Frequent Flyer Friday: Earn Miles Without Flying

Yes, it's true. You can earn miles without flying! We will use Delta as an example for today's Frequent Flyer Friday post, but these programs also apply to most other airlines including United, Southwest and American.

Earn Miles Dining

Going out for a nice dinner? Treat yourself to some miles with Delta's SkyMiles Dining. Online members will earn 3 SkyMiles per dollar at over 10,000 restaurants. Plus new members will earn up to 3,000 bonus miles in the first 30 days. You can register at


Earn Miles Shopping

Who doesn't shop online. But you probably didn't know you can earn extra airline miles through shopping portals. Delta's SkyMiles Shopping Portal allows you to earn various miles per dollar when shopping at affiliated retailers. Just a quick example. If you are shopping at Macy's and click through the Delta SkyMiles Shopping Portal, you can earn three miles per dollar on your entire purchase! Just login to SkyMiles Shopping ( with your Delta SkyMiles account/number and start shopping and earning extra miles!


The ride share service Lyft has partnered with Delta and you can earn SkyMiles for every dollar you spend with Lyft. You'll earn one mile per dollar on most rides, but rides to the airport will get you two miles per dollar! Just link your accounts ( and start riding! And if you don't have an account, you can sign-up with our referral code Brandon830916 and enjoy discounts off your first several rides!

Rental Cars

If you decide that Lyft won't just cut it for your trip and you need a rental car, don't worry, you can earn miles for Rental Car reservations too! If you rent with Hertz, regular SkyMiles members will earn 500 miles per rental. Meanwhile Delta Mellallion members will earn at least 1,000 miles per rental (1,250 for Platinum and Diamond members). And Hertz now offers elite status to Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallion members.

You can also earn 500 miles per rental with Alamo, Enterprise and National.

Credit Cards

And of course the easiest way to earn miles without flying is through airline credit cards. And Delta and American Express are currently offering increased sign-up bonuses on the Gold & Platinum Delta American Express Credit Cards.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express50,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months + additional 10,000 bonus miles after you spend an additional $1,000 in first 6 months + $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first 3 months. $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95. Sign-up here.

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express70,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first 3 months. Sign-up here.


As you can see, there are plenty of ways to earn miles without flying. And most of these tricks apply to other airlines including Southwest, American, United, etc. Just search for the United Shopping Portal, Southwest Dining, etc.

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