I’ve been waiting to write this post for a while, partly as a reminder for all of us, that we can earn miles and points for every other thing in India, and also for taking stock as to how many miles and points I raked in last year, and how. I was waiting for some statements to close down on my credit cards to be able to complete the picture, and here it is, sliced and diced in various ways for your reading. For reference sake, all miles and points are counted in units and not in terms of any weights I assign to them. I want to point out these are purely my own balances, and my family’s balances are not included here. Also, you should note that last year, I took flying really slow because of stuff going on in my life.
Miles, Points and Everything in Between
First, up there, you see the amounts earned last year via various methods as hotels and airline miles and points, and also credit card points which can be transferred across to any currency as we please. Airline miles lead the pack, but that is also because all the co-branded credit cards I have are airline credit cards, and the miles sweep in every month.
How did we earn?
Like you notice, Flying only got me 12% of my overall miles and points this year. Credit Cards got me 27% of my miles, including those from co-branded cards such as the ICICI Jet Airways and stand alone cards such as Citi Prestige and SBI Cards. I count conversion as a separate category to avoid double counting some miles which existed as credit card miles, but were later converted to hotel or airline miles for my use. Bonuses include all sorts of bonuses from various activities, such as the conversion of IHG certificates to points, and the Hyatt 90,000 Gold Passport points bonus for my wedding. Uber also earned me some points.
Where did we earn?
I’ve always been a believer in diversifying my mileage earning, and this is proof of walking the talk. You will see an assortment of programs and credit cards where miles have been banked. JetPrivilege continues to be my go to program for earning Indian flight miles, while in terms of hotels Hyatt Gold Passport is the leader. The numbers are distorted a bit by the conversion of my IHG certificates to points, which added a lot of balances to the account. AAdvantage was my best program in terms of earning miles for travel outside India. Diners Club, those balances moved into conversions to other programs, but I had a killing with them last year.
Those were some insights into my travel habits. I’m happy to answer any other details which you guys might want to have and I might want to share.
I’m sure you guys are doing a lot on your miles and points earning also last year, and it would be good to hear how did your mileage earning go over the past year.