I started collecting miles and points in the mid to late 1990's with an American Airlines AAdvantage credit card. Over the years I earned enough miles for American to give me lifetime Gold status. My wife is just a few miles short of earning that same lifetime status. We also belonged to a couple of hotel programs like Marriott and Starwood, but neither of us had any status as our stays were infrequent at best. While we traveled somewhat frequently, we had no loyalty to any Loyalty program.
One year ago, I started getting serious about maximizing our miles and points. A year ago we started with a combined total of around 300,000 AA miles and a few hotel points along with my status with AA. One year later, we have over 1.5 million miles and points in our combined accounts! The most amazing thing is the amount of travel we have already done, and the amount of travel that we currently have booked.
Here are the totals for the past 12 months:
The number of hotel points and airline miles redeemed - approximately 1,000,000.
The number of RT flights booked - 19. (4 Int'l 1st Class and a mix of 1st and Coach Dometic)
The number of FREE hotel nights booked using Free night certificates - 8 nights
The number of FREE hotel nights booked using points - 18 nights
The number of paid nights that were upgraded to suites - 12 nights
The number of non-paid nights upgraded to suites - 8 nights (so far!)
I have to say when I added it all up the 19 RT flights kind of blew me away.
One or both of us also now have the following status.
AA - Lifetime Gold status
Star Alliance Silver courtesy of Aegean Airlines
KLM/Air France Flying Blue Gold status
Club Carlson Gold
Emerald Club Executive
It's been a pretty amazing year. I want to thank the following bloggers for their teachings. Gary Leff, Lucky, Mommy Points, Frequent Miler and the entire Milepoint community. I could not have done this without them. I am still somewhat of a novice in this endeavor. We are looking forward to the Frequent Traveler University in Tampa in September. Maybe we will see some of you there!
Happy Anniversary to us!
About The Points Doctor
The Points Doctor is Bruce J. Wilderman DDS of Artistic Expressions Dentistry.Dr. Wilderman has a practice limited to Cosmetic Dentistry, serving patients of the Philadelphia Area since 1986.He and wife of 30 years enjoy traveling the world for little or no money with the points and miles they have earned from the credit card companies. Dr. Wilderman would love to teach you how to do the same. You may reach him at ThePointsDoctor@comcast.net