TODAY | September 22, 2013
>> we're raising the bar on flying.
>> reporter: it's not just their good looks and service that will get you to fly their friendly skies. it's time to up the ante.
>> there are more opportunities now to earn points and miles than there have ever been.
>> reporter: savvy travellers know how to work the system, but anyone can get in on the action. how can you manage to go to all these places on your wish list.
>> it really is a matter of understanding the options and benefits that are out there.
>> reporter: just listen to howie rappaport. he'll fly for two days taking four or five connections with no intention of actually visiting his final destination.
>> give me your manualic.
>> from boston to dallas, dallas to seattle and seattle to anchorage. that's got me 80 plus percent of the way to a free round trip ticket to anywhere in the united states . free upgrades, free bags, free early seating, that's not just for one flight. that's through out the entire year.
>> reporter: have you ever heard of mattress running.
>> a mattress runner is someone who stays at hotels just to accrue status.
>> you're paying for today, but not staying.
>> what are we doing here?
>> ariana became so obsessed with the chase, she left her job to blog null time for "flier talk." in a short time she has collected 1.5 million points and only slept in a handful of rooms.
>> i have your platinum number on file. with arianna's elite status she gets suite upgrades, access to club lounges, free breakfast, internet and late checkouts.
>> we need to complete six different stays to get 50,000 bonus points .
>> are you addicted?
>> you could say that, yes.
>> being loyal pays, but does all that travel make your head spin ? no worries. you don't even have to board a plane. in fact the top ways to earn points right now are through credit card sign-up bonuses and daily spending.
>> how many do you have?
>> about that many.
>> the purpose of all this?
>> accumulating points and miles.
>> does this destroy your cred snit.
>> quite the contrary. it will improve your credit score because you pay your bills on time.
>> reporter: wait, there's more. david phillips , a civil engineer , known as the godfather of points and miles purchased 12,000 pudding cubs during an airline promotion. after donating them, he walked away with more than a million miles .
>> we'll upgrade you to one of our suites.
>> reporter: so we gotten free days redeemed at properties at well over $300 a night.
>> 50,000 points.
>> in two hours?
>> six hotels?
>> i'll see you in that heatity.
>> reporter: proving anyone can earn a night or two in paradise mile by mile, point by