April 4, 2007

Frequent Flyer Miles

I have been traveling for business for 6 years. It took me 5 years to finally bother to sign up for frequent fly miles, even though I have had plenty of co-workers and friends recommend it. I felt like I didn’t want to have to arrange my schedule to fly with a certain airline. That was very, very dumb.

In the last 12 months, I have accumulated 31,368 miles on Delta SkyMiles and 11,316 on American Airlines Aadvantage. .. . for doing nothing more than enrolling and entering my account number when purchasing tickets. That is enough points for a free flight in the continental U.S., Alaska, Canada, Caribbean, and Mexico on Delta (see chart) and a free upgrade (see chart) on American Airlines. Best of all, since I signed up with Delta and American Airlines, I have not had to bend my schedule to fly on these airlines.

I’m kicking myself for all of those years that I flew and did not accumulate frequent flyer miles.


lastAutumn said...

Maybe these cards are really good, but you have to fly on one and the same airline always... It is very inconvenient. I prefer airlines credit cards that can be used universally, on any or most airlines. Plus, some banks can give rewards on other purchases made with the card - it's great.

1MansMoney said...

I thought it would be inconvenient, but it hasn't been at all. I can used these two airlines for 90% of my airline travel.

I have also joined Southwest's Rapid Rewards so that I get points for the other 10% of my airline travel.