It’s been a while since I provided an update on my AVIOS points earning to help motivate and inspire you. As 2017 gets underway, it seems fitting therefore to consider exactly how many points I earned in 2016.
WARNING: if you are American you won’t be impressed by these numbers as it is not as easy to earn airmiles in the UK. However, if you are British and think that it is impossible to earn enough AVIOS to fly business class without being a frequent flyer, then you should be pleasantly surprised.
Here’s a breakdown of the points my husband and I earned in 2016.
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That is a grand total of 359,250 for the year. That’s by far my best year for earning airmiles although I clearly won’t be flying business on Lufthansa anytime soon!
Source of airmiles
As you can see our earnings come mainly from credit cards, the AVIOS shop (mainly hotels and trains) and Top Cashback. Hotels are another favourite source of rewards, and we managed to bag a bunch of referrals from credit cards!
As you can see, we earned a measly 3,260 miles from actual flights, around 1% of our total. Those were actually from Lufthansa flights so I’ve banked them in my Miles and More account. You definitely can earn a ton of miles without being a frequent flyer!
How to earn more miles
If you want to find out tons more ways to earn more AVIOS, then check out the #From Miles To Smiles 14 Week Guide. It provides you with step by step guidance to get you started. Don’t worry, it’s totally free.
So where’s my next trip?
That’s a damn good question and one I can’t yet answer. I would like to go to China at Christmas to try out their ski slopes or alternatively, I may save my points and fly to South Africa for our tenth wedding anniversary. First class, of course!
What do you think I should do?