As 2010 comes to an end it might be good to review what bonuses I was able to get over the course of the year and what might help all of you in the next year. Before I get emails and such telling me about all the stuff I missed, let me say this is a blog for the beginner. I know I missed many things and I am getting better at it but I am not a pro yet so give it time. We have to be patient before we can all get tonnes of miles.
Nothing huge, only the normal miles from flying, using my Mastercard and the dining programme. in addition to these I have done almost all of my shopping through the AAdvantage shopping mall to gain miles that way too. I do expect more in the next year when I get to take advantage of the 100,000 mile bonus from the business visa card. With the travel to Brazil I will be doing next year this should also bring in loads of miles here since AA is my main airline now.
25,000 miles from the Chase bank account offer. Mileathon is also coming back next year. I skipped it last year because I figured Continental miles were useless to me but now that they are combining with United that is no longer so. If anyone wants to get the new Continental Mastercard from Chase, it may be a good idea to wait for Mileathon to begin before doing that.
Yes I know, they have been US Airways for years now but that just takes too long to write. The Grand Slam promotion netted about 98,000 miles in bonus and in the miles that came with the activities. Not sure if it will happen again next year but if it does I will be on board for sure.
With all of the promotions this year I ended up getting nearly 100,000 points and that does not count the Crack the Case promotion which is not over yet. PC points are incredibly easy to come by by both staying and not staying. I have not found them to be a good deal though unless they are used for PointsBreak rewards in which case they are invaluable.