Apparently I did a lot of flying last year — 101584 miles worth. I was lucky enough to carried via British 747-400 for many of my trips (my first trip on a 747 since 2006). I climbed the Alaska Airlines points ladder pretty quickly, finally hit MVP Gold 75K (after a couple of close years), and was in their top 10% of mileage earners for 2016.
Many new cities this year, and one state (Hawaii) and one new country (Spain).
Bournemouth, United Kingdom*
Oxford, United Kingdom
Retford, United Kingdom*
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Heathrow, United Kingdom*
Vancouver, British Columbia
Orange County, California
Jamaica, New York
One or more nights were spent in each place. Those cities marked with an asterisk (*) were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days. Roughly in order of appearance.
I missed reaching Alaska Airlines MVP this year by 652 miles — not to be confused with the time I missed MVP Gold by 2000 miles. I thought about making a year-end milage-run, a process where you “[buy] a low-price airline ticket … and fly not because you want to go anywhere, but to earn redeemable miles and progress toward elite status on your preferred airline.”
The benefit of MVP is free checked bags for myself and Rachel (when she flies with me), which can easily save us $50-$100 per a trip. I also would get first crack at awesome seats such as 6A/F and 17A/F.
If I had been on top of my game, I probably could have accrued the required miles for about $200, which is equivalent to 2-4 trips worth of baggage fees. Realistically, I think there will only be a couple of flights we take this year (Colorado in August, and maybe someplace warm in the spring). This kind of makes it a push in terms of value. Unfortunately, I left it to the last few weeks of the year and it was going to cost upwards of $400 to get a flight that worked with my schedule. C’est la vie.
I suppose the good news is that I’m not traveling as often…though I sometimes miss it.