Hello! It's tricky amassing miles when you are based in the UK! I have some property in Central America so far the past few years have been travelling there and developed a preference for American Airlines. I spend as much as I can on the UK AA MBNA credit card to earn as many miles as possible and have always found the availability and cost of booking award travel on AA is massively better than using Virgin or BA miles (taxes pay a large part in this, but I still don't quite understand how this works!). I am half way to my million miles but, since you now actually have to fly the miles rather than accrue them in other ways (which is pretty fair, I guess), I can't see me ever getting to million miler status! After a trip earlier this year to Central America at Easter - with another planned for next week, I realised for the first time that I had the opportunity to get to AA Gold - so booked my forthcoming trip with a rather convoluted itinerary in order to just squeak up to the miles needed for gold. Now (thanks to MilePoint) I see that I am going to get double miles for this trip which will take me beyond the Gold qualification, so it got me thinking... What would I need to do to get the extra miles needed to achieve Platinum status at the lowest cost and ideally in the shortest time (and knowing that I am UK based) before the end of the year? Any ideas? In the spirit of the 787 Dreamliner bag offered by Konfucious, if anyone can successfully suggest a way to do this for, say, around UK£500 or less - I would be happy to offer a couple of weeks accommodation in the rainforest (flights not included) - should this be of interest.