An Intro to Accumulating Frequent Flyer Miles, Without Flying!

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As you probably saw over on Instagram, I went on a little family vacation down to Destin, Florida for a long weekend.  (Michael and I used our Southwest Companion Pass so one of us flew for free!).  It was wonderful!  I’ll be sharing a few posts from the weekend later this week so stay tuned!  But back to reality today and back to regularly scheduled programming here on Cobalt Chronicles.  Today I want to share with you a little intro to accumulating frequent flyer miles, without flying!

In case you missed last week’s post on traveling around the world for free, check it out here before delving into today’s post.

Busting the No. 1 Myth On Frequent Flyer Miles

First things first, the No. 1 myth about frequent flyer miles is that you have to fly to accumulate miles – FALSE.  This statement is so far from the truth, but it’s definitely what I thought up until about a year and a half ago!

Yes, you can certainly accumulate frequent flyer miles by flying, but honestly, ain’t nobody got time for that!

The most effective, efficient, and fastest way to accumulate points (frequent flyer miles OR hotel points) is through credit card sign up bonuses.

For example, if you were to sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred today (and get approved), you would earn around 50,000 points (the sign up bonus varies, this is just a general estimate) so long as you meet the minimum spend requirement, which usually sits at $4,000 within the first 3 months of opening the card (the clock starts ticking on the day of approval).

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As an example of how beneficial these credit card sign ups can be, I recently booked a round-trip flight to Europe for 60,000 Chase Ultimate Reward points.  By simply signing up for the card and meeting the minimum spend requirement, you’ve already amassed enough points for a round trip flight to Europe!

Make Your Money Work FOR You

The logic here (and behind every sign up bonus) is that you’re going to be spending that $4,000 anyway (monthly expenses add up fast!) so you might as well be making some sort of profit off of the money  you’re spending rather than, say, using a debit card where you literally get nothing in return!  (You MUST pay off each credit card in full at the end of every month for this to work).  Make your spend work for you!

So now that you’re set straight on shaking that notion that you have to fly to accumulate miles, check out my posts on credit cards to nail down exactly what credit card(s) makes the most sense for you!  You can check out a list of every single card I have in my wallet and why I keep it in my wallet in this post!

Remember, a little planning can take you around the world!

Let me know if you have any questions/comments/want a specific topic covered related to credit card point accumulation for travel!  I love hearing from you guys!  Email:

*Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner, advisor, accountant, or anything of the like.  These tips and tricks that I’m sharing are methods that have worked for me personally.  However, the ONE (and MOST important!) piece of advice that I’ll give is DO NOT OPEN any credit cards if you are not financially stable enough to pay every single balance, on every single card IN FULL each month.  With that said, I am an open book and happy to help guide you along this path to travel freedom, so definitely let me know if you have any questions at all!

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  1. Monica wrote:

    Credit cards are totally the way to go with this! Can’t wait to read more about the Companion Pass…it’s been this mysterious thing I’ve always heard about, but assumed was more complicated to attain!

    Posted 6.28.16
    • Ashlee wrote:

      Just takes a little research! The key is the timing of obtaining it so you can potentially have it and take advantage of it for almost two full years! I’ll have a full post on it soon! Thanks so much for stopping by! =)

      Posted 6.29.16
  2. Nicole Davis wrote:

    I am L O V I N G these Tuesday posts. I love to travel and I recently started a YouTube Channel to document my travels, but I’ve been struggling with the cost of flying prices. So far I’ve loved all of your tips and tricks and the companion pass sounds awesome (I had never heard of it).

    Looking forward to move Travel Tuesdays!

    Posted 6.28.16
  3. Nicole Davis wrote:

    I am L O V I N G these Tuesday posts. I love to travel and I recently started a YouTube Channel to document my travels, but I’ve been struggling with the cost of flying prices. So far I’ve loved all of your tips and tricks and the companion pass sounds awesome (I had never heard of it).

    Looking forward to more Travel Tuesdays!

    Posted 6.28.16
    • Ashlee wrote:

      Thanks so much Nicole! I’m so glad you’re liking the Travel Tuesday posts! There are definitely ways around the costs, just have to get creative! I’m so glad to have helped and hopefully the next few posts will be equally as helpful! The companion pass has been amazing so far! It cuts the price of flights in half (and if you have accumulated SW points, you can fly TWO people, you and your companion, for free!). Let me know if you have any specific questions about any of the topics in the posts – I’m happy to help! And I’ll definitely have to check out your YouTube Channel!

      All the best,

      Posted 6.29.16
  4. I love miles and traveling. You should share a couple more pics of your travels.
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    Posted 6.28.16
  5. katie wrote:

    Absolutely LOVING THIS SERIES. You have such a talent at breaking down the information into small bits and I can’t wait to learn more. xox

    Posted 6.29.16
    • Ashlee wrote:

      Thanks so much Katie!! Can’t wait to share more!

      – Ashlee

      Posted 7.1.16

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