Photo: Ekaterina Pokrovsky (Shutterstock) Frequent flyer miles are awesome. Use them correctly and you’ll save a ton of money on traveling. But they’re not always easy to use, and getting started may seem more confusing than its worth. While there’s plenty of hacking to be done to get optimal points, most of us can happily accumulate and spend miles without too much thought. Let’s demystify airline miles and figure out how to use them. What are airline miles? Airline miles, also known as frequent flyer miles or travel points, are loyalty programs offered by airlines and credit cards. Typically, you accumulate a set amount of miles based on how much you spend on a ticket (or how much you spend on your credit card). You can then use these miles to buy more tickets. That’s simple enough on the surface, but airline miles aren’t that cut and dried. First off, the term “miles” doesn’t equate to the actual number of miles you’ve already flown, or can fly in the future. Basically, airline miles are like any other rewards program: You get points for buying stuff, and eventually those points accumulate and you get something for free. The difference between credit card rewards and airline rewards In the airline miles world, you can get points two ways: by signing up for a service through the airline itself, or by signing up for a credit card that offers reward miles. Some credit cards work on any airline, while others are for […]