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Earn up to 6,000 miles for getting on the Net

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You can add bonus miles to your frequent flyer account with many online activities, like booking airfare, checking in for a flight, and going shopping. But you may not realize that you can also earn miles just for going online.

More ways to earn miles:

Talk your way to 10,000 bonus miles with telephone partners

Current bonus offers from EarthLink can get you halfway to a free ticket if you sign up for Internet access this summer, and you can also earn miles for registering a domain name and for special wireless Internet services.

Earn miles at any speed

If it’s regular Internet service you’re after, you can earn miles on Delta, Northwest, and Southwest when you sign up for EarthLink. You can earn 5,000 miles (or four credits on Southwest) after your first month with EarthLink’s dial-up, DSL, satellite, or cable Internet services.

AT&T Worldnet offers miles to American, Continental, and Northwest frequent flyers. AAdvantage members can earn 500 miles per month, WorldPerks members receive 5,000 miles after their second month with AT&T, and OnePass members earn 6,000 miles for their first year plus five miles per dollar spent on monthly fees after the 13th month of service. Members of all three loyalty programs can get unlimited dial-up Internet access for $21.95 a month.

You can also earn miles on American, Delta, United, and US Airways with Network Solutions. You’ll receive 1,000 miles for every qualifying purchase of domain name registrations of three or more years, personalized e-mail addresses of two or more years, renewed domain names of five or more years, transferred domain names of three or more years, or five-page websites of one or more years.

Earn miles on the go

Accessing the Internet while you’re on the road can also earn you miles. Earn 1,000 Air Canada miles when you sign up for remote Internet access with Roadpost; you will also receive two Aeroplan miles for every dollar spent. You can also earn 500 miles for a weekly rental, 1,000 miles for a monthly rental, and 2,500 with any subscription to Iridium Satellite service, which provides you with satellite Internet access in remote areas where regular access is impossible. Be sure to present your Aeroplan number when ordering any of these services.

In addition, you can earn 3,000 United or Delta miles with a subscription to T-Mobile HotSpot Wi-Fi Wireless Internet service. T-Mobile HotSpots provide wireless Internet access to your laptop or PDA in public locations, such as coffee shops, bookstores, and airports.

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