Here’s How I Burned 1,375,570 Miles In 2017, How Did You Stack Up?

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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, 2016, and 2017.

In 2017 I burned through 1,375,570 miles and points. That’s 1.07 million less than I spent in 2016, though my 2016 numbers included the 1.06 million points that I spent to throw out the first pitch and get 2nd row seats to game 7 of the World Series.

I also saved a boatload of miles when we had to cancel an August trip to Israel that I had booked 4 round-trip business saver awards on United’s Polaris 77W for 560,000 United miles along with 5 nights in the Waldorf Jerusalem and 3 nights in the Ritzaliya on points as well.

In 2017 I flew some 52,306 miles in the air, about 10,000 more miles than I flew in 2016.

2017 flying map and routes:

 

Here’s how I burned them:

February: 

  • 4 round-trip coach saver awards (with upgrade to first class) on United from Cleveland to Los Angeles: 100,000 United miles.
  • 3 points+cash nights at the Andaz West Hollywood: 30,000 Hyatt points
  • 1 points+cash nights at the Hyatt Huntington Beach: 10,000 Hyatt points

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"Wait, so you're saying they make Shnitzel in Lollipop form?"

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Just a few #desserts at #TierraSur #ChurrosAreMindBlowing

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March:

  • 1 one-way coach saver award (with upgrade to first class) on United from Cleveland to Washington DC: 10,000 United miles.
  • 1 one-way first class saver award on Emirates from Washington DC to the Maldives with a 2 night stopover in Dubai: 150,000 Alaska miles
  • 2 nights at Fairmont Palm Dubai: Free with Fairmont Platinum.
  • 5 nights at S. Regis Maldives: 130,000 Starwood Starpoints
  • 1 one-way first class saver award on Etihad from the Maldives to Cleveland: 105,000 American miles (after credit card rebate)

#Bedtime from #Emirates #ShowerClass #Suite

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#Emirates #A380 #ShowerSpa #HeavenOfTheSkies

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Tried to find #Alladin. No dice.

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#BurjAlArab #WorldsOnly7StarCertifiedHotel #AllAboutThatBling

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#HelloBeautiful #GoodMorning from #Paradise #StRegisMaldives #Mavic #Drone

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#ScubaDiving #StRegisMaldives #BackToSchool

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April:

#FourSeasons #Whistler #PesachOnTheMountain #Mavic #Drone

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June:

  • 2 one-way seats on a Hawker 800XP from Cleveland to Minneapolis: Free with Jetsmarter match
  • 2 one-way AMEX Business Platinum 50% off awards on Delta from Minneapolis to Cleveland: 48,000 AMEX points
  • 1 one-way coach saver award from Cleveland to LaGuardia on American: 7,500 BA Avios
  • 1 one-way coach saver award (with upgrade to first class) from Newark to Cleveland on United: 10,000 United miles

 

#FathersDay #FatherSonGetaway #FreeTrip on the #JetSmarter #PJ

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"Wait, which seat is mine?" "Whichever one you'd like Rafi!"

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Can I get that #WithACherryOnTop

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#LetsCatchTwo #FatherSonGetaway #RollTribe

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#AndHesOff #RollTribe

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#Heaven #BBQ #DinoRibs #MeltInYourMouth #CrownHeights #WorthTheTripFromCLE @izzysbbq

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July:

  • 2 round-trip first class saver awards from Cleveland to Rome on United: 320,000 United miles
  • 2 nights in a S. Regis Rome deluxe room: 53,500 Starwood Starpoints

#ComeFlyWithMe #United #Polaris #GlobalFirst #Miles

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#Buongiorno #Breakfast #Roma

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The stunning #GreatSynagogue of #Rome

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I think I've found my next Purim costume #SwissGuard #VaticanCity

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Just strolling around the colloseum…

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You haven't had Ice Cream until you've tasted gelato from #CremeriaRomana

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It may be crowded, but the #TreviFountain is beautiful

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August:

  • 2 one-way seats on a Hawker 400XP from Burke Lakefront to White Plains: Free with Jetsmarter match
  • 1 one-way coach saver award (with upgrade to first class) from Newark to Cleveland on United: 10,000 United miles
  • 1 round-trip coach award (with upgrade to EML seat) from Cleveland to Boston on JetBlue: 15,820 JetBlue points (after credit card rebate)
  • 1 night in Fairmont Copley Plaza: Free with Fairmont Platinum.
  • 4 round-trip coach saver awards (with upgrade to first class) from Cleveland to Kansas City on United: 80,000 United miles

Crispy schezuan chicken and beef at #TaamChina is perfection

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#DiamondRing one of the most amazing sights I've seen in my life #eclipse2017

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#BeforeAndAfter #SolarEclipse

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November:

  • 1 one-way business class standard award from Cleveland to Maui via San Francisco and Honolulu on United: 75,000 United miles (after 15K service refund)
  • 2 nights at the Andaz Maui at Wailea with confirmed suite upgrade: 45,000 Hyatt points (after 5K service refund)
  • 1 one-way business class standard award from Maui to Cleveland via Dallas on American: 60,750 American miles (after credit card rebate)

Flying on United flight number 747, the final United 747 flight. #UA747Farewell

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All aboard United flight #747 #RetroBoardingPass #SignedByOscar #UA747Farewell

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Just chilling with @United CEO Oscar Munoz #UA747Farewell

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#ShareACoke with United flight 747. Well played @cocacola @united #UA747Farewell

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Time for a #GoldenGateBridge fly-by on the #UA747Farewell

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#GoldenGateBridge #Flyby #UA747Farewell

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Partying like it's 1970, the year United first flew a Boeing 747 #UA747Farewell

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Upgraded to Captain's chair #UA747Farewell

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A lei for the Queen and for all arriving passengers #UA747Farewell

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#Shaloha from #Maui

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Always a good day in Maui #MauiNoKaOi

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#Maui #Zipline course with a view

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#Sunset above the clouds on top of #Haleakala

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December:

  • 1 round-trip AMEX Business Platinum 50% off award (with upgrade to first class) on United from Cleveland to Chicago: 15,000 AMEX points

#ItsAGirl #Thing3 #GoodShabbos #OnTopOfTheWorld

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Total=1,375,570 miles and points redeemed.

How did you do in 2017? Hit the comments below and make your own map to post on DDF.

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44 Comments on "Here’s How I Burned 1,375,570 Miles In 2017, How Did You Stack Up?"

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Joey

How did you earn all these miles?

Piyu

That’s the secret!

But seriously Dan we need some more tricks to earn miles now. I just flew coach for 11hr flights and miss my business class days 🙁

Jake

Do you go to most of these places alone or with ur family?

YossieW

Dan generally buys 1 ticket and sticks the family in luggage since he gets free bags with his credit cards

Yehuda M

That’s amazing. The experiences of a lifetime in just one year. Astounding.
Forget how you earned all these miles…how did you spend so little miles (comparatively) for so much???

WASP

Amazing. I have trouble getting few thousands miles. More importantly, you are putting them to good use. Rock on.

John Kaplan

Not impressed Danny boy. Our family burned through 2.8 million Aeroplan miles last year. Not hard to do with Air Canada.

Mountain Man

Anyone can burn miles. I think the value Dan got from this is quite impressive!

Travelbloggerbuzz

I ended up burning 909,500 because I was bored and didn’t really apply myself 🙂

Avi Levy

Can you please make a current post on ways to manufacture miles?

Ken

I too would really appreciate as detailed an accounting of how you get a million miles a year through credit card signups and manufactured spending…i would find that fascinating…will you oblige? Dansdeals is really excellent btw…thank you

JohnnieD

Your preferred method of acquiring AS miles???

Flight A

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mh

Next time Dan, Donate some of ur masser miles to me. Im non profit, and I would love to fly the world in business class like you

Joa

what was your #1 MS method last year?

Myi

Great trip report very nice and of course great pics.
#WellSpentMiles..

paul

dan can we make a tanya shuir once a week/month? no points and miles shmuzing just 15 to half hour of learning tanya?

pau

if you spend 25k on the barclays red and get 3 eqd can you upgrade to barclays silver to get an additional 6k for spending 50 thousand ,making a total of 9k eqd? if you had the barclay business andother 25k total would get you to top tier? so it would theoretically be possible to spend to top tier? and if so can one match it to other mileage programs and how?thank you

s

1 one-way business class standard award from Cleveland to Maui via San Francisco and Honolulu on United: 75,000 United miles (after 15K service refund)? dan, how did you get this? service refund after you booked standard you called up and got credited to saver? was it because saver opened up?i tried to do that once and they didnt allow me to ?

Sam

Dan how do u get the upgrade to first class when booking coach

whistler

Are you going back for Pesach this year?

Anna

Hope you’re buying carbon offsets for all those flights!

points

Burned close to a mil this year without flying business/first even once. All coach!!!!

Ergel

Can we get a TR? Haven’t had one of those in a while

Bill

Dan…in several of your trips, you list, 1 one-way coach saver award (with upgrade to first class)“. What procedure do you use to snatch those upgrades?
Thanks!

Ten Bucks a Week

I burnt 700,000 points this year. Most on business class trip to Japan, HK, SG, and NZ and first class BA using travel together ticket. Managed to score a 5 night Marriott travel pack as well. Now just hoping to win a United exclusives auction.

World Traveller

Have traveled to many amazing places all thanks to you! Did Maldives/Dubai this summer, and Israel all trips done with my husband and kids! Thanks!

SAM

I know that everyone can get the regular 40k or 50k for the Barclays card and the Venture cards and Capital One Cards and the chase standard 50k for Reserve and Preferred. But after the spending bonuses, how do you build into the hundreds of thousands of points? thanks for the helpful posts I built up my cards thanks to you, but now that all my big purchases (flights hotels rental cars) are all paid with points how can I work upwards after all the bonuses?
thanks for everything your truly are AMAZING!!!!!!

Chavie

So in 2017 I flew…wait for it…zero miles! But I did give birth to a beautiful baby boy! Priceless! Mazal Tov to you on your little girl!

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