Jump on it: You cannot spend days pondering deals. "They never last forever, and as exciting and scary as it is to plan a trip to Asia in 20 minutes, the best deals are only offered for a very limited time," Kelly says. "So, think outside the box."
Read the Web: Use social networks to your advantage. Kelly posts error fares or great bonuses regularly, so follow him on Facebook and Twitter and read the comments and community posts on Flyer Talk (www.flyertalk.com). Expert travelers share information and will alert you to a great deal.
Fall mileage sales and credit cards' initial bonuses can help you rack up miles quickly. Once you have them, book off-season flights with flexible schedules to ensure good fares. Follow experts like the Points Guy and look for sales. A mile is a terrible thing to waste.