Hello everybody! I just stumbled upon this website and am SO glad I did. I have been been a world backpacker for a few years and am just now trying to learn how to really use frequent flyer miles. I know.. pathetic, right? The wealth of information online has overwhelmed me, and I feel like a lot of it doesn't really apply to my situation, which is.... I have sometimes remembered to add my frequent flyer number to flights and have a credit card with which I accrue points, but I haven't ever really known what I was supposed to do once I got the miles. Now, my miles are all over the place. I have American (15K), Delta (36K), Korean Air (13K), and US Bank Flex Perks Visa card (48K). How should I proceed? Should I try to earn enough miles in each to earn a flight, then start sticking with one? Any recommendations for a loyalty program I should try to start sticking with? Also, is there a different credit card I should switch to? I filled out the little "which frequent flyer program" profile that I found, but wanted to make a different post.. since my question's a bit more complicated. Thank you all so much for any help What is your origination city/airport? I am a seasonal worker and move all the time, which makes this difficult. Over the past few years, it has been mostly DEN, I guess... but I currently live in South Korea and will probably be moving back to Alaska next summer. EEEKK! Where do you tend to travel? US, Asia, South America, Africa, Europe... everywhere! What is you goal for the frequent flyer program (status, upgrades, rewards, etc.?) I don't care about anything but free flights. I am a wandering backpacker How much do you travel in an average year? A few flights around the US and at least one or two internationally Do you fly for business, pleasure, or a mix? All pleasure! How much of your travel is paid by someone else? This is an option?? Haha. 0% How much control do you have of choosing flights, airlines, etc.? full control What days of the week do you typically travel? whenever is cheapest Can you book flexible fares? almost always If you are likely to qualify for elite status will it be miles or segments? no clue? Do you have a preference or imposed requirement of hotel/rental car/credit card partners? no Can you get extra miles from credit cards, surveys, other partners? From a credit card, yes. How would you like to use your miles for awards? mostly big international flights or the occasional trip to visit my parents (SYR). Being poor and 25, I never stay at hotels or rent cars... so a lot of those rewards are useless to me. What benefits do you hope to receive for elite status? I just deleted this, because truly the only thing I care about is free international flights. Free domestic checked bags or a quicker check in line might be cool, but I would never notice if I were missing out on it.