planeguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1156 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3055 times:
Greetings all. I've been looking at options for weekend mileage runs out of NYC on *A carriers. I thought I'd ask if anyone has been seeing any good values for the distance out there. I'm very non-specific on destinations, but would like to maximize the mileage return for the cost.
In the past I've done DEN, PVR, and even a spin to Europe (LHR and FRA), among others. I used to do these for a combo of mileage and working on my dissertation. Now that I'm done with school I still fancy the idea of an occasional weekend fly about. Can even add a Friday or Monday from time to time.
redzeppelin From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 415 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2998 times:
I'll kick it off. I didn't really do much research, but this seems like a good bit of mileage for the price:
US is selling JFK-ANC round-trip via PHX for $566 in November. The return flight is a red-eye on the ANC-PHX segment. That earns 9410 miles @ 6 cents per mile.
You can get the same price on UA via DEN, but earn fewer miles that way (~8000).
OR-- even better:
The nonstop UA flight EWR-HNL is showing a round-trip price of $561 around late november/early december. That trip would earn 9925 miles for ~5.65 cents per mile.
You can break it up and fly EWR-LAX-HNL-IAH-EWR for $574. That gets 10,314 miles for $574, or 5.57 cents per mile. It also gets a 777 on the HNL-IAH leg. I'm looking at a departure on Nov 30 and return Dec 1.
redzeppelin From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 415 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2832 times:
Hmm. I thought that this thread might get more attention...
I tried a few more random destinations and dates, but can't find anything that approaches the miles per dollar that you can get from HNL. Is there a minimum number of miles you want/need to earn?
redzeppelin From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 415 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2788 times:
Quoting planeguy727 (Reply 3): After seeing this double preferred qualifying I am even more likely
Wow. So you could potentially get over 20,000 qualifying miles for making a $575 trip to HNL (assuming that the UA flights can be booked there for that price)? It says that you have to book through US, but I didn't see a requirement that you had to fly US-operated flights. Even then, you could get a similar deal with the turn to ANC. As a SkyTeam flier, I must say that I am a bit jealous.