Hello Milepoint community! I've been interested in the intricacies of FF programs for the last few years, but since I am young (19) and had absolutely no income back then, I didn't actually entertain the thought until recently. The good news? I'm in college and now have a small amount of income (scholarship general stipend) each quarter. I'm wondering how realistic it is for me to take advantage of any of the programs to "get ahead", so to speak, on my miles accruing or even garner a free flight or two. I spend only about $1500 every three months, which I realize is virtually nothing. I've looked at some of the credit cards with bonuses that don't involve spending limits -- are these a viable option, presuming I qualify for them? The few that I've looked at are the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus and the Mastercard by Barclays. Both give miles bonuses without a spending limit to reach. Is it wise to try and use these rewards? What's my best option here? I'm most interested in flying during the summer or longer breaks, which I realize are peak times for a lot of places, but I also enjoy exploring on random weekends; college makes that difficult sometimes, however. Another question, one which sparks my interest as someone who enjoys this sort of thing, is that I was wondering if buying goods which have a very, very high resale value (~90%) and reselling them to essentially buy miles extremely cheap is viable. For example, one could buy an iPad at retail for $500, gaining the miles & points, and then selling it locally or on ebay for perhaps $460-480. Is that a misguided premise that's probably too time-extensive to work? I'm curious to hear your thoughts - I've heard this is a friendly place so hopefully these questions won't seem too dumb! This might help so I'll add this as well: What is your origination city/airport? - SEA Where do you tend to travel? - Places that aren't the continental US; I'm interested in Europe, Canada, Mexico and any of the Pacific Islands What is you goal for the frequent flyer program (status, upgrades, rewards, etc.?) - Free/cheaper flights How much do you travel in an average year? - Normally, maybe three or four flights per year, one international Do you fly for business, pleasure, or a mix? - Almost always for pleasure, I love traveling new places and improving my photography! How much of your travel is paid by someone else? - Not much, though I guess my parents have always funded my travel. That being said, if I want to travel by myself or with one of my fraternity brothers, I'll be the one funding it. How much control do you have of choosing flights, airlines, etc.? Right now I have total control, I'm not tied down to a specific airline or anything, though I generally use Alaska and I suppose I have a modest sum of miles currently from a few flights. What days of the week do you typically travel? Weekends or breaks, but I'd like to try for Summer or the breaks in between quarters (December 14-Jan 3; March 13-28; June 4-Sept 27) Can you book flexible fares? My dates during those times would be flexible, yeah If you are likely to qualify for elite status will it be miles or segments? - Not likely, I wish! Do you have a preference or imposed requirement of hotel/rental car/credit card partners? - Not at this time Can you get extra miles from credit cards, surveys, other partners? - I'd like to, I have time for managing these sort of things! How would you like to use your miles for awards? (Intl F & C trips, domestic flights, other non flight awards). International flights, preferably! Any other domestic flight is probably related to family, in which case my parents would pay for it. What benefits do you hope to receive for elite status? - None of these are entirely important, but these three are the most relevent, I suppose! upgrades: free, with instruments, paid lounge access: domestic vs international travel OPUPs (Upgrades without fees, miles, or upgrade documents) Thanks for reading!