There’s no better feeling than that sweet moment when you actually have enough frequent flyer miles saved up to redeem for a flight. Especially when all of your takeout Thai and grocery delivery orders helped you get there. Alaska Airlines knows this, which is why they came up with two distinct ways to help travelers accrue miles: the Mileage Plan Shopping and Mileage Plan Dining programs. These perks reward you for daily purchases you’re probably already making -- especially when it comes to eating out and grocery shopping -- so you can rack up miles faster.
Here’s how it works: For both the Shopping and Dining programs, you’ll first need to sign up online for a free Alaska Mileage Plan account. Then, browse the 850 participating online retailers through their Shopping site, buy products online as you normally would, and watch the miles add up in your Mileage Plan account. It’s easy to dine out and earn miles at over 10,000 different venues, too. You’ll just need to link your existing credit or debit cards to your account to make sure you get miles for each dumpling you scarf down.
Since the full list of venues, restaurants, and shops you can earn miles at is massive, we highlighted some of our favorite ways you could be eating your way closer to award travel through both programs. So come hungry, and start making a travel bucket list, because those miles are going to add up quick.