I’ll be flying to Australia in January to drive the Great Ocean Road with my son Andrew, if I can find award availability. To buy a ticket is over $6,300 in business class. The cost of the 100,000 miles I bought was $,1483 during their last “buy miles” promo. With what I actually spent on Grand Slam, added to the two credit cards I applied for 60,000 miles, my true cost is about one third of the $6,300 price.
Note:I did not make the trip possible all on one promo. I used two card sign-ups, bought miles, and participated in the Grand Slam promo to get the job done. I hope this example illustrates why I collect miles in all programs, apply for cards in all programs, and play the game to the max. I could not have accumulated the needed miles by trying only one activity. When conditions are right, you’ll have the opportunity to add to those seemingly small numbers in your orphan accounts. Before the purchase-miles promo and the Grand Slam, I had a measly 60K in US Airways miles.Update: After writing this post last night, Bikeguy reminded me that the OneWorld MegoDO attendees were challenged to comp status to American. As a 1K with United that means I can try for Executive Platinum with American and use those four expiring SWUs I have that are good on any fare. So maybe I buy a coach ticket to Asia, use the SWUs and earn my Executive Platinum status. And then I can use a smaller portion of the US Airways miles, somehow, on a Star Alliance carrier to go down to Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road???So many places. So little time January is looking better all the time.
We can do this. We can see the world at prices we all can afford. Keep sharing your information and ideas with others. It will payoff in the long run. BTW: Always looking for Reader Success Stories.
First Year Fee Waived: 50,000 Points Transferable to Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, Continental and British Airways