Earned and burned

 
Old Jun 28, 12, 11:52 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: DCA/IAD
Programs: AA - Platinum; 1W Sapphire; HHonors Gold; UA dirt
Posts: 5,905
Earned and burned

I was playing around with my DM account history - which appears to be a rolling 3 year history of you account activity.

Looks like since 6/29/2009 I've earned 454,000 miles and burned 523,000 miles (excluding the one time additions and deletions for DMMC 10k preferred mile adjustments).

How is everyone else doing on earn and burn?
IADCAflyer is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 11:58 am
  #2  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Alexandria, VA - DCA
Programs: BA Silver, American Airlines, Marriott Gold LT, Hilton Diamond, IHG Plat
Posts: 4,987
I typically keep a minimum of 150,000 to 200,000 in the account at all times. I like knowing that should I end up with some free time the option to take a trip to anywhere in the world in business or first class is always there. I do the same with my SPG account - keeping enough points for cash & points bookings and converting the rest to airline miles when the bonus applies. I'm currently holding a FC award to HKG and a off-peak Envoy trip to Paris with my wife and two friends.

So, on a rolling basis, I usually get the balance up to about 400k and then spend down to the 150-200k level.
geo1005 is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 12:23 pm
  #3  
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: RICHMOND, VA
Programs: US AIRWAYS CHAIRMAN, MARRIOTT PLATINUM, HILTON DIAMOND
Posts: 24
Total miles added from 6/30/2009 to 6/30/2012: 768,159
Total miles subtracted from 6/30/2009 to 6/30/2012: 102,782

I have 3 children under age 5 so I haven't done a lot of leisure travel in the past few years. We'll do a big trip to Europe or something a few years from now I'm guessing. My point balance today is 1,090,058.
ATHopkins19 is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 1:10 pm
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Programs: AA EXP, Hilton Honors Gold, National Executive Elite
Posts: 406
Added: 491,522
Subtracted: 420,900
travellerK is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 2:19 pm
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: DCA/IAD
Programs: AA - Platinum; 1W Sapphire; HHonors Gold; UA dirt
Posts: 5,905
Originally Posted by ATHopkins19 View Post
Total miles added from 6/30/2009 to 6/30/2012: 768,159
Total miles subtracted from 6/30/2009 to 6/30/2012: 102,782

I have 3 children under age 5 so I haven't done a lot of leisure travel in the past few years. We'll do a big trip to Europe or something a few years from now I'm guessing. My point balance today is 1,090,058.
Thats a lot of miles.
IADCAflyer is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 2:21 pm
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Red Sox Nation
Posts: 228
Added: 692,806
Subtracted: 638,480

I'm with geo1005 - in fact, from the description of your earning/burning habits, we are a lot alike.
BostonPaul is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 2:24 pm
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Philadelphia
Programs: AA Plat Pro, Bonvoy Titanium
Posts: 649
Total miles added from 6/29/2009 to 6/30/2012. 683,078
Total miles subtracted from 6/29/2009 to 6/30/2012. -306,466

I got to start burning some more.
puchalskir is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 2:42 pm
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: PHL
Programs: AA Exec Plat, WoH Glob, HHonors (faux) Diamond
Posts: 3,046
Earned 570K, spent 470K.

That was fun.
Biggie Fries is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 2:55 pm
  #9  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Alexandria, VA - DCA
Programs: BA Silver, American Airlines, Marriott Gold LT, Hilton Diamond, IHG Plat
Posts: 4,987
Just for giggles I ran my #s.

Total miles added from 6/29/2009 to 6/30/2012: 1,113,625
Total miles subtracted from 6/29/2009 to 6/30/2012: -1,003,400

This is a bit misleading as I have made and then cancelled several 100k+ awards over the last couple of years. That pads the numbers a bit.

Current balance is 205,000.
geo1005 is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 4:02 pm
  #10  
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: CLT
Programs: US CP, SPG Gold
Posts: 454
Interesting.

Total miles added from 6/1/2009 to 6/30/2012. 467,037
Total miles subtracted from 6/1/2009 to 6/30/2012. -472,808
jghassell is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 4:08 pm
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Programs: US - Chairman
Posts: 15
6/2010 - 6/2012

660,865
-192,000

Not nearly as impressive
HappyInTheAir561 is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 4:55 pm
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: PHL
Programs: AA Exec Plat, WoH Glob, HHonors (faux) Diamond
Posts: 3,046
So what do you all value these miles at ?

Originally Posted by geo1005 View Post
I typically keep a minimum of 150,000 to 200,000 in the account at all times. I like knowing that should I end up with some free time the option to take a trip to anywhere in the world in business or first class is always there. I do the same with my SPG account - keeping enough points for cash & points bookings and converting the rest to airline miles when the bonus applies. I'm currently holding a FC award to HKG and a off-peak Envoy trip to Paris with my wife and two friends.

So, on a rolling basis, I usually get the balance up to about 400k and then spend down to the 150-200k level.
No doubt -- some of the value of these things (miles) is (are) circumstantial, as per geo1005. But in folks' rule of thumb calculations -- for buying tickets versus burning miles, for upgrades, and so on -- what do you think of a mile as being worth?

My rule of thumb has been 1.5 cents per mile, which is less than what we can buy them for at current discount. I guess it's a kind of guesstimate of the potential for inflation in the system.
Biggie Fries is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 5:00 pm
  #13  
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Programs: US Airways Chairman's, Hyatt Platinum
Posts: 99
Total miles added from 6/28/2009 to 6/30/2012. 689,139
Total miles subtracted from 6/28/2009 to 6/30/2012. -282,500

Little out of whack, I need to focus more on my "Get busy Living" and less on the "Get busy dying" :-)
gizmo78 is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 5:07 pm
  #14  
Hilton Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Programs: AA Plat, DL Plat, Marriott Plat, Priority Club Plat, HHonors Diamond, SPG Gold, Avis CC, Hertz Plat
Posts: 654
Total miles added from 6/1/2009 to 6/30/2012. 405,824
Total miles subtracted from 6/1/2009 to 6/30/2012. -455,500
GNALUZU is offline  
Old Jun 28, 12, 5:20 pm
  #15  
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Roanoke, VA
Programs: US, Delta, and United Gold, Marriott Platinum
Posts: 49
Not quite there yet, but not bad for my first two years with US Airways..

Total miles added from 4/29/2010 to 6/30/2012. 257,142
Total miles subtracted from 4/29/2010 to 6/30/2012. -180,654
ilisira is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: