A Beginners Guide To Earning Frequent Flyer Points – Everyday

Earning frequent flyer points is seen as something that you can only learn by travelling. Frequently.

But what if you aren’t a frequent traveller?

Does that mean that you will never earn enough points for that once in a lifetime business upgrade to the other side of the world?

The answer is no. There is more than one way to earn frequent flyer points (or miles).

In Part 1, I gave tips on how to make the most of earning frequent flyer points while on holiday. So in this second part I will run through some ways that you can earn frequent flyer points while at home and in some cases on things you are already spending your hard earned moolah on!


1. Shopping

Shopping, we all do it. Whether it’s for groceries, household items, clothing or technology, you are more than likely going to be able to earn points for your purchases. Many grocery store have loyalty programs linked to frequent flyers, so you can earn money just for doing your weekly shop, which means you are earning points for eating!

If you are an online shopper then you can also earn points from your favourite stores from ASOS, to Net-a-Porter, iTunes or even Ebay, by shopping through airline eStores that will take you to you preferred retailers to make your online purchases, they will then add your points onto your frequent flyer account.

2. Fuel

Fuel just keeps getting more and more expensive! So while you are filling up your car, you could be topping up your frequent flyer balance for your fuel and service stations purchases.


3. Getting into shape

Many frequent flyer programs have linked up with gyms to help you earn points with your gym membership, which means that even when you aren’t going to the gym that it will still be working for you in racking up frequent flyer points!

4. Web search

If you are like me, you will search for everything online. From holiday destinations to where to go to dinner or to figure out if you are hearing those song lyrics correctly. Well, you could be earning frequent flyer points for all the searches you make. I mean you are doing it anyway.


5. Eating Out

Most people will recommend saving as much money as you can while at home so that you can spend more on your travels, which can mean cutting back on meals out. But you also want to live your life and enjoy an incredible meal with friends. So start earning points each time that you dine out by booking through a frequent flyer partner website while also securing a dinner reservation.


6. Checking out the latest Hollywood blockbusters

If there is one thing I love, it’s going to the movies to see the latest rom com (don’t tell anyone). But movies have gotten more and more expensive, which is why, for the amount of times I frequent the cinema that I want to be earning points. Plus, this could even save you money on the tickets with discounts through your frequent flyer program. Saving money + earning frequent flyer points = winning!


7. Banking, Loans, Investments & Credit Cards

Banking is something we all do and most of us have done since we had our first kids account. I have an everyday account, a credit card, I’ve just started investing and one day I will most likely have a loan. So considering this is part of something I use everyday, I am looking into the options with different banks and providers to make sure my money can work twice as hard!

8. Other Insurance – House, Pet & Car

Insurance is one of those necessities that is also really costly, but If you own a house, a car or own a pet, then you want to make sure you are fully covered in case anything goes wrong. But most of the time nothing does go wrong and you are still spending so much money, and now frequent flyer programs have joined up with insurance partners to help you rack up those points.

9. Utilities – Phone and Energy

Every single day, I am hooked up to my phone, like it’s a lifeline – which is so bad, I know! But with a data plan plus the phone repayments, and not to mention all the household bills, I can spend quite a lot of money. All money spent that could be earning me points to take me away from the everyday onto my next adventure! 

10. Real Estate

If you have been lucky enough to get on the property ladder, which here in my home town of Sydney is pretty tough, there is an opportunity to earn points. Some frequent flyer programs will give you points for listing, selling or purchasing property through their real estate partners!


11. Health Insurance

Making sure you are covered for your health is important to keeping fit and healthy and ultimately saving you money in the long term. But health insurance isn’t the cheapest, which is why some airlines have teamed up with health insurance brands and comparison websites to earn you points while keeping healthy.


Check out the first part of my frequent flyer series – A Beginners Guide to Earning Frequent Flyer Points – On Holiday.

Do you have any tricks to earning frequent flyer points? Let me know in the comments.


A Beginners Guide To Earning Frequent Flyer Points – On Holiday

What is the deal with frequent flyer points?

What are they?

How do they work?

Do you have to travel often to earn them?

These are all the questions I had about earning frequent flyer points or miles until very recently when I thought that it was time that I get on top of how it works.

Since figuring out how they work, I have become slightly obsessed with how I can earn them because flights aren’t the only to earn points! There are so many ways to earn points, some that you are not aware of but could get you earning points right away for things that you are doing in your every day life. So in this two-part guide, I am going to take you through some easy ways to earn frequent flyer points both on the road and while at home.

In this part, I’ll take you through understanding how to earn points for your holiday, both before you leave and while on holiday. Earning points on holiday is a no given, here are the big ticket items that you should definitely be earning points for:

1. Flights

Obviously, flights are the most obvious way to earn your frequent flyer miles, but unless you are travelling frequently, these will take some time to accrue to a decent number. Make sure you fly with the same airline or one within the same group, for example if you flew one leg on a Qantas flight and another on Finnair, because you will be able to accrue points from other flights on your main airlines frequent flyer program.

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2. Hotels

While booking your flights, you will most likely be directed to your airlines’ hotel partners, booking websites or if you are with Virgin America then you can earn points with Airbnb.

3. Travel Money

If your trip takes you overseas, then it’s more than likely that you will need different currencies where you are visiting. So most major airlines will be linked to a travel money program, if they don’t already have one themselves, for example Qantas has Qantas Cash or Virgin has Global Wallet. These programs make it much easier to access your money overseas hassle free whilst also earning frequent flyer points.


4. Travel Insurance

Travel insurance… a must have when you travel! All airlines offer travel insurance, which you will notice when booking your flights. Airlines offer bonus points if you purchase their travel insurance, the higher tier you purchase, the more bonus points you will likely earn as well!

5. Car Hire & Taxi Bookings

If you are going somewhere you will need to hire a car, then check to see if the car hire company is affiliated with your airline. If so, you can claim points on you car hire, making the expense worth something! If you are in Australia and travel with Qantas, they also offer points to customers who book a taxi through the GoCatch app.

6. Duty Free

And finally, the best part about travel, well not really. But looking through the shops as you wait at the airport to leave on your holiday full of excitement and optimism and that perfume or brand new handbag is just calling your name! To earn points, you will need to do your duty free shopping while on the plane, which will limit your options, but if you are after the giant Toblerone, that you know you are going to get, then make sure you are earning points!

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Let me know in the comments the ways that you earn frequent flyer points on holiday.