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Best Way To Book A "Mileage Run?"  
User currently offlineATLhomeCMH From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 770 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6275 times:

I fly primarily on DL, UA, and FL.

I'd like to do a "mileage run" on either DL or UA to get my miles up. Preferably DL, b/c of their codeshare w/ NW and CO (might make things easier). I've seen some A.netters talk about their mileage runs, and how some of them got the fares as low as the cost of a normal RT O&D fare ($200-$300).

If this is the case, what's the best way to go about doing this? Are mileage runs frowned upon by airline staff?

Any comments or suggestions would be much appreciated  Smile


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User currently offlineCumulonimbus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6258 times:


Any Major East Coast city to a Major West Coast city is the best way for such a run in my opinion. I.E. IAD lax, Bwi ,SFO Etc. I have seen fares in these markets as low as 150$ with taxes included!! Also these tend to be Busy Routes and can be oversold at times so if you offer up your seat you may walk home with a few free tickets Also!!

Just my 2 cents. Mike


User currently offlinePgh234 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 795 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6192 times:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forumsfr.shtml should have MORE than enough info for you including beginners tips

pgh234

[Edited 2004-12-10 19:24:26]

User currently offlineCoewr From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 273 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6085 times:

Wow...good topic...thanks for those links! Ive always wanted to try a mileage run...is the idea to get the cheapest fare no matter what or go for the longest stretch? for example is taking a cheap fare SEA-IAH better than taking a fare twice as much to go SEA-EWR? I guess what I really want to know from the experienced people here is whats the best bang for the buck so to speak?

--C


User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5700 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6030 times:

Well,

all of my "mileage runs" have been on TW, CO, and F9. Just depends on where you go, but I always do a 5-day trip and just be on a plane all day long until 10 or 11PM, then spend the night wherever I am! With TW I racked up 324,500 miles one year (1998), On CO every year I always rack up over 300,000 miles yearly now due to work, and on F9 I have just over 128,400 miles. I like doing the runs on CO because of how easy it is to use the multi-city reservation part of their website, and I can add up to 6 city-pairs.



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User currently offlineBushcheney2004 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5997 times:

Coewr, in a mileage run you get as many miles per cent as possible. For example if you fly 5,000 miles for $150, that is not as good as 8,000 for $200. you should typically pay no more than 3 cents per mile. In my example, the first one is 3 cents per mile, while the second one is 25 cents per mile, therefore the second one is better.

User currently offlineAAplatnumflier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5948 times:

Isn't it exactly 2.5 cents per mile?? Not to be rude or anything I just wanted to assist anypeople that needed help.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5928 times:

you should typically pay no more than 3 cents per mile

3c/mile is at least 25-50% too much. Airlines allow you to buy miles for a little more than 2c/mile nowadays, so from a pure mileage perspective 3c/mile earned isn't worth it.


User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5916 times:

With that thinking, I looked up a flight BNA-ANC on NW. They have a route that goes BNA-DTW-SEA-ANC-SEA-MSP-BNA which has a total mileage of about 7800 miles. With the econmics presented here, this flight should cost no more than $234 dollars at 0.03 per mile.

A flight from JFK-LAX at 5000 miles should cost no more than $150

I doubt you would ever find these kinds of fares.

Maybe the economics of milage runs really doesn't pan out unless you get a rediculous deal.



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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5913 times:

Maybe the economics of milage runs really doesn't pan out unless you get a rediculous deal

A good promotion for double/triple miles is just as good. When you factor in Elite bonuses and discount vouchers you may be eligible for, the 2c/mile barrier is not hard to break at all.



User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26601 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5908 times:

>A good promotion for double/triple miles is just as good. When you factor in Elite bonuses and discount vouchers you may be eligible for, the 2c/mile barrier is not hard to break at all.<

Aren't mileage runs generally done for elite status anyway? The cheapest possible way to get into the vaunted land of status, or routing to get that last 500-1000 miles you need to keep your status for the year?



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User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5905 times:

A good promotion for double/triple miles is just as good. When you factor in Elite bonuses and discount vouchers you may be eligible for, the 2c/mile barrier is not hard to break at all.

Yes an almost "rediculous deal" because it requires you to be elite and I personally dont see many double or triple miles flights being offered.



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User currently offlineBushcheney2004 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5860 times:

AAplatnumflier, thanks it is 2.54 cents per mile.
B747-437B, I think that 3 cents is good if you would get 100% elite bonus, and with Air Alaska get 50,000 miles when flying 75,000 in one year. That is about one cent a mile.


User currently offlineN1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26601 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5825 times:

>Air Alaska get 50,000 miles when flying 75,000 in one year. That is about one cent a mile.<

The hell is Air Alaska?



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User currently offlineBushcheney2004 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5809 times:

With Air Alaska you can fly NW and AA and receive full status mileage.

User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5700 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5720 times:

Who's Air Alaska?  Big thumbs up


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