Originally Posted by check6
Could you elaborate a little more? Are those million miles with just one airline or spread amongst many?
I had about 400K on Delta but am down to less than 300. not 300K but 300. (about half these miles are butt in seat earned. I am platinum on Delta so also paid to fly them a lot too)
I had about 200K on Continental and United but they combined into United. I am down to 55K now.
I went through 5 AMEX cards and they were incredibly good to me with lots of bonuses and transfer bonuses which I turned into many of those Delta and BA miles when they had big bonuses. I still have almost 200K BA miles which I can use on AA.
I had about 300K AA miles, down to 160K
Hilton I think it was 60K nothing left
Hyatt 2 free nights anywhere plus points for initial spend. I used it to stay at an incredible resort which would have cost me almost $600 per night if I paid for the room.
170K Priority Club points, I am down to 15K. I stayed 3 weeks once at an InterContinental when they had a 5K per night special. I am a Plat Ambassador so get free breakfast, free light dinner and free drinks in the evening. I only had to buy lunch during those 3 weeks. The PC card $49 per year also gives you a free night anywhere in the world each year which could easily be valued at $500+ per night.
SPG 80K points - For me, SPG are the most valuable points out there so I use the SPG card as my main spend and replenish this one as I go
Almost ALL of these other than Delta are sign up bonuses and initial spends and some creative transfers when they were available. I am not including miles and points from the US Mint when that was going on. I do Amazon payments every month which adds a free R/T or 2 per year.
The credit card sign up bonuses are NOTHING like they were 2 years ago but still well worth doing. Keep on top of Milesbuzz on flyertalk to keep up to date on the latest and best offers.
I just gifted a weekend trip to my sister and her daughter from RDU-DFW-RDU and 2 nights at a Sheraton. Cost to me? 18K BA miles and $10 + 6K SPG points.