The Mileage Combination Short Cut for Earning Your Free Trip in Record Time

It doesn’t come as any surprise that the fastest way to build up your frequent flyer mileage accounts is through credit card sign up bonuses.

With all the 50,000 point sign up offers, you could either sign up for one credit card or fly to Australia roundtrip three times for the same number of points.

As you’re planning and scheduling your vacations, you’ll want to focus on credit cards that allow you to combine points so you can reach your mileage trip in record time.


If you’re trying to get more than one ticket somewhere, then the more miles you have, the more likely you’ll be able to fly on the same flight.  We’ve had occasions where we’ve had miles with two airlines, but not all on the same airline.  A big stockpile of miles on the same airline can be important for family travel.

Most people typically think about the specific airline brand cards.  Thus, people know that they can get Delta miles with the Delta American Express, but they can also transfer American Express Rewards points.

By combining differing mileage sign-ups into one account, you can accumulate enough miles for a free trip in record time.

United Miles Combination Strategy

Within the next six months, you should be able to earn 115,000 United miles.

  1. 40,000 Ultimate Rewards points for the Chase Sapphire Preferred.  Those points can be transferred to 40,000 United Mileage Plus miles.
  2. 50,000 Ulitmate Rewards points for the Ink Bold Business card.  Once again, those points can be transferred into 50,000 United miles.
  3. 25,000 United miles for the United credit card.

After spacing out these three applications over a few months, a person could have 115,000 United miles.

What can you do with 115,000 United miles?

  • 4 domestic tickets to anywhere in the mainland United States or Canada
  • almost 2 economy tickets to Europe (5,000 miles short)
  • Almost enough for 2 round trip tickets to Japan (10,000 miles short)
  • 1 economy round trip ticket to Australia and 1 roundtrip ticket to northern South America

Anyway, you get the point.  You can do a lot.

American Airlines Mileage Combination Strategy

  1. Sign up for the 50,000 Citi AAdvantage Visa and American Express using the two browser trick and get 100,000 AAdvantage miles.
  2. Wait three months and get the AAdvantage business card and get 50,000 miles.
  3. Sign up for the Starwood American Express and get 10,000 miles.

After you’re all done with your applications, you could end up with 160,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles.

Delta SkyMiles Combination Strategy

Delta has a whole host of earning opportunities.

  1. Sign up for the 30,000 Delta Gold American Express card.
  2. Sign up for the 30,000 Delta Gold American Express business card.
  3. Wait a couple of months and sign up for the American Express Premier Gold card.  You’ll get 15,000 American Express Rewards points.*

* The offer of 15,000 AMEX Rewards points is lower than it’s been this past year, so you might want to wait to see if they have a better offer.

Total Delta SkyMiles haul would equal 75,000 miles.

When planning your sign ups for 2012, be sure to plan to stack multiple cards for record fast mileage accumulation.


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  1. says

    I need to bookmark this page. United/Continental is the airline we usually use because their South American partner has usually been our best value. I’ve already been approved for the Sapphire, and I’ve been meaning to find a business card, so that’ll come in handy!

    The only thing that makes me nervous is having all these open credit accounts (I still have some older ones that I no longer use), but my score (which I know thanks to your Credit Sesame recommendation) is still excellent.

    Thanks again, Craig!

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