Yes it's this season of the year. I flew 42709 miles (70% of the actual) this year and want to make it 50000 to get to the ANA platinum. I plan to fly back to Tokyo and SFO-NRT would make it 49900. Short of 100 miles :)
The options I have:
- On 22nd, fly to Los Angeles with UA and then LAX -> NRT with ANA. The return flight is NRT -> SFO. This will add extra 500 miles for me and the price is almost the same. This is more economical and ridiculous choice :)
- Buy "Premium Economy" flight for SFO-NRT. I need to pay $500 more but will get 2000 more miles because it gives me 100% of the flight mile instead of 70%.
- Get some domestic flight while I'm in Japan: for example, go to Kyoto via Shinkansen for a day trip and then fly back from Osaka to Tokyo. This costs like $250 and gives me 200 miles or so.
- Get some domestic flight while I'm in US. for instance, 1-night trip to Seattle and stay in the next weekend would just cost $200.
- Not bother getting 50k miles and instead upgrade my ANA credit card to super flyers card. This doesn't give me the 100% bonus miles for every flight but I'll get lifetime Star Alliance Gold and can use ANA lounge for all flights (even in economy). This costs the annual membership fee $120.