About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • Citi and AA are in cahoots.

    BofA and alaska did the same a few years ago. All these fycktards getting shutdown are locusts. They swarm something of value and leave it dead. They can’t effing take some and leave some for others.

    • The BOA/Alaska shutdowns were in response to people following the advice of a fairly prominent blogger who often wore a bow tie. The blogger instructed people how to get up to a half dozen Alaska cards on the same day with a single credit pull. BOA was a tad upset as a consequence and changed the rules thereafter.

      • All of that had come from Dans Deals who had told people not to publish that trick when they attended his seminar. It wasn’t just MMS and FM who published it – at least one other blogger (who I was actually surprised about) wrote about it as well.
        While I don’t like that they closed it, I don’t have a problem with the changing of the rules. I just don’t like it when an entity makes changes with existing rules in place (when those changes go against what the rules state).

  • How about 435,000 miles LAS -LHR -CAI round trip in Oct 2020? I asked 3 times if that was the correct numbers of miles. Yes.

  • @Christian, although I am no fan of the bow-tie guy, I believe it was the FM who opened 7 Alaska BofA accounts in 1 day. Regardless, it leaves the rest of us holding the bag.

    • FM did and blogged about it, but IIRC the bow-tie guy blogged about it first. I remember reading elsewhere (I just don’t remember where after all this time) that BOA specifically changed the rules as a result of the bow-tie guy. That information may have been wrong, but it seems plausible.

  • you’re late to this. Others have already reported all the accounts shut down were people creating aadvantage accounts for people that did not exist (their pets, etc) and using those signup bonus miles to book flights. Thats fraud pure and simple, and AA is well within their right to claw those back and shut down those burner accounts. I think i read a report on flyertalk where one person had 15 aadvantage accounts in associated with one address.

    • I am not “late” to this as I was not trying to be first in the shutdowns. I said I have been following it for a while and this post is a musing as to why AA is choosing this time to go after these accounts while also requiring so many more miles for awards that were much cheaper a couple of weeks ago. It would normally be one or the other.
      I have no problem with AA shutting down accounts engaged in fraudulent behavior. I am glad that they are getting rid of those accounts that do things like that, but why the timing with when they also punish the rest of us with such high prices?

    • That’s not true at all – many of the shutdown accounts did not engage in creating fake AAdvantage accounts. It’s not just “burner accounts” being shut down.

  • I’m guessing they’re doing this because they are relatively sure you have no choice now. As we have allowed the airlines to merge down to basically just 3 major US carriers, your options are quite limited. With the other 2 both embracing dynamic award pricing AA has nothing to lose. Without more competition this trend will continue because they know they can get away with it.

    • This is why I have been using my Chase points for travel directly more and more lately. I will miss the great value of last minute bookings for sure! Also, at least we still have other (foreign) programs that have decent charts!

  • alot of people have been shut down who had received 15+ bonuses over the last two years and made many fake accounts. but what about the many who had NO fake accounts? and those, many of them received only 3 AA sign up bonuses in 2019, which is alot but not some isnanely excessive amount. there is a point where AA is being reasonable, and there is a point where they are over reaching, and frankly treading in murky legal waters

  • I didn’t create any fake AA accounts , buy any mailers, sell any mailers, or sell any miles ever, but I did open accounts that they said I could open and abided by the terms. Account shut down today and a high 6 figure mileage balance destroyed. This is ridiculous!!! Small claims court is looking good.