Over 250 Ways To Rack Up Airline Miles Without Actually Flying

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Earn Miles Without Flying

If you’re looking for ways to earn even more airline miles to boost your balance, earning with that airline’s partners is a great option. With partnerships and alliances, you can earn  miles without flying in your favorite program via things like rental cars, shopping online, and even your electric bill. Here’s a look at the many ways to build up your frequent flyer miles stash without flying or opening a specific credit card.

Scope of This Post

We will consider airline programs that have bank point transfers in the U.S. That way, we are only considering programs where you can build up your stash of points via transfers AND earning in other means. This also means we won’t consider programs like Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer. While it is a member of the Oneworld alliance and has means for earning points & miles, it has no bank transfer partners to help accumulate miles for redemption bookings.

We also aren’t going to mention every credit card that earns miles with these programs, since those are quite obvious. Instead, we want to draw your attention to partner programs that offer opportunities for earning your favorite airline miles via alliances and partnerships that you might not know about.

Earn Miles With These Airlines via Their Partners

Aer Lingus AerClub

AerClub is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards, as well as HSBC Rewards for those who hold the two premier cards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Shopping portal shop on the AerClub eStore to earn Avios with partnered brands.
  • Hotel stays – book with Avios Hotels (15 Avios per £1 spent), Marriott (2 Avios per $1 spent), Booking.comm (6 Avios per €1 spent), The Merrion Dublin (2 Avios per €1 spent), Kaligo (5-20 Avios per £1 spent), or Meliá (3 Avios per €1 spent).
  • Grocery shopping in Ireland – shop at SuperValu and convert the rewards from that program to Avios at 1:1.
  • Shopping – earn 4 Avios per 1 euro spent at Kildcare locations throughout Europe, 5 Avios per 1 euro spent at Decathlon sporting good stores in Dublin, 5 Avios per 1 euro spent with Oliver Bonas (and a 250 Avios bonus on your first transaction), and 1 Avios per 1 euro spent at Appleby Jewellers Dublin.
  • Devine’s Chauffer Service – earn 3 Avios per 1 euro or 1 GBP spent after linking your card and taking a ride in UK, Europe, and the US.
  • Aer Lingus Holidays – 1 Avios per 1 euro spent on vacation packages.
  • Heathrow Rewards – earn rewards for shopping or parking at London Heathrow airport and transfer these 1:1 to AerClub.
  • Viator Vacations – earn 4 Avios per 1 euro spent.
  • Loungepass visits – 12 Avios per 1 euro spent on a lounge visit.
  • Car rentals – rent with Avis (5 Avios per 1 euro spent) or Budget (2 Avios per 1 euro spent).
  • Midpoint Money Transfer – get 1 Avios for ever 11 euros exchanged/transferred internationally.

Aeromexico Club Premier: Earn Miles Without Flying

Club Premier is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Brex Rewards, Capital One Miles, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Hotel stays – earn up to 25,000 points per night, depending on the partner, booked here. Additionally, you can earn on stays with Accor, Best Western, Choice Hotels, City Express, Fiesta, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Meliá, and NH Hotel Group, as well as Rocketmiles.
  • Rental cars – get up to a 20% discount on rentals with Hertz, plus periodic bonuses offer up to 3,000 bonus points on rentals.
  • Uber Eats – orders in Mexico can earn Club Premier points.
  • Travel insurance – bookings with Assist Card can earn Club Premier points.
  • Shopping – 11 different online shops offer opportunities for earning points. See the details here.
  • Buy a car – you can earn 32,000 points when buying with Buick and GMC or 60,000 points when buying with Cadillac. These are likely limited to purchases in Mexico.
  • Take a cruise – book your cruise through Cruceros en Línea (cruises online) and earn Club Premier points.

Air Canada plane featured here; the airline has many partners through which you can earn miles to fly for free

Air Canada Aeroplan’s Miles Earning Partners

Aeroplan is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Capital One Miles, and Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Shopping portal – shop through the Aeroplan eStore to earn points on purchases.
  • Order from Starbucks – members with a Canada-based Starbucks Rewards account can link to Aeroplan and earn points every time you order, reload your balance, or even get a new member bonus. Details here.
  • Air Canada Vacations – earn points on every booking.
  • Rocky Mountaineer – earn up to 2 points per $1CAD spent on train journeys, plus extra benefits for those with Aeroplan status.
  • Rent a car – earn up to 500 points (Avis) or 250 points (Budget) and get up to 25% off on rentals with Avis or Budget. Earn 50 points per rental and get up to a 5% discount on rentals with Payless.
  • Airport parking – earn up to 1,000 points for airport parking at Montreal-YUL airport with ValetParc. You can earn up to 199 points with Park & Jet Calgary. Earn up to 100 points with Park & Fly airport parking in multiple cities.
  • Book a hotel – get 250 points per stay at Best Western or Choice Hotels, 250-500 points per stay with Coast Hotels, earn 2 points per $1 USD spent with IHG hotels, earn 500-1,500 points per stay with Langham Hotels & Resorts, 500 points per stay at Shangri-La Golden Circle, or earn 2 points per $1USD spent at Marriott hotels and Wyndham hotels. Earn up to 10,000 points per night with Rocketmiles.

Air France / KLM Flying Blue

Aeroplan is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Brex Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Stay with Accor – earn 1 mile per 1 euro spent, plus earn up to 10XP and 2 Accor status nights after linking your accounts and staying at an Accor hotel.
  • Book a hotel – earn miles for stays booked with Hotels for Miles. The longer your stay, the higher the earning rate. You can also earn 1 mile per 1 euro spent at Booking.com, plus earn miles on stays with Best Western, Golden Tulip Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Radisson, Shangri-La, World Hotels, and Yotel.
  • Shop online – earn miles with the Flying Blue Store.
  • Rent a car – earn up to 1,000 miles per rental with Budget. Earn 4 miles per 1 euro spent with Enterprise. Earn up to 1,000 miles per rental with Europcar, plus discounts. Get 5 miles per euro spent with Hertz and 4 miles per euro with KLM Cars. Earn up to 1,200 miles on rentals with Sixt. Thrifty offers 4 miles per euro spent on rentals.
  • Order a photo album – get 300 miles after creating an album with ClicAlbum, details here.
  • Book tours – book with Dutch Experiences and French Experiences and earn miles on your tours. With Voyageurs du Monde (travelers of the world), you earn 1,000 miles per person on your first 3 tours and 10,000 miles per person on your 4th tour and beyond.
  • Roaming phone service – get up to 7 miles per minute with Travelling Connect.
  • Spend at Paris airports – convert your My Paris Aeroport points to Flying Blue at 1:1.
  • Subscribe to news and magazines – get up to 750 miles on subscriptions. Details here.
  • Shop in person – shop at the Bicester Village Shopping Collection, which has 9 locations in Europe and 2 in China. Earn 2 miles per euro or pound spent in Europe. Earn 3 miles for every 10 yuan spent in China.

American Airlines AAdvantage: Earn American Miles Without Flying

AAdvantage has only one permanent transfer partner: Bilt Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Shopping – shop with the AAdvantage eShopping mall online. Shop online or in person with SimplyMiles and earn miles on your purchases when paying with a Mastercard.
  • Restaurants – earn with the AAdvantage Dining Program.
  • Interest on savings – instead of cash, you can earn miles as the interest on a savings account with Bask Bank.
  • Book a hotel – earn miles on bookings with Rocketmiles, plus on stays at Best Western, Hyatt, Marriott, and InterContinental.
  • Book a vacation – earn miles when you book a trip with American Airlines Vacations. Earn a minimum of 1,000 miles per booking, plus earn up to a maximum of 30,000 miles when staying at “featured hotels”.
  • Take a cruise – if you book with AAcruises, you’ll earn miles.
  • Donate to charity – if you donate at least $25 to Stand Up To Cancer, you’ll earn 10 miles per dollar donated.
  • Rent a car – earn a minimum of 500 miles and a maximum of 1,250 miles when you rent with Avis and Budget. Earn 500 miles per rental with Payless and 50 miles per day with Alamo, National, Thrify, and Dollar. Hertz offers 1 mile per $1 spent, plus discounts and perks.
  • Buy gas – earn 2 miles per $1 spent at Shell gas stations.

Earn Miles Without Flying

All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club

Mileage Club has only one permanent transfer partner: American Express Membership Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Shop online – use the ANA Global Mall to earn miles.
  • Book a hotel – you can earn miles when booking with ANA Global Hotels. Additionally, you can earn miles on stays at Aqua Aston, Adelphi Hospitality in Bangkok, Bliston Suwan Park View in Bangkok, Chatrium, CentrePoint hotels and apartments in Bangkok, Club Med, Dusit, Evergreen International, Golden Tulip, Hyatt, IHG, JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu, Langham, Marriott, Meliá, New Otani, Okinawa Harborview Hotel, Okura Hotels, Pan Pacific, Prince Hotels & Resorts, RIHGA Royal Hotel Group, Shangri-La, Surfeel Hotels, Taj Hotels, Tokyu Hotels, and World Hotels.
  • Rent a car – earn miles on rentals with Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Hertz, National, and Sixt. You can also earn on rentals with ANA Global Car Rental.
  • Shop in person in Europe – shop at the Bicester Village Shopping Collection, which has 9 locations in Europe (locations in China do not earn miles) Earn 1 mile per euro or pound spent in European locations.
  • Shop in person in Thailand – earn 2 miles per 100 THB (~$3) spent at Near Equal in Thailand.
  • Join the Hong Kong Japanese Clubearn 1 mile per HKD spent (~$2.55).
  • Join the Naka Golf Academy in Bangkokearn 1 mile per 100 THB spent (~$3).
  • Take classes – earn miles on classes with Pasona Education (Hong Kong) and Thai Language Station (Bangkok).
  • Visit a spa – earn miles on spa visits in Bangkok with Asia Herb Association and Nirunda Clinic.
  • Moving services – earn miles with a moving company, including Nippon Express (Japan) and Fixbox and Globas (both in Europe).
  • Communications and entertainment – ANA has multiple partners for communications, tv services, and more through which you can earn miles. See the partners here.

Avianca LifeMiles: 3rd Party Partners

LifeMiles is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Brex Rewards, Capital One Miles, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Shop online – earn up to 5 miles per $1 spent in the shopping portal.
  • Buy gas in Colombia – earn 1 mile per $3 USD spent at Combuscol.
  • Order food delivery – order with Rappi for 2 miles per $1 USD spent. Available in 9 Latin American countries.
  • Shop Duty Free – earn miles on purchases at Duty Free stores in Colombia and on Avianca flights.
  • Send packages – get 150 miles per shipment with SkyBox.
  • Roaming phone service – earn miles every minute with Travelling Connect.
  • Restaurants – earn 1 mile per $1 USD spent at partner restaurants in Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

British Airways Executive Club

Executive Club is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One Miles, and Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Shop online – shop with the Avios eStore to earn on your purchases.
  • Book a hotel – earn 15 Avios per 1 pound spent with Avios Hotels. Plus, earn with Accor (2.5 Avios per 2 euros spent), Best Western (500 Avios per stay), Booking.com (6 Avios per 1 pound spent), Hotels.com (up to 6 Avios per 1 pound spent), Hyatt (500 Avios per stay), IHG (up to 2 Avios per $1 spent), Kaligo.com (5-20 Avios per 1 pound spent), Marriott (up to 2 Avios per $1 spent), Rocketmiles (1,000-10,000 Avios per night), and Vrbo (3 Avios per 1 pound spent).
  • Stay at an Airbnb – earn 3 Avios per 1 pound/dollar/euro spent.
  • Rent a car – earn 5 Avios per 1 pound spent with Avis and 1 Avios per $1 spent with Budget.
  • Book a vacation – earn 1 Avios for every $1 spent on flights+hotel, flights+hotel+car packages, and cars+sightseeing packages when booked separately or added to a flight booking.
  • Visit a lounge – earn 5 Avios per $1 spent with Lounge Pass when you buy a pass to a lounge via the British Airways portal.
  • Park at an airport – earn Avios with ParkCloud airport parking.
  • Take the train to Heathrow airport – earn 5 Avios per 1 GBP spent on the Heathrow Express.
  • Spend at Heathrow Airport – earn Heathrow Rewards, then convert these to Avios.
  • Shop in person – shop at the Bicester Village Shopping Collection and earn Avios plus up to 60% discounts.
  • Subscribe to The Economist – earn up to 8,400 Avios with a subscription.
  • High Life Shop / In-flight shopping – High Life Shop lets you shop online or pre-order to your seat during a flight. Earn 2 Avios per 1 GBP spent.
  • Take a survey – earn Avios for taking surveys with eRewards, including 600 Avios for your first survey. You can also earn Avios with Rewards for Thoughts.

Photo of Cathay Pacific plane parked at Hong Kong airport

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

Asia Miles is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Brex Rewards, Capital One Miles, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Book a hotelthe website lists 101 hotel partners where you can earn miles, including Best Western, Hilton, Hyatt, Ibis, Kimpton, Marriott, and more.
  • Rent a car – earn miles on rentals with Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Rentalcars.com, and Sixt in several countries in Asia. You can also earn on rentals with Zuzuche in mainland China and Times Car Rental in Japan.
  • Buy gas – earn miles at Esso and Shell in Hong Kong and Macao, plus Esso in Singapore.
  • Take a taxi in Taiwan – earn miles on rides with Taiwan Taxi.
  • Bank rewards – you can earn miles on accounts with Standard Chartered in Hong Kong.
  • Restaurants – dine at numerous restaurant partners throughout East Asia.
  • Cell phone service – you can earn miles on your service with CTM in Macao.
  • Travel bookings – earn on bookings with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Rocketmiles, Trip.com, and others.
  • Take a vacation – earn miles on a flight+hotel package with Cathay Pacific Holidays.

Delta SkyMiles

SkyMiles has only one transfer partner: American Express Membership Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Shop online – earn miles with Delta SkyMiles Shopping.
  • Dine at restaurants – earn miles with SkyMiles Dining.
  • Take a vacation – earn miles with Delta Vacations packages.
  • Take a cruise – book via SkyMilesCruises.com to earn miles.
  • Stay at an Airbnbbook your stay via the partnership link and earn miles
  • Stay at a hotel – Delta has partnerships with Accor Live Limitless (up to 12.5 miles per 10€ spent), IHG Rewards (up to 2 miles per $1 spent), Langham (500 miles per night, with a maximum of 1,500 miles per stay), Marriott Bonvoy (up to 2 miles per $1 spent), Radisson Rewards Americas (convert points earnings at a 10:1 ratio), Shangri-La (500 miles per stay), World Hotels (500 miles per stay), and World of Hyatt (500 miles per stay).
  • Rent a car – earn miles with Hertz (minimum of 500 miles per rental), Dollar, Thrifty, Alamo, Enterprise, Sixt, and National (all at 500 miles per rental). Additional partners include Europcar (60 miles per day) and Carmel (100 bonus miles plus up to 2 miles per $1 spent).
  • Ride with Lyftlink your SkyMiles and Lyft accounts then earn 1 mile per $1 spent on rides in the U.S. New users can also get up to $20 in Lyft credit.
  • Rent with Turolink your accounts and complete your first rental to get 2,000 miles. After that, earn 500 miles per rental.
  • Grocery deliverylink your account with Instacart to get a free trial of Instacart Express and then earn 1-1.5 miles per $1 spent with Instacart.
  • Buy event tickets – shop via delta.com/ticketmaster and put in your SkyMiles number to get 1 mile per $1 spent on tickets.
  • Order flowersuse the dedicated link when ordering from FTD to earn SkyMiles on your purchase.
  • Buy wine – order from Vinesse Wines to get 500 miles after your first 2 shipments and then 5 miles per $1 spent thereafter.
  • Earn on your utilities – you can earn SkyMiles when paying your utility bills with Energy Plus, Georgia Natural Gas, Grand Rapids Energy, Illinois Energy, Ilinois Energy Solutions, and Ohio Natural Gas. Details here.

Emirates Skywards

Skywards is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Brex Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Book a hotel – book via Skywards Hotels to earn up to 12,500 miles per night or stay with Skywards hotel partners like Atlantis the Palm Dubai, Crown Hotels, IHG, Fairmont, Hyatt, Jumeirah, One & Only Resorts, Rotana, and Traders Hotels. You can also earn when booking with Booking.com
  • Rent a car – earn miles on rentals with partners Avis & Budget (up to 8 miles per $1 spent), CarTrawler (up to 1 mile per $1 spent), Dollar (up to 1,000 miles per rental), Europcar (up to 1,000 miles per rental), Hertz (earn up to 3.5 miles per $1 spent), and Sixt (earn up to 1,000 miles per rental).
  • Take a vacation – book via Emirates Holidays to earn miles.
  • Shop online – earn miles with the Emirates Store.
  • Shop in person – earn with the Skywards Everyday app, plus earn at partners like Arabian Adventures, Bicester Village, Heathrow Rewards, The Dubai Mall, and Utu tax refund services.
  • Book a tour – earn miles with Get Your Guide tours and activities.
  • Meet & greet services – earn miles on Marhaba meet & greet services.

Photo of Etihad Airways plane sitting next to a jetbridge

Etihad Guest

Etihad Guest is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One Miles, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Book a hotel – use Etihad’s hotel portal to earn at least 1,000 miles per night on your stays.
  • Shop – whether online or in person, Etihad has a wide range of shopping partners around the world and online. You can see them here.
  • Buy a carbuy a car from Al Ghandi dealerships in the UAE to earn Etihad Guest miles with the purchase. These include GMC, Cadillac, and Chevrolet options.
  • Load a prepaid card – UAE residents age 21+ can load money onto prepaid Visa cards for use when traveling and earn up to 1 mile per $1 spent on this partnership with Walletplus.
  • Shop duty free – Vibe, Etihad’s duty free provider, provides miles-earning opportunities when shopping duty free during flights.

EVA Infinity MileageLands

Infinity MileageLands is a transfer partner of Capital One Miles and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Book a hotel – earn miles on stays with Evergreen Hotels, IHG, Taichung Windsor Hotels, Langham, Regal Hotels, The Splendor Hotel Taichung, Howard Prince Hotel Taichung, Hilton, and Dusit International. You can also earn on bookings via Booking.com, Expedia.com.tw, Kaligo.com, Trip.com, and Rocketmiles.
  • Rent a car – earn on rentals with Avis, Alamo, and National (500 miles per rental), Hertz (up to 500 miles per rental), and Rentalcars.com (5 miles for every 100 TWD / ~$3.50 USD spent).
  • Book tours and activities – earn 4 miles for each 100 TWD (roughly $3.50 USD) spent with Klook.
  • Shop with Breeze – complete an application at the Breeze Centers in China and then you can earn miles instead of Breeze points when shopping.
  • Buy wine – earn 500 miles after buying 12 bottles from Laithwaites Direct Wines in Taiwan.
  • Subscribe to Forbes Asia – receive 2,000 miles after starting a subscription. Details here.
  • Shop at 7-11 in Taiwan – convert your points to Infinity MileageLand miles at a 3:4 ratio via this partnership.
  • Shop with UUPON – this points card works at numerous outlets in Asia, and you can redeem the points for Infinity MileageLands miles.

Finnair Plus

Finnair Plus is a transfer partner of Capital One Miles.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Rent a car – earn 500 points for rentals with Hertz.
  • Book a hotel – reserve through Finnair’s portal to see costs and points earning opportunities. Hotels include Accor, Scandic, Nordic Choice, IHG, GLO, Naantali Spa, Hotel St. George (read my review here), and many others.
  • Book travel and tours – numerous tour operators and booking sites have portal bonuses in the Finnair shop. Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Aventura jump out as options, as does Ctrip, which is the best website for booking trains in China as a foreigner who doesn’t speak Chinese.
  • Shop online – earn points on things like mobile account reloads, food delivery boxes, and more when shopping in the Finnair portal.

Earn Miles Without Flying

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles

HawaiianMiles is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and Bilt Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Book a hotel – you can earn on stays with Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach (up to 1,000 miles per stay), Aston Waikiki Beach (2,000 miles on stays of 3+ nights), Marriott Bonvoy (earn up to 2 miles per $1 spent), Outrigger Hotels & Resorts (200 miles per night), Park Shore Waikiki (500 miles per night), Pearl Hotel Waikiki (500 miles per night), PointsHound (up to 10,000 miles per stay), and Shell Vacations Club (8 miles per 1 Shell point earned).
  • Rent a car – earn up to 1,200 miles on rentals of 2+ days with Avis, Budget, and Payless.
  • Buy groceries – for every $250 spent at Foodland, Sack n Save, and Foodland Farms locations, you can get 200 miles.
  • Shop in personsee details and dates for in-mall events in Hawaii where you can earn miles by showing your receipts to a dedicated desk on event days.
  • Buy flowers – earn miles on purchases with FTD, 1-800-flowers, and Teleflora.
  • Shop online from Hawaiian brands – earn miles for online purchases with select stores based in Hawaii. Details here.
  • Earn on services – fix your roof, hire a dog walker, or conduct certain financial transactions to earn miles. Details here.
  • Earn on activities – there are no current offers, but bookmark the activities partners page to see future additions as local Covid restrictions end.

Iberia Plus

Iberia Plus is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Book a hotel – earn miles when you book via Iberia’s website. You can also earn on stays with IHG, Marriott, Accor, NH, Best Western, Meliá, and when reserving on Booking.com.
  • Rent a car – earn miles on bookings made via Iberia’s website. You can also get 1,000 Avios on your first rental with Avis or 2 Avios per 1 euro spent with Budget.
  • Holiday packagesbook a hotel+car package through Iberia and earn miles on your reservation.
  • Book activities – reserving through Iberia’s website allows you to earn miles on tours and activities.
  • Subscribe to The Economist – earn up to 8,400 Avios from your subscription. Details here.
  • Shop in person – earn up to 3 miles per 1 euro spent at El Corte Inglés locations in Spain.

InterMiles / Jet Airways

InterMiles is a transfer partner of Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Shop online – use the InterMiles shopping portal to earn when buying from available brands.
  • Rent a car – get up to 300 miles on rentals with Avis or earn 10 miles for every 100 INR (~$1.30) spent with MYCHOIZE rentals in India.
  • Go to a restaurant – use the InterMiles App to find participating restaurants and earn rewards when dining out.
  • Buy gas – give your InterMiles number at the pump when buying gas at IndianOil locations.

photo of jetblue plane sitting at an airport; you can earn JetBlue's airline miles via many partners

JetBlue TrueBlue

TrueBlue is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Dining – eat at restaurants that participate in TrueBlue Dining to earn miles.
  • Take surveys – get 400 points for your first survey with JetOpinions.
  • Stay at a hotel – earn on stays with IHG hotels.
  • Rent a car – get up to 200 points per day on rentals with Avis and Budget. Details here.
  • Shop on Amazon – you can earn 3 points per $1 spent on Amazon when shopping from the in-flight Wi-Fi during a JetBlue flight.
  • Shop online – shop through the TrueBlue Shopping portal to earn miles on purchases.

Malaysia Airlines Enrich

Enrich is a transfer partner of Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Book a hotel – stay with partners like HPL (600 points on stays of 2+ nights), Hilton (1,200 points for each 10,000 Hilton points earned), Holiday Villa (600 points per stay), JAL City Hotel (600 points per stay), IHG (2,000 points for every 10,000 IHG poitns earned), Langham (600 points per stay), Meliá (1 point for every 4 MeliaRewards points earned), Meritus (600 points per stay), Pan Pacific (600 points per stay), Radisson (2,000 points for every 10,000 Radisson Rewards points earned), Regal Hotels (600 points per stay), Shangri-La (600 points per stay), Enrich (earn up to 15,000 points per stay), Agoda (up to 10,000 points per stay), and Trip.com (up to 200 points for bookings of $150+).
  • Rent a car – earn with partners Avis, Budget, and Hertz (600 points per rental), Black City Cars (3 points per $1 spent) and Sixt (750 points per rental).
  • Send cargo – earn with Maskargo, Firefly, and MH D2D depending on how much you spend.
  • Buy travel insurance – earn points with MHinsure and AXA travel insurance.
  • Shop in person – earn Enrich points when shopping at Journify, Temptations, Bicester Village, and Kapten Batik.
  • Eat at restaurants – earn points when dining at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, Open House, and the Ruma restaurants at the hotels.
  • Wellness – earn points on Covid testing with BP, skin treatments with Emma Liz8, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur spa, Optimax eye specialists, and Sunway Medical Center in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Education – earn 1 point per 2RM spent (~$0.47) on courses at SEGI University and Colleges.
  • Earn with local partners – local partners in Malaysia include gas stations, airport parking, delivery services, and more. See partners here.

Qantas Frequent Flyer

Frequent Flyer is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Brex Rewards, Capital One Miles, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Book a hotel – earn points on stays with Accor, Choice, Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Radisson, TFE, Hyatt, and Swiss-Belhotel. You can also earn miles when you book through Qantas Hotels.
  • Stay at an Airbnb – earn miles when you book via the dedicated partner page.
  • Book activities and tours – earn 1 mile per 1 AUD (~75¢ US) spent in the Qantas activities portal.
  • Rent a car – earn Qantas Points on rentals with Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Thrifty, plus on rentals via the Qantas portal.
  • Buy a lounge membership – earn 3 Qantas Points per $1 AUD (~75¢ US) spent on Qantas Club memberships.

Earn Miles Without Flying

Qatar Airways Privilege Club

Privilege Club is a transfer partner of Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Stay at a hotel – earn Avios when you book via the Qatar Airways hotel portal or when you stay with partners like Accor, Hilton, Marriott, Mandarin Oriental, Radisson, Shangri-La, Anantara, Avani, Fairmont, Kaligo, Melinnium and Copthorne, Raffles, Rotana, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, Swissôtel, Tivoli, and on bookings with Trip.com and Rocketmiles.
  • Rent a car – earn on rentals in the Qatar portal and when renting with partners Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Avis, RentalCars.com, Europcar, and Salik Rent-A-Car.
  • Shop duty free – earn Avios on purchases at Doha’s duty free stores. Details here.
  • Shop – earn Avios on purchases with brands like Bugatti, Cole Haan, American Tourister, Godiva, luxury brands, spas, home goods, travel experiences, and more. View the list of partners here.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 

KrisFlyer is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Brex Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Rent a car – earn with partners Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, and QEEQ.com.
  • Stay at a hotel – earn miles with an extensive list of partners that includes Accor, Agoda.com, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Kaligo, Kempinski, Marriott, Meliá, Radisson, Rocketmiles, Shangri-La, Trip.com, World Hotels, and more.
  • Exercise – earn miles from rewards with AIA Vitality Singapore.
  • Trade stocks – earn up to 45,000 miles when trading with IG.
  • Bank with MAB Gold in Singapore.
  • Airport transfers – earn miles with Conxxe (1.5 miles per $1 US spent).
  • Shop – earn when shopping at partners like Bicester Village, Club 21, Heathrow airport, Singapore Changi Airport, and spending with Djakarta Auto Luxury Toys and F1 Auto Cars.
  • Shop onlineearn miles online with KrisFlyer Spree and KrisShop.
  • Take a cruise – earn up to 3,000 miles per cabin on cruises with World Dream.
  • Subscribe to Forbes – earn 2,500 miles when subscribing to Forbes Asia.
  • Book activities – earn miles on bookings with KKday and Viator.
  • Buy wine – earn 2 miles per $1 AUD (75¢ US) spent with Wine Journey.
  • Buy gas – earn rewards with Esso Singapore.
  • Use the Kris+ app – earn on activities, shopping, and more when in Singapore.
  • Tax refunds – earn miles when using Utu for your tax refunds.
  • Earn with promotionsbookmark the promotions page for a range of opportunities to earn miles.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards 

Rapid Rewards is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Book a hotel – earn points when staying with partners Best Western, Radisson, Choice, Hyatt, Marriott, MGM, and Rockmiles. You can also earn when you book hotels via SouthwestHotels.com.
  • Shop online – earn points when you click through Rapid Rewards Shopping before making purchases.
  • Buy wine – earn 2,000 points with your first wine case from Laithwaites, plus 1,000 points on each future purchase.
  • Buy gift baskets – send gourmet basks from Harry and David and earn 1,000 points for every purchase of $29.99+.
  • Dine at restaurants – earn when you participate in the Rapid Rewards Dining program.
  • Buy meal kits – earn 1,200 bonus points on each of your first five boxes from Home Chef, plus get 10% off your first order. Details here.
  • Buy flowers – earn 1,000 points for each order of $29.99+ with 1-800-flowers.
  • Earn on your energy bill – residents of IL, MA, MD, NJ, and PA can earn 10,000 bonus points for enrolling with NRG Home and get 2 points per $1 spent on the supply portion of your monthly energy bill. Details here.
  • Energy bills in Texas – switch to the Reliant Secure 24 plan and earn 15,000 points for enrolling, plus 500 points per month for the next 24 months. Details here.
  • Buy gas – sign up for the MakeItCount Rewards program with Marathon, then select Rapid Rewards as your earning preference. Earn 1 point for each gallon of fuel purchased, get 5 cents off per gallon, and earn rewards for in-store purchases. Details here.
  • Take surveys – earn with Rewards for Opinions (details here) and e-Rewards (details here).
  • Buy emergency assistance – Emergency Assistance Plus provides emergency-related services you may need during travel. Get 1,200 bonus points each year that you have a plan. Details here.
  • Rent a car – earn with partners Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Payless, and Thrifty.
  • Participate in promotionsbookmark the promotions page to see ongoing opportunities to earn bonus points.

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TAP Portugal Miles & Go  

Miles & Go is a transfer partner of Capital One Miles.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Stay at a hotel – earn miles on bookings with Booking.com, Rocketmiles, Meliá, IHG, Accor, Marriott, and more. Partners are listed here.
  • Subscribe to a monthly miles plansee plans here and get miles in your account every month (for a fee).
  • Dine at restaurants – earn miles at several restaurants around Portugal. Details here.
  • Travel with your pet – earn miles on bookings to bring your pet on a flight. Details here.
  • Take a cruise – earn miles on sailings with Royal Caribbean.
  • Subscribe to news and media – earn miles on subscriptions to newspapers and magazines in Portugal.
  • Activities – visit the zoo or an adventure park in Portugal. You can also earn with a hop on/hop off bus tour. Details here.
  • Rent a car – earn on rentals with Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt.
  • Shop – earn with numerous affiliate brands like Burberry, Desigual, Guess, Timberland, and Duty Free stores in Portugal. The list of partners is here.

Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus 

Royal Orchid Plus is a transfer partner of Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Book travel – earn miles with partners Kaligo, Agoda, and Trip.com.
  • Book a hotel – earn miles on stays with Accor, IHG, Hyatt, Marriott, Minor Hotels Group, Dusit Hotels & Resorts, Langham, Okura Nikko, Shangri-La, Sukosoi Hotels, and World Hotels.
  • Rent a car – earn miles with Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Sixt.
  • Use your phone when traveling – register with Travelling Connect for roaming services. Earn miles depending on your carrier and activity. Details here.
  • Tax refunds – earn miles when using Utu for your tax refunds.
  • Dine at restaurants – use the Thai Dining Miles program when in Thailand.
  • Visit a spa – earn miles at Devarana Spa at Dusit Hotels and Resorts.

Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles 

Miles & Smiles is a transfer partner of Bilt Rewards, Capital One Miles, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Shop online – use Shop & Miles to earn miles on your purchases.
  • Book a hotel – earn on stays with partners like Best Western, Hilton, Accor, Marriott, Radisson, Wyndham, IHG, and more. The full list is here.
  • Rent a car – earn miles on rentals with Alamo, Avec, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, Rent Go, Sixt, and QEEQ.com.
  • Book tours and activities – earn miles on spending with Coral Travel, Halal Booking, and Vira Vira.
  • Health services – earn miles on services with Medicana facilities in Turkey.
  • Outdoor activities – visit Park Funtastic, Bursa Extreme Park, and Forest Kemerburgaz and earn miles along the way.
  • Vehicle maintenance – earn miles on services with Auto King in Turkey.
  • Buy gas – earn miles on purchases with Petrol Ofisi and Shell in Turkey.
  • Airport parking – earn with Park Via airport parking in Turkey.
  • Book travel – earn miles on bookings with Booking.com, Kaligo, Rocketmiles, Trip.com, Turkish Airlines Holidays, and Fliggy.
  • Airport transfers – book with Progo and earn miles on your reservations.

Earn Miles Without Flying

United Airlines MileagePlus 

MileagePlus is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards.Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Use the MileagePlus X app – use the app to pay your favorite merchants and earn miles on purchases.
  • Book a hotel – book with United Hotels, Villas of Distinction, Marriott, IHG, Hyatt, Radisson, Wyndham, Accor, Choice, and Shangri-La to earn miles on your stays.
  • Take a cruise – book with cruises.united.com to earn miles.
  • Rent a car – earn miles on rentals with Avis and Budget. Get up to 1,250 miles per rental, plus discounts and perks.
  • Shop online – earn miles through the MileagePlus Shopping portal.
  • Dine or get delivery – earn miles with MileagePlus Dining at participating restaurants.
  • Buy gift cards – you can spend or earn miles with gift cards at giftcards.mileageplus.com.
  • Take a vacation – book vacation packages at packages.united.com and earn miles on your holiday bookings.
  • Buy a house – earn 25,000 miles and other perks on a new mortgage with Rocket Mortgage. Details here. Earn 50,000 miles and other perks on a new mortage with Guaranteed Rate. Details here.
  • Protect your identity – get up to 13,000 miles and a 35% discount for new subscriptions to LifeLock. Details here.
  • Rent with Vrbo – earn miles on your bookings via the partnership page here.
  • Convert gift cards into miles – check the list of retailers to see if you can convert your unwanted gift cards into United miles.
  • Subscribe to a monthly miles plansee plans here and get miles in your account every month (for a fee).

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club  

Flying Club is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, Bilt Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards.

Aside from flying, you can earn miles with these airline partners:

  • Book a hotel – earn on stays with Best Western, Hyatt, Marriott, IHG, Yotel, World Hotels, Hilton, and bookings with Kaligo and Rocketmiles.
  • Earn with Virgin brands – earn points when spending money at Virgin Limited Edition luxury destinations, Virgin Hotels, and Virgin Red rewards club that spans all Virgin brands.
  • Rent a car – earn on rentals with Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Sixt, Enterprise, and National.
  • Shop online – earn with Shops Away when buying from your favorite brands. You can also earn 2 points per £1 (~$1.32 US) spent with Retail Therapy. Brands include The Home Depot, Apple, iTunes, Kohl’s, Nike, Macy’s, Walgreens, Old Navy, and more.
  • Book activities – earn 2 points per $1 spent on Virgin Experiences.

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A Word of Caution

You may see this massive list of various ways to earn airline miles with partners and get excited at the opportunities. Before you jump in, you should know this:

If you elect to earn airline miles when staying at a hotel or renting a car, you will likely forgo earning rewards with that program. 

Think carefully about what type of rewards you want to earn when flying, staying at hotels, renting a car, etc. Very few partnerships allow for earning two types of rewards (the Hyatt-American Airlines partnership is one such opportunity). Make sure you understand this before electing to earn airline miles instead of hotel rewards on your next stay.

Earn Miles Without Flying: Final Thoughts

There are a ton of ways to earn airline miles with partners that going beyond flying. Some of these earning opportunities can be done from home. Not all offers are created equal, though, so ensure that you understand the terms to choose the earning routes that best suit your travel plans. Do the math to see what value you are getting, plus you should always check other online portals to see if higher earning rates exist elsewhere.

Earning miles is not just for credit cards and flying. As you can see, there are literally hundreds of ways that you can earn airline miles from partners that have nothing to do with getting on a plane.

Ryan Smith
Travel hacker in 2-player mode, intent on visiting every country in the world, and can say "hello" or "how much does this cost?" in a bunch of different languages.

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