AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60 Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4139 times:
Some people do mileage runs to gain or maintain status, some do them to reach other goals such as bonus miles for new routes, etc. I was going through some of my old things this weekend and was reminded of my first one.
In the early 80s, TWA was running a special, fly 5 flights within a certain period of time, and receive a free domestic first class ticket. I was already planning a trip back east with a friend, and needed one more segment to qualify, so I flew SFO-LAX-SFO one night after work. I even got an L-1011 both ways, with the return flight nearly empty.
Right after receiving my certificate, TWA had a fare sale between SFO and JFK, so I sold the certificate to a mileage broker for $525, that covered the cost of the ticket to NY and my share of the hotel that weekend. The miles I earned for the LAX and JFK trips were a nice bonus on top of it all.
If you've done a mileage run, what was your first one and why did you do it?
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3813 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4100 times:
My first -- and only -- mileage run was in April, 1994, BJI-MSP-DFW and return for the purpose of adding enough miles to my World Perks account to put me "over the top" for a free award ticket for a trip to MIA I had planned for January, 1995. My mileage run to DFW was scheduled to allow me to attend the annual Dallas airline hobby show. I was also able to find a very reasonable fare for the trip. And I was able to make my planned trip BJI-MSP-DTW-TPA/MIA-MSP-BJI on a saver award ticket for some spotting at TPA/MCO/FLL/MIA and another airline hobby show, in Miami, making my one and only mileage run a success in every respect.
ExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4055 times:
I just did my first one last weekend to get Elite Silver on CO last weekend - EWR-SAT, return SAT-IAH-LGA. It may not have been a "true" mileage run in that I stayed overnight in SAT and spent the day going to the Alamo, Riverwalk, etc., unlike most of the mileage runs I read about on A.net, where the runners never seem to leave the airport.