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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Miles of Confusion?

Do you keep hearing about how all these people keep getting free flights and upgrades and have no idea how they do it? If you aren’t signed up for any frequent flyer programs, that’s part of your problem right there. If you are, then you just need to find a way to maximize your miles. That way, you’ll get the most out of your mileage program and earn even when you aren’t flying. Sounds difficult? It’s not, if you know how to do it. Accruing miles between trips also helps to keep miles from expiring before you can travel again. This is especially nice if you don’t travel all the time and the best deals aren’t always found on the same airlines, making it hard to keep track of how many miles you have where and how long they are still good.  I like to use a rewards tracking site to keep track of all my points and miles.
MileBlaster from Travelgrove offers a complete package for organizing all your frequent flyer memberships, expiration dates, finding you cheap flights, hotels and car rentals and also showing you with award bonuses you qualify for and how to get them.  Not only will you be able to see how many miles each flight you search for will gain you, but you’ll also see if you can earn bonuses for anything else associated with your trip, like a hotel stay.

The mileBlaster Frequent Flyer tracker has a small $10/year fee. Compared to other similar programs, that don’t even do as much for you, this is a great deal. The program shows you which trips and bonuses can help to get you the biggest value for your rewards goal. If you are saving up for a free airline ticket, Travelgrove can help you reach that.

Not only will Travelgrove keep track of all your miles, they’ll also send alerts to let you know that they will expire in 6, 3 and 1 month. Don’t lose your miles! mileBlaster alerts give you ways to easily (and cheaply!) earn to keep your account up-to-date. You’ll also find tips on how to obtain more miles.

So, what makes Travelgrove different than other rewards tracking programs? Most keep track of your points and that’s it. Here you can quickly search for cheap flights and all your information is in one place. No more digging through emails for member numbers or checking three other websites to see if you can also add a reward by booking a particular hotel room. It’s all at your fingertips on one site. Travelgrove is the first site to offer both award mile tracking and a travel search engine.

Even if you just want to see the mileage for each flight, you can do so on Travelgrove for free, but with the mileBlaster widget, you can efficiently search cheap flights and book travel that will get you the most out of your program, earn free flights and rewards faster and it more than pays for itself after just one trip. If you’re a frequent flyer, or aspire to be, $10 is a small price to pay to get the highest rewards you can. And right now, you can get $1 off your first year of membership and you only pay $8.99. There’s even a downloadable app, so you can search, book and see your miles wherever you are! 

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Stay tuned...My next blog post will show you other programs and ways to maximize your frequent flyer miles and other rewards programs to help you save money on your trips and get more out of them. Some are free, others cost, plus I have some tips you can use that you can use outside of travel programs to get you more miles.

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