A Canadian expat that has been living abroad in Asia since 2003, Carrie began her career with Reach To Teach Recruiting in 2006 as an ESL teacher in Taiwan. Today, she and her husband are co-owners of Reach To Teach. In her free time, Carrie works as a freelance travel writer and photographer, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. She writes about her personal travel adventures on Travel Asia – My Several Worlds. Follow Carrie on Google+ or on Twitter @globetrotteri.

25 responses to “Fly for Free with Air Miles – We Do!”

  1. cfimages

    Good ideas Carrie, especially for those of you crossing the Pacific. For people like me who only make short hops within Asia with whatever airline is available, it'd take me a lifetime to earn a free flight.

  2. globalgal

    I too am surprised that more people don't take advantage of these programs. Don't forget that members often do not have to pay for their first checked bag and in some cases, can carry additional weight. Weight matters to expats! I recently used my continental OnePass miles to purchase three round trip tickets between Vancouver and the US. I'm contemplating what to do with my thousands of points I have accumulated using the Chinese online travel service elong. Maybe a trip to Vietnam or Hong Kong.

  3. josambro

    I am one of the idiots who doesn't really do much with free travel miles, which is strange; Only recently did I sign up with EVA air and manage to get a discounted fare to HK on the strength of some mileage collected on my last US – Taiwan trip

  4. Nivin

    I do travel alot but never bothered to collect airmiles. As it will be a different airlines on everyt trip. I love drawing portraits than clicking portraits. I love reserved moods of women..maybe that inspires me to draw women. Usually my sketching is'nt that great. Thats why I send just that one. But have a look at my blog of sketches.
    http://wildreflections.wordpress.com/
    Thanks alot for your compliments. I'm looking forward for more critics on my photographs.

  5. Wildblack

    Thanks Carrie. I'll give it a try..Thanks for the info.

  6. Nellie

    hey Carrie! I'm one of the idiots too! Yeh it's so frustrating that I go on at least 10 trips a year, and fly btw Asia and Europe at least once a year, and actually NEVER collected any miles. I'm mad at myself really. Only recently when we flew back from Egypt to Singapore, we signed up with Lufthansa since they work with the Alliance network, but procrastination really got the worst of me, and I never collected the miles we're accumulated before that. I swore to Alberto that we are going to start collecting.

    Thanks for your post, it's really useful, and a wake-up call for me! Just 1 more question – so now that I've joined Lufthansa Miles high program, when I book my flight on Lufthansa or its partnering airlines, do I just enter my miles program membership number, or when do I present it to them? (I'm such a lazy ass!)

  7. Sandy

    Hi Carrie! Nice post. I am a huge proponent of FF programs. It is due to my membership in the AAdvantage FF program in conjunction with having the Aadvantage credit card that I am able to travel so much. Through Aadvantage, I have flown for free on Japan Airlines and gotten upgraded (and earned AA miles) when taking Quantas. I learned most of my "tricks" through FlyerTalk. It is so worth it to join and learn all the tricks if you fly internationally.

  8. Expatriate Games

    Back in the real world I used to fly free three of four times a year. The nice thing was, I was earning the free miles while flying for the company.

    Between the airline miles and Marriott points I didn't pay for a vacation for years. Well, there was food. Oh, and toys. Surfboards. Cameras. OK, maybe not free but it was "easier…".

  9. Eric Mesa

    I've been collecting miles for about 10 years not and already got one free flight. BTW – I discovered your blog from Digital Photography School.

  10. Lilliy

    I was like the others I never realised that I can actually use my miles. I kept thinking that to use it it has to be a big number of flights before I do. I lived in Canada for 7 years almost and traveled back and forth to see my family mostly on Air Canada and I signed up for a card and kept using it my flights inside Canada and out side and before I knew it I had a lot of air miles. I didn’t know how to actually use till my fiancee was left to study in new york and I was living in Montreal at that time. So I had to travel back and forth a lot. when we were checking how much it costs to fly there I checked how many air miles it needed. Wow! I had enough to travel 4 times on my air miles. I used them once even to attend New Years eve in New York! as long as you book ahead I also had a credit card that I use that gets you more points when you purchase your next flight with it as well. I always sign up for mileage especially with Star alliance affiliates and I also have a Hotel miles that I always like to use on my travels and that got me many times free nights stay at that hotel on many of my trips. Miles! It was so funny one of my friends in Montreal wanted to use his credit card to pay the rent so he can add up on Air Miles.

  11. Chris Watkins

    I often don’t earn them, as hunt for cheap flights on special, which may not qualify for frequent flyer miles. E.g. the $205 dollar flight I just took from LA to Taipei with Malaysia Airlines, and my next flight with Jetstar (bought to keep Taiwanese immigration happy) which is a “JetSaver” fare – both earn no miles, but cost well under half the common prices for these routes.

  12. Nimo84

    Can someone send me some airmiles? I d like 25000 would someone be so generous to lend me some

  13. Fabien

    Hi there Carrie,
    I’m one of those silly ninnys who flies long haul 3 or 4 times a year. I have boarding passes going back years – and have just created an account with Airmiles.co.uk after someone said I was being stupid not claiming my miles for India, South Africa, Egypt etc all from just this year.

    How do I add my miles from these boarding passes? And what is the time limit for these paper boarding passes?

    Thanks for your kind help

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