Last month I promised that I would share some ridiculous itineraries with you to show you just how powerful points and miles can be. Looking at these itineraries is like window shopping for me, I get excited just thinking about the possibilities.
Today I found an itinerary that was particularly lucrative. In fact, the savings are some of the best I have ever seen.
So rather than daydreaming about how cool it would be to take this trip, I decided to book it.
These are the types of spontaneous decisions that you can make when you learn how to earn more than one million frequent flyer miles every year.
So without further ado, here is a look at my $24,368.80 itinerary to Thailand for $166.80.
This is a copy of my receipt for a Business Class flight from Columbus, OH to Chaing Mai, Thailand. I paid 80,000 United miles and $28.50 for a business class ticket that routes through Toronto, Copenhagen, and Bangkok.
Unfortunately there was only one business class seat available for an award booking so I had to book an economy ticket for my wife. I made it up to her by booking her a business class ticket for the flight home.
Her economy ticket cost just 40,000 miles and $28.50.
Let’s take a look at what those flights would have cost.
$10,992.75 for business class and $3,780.75 for economy for a total one-way price of $14,773.50. Not bad for about 20 minutes of work.
Now for the trip home.
I decided to fly home out of Koh Samui to give us more time to explore Thailand. This is called an open-jaw itinerary and it is a great way to get the most out of your vacation time.
Here is a copy of my wife’s business class itinerary. The total cost was 80,000 United miles and $54.90.
And here is my economy class ticket. 40,000 United Miles and $54.90.
Here is what the flights would have cost. The exact itinerary was no longer available for booking so I found the closest alternative. The only difference is the time of the final flight from Chicago to Columbus, so the price difference should be minimal.
$6,562.15 for business class and $3,033.15 for economy for a total of $9,595.30.
Now let’s add it all up.
Total cost of 2 tickets to Thailand with Business Class 1 way: 240,000 United miles and $166.80.
I’ve spent more on Thai food this month.
Total savings by using miles this trip: $24,202.00
This also equates to a value of 9.85 cents per mile, which is more than 9 times what you can earn with most cash back credit cards.
Ok, enough bragging. The truth of the matter is that you could be doing this too.