2012 not only brought the birth of my first child, but it was my busiest year in travel to date. I set out on a quest to become a United Million Miler so I can share my status and benefits with my family, and I figured after a few years of making 1K, I'd be there. I didn't quite make it to my goal of 100,000 miles this year, because after all, I didn't get started mileage running until late May, but I did make Platinum for the first time with United Airlines.
In addition to making 3 routine trips to Hawaii and one to visit family in Wyoming, I mileage ran to EWR (x2), JFK, MCO, MCI, DSM, ABQ, PDX, and MNL. My travels took me through 26 airports, along 50 different routes, and through 4 countries and territories. I took some great pictures for thirtysixthousand.com along the way, met some great people, and even made a few new friends. I checked the United Island Hopper and catching a wave at Waikiki off the bucket list. I visited all of United's domestic hubs including Guam. The only hub I didn't reach was NRT, but technically I still have until May 2013 if I want to say I hit them all in one year. I flew for 85,005 Premier Qualifying Miles with UA and 605 miles on Alaska, after a VDB opportunity I couldn't pass up.
Speaking of VDB's, I earned 3 of them for $750 to help finance my cause. There were many more e-certs (most of them unsolicited) to go along with that. One trip to Hawaii over the summer was worth a record $1100, after just about everything that could go wrong, did. Of course I wouldn't want go through it all again (especially with a 5-month old baby in tow), but stuff like that is what helped keep my trips well below $.02/mile in 2012. If you've read some of my earlier posts, you already know that I didn't have the best year with United, especially when traveling with my family, which is why we are choosing a new airline for 2013. The one good thing I can say in their defense is that they do take care of their elites (eventually), and their generosity in the form of compensation will keep me flying (by myself) at least for another year. I haven't given up on becoming a Million Miler and a Star Alliance/Premier Gold for life, and hopefully someday United will again be our airline of choice. I'm ending 2012 with 777,155 lifetime United flight miles; I'm simply too far invested to just walk away at this point.
The goal (again) for 2013 is to make 1K on United and now (at least) MVP on Alaska. When I'm not flying, I'll still try to earn as many miles and points for free, while continuing to blog about my exploits here. 2013 will also feature my most lucrative mileage redemption to date- a trip to Singapore, Bali, and India in late February/early March which priced out to around $40,000! Of course there will be more on that also. It will be our son's first out-of-belly trip overseas and my first time on a Singapore and Thai A380.
|CJ's 2nd trip to Maui at 5 months. Hanging out at SMF.|