airline credit card. A good travel credit card comes with a huge sign up bonus. This is a great way to start your path to a free flight. Sign up bonuses will earn you at least 30,000 miles and many cards offer more than that.
In addition to an airline card, sign up for a points card, and double up. These credit cards will offer you more flexibility and the points can be redeemed on multiple airlines. You can earn multiple points per dollar on some purchases as well. Always use your credit cards on everyday expenses and pay off your balance. Never spend just to earn miles.