MB131174 wrote:What baffles me is how was there enough spending to get so many flights on awards? The typical domestic award ticket usually starts at 25,000 miles. Not factoring in bonus categories, that would be $25,000 worth of spending a month to get a ticket. Also, the frequency amazes me. I booked 1 award ticket to Europe and the hassle and headache of dates & unattractive routes made me say "NEVER AGAIN!" Maybe I'm missing something, but 1+1 doesn't seem to be equaling 2 here.
It hasn't been $25,000 spending per month. I keep getting the flights through card bonuses
If you're having trouble booking, take a look on FlyerTalk.com. I've learned SO much on there, and I've learned how to get where I want without paying anything. Yes, domestic award flights are usually 25,000 miles on every airline across the board. But I've been able to redeem award flights because of the huge bonuses offered by credit card companies.
To clarify to EVERYone (and so y'all don't think I'm a spoiled prick), my family is comfortable but middle-class. While it's true that I'm lucky to have my parents pay everything, I do work for it
I'm by no means at a public school, i'm at the University of Arizona, and my tuition is about $9k with a scholarship. Me (and anyone else, regardless of economic circumstance, if in college) would most likely be able to meet the minimum spend requirements with regular monthly living expenses.
In the last year, I've earned through bonuses:
25,000 American Express Membership Rewards Points (Transfer 1:1 to Delta, Virgin America, Hilton & .3:1 to Starwood)
60,000 Delta SkyMiles (30k after $500 spent in first 3 months on personal and Business cards)
110,000 American AAdvantage Miles (30k/$1000 spent/3 months Visa, 50k/$2500 spent/4 months AMEX, 30k/$1000 spent/3 months Mastercard)
MB, check out Flyertalk
you'll become hooked!