April 2012 In Review (+146,996 Miles/Points) No Signup Bonuses!


There is a “Historical Perspective” table at the end of the post that I use for a “trailing 12 months” quickview with average. For the bottom-liners, this is a good place to look, but average has been 109,183 for the last 8 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.

Also, in the tables, you may see transfers, cancellations, etc. Those numbers are not included in my miles/points count for the month. The number shown is the actual amount of new miles/points that I accrued this month (again, not including survey sites and the like).

Program Balance Changes During April, 2012 (net +146,996)

Program Change
American Airlines AAdvantage 71,707
AmEx Membership Rewards 1,372
Chase Ultimate Rewards 20,872
Delta SkyMiles 1,030
Priority Club Rewards 42,331
Southwest RapidRewards (spouse) 5,907
Starwood Preferred Guest 1,278
United MileagePlus 950
US Airways Dividend Miles 524
Virgin America EleVAte 1,025

Points Posted During April, 2012

Activity Date Program Activity Earned Used Post Date Notes
3/28/2012 US Airways Dividend Miles Answered Audience Rewards trivia 12 4/2/2012
3/19/2012 Delta SkyMiles Answered Audience Rewards trivia 10 4/3/2012
3/19/2012 Starwood Preferred Guest Answered Audience Rewards trivia 10 4/3/2012
3/29/2012 Starwood Preferred Guest Answered Audience Rewards trivia 10 4/3/2012
3/30/2012 Delta SkyMiles Signed up for The Whiteboard 500 4/3/2012
4/4/2012 Chase Ultimate Rewards Statement Earnings for Sapphire Preferred 20,872 4/4/2012
4/6/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Statement Earnings for Citi Visa 953 4/6/2012
3/29/2012 Starwood Preferred Guest Answered Audience Rewards trivia 10 4/11/2012
4/12/2012 Southwest RapidRewards (spouse) Statement Earnings for Chase Southwest Visa 5,907 4/12/2012
4/6/2012 Priority Club Rewards Stay Credit in Miami 553 4/13/2012
1/27/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $90 via shopping mall @ 3/$ 270 4/16/2012
3/4/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $35 via dining program @ 5/$ 175 4/16/2012
3/19/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $399 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 1,995 4/16/2012
3/19/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $7838.40 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 39,192 4/16/2012
3/19/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $150 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 750 4/16/2012
3/19/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $30 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 150 4/16/2012
3/19/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $20 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 100 4/16/2012
3/19/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $938 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 4,690 4/16/2012
3/30/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $569 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 2,845 4/16/2012
3/30/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $1199.20 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 5,996 4/16/2012
3/30/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $1998 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 9,990 4/16/2012
4/1/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $200 via shopping mall @ 5/$ 1,000 4/16/2012
4/15/2012 Priority Club Rewards Stay Credit in Paris 598 4/17/2012
4/19/2012 Starwood Preferred Guest Statement Earnings for Starwood AmEx 1,236 4/19/2012
4/20/2012 AmEx Membership Rewards Statement Earnings for Platinum AmEx 1,372 4/20/2012
5/17/2011 American Airlines AAdvantage Citi AAdvantage AmEx Retention Bonus 3,000 4/22/2012
4/22/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Statement Earnings for Citi AmEx 556 4/22/2012
2/21/2012 US Airways Dividend Miles Signed up for texts from Thanks Again 500 4/23/2012
3/23/2012 Virgin America EleVAte Facebook yearbook promotion 1,000 4/23/2012
4/2/2012 American Airlines AAdvantage Spent $? via shopping mall @ ?/$ 45 4/23/2012
4/20/2012 Delta SkyMiles Answered Audience Rewards trivia 10 4/23/2012
4/20/2012 US Airways Dividend Miles Answered Audience Rewards trivia 12 4/23/2012
4/23/2012 Priority Club Rewards Stay Credit in San Jose 24,480 4/23/2012 4 Rooms
4/23/2012 Priority Club Rewards Bonuses on Stay in San Jose 10,500 4/23/2012 4 Bonuses
2/27/2012 Delta SkyMiles Downloaded Shopping Toolbar 500 4/24/2012
4/27/2012 Priority Club Rewards Redeemed 1760 MCR points for 5500 PC points 5,500 4/27/2012
4/20/2012 Starwood Preferred Guest Answered Audience Rewards trivia 12 4/29/2012
4/26/2012 Delta SkyMiles Answered Audience Rewards trivia 10 4/30/2012
4/30/2012 Priority Club Rewards TopGuest 700 4/30/2012 Month total
4/30/2012 United MileagePlus TopGuest 950 4/30/2012 Month total
4/30/2012 Virgin America EleVAte TopGuest 25 4/30/2012 Month total
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  1. #1 by Webazoid on May 3, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    Great month! What kinda stuff did u buy from aa that got u those miles?

    • #2 by cdmoye on May 4, 2012 - 9:11 am

      I do a fair bit of shopping on the Microsoft store (5/$). I buy some hardware and software for my company there. The prices are fair (for most things) and they offer regular $200 gift certificates that I can use against future purchases to keep the prices down. This also, obviously, works in my favor on things like my Chase Sapphire earnings. I just got an Ink Bold (60k signup!), so I’m curious to see if the Microsoft store qualifies as an office supplly store and also credits 5/$ UR points. If so, I’m in for a treat 🙂

      • #3 by Anonymous on May 5, 2012 - 1:55 am

        Any shopping portal + AMEX business card to save 5%(statement credit) + get 1 point/ mile $ spent

      • #4 by cdmoye on May 7, 2012 - 9:30 am

        If I spend $6667 at the Microsoft store, I will get 40,000 AA miles and (depending on what I buy) a couple of $200 gift certificates to use on future purchases. That will get me a coach ticket to Europe valued at about $1200. The 5% back from AmEx would be $333.35. Everyone values things differently, but for me, the airline ticket and the gift certificates are worth more than the cash back would have been.

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