So as you read this, I am just about done with this round of mileage run! I have flown twice coast-to-coast and have been bumped once in LAX, scored one of my only upgrade due to this, and now have an ETV to pay for my repositioning flight for my LAST MR of the year. I have spent one week at GOLD Medallion as between my 15,000 MQM’s from my AMEX card and this last run, when I land I will be back to Platinum Medallion with Delta again. I plan to post a long recap of what I think of Silver, Gold and Platinum next month. I will want some input from Diamonds as I have never been there and don’t plan to with my 30-40,000 MQM rollover this year.
But on to the topic of the day – what to do when you are on a ridiculously long mileage run to keep yourself entertained. What I do is this. First GoGoAir! Get unlimited GoGo for a month so you can have access no matter where you are. Next, get Skyclub access, I do mine with my AMEX Reserve card so I can shower, have snacks and drinks between flights & again, get free WiFi. Next, if you are GM+, make use of SDC ( same day confirm ) for free if you want to spend more time in one town or another like I did in SLC to have lunch with my pal Steve.
There are the basics anyway. So what did I do after lunch in SLC, I did what anyone who had been to hear my friend Greg the Frequent Miler speak at the various “DO’s” this year, I went on a “field trip”. Not just any field trip, but one to our favorite store in any state. Steve and I were on the hunt of a now elusive “OTHER office supplies”. However, at the location nearest the airport we found only this:
The rep seemed most put off by us looking at this part of the gift card rack and said that they disappear just as fast as they could restock them. (too bad he could not do just that, but ah well). Was our field trip ruined? Nope, there was another location just a few miles away so we set off again. But alas, the same empty rack stared back at us there as well.
Now if you have been living under a very large rock, you have not found out about the amount of Ultimate Rewards points that can be had with these gems. But, as I said, like the fabled “snipe” of many a childhood camping trip, these “OTHER office supplies” are becoming more and more of an endangered spices.
So does that mean the INK BOLD and INK PLUS are no longer worthy cards? No way. These cards pay 5x points on Cell and Cable bills so I try to always pay them with my BOLD. As soon as I get done flying back and forth across this land I intend to add the PLUS to my wallet. I may, after reading recent posts from the aforementioned mastermind Greg, try to add a 2nd BOLD as well. At 50,000 points per card, that is over $600 in value per card. Love it! Between a few of these cards for Lisa & I, we will be able to nicely reload my balance (even if I can not find any elusive “OTHER office supplies”)!
This one has been long run and I will, over the next few weeks, share some ideas I have picked up as well as some thoughts on the perfect run. I have taken two bumps and even said NO to some. I have new insight on “the mind of Delta” right now and what we should expect over this next year. It has been a fun ride with 6 of my 13 segments in 1st class, but few were thanks to my GOLD status. Stay tuned with more to come! – Rene
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