Uri asked in a comment,
“Question for Dan and other mile collectors: approx. how many miles do you have in total?
I ask this because I want to get an idea of how “expensive” it is for you guys to take such a trip. The more miles you have, the less expensive it is to use up 25,000 of them.”
Well, because you asked so nicely…
Contrary to popular mileage philosophy, I’m a big believer in spreading miles out across numerous programs and alliances. In this manner I greatly increase the odds of finding a mileage ticket when I need it. By having miles and elite status in all alliances I am able to access the mileage inventory of literally dozens of airlines, and travel in comfort when I find the award ticket.
Additionally, I basically never use 25,000 miles for a domestic coach ticket, there are significantly better values to be had by traveling in international premium classes than domestic coach…
Anyway, these are my lifetime earned miles (not necessarily how much I currently have in each account):
One World: (Current Status: AA Lifetime Gold, Oneworld Ruby)
Cathay Pacific: 795,000
Skyteam: (Current Status: Continental Silver, Skyteam Elite)
Star Alliance: (Current Status: United 3P, Star Alliance Silver)
Jetblue: 275 Trueblue points (100 = Systemwide RT ticket)
Airtran: (Current Status: Lifetime Elite) 1,600 A+ Credits (16 = Systemwide RT ticket)
Southwest: 48 RR Credits (16 RR credits = Systemwide RT ticket)
Starwood: (Current Status: SPG Gold) 300,000 Starpoints
Hilton: 40,000 points
AMEX MR: 60,000 points.
Avis: Chairman Status (Automatic free upgrade to best available car on the lot)
OK, Now it’s your turn! How many miles have you earned and what kind of elite status do you hold?