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

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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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