Keep Simple – I recommend to focus and register as American Airlines Aadvantage and United Airlines Mileage Plus members, unless you travel a lot on a specific airlines, of course you want to be their exclusive member and benefits from the elite program. 

AA is in oneworld program and UA is in Star Alliance program, both of them have a lot of partner airlines that you can use the earned miles.

Both airlines allow you issue one-way award ticket with half of the round-trip award ticket miles.  It provides flexible solution in planning for award tickets.

Set a Goal and Plan Your Trip Ahead – so you know how many miles you need to earn to have enough miles for tickets, hotels, car rental…

Apply Award Travel Credit Cards

Do not just apply, need a game plan to maximize your bonus miles.

Do not apply more then 3 credit cards per year if you plan for buying or refinancing your home. Also, do not apply for cards that have less than 40,000 bonus miles. Very often you can find 50,000 bonus miles or more if you are patiently enough to wait.

No CASH!

Use Credit Card for everything, including your phone bill, internet, TV, home and auto insurance, tuition …. , unless it is not an option.

Shop Online

Shop your favorite retailers via AA or UA shopping mall, or Ultimate Rewards mall, or ThankYou Points rewards, so you can earn extra bonus miles on purchases.

Add them on your favorites in your computer.

They have over 900 retailers, major department stores, major electronic stores, drugstores, discount stores, wireless services and more. Check them out first before you buy on their sites. You pay the same, and you get miles for your future travel.

Airlines dining programs

Free and easy to sign up. Often they offer incentives on registering the dining program.

TV Services – DirecTV

Financial Services – like Fidelity Investments, Bank Direct, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Lifelock

 Wireless Services – AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint

 Hotel Booking – like Rocketmiles, hotels.com

If you are in doubt, please ask and we will try our best to let you know your best resources to maximize your miles/points/cash back.