How to Earn Airline Miles Without Flying

These four strategies will help you accumulate points toward free flights.

If you like to travel but the cost of flying is keeping you grounded, you should be taking advantage of credit card rewards programs that let you rack up points for free flights. You don’t even have to hop on a plane to earn miles. In fact, it’s faster to earn points on the ground than in the air with a rewards card if you aren’t a frequent flyer, says Brian Karimzad, director of, a site for comparing travel rewards cards.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.