Getting Started Tutorial

Welcome to the Frequent Miler Getting Started Tutorial. This tutorial will teach you how to travel for free, in luxury (yes, for real). I’d recommend starting with the intro post and then pick topics of interest after that.  Enjoy!


Credit Cards

Flexible Points Programs

Airline Programs

Hotel Programs

Earning & Managing Points


Last updated on December 31st, 2019

About Shawn Coomer - Senior Editor

Shawn Coomer has spent nearly a decade circling the globe for pennies on the dollar. He uses that first-hand knowledge and experience to teach others how to achieve their travel dreams for the least amount of money possible.

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cynthia paulino
cynthia paulino

Hey, Shawn! Just a heads up that some of the links are broken like the one for “Meeting Credit Card Minimum Spending Requirements”. Nevertheless, great guide!! I’m just getting starting on the frequent miler journey, and your guide outlines for me exactly what to do. Thank you!

Greg The Frequent Miler

Thank you Cynthia. Unfortunately we’ve let this particular guide get way out of date. For up to date info, please see: