In the tradition of last year, it’s time to summarize where I went and how I got there. I flew about 217k miles in 2012, approximately 186k of which were revenue miles. Across my revenue and award travel, all but 49k miles were in premium cabins.
I had several redemptions:
- The tail-end of my trip to Australia and New Zealand occurred in 2012.
- I indulged in booking business class awards for redeye flights from the US West Coast rather than paying hundreds of dollars for coach.
- I flew to Asia via Europe in business class for 50k Amex MR points.
- I stayed in a variety of Starwood hotels as outright awards or with cash and points.
I earned points and miles from a variety of sources.
- On United, I finished the year with about 115k EQM or about 230k redeemable miles by flying. I retained United 1K.
- On American, I finished the year with 124k EQM. Thanks to a number of promotions, I picked up 280k redeemable miles. I retained American Executive Platinum.
- With SPG, I earned 40k points from hotel stays (17 stays/21 nights) and credit card spending. I retained Gold and missed Platinium.
- With Hyatt, I earned 30k points from hotel stays (12 stays/13 nights). I failed to retain Diamond.
- By paying my rent with my credit card, I completed my spending requirements for the 100k British Airways credit card offer, earning an additional 25k points in the process.
- I picked up 40k US Airways Dividend Miles with the US Airways Mastercard.
My total spend on flights occurring in 2012 (inclusive of OneWorldMegaDo) was $8231.15 (down from last year’s $8798.76), offset further by a gain of $1.1k in unspent United travel vouchers. I spent $4532.77 (up from last year’s $2703.62) on hotels (41 stays and 54 nights) and $2144.72 (up from last year’s $1727.10) on rental cars (inclusive of insurance, but not gasoline, for 25 rentals, 46 rental days).