Milesabound Travel Blog by Philip Hall, Raleigh NC

Milesabound Philip Hall Raleigh NC Travel Blog

Hi! And welcome to Miles Abound! My name is Philip Hall, I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, and I created this blog in order to share my passion for gathering and then spending an abundance of airline miles, hotel points, bank points and other tricks to travel the world in style. I typically use about 1 million miles and points a year, and keep an average balance of 2-3 million points across programs and between all family members!

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I first became aware of the power of miles when living in the UK but married to a Canadian so we would make frequent trips from London to Montreal as a family, and with the BA Family Account I would see those points really add up quickly. When American Express launched a co-branded credit card in the UK I woke up to all the other ways to earn miles, and before long my groceries at Tescos, credit card spend and all kinds of other things were going towards a burgeoning mileage account.

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Milesabound Family Skiing in Whistler

We moved to the USA in the mid-2000s and since then the opportunities to earn miles have grown exponentially and we have used this to enjoy wonderful trips like Dubai with British Airways in First Class, the Maldives with Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines in First and Business Class, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Paris in Business Class, countless ski trips and many, many others. And this is not just traveling as an individual or a couple, many of these amazing adventures have been as a family of four all traveling together in high style!

 

  • ROB BLACK

    NEWBIE; How do I get started with good credit? I am ready to start applying for cards to maximize miles. any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    • MilesAbound

      Hold tight, newbie guide coming up very soon

  • TravisZ

    I found your site through google search and enjoyed reading it. I just started hounding points and miles myself.

    It’s also interesting that we both live in the RDU area.

  • MidTierStatus

    Hey, I noticed you are from the Raleigh area. I moved here recently from Ann Arbor (MI) and was wondering if there are any local frequent flyer meets etc; where we can get together and talk points over a coffee/beer or something like that.

    • MilesAbound

      Hi MidTierStatus and welcome to RDU! I know Ann Arbor is a bit of a hot-bed for miles and points junkies and RDU is pretty similar. I plan on putting on another meet soon – let me look at the schedule and put something down on the calendar. There are definitely many of us here. Just stay off my turf when it comes to VRs ok? :-)

      • MidTierStatus

        Thanks MilesAbound! I live in Chapel Hill, so hopefully we won’t have to invade one another’s VR turf ;-)!

        • MilesAbound

          Yep I’m near Wake Forest out in the boonies!

  • Steven

    Can you explain to me what you mean by this on your Maldives post?

    Is there a way to redeem Southwest points for Hyatt checks?

    You can I believe pay for activities with Hyatt Check Certificates so it’s possible you could use say Southwest points at a penny each to pay for diving, or at least take some of the sting off.

    • MilesAbound

      If you have the Chase Southwest card you can convert Southwest points into Hyatt Check certificates at a value of $0.01 per mile

  • Tim

    Are you done with your blog updates? I used to receive your blog posts regularly via email, but I have not seen any in my inbox for quite awhile. Plus, the main post on your website is over a month old. Are you out of the game now?

    • MilesAbound

      Tim – my apologies, I am not done. I have been dealing with some stuff in my personal life that has taken priority. But I have started to get back into it and have some drafts written up. Hopefully will be able to get back to normal service soon!

      • Tim

        Thanks! I follow a lot of different blogs like this, and I was just wondering if I should keep checking up on yours, or take it out of my normal rotation. It sounds like I should keep checking!

  • bart kranz

    please sign me up for your emails. thx!