NerdWallet: Try these lesser-known ways to earn more airline miles

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For those with caviar travel aspirations and a fishsticks budget, jetting to exotic destinations may be possible only by accumulating airline miles rather than laying out cash. But you can pad your frequent flier account with your feet on the ground and no extra spending — sometimes in unusual ways.

All you need to get started is a frequent flier account with your favorite airline, which is free.

Aside from flying the airline and spending big bucks on premium seats, the most obvious way to painlessly add miles to your account is to use a travel credit card, whether a specific airline co-branded card or a general travel card that allows you to transfer points to airline mile programs.

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