My 2011 Earning And Burning Review

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Just like the US government, Mr. and Mrs. WeeklyFlyer ran a deficit this year. We burned more than we earned to the tune of 877k points and miles. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just print points and miles? We burned through a little over 1.734 million points and miles. We took in a little over 857k in points and miles. This was a busy year and we had a lot to celebrate including the news of an addition to our family. But we were still able to earn and burn plenty of points and miles for some great trips. Below is a 2011 summary and our high level plans for 2012.


  • Earned just over 120k Delta miles from flying
  • Earned over 300k hotel points from hotel nights
  • Earned 50k (current offer is for 40k) from the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  • Earned 75k miles from the AAdvantage 75k offer from Visa
  • Earned 20k Delta miles from the SpaFinder deal
  • Earned over 137k Delta miles from various other sources
  • Earned over 45k points and miles from personal credit card spending
  • Earned over 85k points from business credit card spending
  • Earned over 25k US Airways and Continental miles from Avis promotions
  • Earned free nights from the SPG free night promotion
  • Total points and miles earned was somewhere in the range of 857k points and miles
  • Status Earned
    • Earned Delta Gold status and will be downgraded from Diamond (that is what too much award travel will do)
    • Maintained Hyatt Diamond status through hotel stays
    • Maintained Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum status through hotel stays
    • Downgraded to Priority Club Platinum Ambassador from Royal Ambassador
    • Downgraded to no status at Hilton, but then upgraded through Instant Hilton Gold promotion
    • Upgraded to Platinum at AClub through instant Platinum promotion
    • Maintained Marriott Gold status through hotel stays


Preparation And Goals For Next Year

So there is our 2011 wrap up and high level plans for 2012. What were your best earning and burning opportunities from 2011 and do you have any “stretch” goals for 2012?

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The Weekly Flyer writes about travel from a business traveler perspective. He travels the world every week accumulating points and miles along the way.

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  1. 2011 was a great year for you. Almost 2 million burned? wow. I haven’t even earned that many yet. Great post!

    Did you ever post a review on your trip to EZE? I fly JFK-EZE often but in cattle class and would be interested to hear about your experience in the “flagship first class”. As well as your thoughts on BsAs!

  2. Great post, thanks for sharing.
    Looking at you goal of AA ex platinum is there currently a challenge available or will you wait for one to be advertised?

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