OK, I admit it – the title to this post is a little misleading, because I’m referring to the distance I’ve traveled during the first five months of 2012, the distance equivalent to 86-percent of the way around the world.
But still, there’s a big chunk of miles around the planet for a small chunk of change.
But first, here’s a little background …
Over the last ten-plus years, I’ve flown a total of over one million miles with American Airlines and their Oneworld alliance partners. This means a few key things:
- some “we love you” elite-status, which means faster check-in process, no “first checked-bag” fees, early boarding, and some use of the airport lounges,
- faster accumulation of miles “earned” by flying,
- and I’ve a chance to use these miles to see friends around North America in a short period of time without breaking the budget.
Using miles to fly within North America
I began the North America portion of my around-the-world (RTW) trip the first week of 2012. With over 300,000 frequent-flyer miles in store, I’ve traveled throughout the continent by redeeming miles (plus taxes) for the following flights.
|Date||Destination||Route||Miles Traveled & Used||Taxes & Fees ($ USD)|
|Jan 4||Vancouver, BC||SFO-LAX-YVR 1-way||1418 | 25k||5.00|
|Jan 19||Honolulu, HI||YVR-SEA-HNL return||5608 | 35k||66.00|
|Feb 21||Los Angeles, CA||SEA-LAX 1-way||954 | 12.5k||2.60|
|Mar 2||México City||LAX-MEX 1-way||1553 | 17.5k||24.90|
|Mar 10||San Jose, CA||MEX-DFW-SJC 1-way||2374 | 35k||47.20|
|Mar 20||NW Arkansas||SFO-DFW-XNA 1-way||1745 | 12.5k||5.00|
|Mar 26||Houston, TX||XNA-DFW-IAH 1-way||505 | 25k||5.00|
|Apr 3||Toronto, ON||IAH-DFW-YYZ 1-way||1424 | 12.5k||5.00|
|Apr 10||Minneapolis, MN||YYZ-ORD-MSP 1-way||770 | 12.5k||61.26|
|Apr 17||Washington, DC||MSP-ORD-DCA 1-way||946 | 25k||5.00|
|May 2||Nassau, Bahamas||BWI-MIA-NAS 1-way||1130 | 17.5k||5.00|
|May 29||Vancouver, BC||NAS-MIA-DFW-YVR 1-way||3058 | 30k||83.50|
|TOTALS||—||routes map||21485 | 260k||315.46|
Note that the equivalent frequent flyer miles reimbursed amounted to a total of 260,000 miles. With plane tickets obtained by redeeming miles, the actual miles flown came to a total of just over 21,485 miles, which would be the equivalent of making my way 86-percent around the world (with the Earth’s circumference equal to about 24,900 miles).
All of the flights were intracontinental, but that was still a lot of miles flown in the first five months of 2012.
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