Buy home, get free air miles

Lenders reel in customers with rewards programs

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Air miles are a curious commodity. The people who have the most rarely take the time to figure out how to most efficiently use them, while others who guard them like gold would happily miss their mother’s birthday if they could fly someplace "for free."

Perhaps it’s been the rotten early spring weather, the need to travel at this graduation time of year, or the real estate industry pulling out all the stops to accentuate the positives of buying a home and getting a mortgage, but I have been hearing and reading more announcements intended to tweak my interest in air miles and getaways.