Some guys are great at recording all of their trips and the value of each mile burned. I’m not that precise, but I went back several years, tracked down my flights taken, and posted them on DDF for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Last year I flew some 42,000 miles:
Here’s how I burned them:
-5 OW first class awards on United from Cleveland to Honolulu via Chicago for the family and my brother as a babysitter: 250,000 United miles
-5 RT interisland stopover awards on Hawaiian from Honolulu to Kauai to Maui to Honolulu: 60,000 United miles
-7 nights for an Ocean view room at the Grand Hyatt Kauai: 150,000 Hyatt points
-7 nights for an Ocean View suite at the Grand Hyatt Kauai: 75,000 Hyatt points+$1,050+diamond suite upgrade
-7 nights for a suite at the Fairmont Kea Lani Muai: Free with lifetime Platinum.
-5 OW business class awards on United from Honolulu to Cleveland via Newark: 200,000 United miles
-1 RT business class award on United and SAS from Cleveland to Svalbard via Newark and Oslo with stopovers in Bodø/Lofoten Islands and Paris: 127,500 United miles
-1 RT coach award from Newark to Svalbard on United, SAS, and Swiss via Oslo and Zurich with stopovers in Bodø/Lofoten Islands and London for our photography guide, “Something Fishy”: 60,000 United miles
-Oslo and Lofoten stays via Airbnb 50% off.
-2 nights for a room at the Park Hyatt Paris via Hyatt card signup nights.
-2 RT business class award from Cleveland to San Francisco via Chicago for Rafi and I to fly on the Queen of the Skies: 100,000 United miles.
-2 nights in a Fairmont San Francisco Suite: Free with lifetime Platinum.
-1 OW coach award from Cleveland to San Francisco on United to watch the Cavs bring home the first Cleveland trophy of my lifetime: 12,500 United miles.
-1 OW business class award from San Francisco to Cleveland on United’s party plane back home just hours after the game: 25,000 United miles.
-2 RT coach awards from Cleveland to JFK on American: 30,000 BA Avios
-2 RT first class awards from JFK to Vancouver on Cathay Pacific: 140,000 Alaska miles
-2 nights for a room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim: Free with lifetime Platinum.
-1 OW coach award from Cleveland to Chicago on American to play Softball in Wrigley Field: 7,500 BA Avios
-1 OW coach award from Chicago to Cleveland on United: 10,000 United miles
-4 OW coach awards from Cleveland to Newark via Boston: $400 and negative 304,000 JetBlue points
-2 nights at Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston: Free with lifetime Platinum.
-4 OW coach awards from Newark to Kansas City on United: 40,000 United miles
-4 OW coach awards from Kansas City to Cleveland via Chicago on United: 40,000 United miles
-2 RT coach awards from Akron to LaGuardia on American: 32,000 LAN kilometers
-1 private jet from Cleveland to Teterboro with helicopter transfer to the W.30th Street Heliport: 16,000 LAN kilometers
-1 OW coach award from Newark to Cleveland on United: 10,000 United miles
Total= 1,385,500 miles and points redeemed for travel.
And of course I spent 1,060,500 Starpoints for 4 tickets to game 7 of the World Series and the right to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.
Total= 2,446,000 miles and points redeemed.
OK, to be fair I gained 304,000 JetBlue points back from their ridiculously lucrative promotion and United refunded 70,000 miles due to being downgraded from first to business from Chicago to Honolulu as they no longer allow carseats in 3 cabin first class.
But either way that’s over 2 million miles burned in 2016 and I’d call that a success. Though it would have been even more successful if it had hit 3 million with trips approaching the South Pole and North Pole in the same year. The miles aren’t getting any more valuable with age and I’m not getting any younger, so I’ll keep earning and burning whenever I get the chance.
Interested in seeing a post like this for previous years? How did you do last year? Hit the comments below and make your own map to post on DDF.