As I have blogged before, I have accumulated over a million miles over the years. I have collected these miles by flying, with credit cards and lots of free miles from various sources. I actually have never flown more than 60,000 miles in a any year (I am the ‘unroadwarrior’, after all). Most years I barely fly 35,000 to 40,000 in a typical year. Accumulating these miles took several years. So, redeeming 480,000 of them in just one go was painful.
I redeemed the miles for four seats in business class for a round trip from US to Asia. That’s 120,000 miles per ticket! Taking the whole family on a vacation this summer. While it hurt to see my balance on United fall to below 200,000 after the booking was made, I am sure this is going to be one trip where we will enjoy the flights as much as the actual vacation.
We will be flying three different airlines, due to connections – Lufthansa, Swiss and United. So, three different business class products to enjoy. As I mentioned in my earlier post, for one of the Lufthansa flights, we will actually be in the new 747-8i!
Finding the flights and making the award booking was an experience by itself, thanks to tight award availability and United’s current troubles with their phone and booking systems. I will post the painful details in a later post.
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