Hi, my name is SANspotter, and I am an addict. Yep, I hold my head in shame as I write this, but chalk me up as yet another “newbie” obsessed with earning frequent flyer miles. I can already hear all the “established” mile and point bloggers groaning in disgust, as it basically means more competition for those coveted first class suites and upgraded rooms in premium hotels.
To be fair, I’m not totally a newb. I had a previous stint as a frequent flyer point addict back in 1999, and it was fun. I was more of a horader back then focused on only United and Northwest Airlines, and my goal was to earn as many points as humanly possible for the least amount of money. It took years to eventually spend all those miles, but I did it and I have font memories of all those great free flights to far off lands.
It’s going to be different this time. I am no longer interested in seeing how large my mileage balances can get, and instead, I will be in “earn and burn” mode. There are several reasons why:
- Airlines and hotels are devaluing their programs faster than ever before, so it just doesn’t make sense to keep a large balance of miles and points.
- My wife and I are sick of traveling in economy class on international long-haul flights and we can’t quite afford to shell out the big bucks for a seat in a premium class. Using miles is our only option at this point.
Ok, I do admit that there is a tinge of satisfaction I get by having a large mile and point balance across many airline and hotel loyalty programs. That’s part of being a junky, right?
Anyway, here we go! This is going to be fun (again)…