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How I earned 723,000 miles and points in 2014 and where all did we travel

Where all did we travel in 2014?

I am glad to end 2014 on a very happy note . By implementing several strategies, credit card sign-up bonus and bonus miles via referral I was able to acquire more than 700,000 miles and points without flying.We used some of these miles and points to travel for almost free  to destinations like Washington D.C, Myrtle beach, Miami, NYC, Baltimore, Cancun and the highlight of this year was our 10 days Trip to Europe (Spain and France) which costed me barely  $500 (airfare+ lodging) for two people while flying business class on US Air (more details in next week posts) and staying at some top-notch five star hotels in the best of the locations. A one way-business class from North America to Europe itself  costs average $5000 per person for which I paid 50,000 miles and $15 in award fees . You could easily earn 50,000 US Airways miles by applying for the soon to be discontinued US Airways Premier World MasterCard

View from the revolving restaurant at Double Tree Crystal City we stayed in August 2014

US at The Eiffel Tower, Paris

Enjoying authentic delicacies in Madrid

Yum Yum Chocolate raspberry cake in business class of US Air travelling from Philadelphia – Madrid

Segwaying in Madrid with the Royal palace in background


Enjoying drinking Bailey’s in US Air business class while watching Dawn of the planet of the Apes


Can I get one of everything please???? – Business Class US Airways

View from our beautiful suite at Le Meridien Barcelona right in the heart of La Ramblas

How I earned 723,000 miles and points in 2014?

The question you may ask – did you sign-up for like 20 credit cards? The answer is NO!!! Between my wife and I we signed up for a total of nine credit cards in 2014. As we also purchased a house I did not want a lot of hard inquiries before securing our most important investment and I also recommend you do not apply for any credit cards or loan applications at least six months leading into any home or car mortgage. Read more about it on my post on Credit 101. Here is a summary on how I earned all those miles –

Credit Card, Account or Spend Miles or Points Type Cost / Minimum Spend
Citi AA Executive Card X 2 (Expired now)


AA miles $450 account fees, $200 statement credit
United MileagePlus Explorer


United miles $1000 spend in 3 months, annual fee waived 1st year
Barclaycard Arrivalplus Mastercard x 2


Travel Credit of $880 $3000 spend in 3 months, annual fee waived 1st year
US Airways Premier World Mastercard x 2


US Airways miles After 1st purchase, no minimum
Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card American Express


AA miles $3000 spend in 4 months, annual fee waived 1st year
Chase Ink Plus business card


UR points $5,000 spend in 3 months, annual fee waived 1st year
Chase Ink Plus Refer a friend promo


UR points None. I referred five friends who all got approved
British Airways VISA Signature

50,000+70,000+Free Companion Ticket

BA Avios $3000 spend in 3 months, 50 K bonus (after 20 k spend) and companion ticket after spending total of $30,000 in one calendar year, $95 annual fees not waived

The total comes out to be 723000 miles. I would have to circle the earth many a times  if all those miles were to be earned via flying. I also earned several thousand miles and points (not accounted above)  via shopping through online portals  my personal favorites being  the Ultimate Rewards mall and BarclayBoost.


Would you like to earn over 500,000 miles in 2015? Don’t know how to redeem the miles to get best value? How to get upgraded to a suite? I’d love to show you how you can implement several strategies to get to your dream destination for real cheap. Follow my blog or drop me a line and I’d love to answer your questions and help you plan your next trip.

Bucket List – Mystique Hotel Santorini where a room typically costs $600/night I plan on staying for almost free in 2015.

Bucket List 2015- British Airways B777-300 First Class – Retail cost $10,000 per person round trip from IAD to most places in Europe. I plan to redeem 120,000 British Airways Avios along with the free companion ticket to travel in this beauty for pennies!!

Bucket List 2015 – Andaz Maui, Hawaii yet another top class hotel where you can easily score free nights

PS – I get commission from some of the links mentioned in the post here. You don’t have to but I am grateful if you plan to  use my referral link to sign up for any of these cards

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Family of 2 can get to Europe for under $500 this winter

US Airways off peak award space to Europe is wide open. For travel between January 15 and February 28, 2015, you can pay as little as 30,000 miles round-trip to tons of top cities like London, Paris, Madrid, and Dublin.

Reminder of US Airways Off Peak Awards

US Airways has incredible discounts on the miles needed for a roundtrip award to Europe and the Caribbean during off peak dates (January 15 – February 28 for Europe and September for Caribbean).

Off peak awards require finding Saver award space on all legs from your home airport to your destination, and flying all US Airways planes. That is, you cannot fly partners, including American Airlines.

The off peak price is 35,000 miles roundtrip to Europe. Folks with the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® get an automatic 5,000 mile discount on all US Airways awards that fly only US Airways planes, which is a requirement of off peak awards.  That means US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® cardholders pay only 30,000 miles roundtrip to Europe during off peak dates.

Right now the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® comes with 50,000 bonus miles after first purchase and payment of an $89 annual fee.

Where You Can Fly

If your home airport has US Airways flights, you can fly to Europe for as little as 30,000 miles roundtrip. You will need to connect to Philadelphia or Charlotte for the flights to Europe. Here are the flights to Europe from Philadelphia. (I’ve crossed out the seasonal flights because those aren’t options in January or February.)

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You’ve got the major tourist cities like London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam. You’ve also got some smaller ones like Munich and Manchester.

From Charlotte in the winter, the only US Airways flights are to London and Frankfurt.

Award Price

Off peak awards from anywhere in the United States to Europe are 35,000 US Airways miles roundtrip or 30,000 miles if you have the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® like me. You can purchase additional 10,000 miles (currently with 3,000 bonus miles) for $295. With the annual fees of $89, additional 10,000 miles to be purchased for $295 and the award processing fee of $100 for two tickets you are looking to spend a total of roughly under $500 for a round -trip ticket to Europe for 2 people this winter.

In addition, you have to pay government taxes and the standard $50 US Airways award processing fee.

There are several destinations that cost ~$100 all in including Rome, Madrid, Amsterdam, Brussels, and the cheapest of all, Dublin at 30,000 miles + $96.

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The most expensive destination is London because of the UK’s Air Passenger Duty. It costs 30,000 miles + $248.

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Award Space

To search for award space, go to and search right in the box at the top of the home page (click to enlarge.)

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Select your cities, dates, and number of passengers. Check “Book with miles.”

Your results will automatically display in a color-coded month long calendar. The color-coding is a bit annoying because every level of award space is a shade of blue, but the lightest ones are off peak awards. Off peak award space is wide open.


Basically six days a week in both directions.

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Basically six days a week in both directions.
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Four to six days of award space in both directions each week
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Award space every day in February except for one in both directions.
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Award space the vast majority of days in both directions.

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Again, broken record, award space almost every day.

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Bottom Line

Off peak awards are easy to search and easy to book with US Airways miles. If you don’t mind visiting Europe in winter (and missing the crowds), you can book a roundtrip for 35,000 miles or 30,000 miles if you have the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®.

To most cities in Europe, off peak award space is available almost every day from Philadelphia from January 15 to February 28. Find award space from your home airport to Philly at the Saver level and book your vacation today.

The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® with 50,000 bonus miles after first purchase and paying $89 annual fee

  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after your first purchase and payment of the $89 annual fee*
  • First checked bag free on eligible bags for you and up to four companions on domestic US Airways operated flights
  • One companion certificate good for up to 2 guests to travel with you on a US Airways operated flight at $99 each, plus taxes and fees
  • Priority boarding Zone 2 on US Airways operated flightsRedeem miles for award travel on US Airways and American Airlines booked through or US Airways Reservations
  • Earn miles on every purchase with 2 miles for every $1 you spend on US Airways and American Airlines purchases and 1 mile for every $1 on purchases everywhere else
  • New! Receive a 25% savings on eligible US Airways and American Airlines in-flight purchases
  • Please see terms and conditions for complete detail

You don’t have to but I am grateful if you plan to  use my referral link to sign up for the card

Application Link: The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®

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