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Old 04-28-2016, 10:11 AM
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No scam, you were just unaware of how miles worked. That's a lot of connections. Did you really expect for 20k miles to cover the whole trip?
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:38 AM
 
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I would use it for one leg of the trip and then buy the return ticket.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:45 AM
 
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Well, 20K can cover a roundtrip on some airlines/mileage rewards. On American you can fly domestically one-way for as low as 7.5K miles, depending on the award.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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As others have explained, air miles aren't a scam and they are quite useful (though the value keep decreasing like inflation lol)

But you fell into two traps that happened to lead you to your conclusion. 1) You priced out an itinerary that is not a good use of miles. 2) You will never want to purchase miles at full price, and even on sale it rarely makes sense to do so.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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No scam, you were just unaware of how miles worked. That's a lot of connections. Did you really expect for 20k miles to cover the whole trip?
Yes. The gifting party was lead to believe that it would cover a round round trip by American Airlines. That is why they were gifted to me (as stated in my original post) to visit family. I ended up using the miles to comp the first leg and paid for the second leg out of pocket.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:23 AM
 
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How were they "led to believe" that? It's easy to see how many miles are required for certain flights, no different than checking the cash price.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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I've only ever "earned" my miles by simply traveling, so they are not a scam/ripoff to me. I don't think I'd get one of those credit cards (unless the offer that just that "good").
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:34 AM
 
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I've only ever "earned" my miles by simply traveling, so they are not a scam/ripoff to me. I don't think I'd get one of those credit cards (unless the offer that just that "good").
Most have a 50K mile first-time bonus, provided you spend a certain amount in a certain amount of time (so it's good if you are planning on a large purchase). Most also come with perks like a free checked bag or priority boarding.

I use credit cards exclusively for purchases--an AAdvantage one and a Chase one with cash back. A debit card is advantageous for taking out cash but nothing else.
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:12 PM
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I've only ever "earned" my miles by simply traveling, so they are not a scam/ripoff to me. I don't think I'd get one of those credit cards (unless the offer that just that "good").
What do you mean? Credit cards are the best way to earn miles actually. You can earn way more miles through your everyday spending than you ever will by just flying.
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:13 PM
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How were they "led to believe" that? It's easy to see how many miles are required for certain flights, no different than checking the cash price.
Yes. On the airline website, you can simply choose to view the transaction amount in miles instead of cash.
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