Back in the summer, when I already knew I would be going to Indianapolis for the National Missionary Convention, I received an offer for a Delta SkyMiles American Express card. Just by signing up, I'd wind up with enough Frequent Flyer miles to get a free trip anywhere Delta or its partners fly. That included Indianapolis. So I signed up and got the miles.
But when the time came for me to swap my miles for a ticket, it turned out that Delta has two tiers of Frequent Flyer tickets. One, the SkySaver type, requires only 25,000 miles, and I had 27,000. The other type, the SkyChoice, requires 50,000 miles. I could get the SkySaver flights to Indianapolis, but every single return flight was a SkyChoice flight. I couldn't use my Frequent Flyer miles to get my ticket without paying for the difference--over $400, when a normal round-trip ticket cost $253. So I bought my ticket to the Convention using real money like normal people do.
But now that I'm done flying places, I still have all those Frequent Flyer miles, which have now built up to just over 49,000 miles, and they expire at the end of 2008. I went to the Delta website to see about round-trip tickets to Indianapolis, just to compare and see if they always do the SkyChoice-only thing on the return trip, which would qualify for Bait-and-Switch if they did. But if I were to fly there in January, I could do it for 25,000 points, round-trip. So what probably happened for the Convention was that all the SkySaver seats got taken early.
By the end of January, I should have enough FF miles for two round-trip tickets on Delta's route system. But starting in June, I'll be driving around the country in an RV with my mom and won't need to fly anywhere.
I just saw my brother and his family over Christmas. I'll be seeing my mom and my sister in June. These Frequent Flyer miles feel like they're burning a hole in my pocket, and for the first time in quite a while, I don't have anywhere to go.
I hate it when that happens.