February 2012 In Review (+105,511 Miles/Points)


Quick note: I have added a “Historical Perspective” table to the end of the post that I plan on using for a “trailing 12 months” quickview with average. For the bottom-liners, this is a good place to look, but average has been 103,753 for the last 6 months–which is as long as I’ve tracked such things. I think that’s not bad.

As most of you know, at the end of each month I do a Month-in-Review posting that details my activity for the month ending. “The Month in Review” posts don’t list things like TopGuest, e-Miles, e-Rewards, MyPoints or My Coke Rewards in the Accounts list. I do list transfers from those programs into “real” loyalty programs, so you’ll get the idea anyway.

Program Balance Changes During February, 2012 (net +105,511)

Program Change Notes
American Airlines AAdvantage 30,273
American Airlines Business ExtrAA 750
AmEx Membership Rewards 2,034
Chase Ultimate Rewards 4,651
Choice Privileges 2,750
Delta SkyMiles 510
Hilton HHonors 1,000
Marriott Rewards 2,000
Priority Club Rewards 700
Southwest Rapid Rewards 3,681
Southwest RapidRewards (spouse) 50,064
Starwood Preferred Guest 866
United MileagePlus 4,700
US Airways Dividend Miles 1,532

Points Posted During February, 2012

Activity Date Program Activity Earned Used Post Date Notes
2/1/2012 Marriott Rewards Good-will gesture for construction inconvenience 2,000 2/1/2012 Without me asking. Nice.
2/4/2012 Chase Ultimate Rewards Chase Sapphire Monthly Spend 4,637 2/4/2012 Monthly spending
2/4/2012 Chase Ultimate Rewards Bonus from Spending 14 2/4/2012 Monthly spending
2/7/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Citi Visa Monthly Spend 93 2/7/2012 Monthly spending
1/23/2012 Hilton HHonors Signed up for texts 1,000 2/7/2012
2/7/2012 Southwest Rapid Rewards Chase Visa Monthly Spend 3,681 2/7/2012 Monthly spending
2/9/2012 Choice Privileges Transfer from e-Rewards in prep for 2012 Grand Slam 2,200 2/9/2012
10/17/2011 Delta SkyMiles Installed SkyMiles shopping assistant toolbar 500 2/10/2012 I had to email about this
12/14/2011 United MileagePlus Bought 2x $350 Marriott Gift Cards via promotion 4,000 2/10/2012 I had to email about this
2/11/2012 Southwest RapidRewards (spouse) Chase Visa (spouse) Monthly Spend 64 2/11/2012 Monthly spending
2/11/2012 Southwest RapidRewards (spouse) Signup bonus 50,000 2/11/2012
2/8/2012 Starwood Preferred Guest Answered trivia on Audience Rewards 10 2/12/2012
2/8/2012 US Airways Dividend Miles Answered trivia on Audience Rewards 12 2/13/2012
1/27/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $1,797 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 8,986 2/14/2012 Not sure why it’s +1 mile
1/27/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $999 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 4,996 2/14/2012 Not sure why it’s +1 mile
1/27/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $1,398 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 6,990 2/14/2012
2/6/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $200 dining @ 5/$ 1,000 2/14/2012
2/8/2012 Delta SkyMiles Answered trivia on Audience Rewards 10 2/14/2012
2/8/2012 Starwood Preferred Guest Answered trivia on Audience Rewards 30 2/16/2012 20-point question 🙂
2/17/2012 AmEx Membership Rewards Platinum AmEx Monthly Spend 2,034 2/17/2012 Monthly spending
2/17/2012 Starwood Preferred Guest Starwood AmEx Monthly Spend 826 2/17/2012 Monthly spending
2/13/2012 American Airlines Business ExtrAA Good will gesture for failed promotion conditions 750 2/20/2012
2/3/2012 US Airways Dividend Miles Stay credit from Marriott Greensboro Airport 1,520 2/20/2012
2/25/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage RDU->DFW 1,062 2/25/2012
2/25/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage DFW->PSP 1,126 2/25/2012
2/9/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $64.99 via shopping mall @ 30/$ 2,050 2/28/2012 100 bonus for Citi card
2/9/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $89.99 via shopping mall @ 30/$ 2,800 2/28/2012 100 bonus for Citi card
2/12/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $20 via shopping mall @ 8/$ 160 2/28/2012
2/12/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $120 via shopping mall @ 8/$ 960 2/28/2012
2/23/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $10 dining @ 5/$ 50 2/28/2012
2/29/2012 Choice Privileges TopGuest 550 2/29/2012 Total for the month
2/29/2012 Priority Club Rewards TopGuest 700 2/29/2012 Total for the month
2/29/2012 United MileagePlus TopGuest 700 2/29/2012 Total for the month

Historical Perspective

Month  Net Change
2011 Sep 112,779
2011 Oct 155,898
2011 Nov 68,014
2011 Dec 85,889
2012 Jan 94,427
2012 Feb 105,511
Average 103,753
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  1. #1 by John on March 26, 2012 - 10:26 am

    Hello–thanks for writing the blog, very helpful.
    I was just wondering what types of items are available in the AAdvantage shopping mall program for a 30/miles per dollar rate?
    I’ve seen limited promotions for flowers and donations to to charities–are these the purchases you have listed here, or do you have another method for finding products with a good miles to dollar ratio?

  2. #2 by cdmoye on March 26, 2012 - 10:59 am

    Hi John,

    The 30/$ purchases listed here are flowers for Valentine’s Day. However, I did put together a spreadsheet of the shopping mall partners and their offers about 6 months ago. At that time, the best two were ValueMags.com at 23/$ and TheLadders.com at 20/$. There were also 4 at 18/$ (including Restaurant.com).

    It’s probably time to redo that spreadsheet, so look for it in an upcoming post. In addition, if there are easy ways to do similar spreadsheets for a few more shopping portals, I’ll look into that as well.

    • #3 by John on March 26, 2012 - 1:07 pm

      Thanks, that’s what I thought. I wish there were a couple more retailers with bonus offers in the program.

      Anyway, I’ll be on the lookout for your upcoming update.

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