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User currently offlineN776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 754 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4310 times:

Hello all. I'm looking for tips for a noob  

I'd like to fly this summer, and in my brainstorming a mileage run with Delta came up. I've never really even considered doing this before, but the timing may be right since I would be solo on this journey. Any tips from the pros about how to book or what I should be looking for?


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User currently offlinemercure1 From French Polynesia, joined Jul 2008, 1289 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4307 times:

My question is why?

OK, I understand you fly to visit a place for even a quick weekend, however why the interest to throw money out to fly in a circle in a plane and end up where you started merely hours later?

Seems like the ultimate waste of time and money for me.

Never seen the fascination with "mileage runs".


User currently offlineN776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 754 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4303 times:

Quoting mercure1 (Reply 1):
My question is why?

Just for the pure enjoyment.

Quoting mercure1 (Reply 1):
I understand you fly to visit a place for even a quick weekend,

Which I'm also not opposed to, though it would have to be a place where I can be mobile without a car. Seems being a couple years short of 25 means I gotta pay huge fees, which I don't want to. Any ideas for that I'm certainly willing to hear too  



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User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2269 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

I'd also recommend visiting a new place and trying to get a rare type or a new airline or something. I've never done flying for flying's sake; I always wanted to go somewhere, but a new country or a new aircraft type is then worked into the schedule...

Quoting N776AU (Reply 2):
Which I'm also not opposed to, though it would have to be a place where I can be mobile without a car. Seems being a couple years short of 25 means I gotta pay huge fees, which I don't want to. Any ideas for that I'm certainly willing to hear too  

In the US? Then... You got Boston, New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco... maybe Seattle. Yeah, maybe I'm missing a couple of places, but... There aren't many choices is what I'm saying.

Outside the States... Toronto, Montreal? (you said summer, so it should work)... Caribbean during summer can be risky (hurricanes)... so maybe Mexico City?


User currently offlinemercure1 From French Polynesia, joined Jul 2008, 1289 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4264 times:

How about if you want to do a weekend plane spotting take a trip to Los Angeles. From looking at A.net photos the location seems to be a mecca for enthusiast.

There is plenty to look at around the airport including the nearby beach communities which have many hotels with airport shuttles. No car needed unless you want to venture deeper in the city.

Sounds like a more exciting concept to me than doing a circle over America in an airplane over one-day.


User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8684 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4233 times:

Your profile says that you live in ATL and you want to fly DL to a place where you can easily get around without a car... all together now: NYC! 

Book a connection into LGA with the final leg being operated by Shuttle America so that you arrive at the Marine Air Terminal. Take your sweet time and lots of photos because the place is gorgeous. Take the NYC Airporter (a commercial bus service) to JFK, wander around T3 and take your photos. Fly back to ATL and gawp in disbelief at the mess that is DL at JFK before they bulldoze the terminals. For the full experience, book a flight on an RJ that leaves from T2, go through security in T4 and then take the apron bus to T2. Walk back to T3 so you can also admire the secure area of that and when you're back in T2, enjoy the walk through one of these covered walkways. A word of warning: The JFK experience is only for you if you want to experience a comically bad and inadequate terminal layout.

[Edited 2012-03-13 01:15:56]


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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3173 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4206 times:

Quoting N776AU (Thread starter):
I'd like to fly this summer, and in my brainstorming a mileage run with Delta came up. I've never really even considered doing this before, but the timing may be right since I would be solo on this journey. Any tips from the pros about how to book or what I should be looking for?

If you type mileage run into google then you might stumble onto this website.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/mileage-run-deals-372/

If you live in a hub of the major airline, for you ATL and you want to fly on Delta then the deals aren't going to be that good.

In 2010 I flew from EWR-ORD-TPA-MIA-DCA on AA just for the miles.

After reading www.flyertalk.com we might see you back on airliners.net in about 6 months.



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User currently offlineKingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1296 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4186 times:

When looking for good deals, use the formula price/miles = cpm, where you input the price in cents (i.e., $251.40 as 25140). The lower the cpm (cents per mile), the better   Many mileage runs average around 4-6 cpm, but it is possible (if you get lucky) to do less.

Quoting N776AU (Reply 2):
Seems being a couple years short of 25 means I gotta pay huge fees, which I don't want to. Any ideas for that I'm certainly willing to hear too

Hertz has a promo code (i think 144314) that waives the fee (they remove it at the desk). Or if you sign up for USAA (it's free), their CDP saves you a boatload on the rate, age differential gets waived, and usually they'll even upgrade you.

Quoting aloges (Reply 5):
Book a connection into LGA with the final leg being operated by Shuttle America so that you arrive at the Marine Air Terminal.

Only the Delta Shuttle goes through the Marine Air Terminal (BOS/DCA/ORD-LGA). It's very rare that you can book a Shuttle route as a connecting flight. ATL to NYC also isn't that cheap on DL... my dad had to do the trip a few weeks ago and he actually ended up taking US via CLT because it was $300 cheaper. Look at some destinations in upstate NY, and also out west.

-J.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10875 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3941 times:

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 7):
When looking for good deals, use the formula price/miles = cpm, where you input the price in cents (i.e., $251.40 as 25140). The lower the cpm (cents per mile), the better Many mileage runs average around 4-6 cpm, but it is possible (if you get lucky) to do less.

Exactly
Mileage runs are for accruing elite status miles

I just landed a good one
Nice-Istanbul-Nice on Turkish Airlines
RT 2,237 miles

Ticket cost 138 Euros all in
with 100% elite qualifying miles credited to my Mileage Plus account

I am already a Mileage Plus Million Miler ++ (pre-merger) Lifetime Star Alliance Gold. Don't really need to fly for status but I thought it would be fun to do a run to Istanbul for less than 24 hours

Old habits don't go away so easily. I love airplanes way too much to stop flying!

     



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User currently offlinevhtje From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3872 times:
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Quoting mercure1 (Reply 1):
My question is why?

Clearly you have never been 10 tier points of maintaining top tier status for another year, with one month to go before renewal time.

The trifling £150 you spend on a milage run is well worth it. The benefits you receive a top tier flyer over the course of the following year easily exceed the £150 you spent on the mileage run, trust me.


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24796 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3789 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
I just landed a good one
Nice-Istanbul-Nice on Turkish Airlines
RT 2,237 miles

Ticket cost 138 Euros all in
with 100% elite qualifying miles credited to my Mileage Plus account

Why do they give 100% miles on such a low fare? Doesn't make economic sense.


User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5922 posts, RR: 40
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3761 times:

Quoting mercure1 (Reply 1):
Never seen the fascination with "mileage runs".

well I had a great one... LIM-SCL-AKL-SYD-HKG (spend their some days) - LAX-LIM for 1250 USD ... 80.000 LAN KM and sapphire status for one year  



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User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5175 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3744 times:

Quoting N776AU (Thread starter):
Any tips from the pros about how to book or what I should be looking for?

Wherever you decide to go, choose connections. Period.

Also, presuming you have an automobile, fly from somewhere which isn't ATL. For example Google Maps tells me that it is only 1:50 from Atlanta to Columbus, GA. If you've got the time then definitely consider the drive to the other airport, just to catch the extra miles.

For example, I chose SFO for August 1-5. You could go, as an example:

CSG-ATL DL5190 11:00-11:46
ATL-MSP DL2382 13:40-15:28
MSP-SFO DL1505 17:25-19:35

SFO-DTW DL1988 22:45-06:21
DTW-ATL DL1893 08:50-10:54
ATL-CSG DL5566 12:05-12:59

That would give you 5,334 mi whereas ATL-SFO-ATL would be 2,139 mi



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User currently offlinegocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3645 times:

What I used to do to maintain my Delta Skymiles Gold Medallion status was searching to a destination (West Coast) that is fairly cheap based on your budget. Since you're flying out of ATL, you have many nonstop destinations to chose from.
Since I had friends and family in SoCal, I would book a flight to SAN one weekend to visit my relatives and the next weekend fly to LAX to do some spotting from Virginia.

How I did it was catch the first flight on Saturday morning usually 5:30am or 6am and leave the West Coast on the Sunday night redeye. That usually will provide the cheapest fares vise departing early noon or late afternoon. Since this was 2004-2006 and Jet A wasn't too high, a roundtrip ticket from Norfolk, VA to LAX or SAN or SJC would cost from $210 to $230 including taxes during non-peak travel season. Doing this 4-5 times a year, you can easily make elite status. Once in awhile if you see fares sales to Europe, Oceanic or South America, take couple days off and head there and explore.


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