First of all, Merry Christmas! TravelWhimsy and I appreciate your continued support of our blogs, and wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and all the best for 2013!
Today, we are excited to share a story from TravelByPoints reader and dear friend Art, who recently completed a first-time-ever 3-day 13,102-mile 11-segment mileage run (mostly in American Airlines’ first class cabin). Art set out on this journey to qualify for AA’s Executive Platinum (EXP) elite status (their top tier), which normally requires 100,000 miles flown in a calendar year.
Via Million Mile Secrets, 500 FREE American Airlines AAdvantage miles for a minute of your time. Just follow the following 3 steps. The promotion ends on December 17, 2012, and is open to the first 200,000 participants. Be sure to have everyone in your family do it.
Two of our dear friends are flying to Niagara Falls for their 3rd wedding anniversary today. As loyal Avis and AA fans, they casually mentioned that they were getting 500 AA miles for their 3-day Avis rental. Unable to convert them over to Hertz with a $30 discount, I set out to see if I could find them a better deal with Avis. A quick Google search led me to a current promotion that almost sounded too good to be true!
During our recent South America adventure, we each flew over 16,000 miles with 10 segments. Had we had to pay for those flights, it would have cost over $20,000 for 3. You CAN replicate our entire itinerary (in economy) for less than 75,000 miles/points per person (or 35,000 for Machu Picchu only), originating in North America (even if you live in Hawaii, Alaska, or Canada)!
Our Cost for 3 Adults (all miles & points came from credit card sign-up bonuses):
220,000 BA miles (including a few long-haul segments on LAN Airlines’ flat-bed premium business seats)
6,120 Southwest points (3 tickets from Los Angeles to Las Vegas)
$580.22 (taxes, fees, and 2 tickets between Las Vegas & Los Angeles on AA)
A 3rd seat disappeared during the process of booking, so we had to split on the way to Lima. TravelWhimsy and I flew to Lima (LIM) via Los Angeles (LAX), and mom flew to LIM on AA via Miami (MIA).
Our Twitter reader Chris asked us for help with planning his upcoming 6-day/5-night trip from Washington DC to London in October with his girlfriend to celebrate his graduation from graduate school (Congrats, Chris!). I thought that this topic might be helpful to some of our other readers who might be considering a similar trip.
On the heels of TravelWhimsy‘s recent post on our delayed honeymoon to Italy, this is part 1 of a 4-part series to answer some of our readers’ questions on the nitty-gritty of how the trip was booked to maximize savings.