How to Earn Free Flights Doing Everyday Things: Fuel, Telcos, and Cashback Programs

We spoke about earning air miles through credit cards last time. But did you know that you can also earn air miles through the most common things like fuel, mobile phone usage, and, literally, shopping?

I think these are the programs that not many people know of, unless you’re like me and are really doing everything you can to earn those miles! 🙂

Like the previous study, I used PAL Mabuhay Miles, CEB GetGo, and AirAsia Big in this one, for the same reasons.

NOTE: If you look at these three airline rewards programs, you’ll find that there are more hotel/travel partners where you can also earn miles by availing of their services. However, the aim of this study, like what the title says, is to help people earn air miles doing everyday things. I mean, ordinary people with day jobs like me don’t book/check-in at hotels or rent cars every day. And like what I said before, it really isn’t logical to do miles-earning activities for the sake of earning miles. I won’t book a Php5,000-room in return for a few hundred miles, when I can use that money to already get a roundtrip ticket to somewhere and more with that.

This is why I chose these 4 non-credit card rewards/cashback programs for my study. They are earned for things we do regularly like gas up our cars, use our mobile phones, and, well, eat out and shop. If you read on, I’ll tell you how you can earn miles twice by doing just one thing.

Also, another e-book can be downloaded at the end of this post with all the study’s details!
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How to Earn Free Flights Doing Everyday Things: Credit Cards

As a traveler, one of the first factors that we consider when planning a trip is airfare (sure, there’s bus fare, train fare, cruise fare (?), and gas cost, but we’ll focus on flying). We’re actually kind of lucky because we  live in a time abundant with cheap airfare. Still, it would be nice to fly for free, right? More budget for souvenirs or the next trip!

Here’s where miles programs by airlines come in. Earn miles to exchange for free flights. The most common way to earn miles is to fly with that airline or their airline partners. You all know this.

Earning air miles through credit cards is also pretty  common. It’s actually one of my motivations in choosing my card. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone: you do your shopping, pay bills – things  you have to do anyway, and get something back – rewards points – that  could take you a step closer to that dream vacation. One of the best ideas of credit card providers, right?

But as with everything, not all cards are created equal. There are cards co-branded with airlines specifically for the purpose of earning miles faster. There are elite cards (diamond, platinum, titanium, or whatever else precious metal they use) that have really low points-to-miles requirements, which would let you earn miles without having to collect points for years, but they require a ginormous yearly income to be approved. There are the gold cards, kind of like the middle class of credit cards. Then, there are the “classic” cards – the ones that have the lowest credit limit, yearly income requirement, and highest spend-to-points ratio. Well, supposedly. I was surprised with the findings of this study I made.

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