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.