A new way to earn bonus miles on Airbnb stays

Airbnb is one of those spending categories that has been tough to earn bonus miles and points from in the past.

I posted last week on new ways to earn bonus points on in-store, Amazon and Starbucks spending, but now there’s a new way to earn bonus miles on Airbnb spending.

Once again, it’s United’s MileagePlus X app, which just added Airbnb to its list of merchants.

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Easy 500 Hilton points with email sign-up

I’ll say right from the start: This is only worth a couple bucks at best. But free points are free points, and this is an easy way to refresh the expiration date on your account.

Go to this link, click on the offer, and sign in to your Hilton HHonors account to opt in to their shopping emails. A fun typo is included:

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Hilton HHonors Amex holders: This email ain’t no spam

A popular hotel credit card this year has been the Hilton HHonors no-fee card from American Express, due to its 75K-point signup bonus after only $1K in spend.

I signed up for this card before I realized how choosy I should be about picking up credit cards, but for a no-fee card that gets me lifetime Silver status with Hilton and access to Amex offers, I don’t regret it too much.

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How to stay in really nice hotels for free

Now that Airbnb is in nearly 200 countries around the world, many people don’t even consider staying at hotels anymore.

Though you can usually get lodging for much cheaper with Airbnb than hotels, it’s not just for budget travelers. Luxury travelers stay in luxury Airbnb houses and apartments. Whatever your budget, Airbnb allows you to live as a local.

A sort of free version of Airbnb is Couchsurfing.com, where you can request to stay with locals who share their couch, air mattress or spare room for free. This really works best if you are willing/able to share your couch as well when visitors come to your town.

If you prefer hotels, here are some things you can do to get extremely high-quality lodging for free on your next trip:

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How to turn your online shopping into travel

Now that it’s possible to do 100% of your shopping without stepping foot in a store, online shopping is pretty popular.

What many people don’t realize is that they could be using shopping portals to earn way more points for cash back and travel than they could by only using their credit card.

Here’s how:

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