Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Not-Frequent-Enough Flier

I've been flying back and forth to see Kenny for the past two years and I try to visit him every other month. Now, I'm not good at math (I wrote papers about math and played tic-tac-toe in my college math class and I still barely passed— but that's a whole other blog post), but after flying more than 3,000 miles round trip each time I go out there, you'd think I would have racked up enough frequent flier miles by now to have a free trip, right? Wrong.

I'm sure this would be the case if I had stuck with one particular airline, but I'm cheap so I fly by who offers me the cheapest flight. This means I'm part of the Frontier, American Airlines, and Delta flier programs, all of which only give you super-flier status if you fly around a million miles with them.

I think I'm pretty close to getting a free flight (or at least the next membership level which means I'll get a free drink and movie on a flight - whoop) on Delta and Frontier, but here's my dilemma: I'm about to book two more trips for June and July, but the cheapest flight is on American. Do I pay around $100 more for each trip out there just so I can get the extra miles? Or do I go the cheaper route and just hope that someday I reach the next membership level.

3 thoughts:

Claudia said...

Hmm that's a tough one. I honestly don't know. :\ I know nothing about airline prices and such, but maybe there's a chance of the price getting cheaper?

Lenise said...

Depends on how many miles you need to get to the next level. If it's too many than you should go for the cheap flight and hope that you will get a free flight someday.

Lisa said...

Yeah, I could see going both ways.
I've done tons of flying too to see the husband and if I stuck to one airlines it could have been nice--but I was like you and always just went for the cheapest. I'm short sighted perhaps and rather have the cheaper flight now. I suppose looking into how many more miles you need and if it is an obtainable number then maybe.

 
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