Five Easy Ways to Earn More Airline Miles and Hotel Points

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Some strategies to earn miles and points are quite involved and involve a semi-complex thoughtful earning system, but some aren’t.  Some are very straightforward easily actionable items that you can be doing right now to earn more airline miles or hotel points.  Here are five insanely simple things you can be doing right now to earn more airline miles and hotel points to travel further.

1.  Get 1,000 extra points by making eligible Hyatt bookings via the Hyatt mobile app.

You can pick up an extra 1,000 points per Hyatt stay through the end of the year by adjusting how you make your reservations.  Most would value 1,000 Hyatt points at a minimum of about $15.00, so well worth the extra step.  From all reports, the app seems to be getting better as time goes on, so if you had an issue with it several weeks ago, it may be easier to use now.

2.  Get 3,000 extra Club Carlson points by booking eligible stays via the Club Carlson app.

You can get an extra 3,000 Club Carlson points per eligible booking through November 16th by booking via the Club Carlson app.  These easy app points remind me of how hotels were treating social media a few years ago when you could get 500 – 1,000 points for “liking or following” them on Facebook.

3.  Resolve to do all online holiday shopping via a portal.

Earn Extra Airline MilesWe have recently seen a resurgence of some pretty decent limited time shopping portal bonuses, and even if you only do holiday shopping via an online portal, you will pick up hundreds or thousands of easy miles.  As an example, today I see 8x at Saks on the United MileagePlus portal, 8x at Sephora and 12x at on American Airlines eShopping, and 3x at Target and Apple via Shop by Chase.  It all adds up, and is really a very easy step to add to your online shopping routine.

4.  Take advantage of partnerships to earn more miles and points on your travels. 

It is great when you can earn extra airline miles or hotel points on your travels due to partnerships.  For example, SPG elites earn extra hotel points when flying on Delta, and Delta elites can earn more miles when staying at SPG hotels via Crossover Awards.  Beginning November 1, United MileagePlus members will earn bonus miles when renting a car via Hertz.  United elites at the Gold level or higher and Marriott Rewards Platinum elites can leverage their status with one program into the other, which can result in bonus points and perks.

5.  Join AwardWallet

Okay, this one doesn’t really result in earning more points, but it can be very instrumental in using the points you already have and not letting them go to waste by expiring.  I’m hearing lots of stories about expired miles right now (in large part due to old Continental miles that have been expiring with United), and this can usually be easily prevented just by knowing when the expiration date is, which Award Wallet will remind you of via email.  A mile isn’t worth anything to you if it isn’t redeemed, so keeping track of them is essential!

Are there any super easy tweaks you have integrated into your life to earn more airline miles and hotel points?

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  1. How do you decide between shopping at Amazon with 5% back on Chase Freedom this quarter vs. shopping at the portals with mileage multiples?

    • FL, great question, and the answer would be that you don’t. I would shop exactly the same as you would without the bonus points and then just maximize that decision by earning as many points as you can. For example, if you would have bought X via Amazon without points, then buy it through Amazon and be sure to pay with the Freedom. If the best price for Y is via, then shop via Target and go through a portal. Shop the way you always would regardless of the points, and then just maximize that decision based on the point opportunities that are available.

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