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86 percent “round the world” for $315

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.

North America flights, AAdvantage, frequent flyer miles

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

Now, that was fun!

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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8 Responses to “86 percent “round the world” for $315”

  1. Anita Mac

    That is impressive! I am hoping to use my miles to travel to Europe and was told the taxes would be $600, that is on top of the 75,000 points used to go – like the math you are producing a little better! Think I will check with the airline again – seems to me $600 is a little out of whack!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Anita. I’m fortunate because I amassed a sizable chunk of flyer-miles in store, and I redeemed the miles at relatively low cost. The taxes were kept relatively low, likely because I remained on the continent with flights to and from Canada, the U.S., and the Bahamas. Thanks for your comment, and good luck with plans for your upcoming travel to Europe!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Jen. I’ve burned them good! The miles are not like a bank, though it would be interesting if miles could earn even 1% interest!

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