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dec 03

Frequent flier: Spend $2,000 and get $5,600 worth in flights

Stop reading this post now unless you are willing to drop hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars on an absurd purchase in exchange for free upgrades and flights. This info is a risky practice that's aimed at passionate travel geeks only.

Frequent flier jedi Chris Guillebeau has today spotlighted an insider's trick to getting more bang for your buck.

The gist:

• Sign up for US Airways free Dividend Miles rewards program, if you haven't already.

• Visit US Airways' special promotion page "Shop your way to a bigger (250 percent) bonus."

• Buy four items from the online stores mentioned on the page. Click through the links to Web stores for Barnes & Noble, Harry & David, etc., plug in your Dividend Miles number, and make small purchases (from $2 to $10, such as gift cards).

• Wait a few days, to make sure that the records of your purchases are filed in a timely electronic manner with US Airways.

• Return to the US Airways 250 percent bonus page and buy a fifth item, specifically TrackItBack stickers, which are offering 40 miles for every $1 spent.

• On March 1, 2010, US Airways will award you a enormous bonus of roughly 140 miles per dollar spent.

• As soon as possible, redeem the miles for a trip within the subsequent 360 days, before the miles may be devalued.

Get the full skinny at Guillebeau's The Art of Non-Conventional Thinking blog, FlyerTalk, and (of course) on the US Airways "Shop your way to a bigger (250 percent) bonus" page.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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