The best part of earning and managing your frequent flier miles is actually using them to travel someplace new. So what’s the fastest way to get to that point? In this CNBC article, frequent traveler Darren Booth shares some tips for quickly accumulating miles. Booth, who says he takes advantage of every opportunity to rack up miles, explains that the first step is choosing one airline or alliance to focus on. Although your preferred airline might not always fly to your destination, all of the major airlines have alliance partners that enable you to have the earned miles posted to your preferred account. The next way to gain lots of points quickly is through signing up for a credit card that partners with your preferred airline. These companies usually offer significant bonus miles when you first sign up, and again after your first qualified purchase. As long as you can pay off the balance each month, using one of these cards for all of your expenses will help you rack up a lot of points, even after that initial period. Other ways to earn miles include staying at partnering hotels, which sometimes allow you to earn miles rather than hotel points, and strategic online shopping. Booth also mentions those special offers that frequently arrive via email. While many of the offers might not interest you, it can be worth checking out just in case it’s for something you were planning to purchase anyway. On the other hand, this article in USA Today points out that in a recent study, 54 percent of loyalty program members said they felt so annoyed with constant emails and offers that they were ready to quit the program. As Booth says, you can always ignore and delete the ones you’re not interested in, but for some people it’s simply not worth the hassle. Finally, what if you want to use your award travel, but you’re just not quite there? If you’re only a few miles short, you can purchase what you need to put you over the top. Although of course you wouldn’t want to buy a whole bunch of miles, it’s nice to have a way to quickly get the extras you need so you can book that hard-earned reward travel. We can help you manage all of your reward points and miles so that you can keep track of what you have, how much you need, and more quickly arrive at the fun part–booking that long-awaited vacation. Contact us to find out more.