Step 1: Get an Account with AwardWallet (FREE)
If you're looking to keep track of your points, miles, and other loyalty currency, create an AwardWallet account. We track over 650 different programs!
Step 2: Check Your Credit Scores (FREE)
Step 3: Sign Up for Loyalty Programs (FREE)
It's free to sign up for airline or hotel loyalty programs. If you plan on accruing miles or points in any program, you will need to be a member. Sign up and then add the programs to your AwardWallet account for easy tracking. Here are the most popular ones we see in AwardWallet.
- American Airlines (AAdvantage)
- British Airways (Executive Club)
- JetBlue Airways (trueBlue)
- United MileagePlus
- Delta SkyMiles
Step 4: Apply for Rewarding Credit Cards
Once you know that your credit score is good to excellent, you can apply for travel credit cards that meet your travel needs.
Earning points that transfer to different travel programs is an excellent way to start. You can receive transferable points with the following rewards programs: Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Citi Thank You Rewards. Below are credit cards that receive points in each program.
Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card – 50,000 bonus points
- Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card – Earn 80,000 bonus points
American Express Membership Rewards®
- Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express – 25,000 points
- The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN – 50,000 points
- The Platinum Card® from American Express – 60,000 points
- The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN – 75,000 points
Citi ThankYou® Rewards
Step 5: Receive Miles & Points on Every Purchase
Use your rewards credit card responsibly to receive miles and points on every purchase you make. Many rewards cards will give you multiple points per $1 on certain categories. For example, the Sapphire Preferred receives 2x points per $1 on dining and travel.
If you're shopping online, you can receive multiple points per $1 by going through online shopping portals.
Also, don't forget to sign up for dining programs, so you can double your earning for dining out. There's also usually a sign-up bonus for just joining and dining your first time at an in network restaurant. You can sign up for the major dining programs below:
Step 6: Have a Plan & Know How to Redeem Your Miles
Follow the AwardWallet blog for the best tips and techniques on how to use your miles and points.