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.
||Miles Traveled & Used
||Taxes & Fees ($ USD)
||1418 | 25k
|| 5608 | 35k
||Los Angeles, CA
|| 954 | 12.5k
|| 1553 | 17.5k
||San Jose, CA
|| 2374 | 35k
|| 1745 | 12.5k
|| 505 | 25k
|| 1424 | 12.5k
|| 770 | 12.5k
|| 946 | 25k
|| 1130 | 17.5k
|| 3058 | 30k
||21485 | 260k
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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