You know what that means. No, I’m not talking about the new years resolutions you’re going to break, but rather the “fresh start” which each year brings in terms of the zeroes in the “elite qualifying miles/points/stays/nights” column of your frequent travel accounts. I used to hate January 1 when I first started traveling frequently. I saw a little over 100,000 “elite qualifying miles” in my account, which felt good. I was always worried I wouldn’t requalify the following year. But now I actually look forward to the new year. My United Mileage Plus account has nearly 400,000 elite qualifying miles for the year, which I can’t help but cringe at. At the same time, each year presents a new challenge, and I’m looking forward to what the new year brings as far as travel goes.
Not surprisingly, this was one hell of a year as far as travel promotions go. I expect much of the same next year. While I wouldn’t mind seeing some more double elite qualifying miles promotions, I’d love to see something more creative.
Anyway, I did something I don’t think I’ve ever done before — I’ve planned a full month in advance. That’s right, my January is already all booked up. Usually I don’t like planning ahead since it often means I miss out on some great promotions. I’d hate for one of the airlines to publish some great promotion early in the year which doesn’t apply to previously booked travel, leaving me in this dust having planned in advance.
My January travel, while not very exciting, will keep me up in the air. It’s all domestic, involves six redeyes, and actually has me staying in some cities for more than a few hours. As I fly more and more and slowly approach million miler status with United, I just can’t bring myself to constantly do direct turns anymore. It’s nice to actually see a city once in a while, even if I’ve visited it a hundred times before.
Furthermore, if my math is right, it looks like I won’t be spending more than two consecutive nights in the same bed (maybe less than that if my girlfriend isn’t in a bad mood). 😉
Ah, the joys of travel….