Miles Newbies–Target Your Dream Trip!

Miles Newbies–Target Your Dream Trip!

Some wives nag their husbands to take out the trash.

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These days, around our house, it’s me nagging on behalf of you.

“Husband! Your Miles Newbies want the next step!”

Trash still has to go out, but Mad Scientist Miles Husband (MSMH) has produced for you!

Of course, you read my last post and did your dreaming—where do you want to go with these zillions of miles you are going to collect without flying?  That’s really important because it is going to help direct how you’re going to collect.

MSMH has put together this handy guide:


Continental US: Southwest, British Airways

Hawaii: United, British Airways    

Australia/Asia: Delta, United, Korean, Singapore, Alaska

Europe: United, Delta

Africa: Delta, American     

Middle East: American, Alaska     

South America: American, United


* So one disclaimer on Delta SkyMIles (MSMH is coaching over my shoulder) skip Delta if you want to fly First Class to any international destinations. You are not able to use SkyMiles to get First Class tickets.  Wife adds: This will be an ongoing theme you will hear many many times from MSMH–how bad the SkyMiles program is, how Delta has devalued this currency to depressing levels. This will be huge shock to many of our friends who live in Atlanta who think this is the only airline to fly anywhere. Oh, how your world is about to open up!

Let’s Talk Numbers!

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How many of these miles are you going to need?

MSMH encourages you to look this up for yourself with the individual carriers you’re focusing on.  In general he says to plan on

For International trips: 60-100K per person round trip in Coach, 125-160K/Business, 200-240K RT international First Class.

For Domestic trips: MSMH says to look this up for yourself. He’s an international travel snob because he loves world travel and you get the most value for your miles by using them on international trips.

Finally! Your “To Do” List

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This is where you’re going to start feeling like you’re doing something!

1. Sign up for your free frequent flyer account on the website of your targeted airline(s.)

2. Sign up for shopping portals. Make sure you enter your FF#. (MSMH will be explaining how these work in the next post.) Some of the biggies are (American,) (Delta,) (United.)

3. Sign up for Rewards Dining. Going out to eat is about to become even more fun and lucrative. You can find each airline’s dining rewards program here.

4. Check to get an approximate idea on your credit score. It’s free.

Coming up next from your favorite Mad Scientist Miles Husband–let’s go shopping and earn a bunch of miles! He’ll show you how to use those shopping portals to get a bunch of miles for stuff you were going to buy anyway!

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