[Updated June 2016]
There are three main ways to accumulate rewards:
Once you decide what rewards programs to use, go to their websites and sign up for accounts. Keep track of all your usernames and passwords and download apps if the loyalty programs have them. The SPG app and the Delta & American apps are quite useful.
My three pro tips for accumulating rewards fast:
Note: It is really important to remember that you should not spend money just for the sake of rewards. I do not believe in mileage runs or buying something you wouldn't otherwise buy just for the points. Otherwise, this whole system fails.
Ready to start earning rewards? Let's start with credit card rewards.
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