It is interesting to see how people treat frequent flyer miles. Some people are hoarders and have impressively large balances, while some earn and burn as they go. One thing is true, these people always know their airline miles balance.
Pleasingly these can be used for redemption flights, hotel bookings, and a whole host of other products. You could probably furnish a house with the points in some programmes!
The Airline Miles Balance
I am a minnow in the vast ocean of frequent flyers, mainly because I don’t travel for work. People who are on the road rack up serious account balances over time.
My highest total was something like 180,000 Avios and I thought that was the bees knees! Of course, I used that for reward flights as that is the only thing I use my points on.
Another time I had over 100,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points, until I left that programme once it was clear I wasn’t going to be living in Australia anytime soon. 90,000 of those were redeemed for a British Airways flight in first class from Bangkok to Sydney.
Some people have balances of 2 million miles and above. Word on the street has it that the savers tend to be keeping them for use during retirement. Others fly so much that they just don’t want to be flying again on their time off.
When it comes to your airline miles balance, what was your highest total and what did you do with it? Perhaps you’re currently saving towards a big around the world reward trip, or maybe keeping them for a rainy day.
So many points are awash in the system that some airlines have allocated entire flights for frequent flyers to redeem their points on. An interesting concept that I am curious to see whether it will be replicated in future.
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.