This blog gets resurrected from time to time but we’ve fallen into a fallow period. There have been many road trips during this period but I’ve been engrossed in the driving elements rather than the blogging aspect of the trip.
That changes today for my good friend Dave and I are embarking upon the great mattress and mileage run of 2015. As the year draws to a close some of the shiny talismen of frequent guest programme’s threaten to self destruct and leave a far less shiny pile of waste in their way.
I am two stays short of Platinum goodness, and one year closer to my lifetime status (assuming Marriott doesn’t fuck things up next year with their acquisition of my beloved Starwood. In addition to this I thought I’d be short of a few tier points this year to requal for Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold. I am not actually in this position thanks to a number of unplanned trips back to the UK but the flight is booked, it would seem churlish not to expand my carbon footprint even further.
In the next 24 hours we will be in Minneapolis, Dallas and Detroit. Our entire run is being done in paid F on Delta and will earn us about 20k miles and 12 tier points. Cost per tier point is $36, we’ve had it cheaper doing hops down to SAN via LAX but this trip will also net us around 20k miles when all the bonuses are taken into account.
We intend to do this in the least sober way possible which is why we’re calling this our big adventurous tier point run crawl. In the next 36 hours we are going to find out just exactly how much gin you can consume and not be denied boarding.