Fifth Mileage Run of the Year, Destination Unknown

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. No kidding, there I was, high on the proverbial airline hog, kickin’ mileage tail and taking names while sipping a cucumber melon water in the Dallas Admiral’s Club. I was all set for another year of Executive Platinum with American Airlines. With a majority of my travel planned through September (to include a few trips across the pond), sprinkled with a few mileage runs I knew I would be at around 85,000 miles. Not to worry, I’ve got the ‘Golden Ticket’ in the form of the Barclay’s Aviator Silver MasterCard with 5,000 EQMs per $20K in spend and the Citi AAdvantage Executive MasterCard with 10,000 EQMs after $40k in spend.

You see where this is going right?

Alas my fellow frequent fliers, I programmed my trips short of the the 100k, betting on the Citibank 10,000 EQM horse and that horse didn’t pass the finish line. In fact, it didn’t even make it to the track. Although I fulfilled my end of the bargain three months ago, I had to wait until the end of the year. For me that was a deal-breaker. Couple that with the fact that my annual fee was now due. I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t about to fork out another dime knowing that my miles will not post until late December or January 2016. That’s a gamble I don’t want to entertain.

Moving Forward

Although the last nine months have been great for travel, it seems I might have to plan one last mileage run if my holiday travel doesn’t fit the bill. And right now, I have no holiday travel planned due to my work schedule. You might remember from my last mileage run where I said “looking good for qualifying for 2016 and this doesn’t include my JFK-HKG trip or Citi bonus EQMs.” Well look where I am now. Countin’ chickens before they hatch.

Mileage Run Update

So close and yet so far away from reaching my goal now.


So there you have it. I bet on a sure winner that turned out to be a dud. Lesson learned. Fortunately I still have time to fly around 10,000 miles before the end of the year. Here’s hoping to a great weekend mileage run deal flying out of Nashville.

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I am Founder and CEO of Hitorishibai. I am a former DJ, middle managing jack of all trades and protector of freedom. I enjoy running, travel, tech, gadgets, fitness. Klark currently works in the Nashville metro area. In his free time, he likes to go home to Florida or take short flights around the world for a new adventure. This site is for those who want to maximize their time, money and efforts.

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