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I am looking for some advice on accumulating frequent flier miles. I have only flown a few times but now i find myself in Kansas and families back in VA. I have to fly back buying two tickets each time 5 times between now and the end of the year. Looking for ways to save or accumlate miles or points or whatever? Maybe a website to with some advice?? Thanks!!

I think others has pointed out, the first step is to sign up for a miles program for the airline you think you will be flying. Many mileage program award redemption levels are exactly the same. What airline mileage program is the best is really going to depend on you, your experiences with the airline, and a host of other tings, like the flight schedules you want. Just like an election, everyone will have an opinion on what is best. Everyone has their favorite airlines and mileage programs, and which is one is best is often more of a personal choice based on ones experience rather than quantifiable program differences.

Here is a short list of airlines and links to their Frequent Flier programs.

US Airways:

One thing to keep in mind is airline Alliances. If you decided to go with a the United Mileage Plus plan, you can also earn mileage with a US Air flight or visa versa. The same goes with Northwest. You can earn miles with Delta and Continental, plus others. Each of the websites above will have a section where you can find out their alliance and partner airlines where you can earn and redeem mileage. You will also find other ways to earn mileage for things such as rental cars, and hotels stays. Once again, wander around your airline program's website and find all the ways you can earn and redeem miles.

Another way to maximize mileage earnings is with a mileage earning credit card. There is a lot of debate on exactly how smart, financially speaking, these cards are. Often they have an annual fee, plus if you are carrying a balance, there are usually better cards out on the market with better interest rates. That being said, you can often boost an account by just getting a card and using it once. For example, United is currently offering 21,000 miles and waiving the first years of the cards annual fee for new applicants. With that and a few flight, you will have more than enough to earn a free flight. Other airlines will have similar offers as well.

As someone else mentioned, a good resource for frequent flier programs is Many seasoned travelers who really know the ins and outs of their airlines' program post there. It is a great place to read and learn.

I think I've given you enough to start with. If you have any specific questions, please let me know. I'd be happy to try and answer them.
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