The Best Way to Bulk Up or Replenish Your Miles

The single most lucrative thing you can do to earn large amounts of miles, quickly and easily, is to sign up for credit cards that offer big up front bonuses.

You can cancel the cards within a year if you wish, to avoid paying future annual fees. Just put enough spending on the card to earn the bonus, and then you can get more cards in the future.

I like to sign up for new credit cards about every 90 days. And I like to pick one card from each credit issuer each time. I can also often get one of each personal and business card from each at that time.

I’ve written about managing good credit to fly and stay cheaply all over the world. If you have good credit you can do this, and you often even improve your credit in the process (because more available unused credit is good for your score). The only time I don’t do this is in advance of getting a mortgage or doing a refinance.

So what I thought would be useful would be to highlight some of the better offers that you can take advantage of, it’s the best way possible to replenish your miles.

Since I suggest getting one from each issuer (or one personal plus business card from each), I’ll organize the offers by credit card company. The three biggest for strong mileage offers are American Express, Chase, and Citibank.

Chase

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

  • 50,000 Bonus points after $4000 in spending within 3 months
  • Double points on travel and restaurant spending
  • Points transfer to your choice of United, British Airways, Korean Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Southwest, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, IHG Rewards Club
  • No foreign currency conversion fees
  • $0 fee the first year then $95

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. Can you please update the link to the article on “managing good credit to fly and stay cheaply all over the world”? Right now it’s taking you to a page not found error. Thanks!

  2. Gary, you seem to have left out American Express…and to have placed the Citi Hilton card under you Chase category.

    Hit the “post” button prematurely, perhaps?

  3. Gary. Seriously, you sign up for a new bonus every 90 days? I really have a hard time believing this since you make in the six figures off of credit referrals and you travel so much for work whete you’re earning massive mikes. You’ve often said you have six figure mile balances with just AA. Please.

  4. Gary. Seriously, you sign up for a new bonus every 90 days? I really have a hard time believing this since you make in the six figures off of credit referrals and you travel so much for work where you’re earning massive miles. You’ve often said you have six figure mile balances with just AA. Please.

    And now you’re moderating comments?

  5. Your link – “managing-good-credit-to-fly-and-stay-free-all-over-the-world “doesn’t work

  6. I would like your opinion on which cards to renew, i.e. pay the annual fee, or not?

    I have American and Alaska due this month.

  7. I have worked with Steve and Gary for a long time. Always with great result. I’ve Been able to get business class tickets with my otherwise useless miles✈️✈️✈️

  8. When I click on your advice column under “Keep or cancel” this is what I get:
    “Oops! That page can’t be found.”

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