50+ Ways to Earn Miles & Points!

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You can get Big Travel with Small Money from miles and points credit cards.  But do you know there are more than 50 ways you can earn miles and points?

50+ Ways To Earn Miles Points

Do You Know All the Ways You Can Earn Miles and Points?

Earning miles and points can be easy, especially if you know the secrets, which I’ll share with you below.

Before showing you 10+ ways to earn points by paying a fee, let’s look at the better way.

34 Ways to Earn Miles & Points WITHOUT Paying Extra Fees

You can use your credit card to earn miles and points on a regular basis without paying extra fees.

Note:   Some of these bonus points offers change on occasion, so you should check to make sure the offer is still available.

Regular Expenses

1.   Insurance

Some companies will let you pay your medical, vision, car, homeowners, or renter’s insurance with a credit card.

Folks who have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for medical expenses might be able to pay with a credit card and then submit a request for reimbursement.

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Earn Miles and Points by Paying Your Medical Insurance With Your Credit Card

Tip:  If you get an insurance company payment for car or home repair, you may be able to use your credit card to pay those expenses and use the money from the insurance company to pay your credit card bill.  (Hat Tip to Roger Haynie)

2.   Cable, Hulu, Netflix, or Satellite Television

You can earn miles and points paying your cable, Hulu, Netflix, or satellite television bills.  And you can earn 25,000 United Airlines miles when you sign-up for DIRECTV.

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You Can Get 25,000 United Airlines Miles Signing up for DIRECTV

3.   Cell Phone and Internet

You can pay your cell phone and internet bills with a credit card.

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Monthly Cellphone Bills Won’t Be That Scary When You’re Earning Miles and Points

The Chase Ink Plus and Ink Cash cards get you 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you use them to pay your cable TV and internet bills.

4.   Utilities

The permanent way to earn miles and points is to pay your utilities with a credit card.  Sometimes there are bonuses when you become a new customer and for your monthly utility charges.

Some folks might consider paying their utilities with online bill paying services like Evolve Money or Bluebird.

However, Evolve Money now charges a 3% fee for paying bills with prepaid debit or gift cards, and credit cards.  So it’s no longer worth it for most folks.

Note:   Not all utility companies allow you to pay by credit card.  And some charge a fee.

Note:   These offers are subject to change and some have expiration dates.

American Airlines:
Delta:
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Georgia Natural Gas Customers Can Get 2,500 Delta Airlines Miles

JetBlue:
Southwest:
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You Can Get 15,000 Southwest Points as a Reliant Customer

United Airlines:
Virgin America:
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Energy Plus Customers in Some States Can Get 2,500 Virgin America Points

5.   Dining

Dining out is another way to earn miles and points.  And you can also pick up some bonuses.

Be sure to read the rules about the dining programs.  For instance, you can NOT register the same credit card in more than 1 Rewards Network program.  ex. Your enrolled Sapphire Preferred will earn American Airlines miles OR United Airlines miles but not both.

Note:   These offers are subject to change and some have expiration dates.

  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Dining gets you 500 Alaska Airlines miles and up to 5 Alaska Airlines miles for every $1 you spend
  • American Airlines AAdvantage Dining Program by Rewards Network up to 5 American Airlines miles for every $1 you spend, and sometimes you can earn a 2,000 mile bonus
  • American Express iDine gets you up to 15% back
  • Delta SkyMiles Dining gets you 3,500 Delta Airlines miles and up to 5 Delta Airlines miles for every $1 you spend
  • Hawaiian Airlines Mogl gets you up to 25% cash back redeemable only for Hawaiian Airlines miles (But Mogl has a very limited number of participating restaurants)
  • Hilton HHonors Dining gets you 2,000 Hilton points and up to 8 points for every $1 you spend
  • IHG Rewards Club Dining gets you 1,000 IHG points and up to 8 points for every $1 you spend
  • Orbitz Rewards Dining gets you up to 5% in Orbucks for every $1 you spend (Orbucks is Orbitz’s rewards program.)
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining gets you 3 points for every $1 spent; 10 points for a dining review; 500 bonus points after earning 1,500 points; and 300 bonus points for every 1,000 points you earn after the first 1,500 points
  • Spirit Free Spirit Dining gets you 1,000 Spirit Miles and up to 5 Spirit Airlines miles for every $1 you spend
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Earn 1,000 IHG Points With IHG Rewards Club Dining

A few cards that earn bonus points at restaurants:

 

6.   Groceries

Pay for your groceries using a miles and points earning credit card.  You can also buy grocery store gift cards and use them later.

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Earn Miles and Points Buying Groceries

Some cards give you extra points or cash back at grocery stores:

7.   Gas

Use your new credit card at the pump instead of paying cash or using your debit card.  Although some gas stations may charge more for using a credit card at the pump instead of a debit card.

I’d recommend you avoid using your credit card if you have to pay more unless you have to meet minimum spending on new credit cards.

Instead consider buying gas station gift cards inside at the cashier, or at other stores that sell them.  Then use those gift cards to fill your tank.

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Buying Gas Can Earn You Miles and Points

A few of the cards that earn extra points at gas stations are:

8.   Shopping Online

A.   Online Shopping Malls

Most airlines have an online shopping mall where you can earn additional miles and points for shopping:

You can use Evreward or CashBackMonitor to see which shopping portal has the best bonus.

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Shop Online and Get Bonus Miles and Points

B.   Flowers

Most of the airlines have flower companies in their online shopping malls.  When you buy flowers for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, you can use these links to find the best bonuses.

Note:   Bonuses change so keep checking for the best offers.

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Send Flowers to Brighten Someone’s Day While Earning Miles and Points!

C.   Thanks Again Network

You can also earn miles and points with the Thanks Again network.

Thanks Again lets you earn miles and points with your enrolled credit card when you shop at participating Thanks Again locations (usually in airports).

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You Can Earn Miles and Points at the Airport

10.   Gifts

Paying for gifts, including store gift cards, for the holidays, birthdays, graduations and other special events on your credit cards will earn you lots of miles and points.

If you’re looking to get points now, you might consider buying gifts in advance and stocking up on store gift cards to use later.  You can also buy American Express, Visa or MasterCard gift cards (for a fee) to give as gifts.

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Earn Miles and Points Buying MasterCard Gift Cards to Give as Presents

11.   Amazon & Store Gift Cards

You can earn miles shopping on Amazon and at local stores.

A.   Amazon

I love Amazon because it has almost everything I need!  You can buy things now or stock up on Amazon gift cards (no expiration date) to use later.  (Hat Tip to Gary Steiger)

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Earn Miles and Points Buying Amazon Gift Cards

And you’ll get 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points when the Chase Freedom card has Amazon as its bonus category!

B.   Stores

Buying store gift cards are a great way to earn miles and points.  

Some gas stations, office supply stores, and grocery stores also sell gift cards.

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Stock up on Gift Cards to Use Later and Earn Miles and Points

12.   Gym Memberships

Pay for your gym membership with a credit card.

You can earn 2,000 United Airlines miles when you joint select gyms.

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Get in Shape While Earning Miles and Points

13.   Spa

Emily and I love the spa and being able to earn miles and points for spa treatments makes it more enjoyable!

  • American Airlines offers 3 American Airlines miles per $1 spent via Spa Finder
  • JetBlue offers 3 points per $1 spent via Spa Finder 
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Relax While Earning Miles and Points

14.   Car Repairs

Save your checks and debit cards to pay for other things.  Use your credit card for that oil change or car repair.

Consider buying an AAA membership with your credit card.  Not only do you get flat tires and batteries replaced, but you get hotel discounts.

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Ouch! Pay for Car Repairs With Your Credit Card

15.   Contractor Supplies

Some contractors may let you buy the supplies needed for your construction project directly from places like Home Depot and Lowe’s.

And during some quarters, Home Depot and Lowe’s is a 5X bonus category on the Chase Freedom card.

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Pay for Your Remodeling Materials With Your Credit Card

16.   Toll Transponders

You can load your automated toll transponder account (I-Pass, K-Tag, FastTrak, etc.) with a credit card.  (Hat Tip to Gary Steiger)

Use your Chase Sapphire Preferred card and earn 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

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Save Your Cash and Use Your Credit Card to Pay Tolls

17.   Buy, Refinance, or Sell

If you’re buying, refinancing or selling a home, you can earn American Airlines miles:

Note:  Some offers are limited in certain states.

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Buying or Refinancing a Home Can Get You 1,250 to 2,000 American Airlines Miles for Every $10,000 of the Purchase Price or Refinance Amount

18.   Banking and Investments

A.   Opening Bank Accounts

You can earn bonus miles and points for opening bank accounts.  Although, different banks have different offers depending on your deposits, so it pays to shop around.

Note:   Promotions constantly change and some have expiration dates.

Note:   Citi sends a 1099 for the value of American Airlines miles you receive.

B.   Investments

You can earn up to 50,000 American Airlines, Delta Airlines, or United Airlines miles when you open and transfer money into a non-retirement brokerage account with Fidelity.  You can even get the miles when you add money to an existing Fidelity account.

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Up to 50,000 American Airlines, Delta Airlines or United Airlines Miles When You Open a Non-Retirement Account With Fidelity

19.   Charitable Contributions

Instead of writing a check or using cash to make donations and regular religious contributions to your church, temple, etc., many charities let you use a credit card. (Hat Tip to Megan)

Some charities accept gifts from PayPal making it easy for you to use your credit card.  And you can use your US Bank FlexPerk Travel Rewards card to earn 3X FlexPerks points.

You can earn airline miles donating to the National Foundation for Cancer Research:

When you donate to the USO, you’ll earn 10 American Airlines miles for every $1 donated (minimum $25 donation).

And for every $1 you donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, you’ll get 10 American Airlines miles (up to 60,000 American Airlines miles in a 12-month period).

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Get American Airlines Miles When You Help the Fight Against Breast Cancer

20.   Surveys

Folks with spare time can pick up extra miles completing surveys.  I don’t think this is worth the time involved but you might!

A.   e-Miles

You earn e-Miles miles when you complete surveys which you can convert to airline miles and hotel points:

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Earn e-Miles for Completing Surveys, Then Convert to Airline Miles, Like United Airlines

B.   e-Rewards

You can earn airlines miles, hotel points, and gift cards for completing surveys.  However, most programs are by invitation only.

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You Can Earn Frontier Miles (and Other Airlines Miles) Completing Surveys on e-Rewards

C.   Other Survey Sites

Here are a few other survey sites where you can earn airline miles and points:

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Earn 400 Spirit Miles When You Join Miles for Thoughts and Complete Your 1st Survey

21.   Home Security

In the market for a home security system?

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Earn 15,000 Hawaiian Airlines Miles When You Buy a Home Security System

22.   Golf

Book your tee time with Golfmiles and earn miles and points in your choice of 10 frequent flyer programs:

  • American Airlines
  • Etihad
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • IcelandAir
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin America
  • Virgin Atlantic
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Earn Airline Miles When You Book a Round of Golf With Golfmiles

23.   eBooks

I love reading, especially eBooks.  When you subscribe to Entitle eBook, you can get 750 JetBlue points.

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750 JetBlue Points When You Subscribe to Entitle eBooks

24.   Car Services

You can get airline miles using a car service.

And you can get 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points for using your Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

A.   GroundLink

When you use Groundlink’s car service you can earn:

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Use Groundlink and Get 200 United Airlines Miles

B.   Zipcar

Sign-up and use for Zipcar and earn:

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500 JetBlue Points for Signing-Up With Zipcar

C.   Uber

You can pick up miles and points using Uber:

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Earn Miles and Points While Using Uber

25.   Business Reimbursements

If you travel for business, you may be able to charge your expenses to your credit cards and submit for reimbursement from your employer.

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Why Should Your Employer Earn Miles and Points, When You Can Instead?

26.   Web Services

Starting an online business, blog, or just want a personal email address?  You can earn 1,000 American Airlines miles when you purchase web services through Network Solutions.

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Earn 1,000 American Airlines Miles for Each Domain, Email Address, or Website You Purchase Through NetworkSolutions

27.   Wedding Expenses

Get ready for your big day by paying for your flowers, photographer, and other wedding expenses with your credit card!

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Start Your Marriage With Lots of Miles and Points by Paying for Your Wedding Expenses With Your Credit Card

28.   Broadway Shows, Concerts, and Sports

You can earn miles when you buy tickets to different events.

A.   Audience Rewards

You can earn bonus miles & points when you buy Broadway show tickets:

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Earn up to 100 American Airlines Miles When You Buy a Broadway Ticket

B.   Score Big

Buying sports tickets can earn you United Airlines miles.

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Hit a Home Run With United Airlines Miles Buying Tickets Through Score Big

29.   Online Searches

Turn your computer time into miles, points, and gift cards.

A.   Bing Bar

You can earn JetBlue points when you install and use the Bing Bar when surfing the internet.

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Lots of Computer Time Could Get You a Free Flight

B.   Hawaiian Airlines MileFinder

Install and use the Hawaiian Airlines MileFinder search bar and earn 1 Hawaiian Airlines mile for every 3 valid searches (up to 1,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles per month).

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Every 3 Web Searches Earns You 1 Hawaiian Airlines Mile

30.   Reimbursement for Purchases

You can earn miles and points paying for family members’ (or friends who are trustworthy) expenses with your credit card, and they can pay you back.

For example, use your credit card to buy your mom’s new microwave, and then ask her to write you a check for the purchase amount.

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This Year a Microwave, Next Year a Washer and Dryer!

31.   Split Payments

Many stores will let you use multiple credit cards for 1 purchase transaction.

For example, you can ask the clerk to charge $200 on your Visa card, $1,000 on your American Express, and $1,000 on your MasterCard to pay for your $2,200 DSLR camera and lenses.  That way you can complete your minimum spending on more than 1 card.  (Hat Tip to Roger Haynie)

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Use Multiple Credit Cards to Pay for Expenses Like a Digital Camera and Lenses

32.   Additional Cards for Your Partner or Children

Earn more miles and points by getting authorized user cards for your trusted loved ones.  They can charge all their expenses while you earn the miles and points.  Be careful because this can get expensive quickly!

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Big Family Means More Miles and Points!

33.   Quarterly Bonuses With Freedom

You can get 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points (up to 7,500 a quarter) when you use your Freedom card to shop at participating bonus categories each quarter.

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Use Your Chase Freedom Card to Earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Each Month at Select Bonus Categories Like Restaurants

34.   Office Supply Stores

When you use your Ink Plus, Ink Bold, or Ink Cash card at office supply stores, you’ll earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  (The limit is $50,000 in purchases per card year for the Ink Plus and Ink Bold and $25,000 for the Ink Cash.)

You can transfer your Ink Cash points to partner airlines and hotels if you have the Ink Plus, Ink Bold, or Sapphire Preferred.  

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Buying Business Supplies at Office Supply Stores Can Get You 5X Points

18 Ways to Earn Miles & Points With Your Card but You’ll Pay a Fee

Usually paying a convenience fee (2% or higher) to pay with a credit card on a regular basis is not worth the miles and points you earn.

However, it could be worth it to meet the minimum spending on a credit card for a large sign-up bonus or to reach a spending threshold, such as spending $30,000 in a year to earn a Travel Together companion ticket on the British Airways card.

But you should only do what’s comfortable for you.

1.   American Express, MasterCard, and Visa Gift Cards

You can pay for American Express, MasterCard, and Visa gift cards with credit cards at (some) gas stations, grocery stores, malls, etc.  But you’ll pay a fee on each gift card which varies depending on the amount of the gift card purchased.

You can buy American Express gift cards from places like Big Crumbs and TopCashBack and get cash back (the amount varies).  You’ll pay a fee, but sometimes American Express has promo codes that waive the gift card fees.

Do NOT use Citi cards to buy American Express gift cards from American Express.  That’s because Citi will count it as a cash advance.

American Express gift cards never expire so you can use them now or later.

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Use Your Credit Card (Except Citi Cards) to Buy American Express Gift Cards

2.   AMEX Serve

Earn miles and points each month by loading your Serve account with PIN-enabled gift cards bought with a credit card.  Then pay the bill using your Serve account!

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Use Serve to Grow Your Miles and Points Accounts

3.   Plastiq

Plastiq is a payment service which allows folks to pay loans, rent, mortgages, utilities, tuition, and other bills you can’t pay with a credit card.

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Use Plastiq to Pay Utilities and Other Bills You Can’t Normally Pay With a Credit Card

They charge a flat 2.5% fee.  But sometimes they have promotions for lower rates!

4.   Babysitter, Maids, Pet Sitters, Handymen, Yard Work Providers

Some service providers such as baby sitters, maids, and pet sitters may accept PayPal for payment.  They might even take American Express, MasterCard, or Visa gift cards.

You could also use your Bluebird card to pay your baby sitter.  That’s because you can load Bluebird with a Visa gift card and write a check or send these workers checks.

You can load Serve with a PIN-enabled gift card, then use Serve to send money to folks who work for you.  Or you can withdraw money from your Serve account for free at MoneyPass ATMs.

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You Can Pay Your Maid With a Bluebird Check

5.   Contractors

Most contractors prefer to be paid with check, but you might find some contractors who are willing to take PayPal or American Express, MasterCard, or Visa gift cards.

If your contract won’t accept a gift card, you can load your Bluebird with a Visa gift card and pay with a check.

Load your Serve account with a PIN-enabled gift card (bought with a credit card) to pay your contractor.  Or withdraw cash for free at MoneyPass ATMs from your Serve account.

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Serve Lets You Get Fee Free Cash From ATMs to Pay Your Contractor

6.   Student Loans

You can send a payment on student loans with your Serve account.

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Get Miles While Paying Your Student Loans With Serve

7.   Evolve Money

You can use your Visa and MasterCard to pay bills through your Evolve account.  Or buy gift cards with a credit card and use those instead!

But you’ll pay a 3% fee to use a credit card and some debit or gift cards, so I wouldn’t use Evolve unless I had to meet minimum spending requirements!

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Get Miles by Paying Bills Online With Evolve

8.   Mortgage

Pay your mortgage with a credit card on ChargeSmart.  But you’ll pay a fee which will be either a percentage of the transaction cost or a flat fee depending on the biller.

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ChargeSmart Lets You Earn Miles and Points Paying Your Mortgage

9.   Rent

You can pay your rent with a number of services, each of which charge fees:

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Pay Your Rent With a Credit Card

10.   Car

Make your monthly car payments and annual registration fee with a mile and point earning credit card.

A.   Payments

You can make your car payments with a credit card via ChargeSmart.

Again, I’d suggest you ONLY do this when meeting minimum spending requirements to get a big sign-up bonus.  Because the fee for ChargeSmart will likely negate the value of the miles & points you earn!

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You Can Earn Miles Every Month Paying Your Car Payment via ChargeSmart

B.   Registration

Some states will let you pay your car registration with a credit card for a small convenience fee (although some states don’t charge a fee).

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Earn Miles Paying Your Car Registration Fees Online (Some States Charge a Small Fee)

11.   Utilities

For a small fee you can pay for utilities like electricity and water and electricity with a credit card to your utility company or via ChargeSmart.

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Big Electric Bills Mean More Miles and Points!

12.   College Tuition

Take the sting out of paying college tuition by earning miles and points by paying with a credit card.  Fees vary depending on your college.  For more information, check with your school or Official Payments.

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Some Colleges and Universities Accept Credit Cards to Pay for Tuition

13.   Student Loans

Some private student loans will accept credit cards as payment on student loans.  However, most do NOT accept credit cards for payments.  For those that won’t accept credit cards directly, you can use Bluebird, Evolve Money, or ChargeSmart.

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You Can Use ChargeSmart to Pay Your SallieMae Student Loans

14.   Property Taxes

Some counties let you pay your property taxes with a credit card for a fee.  You can pay directly to your county or via a 3rd party service provider such as Official Payments.

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Official Payments Accepts Credit Cards (for a Fee) to Pay Your Property Taxes

15.   Federal Taxes

You can pay your Federal Income taxes with a credit card for a fee.  The fee varies depending on which service provider you use to make your payment.

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For a Small Fee You Can Pay Your Federal Taxes With a Credit Card

16.   State & Local Taxes

Some states let you pay your state and local taxes directly with a credit card or through Official Payments for a fee.

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Pay State and Local Taxes With a Credit Card to Earn Miles and Points

17.   Venmo

You can use Venmo to earn miles and points by transferring money to friends and family using your smartphone.  But you’ll pay a 3% fee when you use a credit card.  You should only do this to complete minimum spending.  Otherwise, the fees aren’t worth it.

Note:  Venmo closes accounts that frequently transfer money back and forth between 2 people.

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Venmo Lets You Use a Credit Card (for a 3% Fee) to Transfer Money to Friends and Family

18.   PayPal

PayPal is another way folks can transfer funds to family and friends while earning miles and points.  But you’ll pay a fee of 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction, so you shouldn’t do this on a regular basis.

Note:  PayPal is quick to suspend or close accounts.

Bottom Line

You can earn miles and points when you make payments with your credit cards.

Some places charge a fee, but for folks who have to meet minimum spending requirements to get large sign-up bonuses, it could be worth it.  Although, I don’t recommend paying fees to use credit cards on a regular basis.

What are your favorite ways to earn miles and points?

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12 responses to “50+ Ways to Earn Miles & Points!

  1. Jason Tsongas

    A word of caution for anyone considering signing up with Energy Plus. The points are a nice little bonus but their energy prices change very frequently and the price initially may seem competitive but very quickly you are paying more than any other supplier. In other words, get in and get out or you will be paying for those miles you got initially on signup. If you want to learn a bit more about their practices, just google “energy plus rate hikes” and most of the top links returned talk about them.

  2. Looks like someone might have a slight case of the OMAAT-envy and is trying hard to compete for saps, I mean affliate-conversions, dammit, I mean Hobbyists’ eyeballs…

  3. Utility bills are a great way to meet min. spend. I pay $500. up front for $1.75 fee. The fee is the same no matter how much you pay so I pay in advance. Thanks Darius for all you do, you too Emily!

  4. Getting better mms! Not yet independent research since it’s just summary of all links but still useful as its all in one place. Earlier you used to just pick ideas from other bloggers and even just link to them directly. Not it’s getting better. Keep up the good work and you will finally be the earning the credit card commissions. Good luck.

  5. Neat you mention surveys – e-rewards sent me an invite years ago, and I’ve been doing it for Southwest miles. I agree it’s not the best use of time for the number of Southwest miles you get compared to the amount of time you put in to get them… *however*, if you, like me, have a giant stockpile of Southwest miles, use a flexible-point card like the Sapphire rather than a Southwest-specific card, and sometimes go a couple years without flying anywhere, e-rewards could be an *invaluable* tool in making sure those points don’t disappear from inactivity ;). They count for Companion Pass status, too! (e-miles, on the other hand, is a joke. I signed up for that one years ago, I think I’ve got a total of 1000 points from them, total, over years.)

    The funny thing, though, was for ages, I thought e-rewards was the only company like it, and that, thus, all you could get for surveys was airline points. Earlier in the year, having determined that e-rewards miles *do* count for Companion Pass status, and being that I was going for it thanks to your advice (I’ve had it now since April :D), I went looking if there were any other tricks like that, and discovered Valued Opinions. Grabbed one $20 Southwest mile redemption… then discovered they also pay in Amazon gift cards, and my eyes were opened. Googled around – turns out there are *dozens* of survey sites that pay better rewards than just airline miles – some have Amazon gift card redemptions, some even just pay you cash through paypal, or mail you checks. I’d never even thought about it! So I’ve tried a bunch of them out, now, and I’ve actually made a bit over a hundred bucks this month for not a huge amount of effort, which is just crazy! (Mostly from 3 sites: Social Opinions, Opinion Outpost, and yes, Valued Opinions. Those are my favorites in terms of non-bugginess and amount they pay; there are plenty of other decent ones, too, but also an even larger number of totally-not-worth-it sites.)

    But yeah. Don’t really recommend bothering with e-rewards if you just want the miles for the sake of miles, but totally recommend it if you want the miles for any of the side-effects of miles being deposited.

  6. Jason Tsongas makes a good point, and anyone signing up for a new electricity supplier needs to be aware that companies charge in one of two different ways. One way is a fixed price per kWh, and the other way is variable pricing. The actual cost of electricity changes during the day and between seasons (also search for “time of use pricing”).

    Energy Plus is not the only utility who does this. But it can be a nasty shock if you don’t read the fine print. Fortunately their landing pages says there is no cancellation fee. As always, caveat emptor.

  7. United has a better 30k DirecTV offer out there.

    You don’t have to install the “Bing Bar” to earn Bing credits on the Bing browser. You can redeem 400 (or 385 depending on your status) Bing points for 100 United, American, Hawaiian, IHG Hotel or Virgin America miles/points. Not a lot but you can easily earn 15 to 20 Bing points a day in less than a minute or so while browsing the news or doing regular searches.
    https://www.bing.com/rewards/redeem

  8. I have done the surveys and have gotten a lot of points actually. I am signed up for a lot of them and signed my husband up too. Yeah, they take some time, but you can do them watching TV or waiting room at the doctor’s office. They add up. You get more surveys being honest. They can tell if you just put any ol answer to get through it.

  9. For those criticizing the article and blog, it’s free to read and you don’t need to read it. Whether or not he is making money, there’s a lot of valuable information here. If you are into travel rewards and aren’t reading at least a handful of blogs, you aren’t doing your research.

  10. Register now to get 500 bonus miles and a chance to win 90,000 miles! Not a member yet?

  11. For cash back offer comparisons, you can visit http://www.cashbackbin.com

  12. Is it possible to earn e-rewards for Delta, via Wyndham? Basically have delta linked to your Wyndham account so the reward points earned from e-rewards are sent to Wyndham first but ultimately go to delta?

    Many thanks