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Ever Take A Flight Just To Get The Miles?  
User currently offlineOrd747cle From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 240 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4811 times:

Just like the topic says, have you ever taken a flight just to get the miles?

Sometimes I'll choose a longer route to get more flight miles, what about you?

Ord747Cle

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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12281 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4803 times:
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Ord747Cle, yeah. I once flew TRF-AMS-DTW-MSP instead of TRF-AMS-MSP. Both for more miles, but also to try KLM MD11 instead of NW DC10


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User currently offlineCs03 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4798 times:
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NW Used to fly from ALB to NYC in the 1990 s, and as a NW FFP member, I flew ALB/DTW/LGA for the miles! A long trip, but many more miles than the ALB/LGA 126!!

User currently offlineJcooke From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 81 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4784 times:

You bet. Flying BUF-IAD-PHL-BWI-PIT-IAD-BUF with a 90 min turnaround @ BWI.

Can't beat flying that on a $78+ fare. Thats the shortest route on the fare routings, too.

-JC


User currently offlineTOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3308 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4775 times:

When CO still flew from CAK, I used to connect thru CLE all the time. Extra 500 miles, and an extra segment both ways. Made it easy to maintain elite status, back when CO elite status meant something!

User currently offlineWarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4751 times:

Once flew on CO EWR-YYZ cleared immgration and customs turned around and flow the same plane back to Newark. Just needed that little bit more for a free ticket.


747SP
User currently offlineJfernandez From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4707 times:

I routinely hop about just to get extra AA segments.

User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4696 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4687 times:

Yes, from time to time.  Smile

One of these trips is coming up in May: DUS-FCO-VCE-MXP-DUS with AZ: 4000 more miles for my Frequence Plus account for just 129 Euro.

I am also doing these tours out of enthusiasm - in the above mentioned case, it will be my first flights on AZ and my first visits to FCO, VCE and MXP.




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User currently offlineAms From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1692 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4675 times:

I flew LH Between AMS-FRA-ATH in able to become Star Alliance Gold

User currently offlineN1641 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4666 times:

Ha! Cs03, I cant believe you flew all the way to DTW, only someone who came to this message board would choose the half a day flight over the 30 minute one! thats awesome.

User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4623 times:

of course-

But I did it for tier points, not miles--mid dec 2003, VS 010 JFK-LHR leaving on Friday night, arrive Saturday morning, return on Sunday VS 003 LHR-JFK

I booked in Premium Economy to get the 6 more tier points to bump me to gold club status before the year ended (for me it was the Monday after I got back)--bonus was being upgraded both ways to Upper Class, and getting a date with a F/A.

So yeah, for the tier points, and the date. HAHA.


User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4588 times:

If I've got a chance at achieving elite status, sure -- but I won't go out of my way for an extra 200 or 300 miles, it's just not worth it.

Most airlines have a minimum 500-mile segment that makes it worth your while to take short connecting flights. For example, I live in AUS and fly to DCA often. AUS to DFW will give me 500 miles, and DFW-DCA will give me 1192 for a total of 1692. Flying a longer routing through ORD will give me 973 for AUS-ORD, and 612 for ORD-DCA, for a total of 1585. Of course, this could differ depending on the city pair, but I try not to worry about it too much.



"Lose" is not spelled with two o's!!!!
User currently offlineAIR MALTA From Malta, joined Sep 2001, 2531 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4570 times:

In the times of Swissair, I used to fly TUN-ZRH-GVA-ZRH-TUN and not the direct TUN-GVA-TUN, to get more miles and also to fly more aircraft. The prices were the same. Last October, I have been to Vienna and I chose TUN-MXP-VIE-MXP-TUN with AZ instead of TUN-VIE-TUN with TU to get more miles.


Next flights : BRU-ZRH-CAI (LX)/ BRU-FCO-TLV (AZ)
User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4527 times:

A few times I would fly out of EFD up to IAH in Houston to get the 500 extra miles, plus it was free.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Sadly it is going away.

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Yankee Air Pirate


User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4507 times:

Only once.
I flew SCL-MDZ and stayed 3 days in Mendoza for avoiding my LanPass kilometres to expire.(Well, it also gave me some extra 1600 kms.)


User currently offlineLear777 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 290 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4477 times:

I'm with you AWACS...I've done the EFD run for extra miles several times. I will miss it...

Although in retrospect my fingers still hurt from gripping the armrests on a particularly bumpy EMB-120 ride into IAH. Why fly above a storm when you can fly through it?

Brian



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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4463 times:

I think it was 88, but NW was having one of those rare double your miles deals for a limited time. So for $112.00 I did LAN-DTW-MDW-DTW-CLE. Next day was CLE-DTW-MDW-DTW-LAN. All flights were on various models of ....you guessed it, the DC 9. The hotel room in CLE was free...friends in low places come in handy. With silver bonus and the double dip, it was good for just over 10,000 miles. At that time NW freebees were bracketed at 20,000 miles.
safe



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User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4450 times:


Ord747cle,

Check out http://www.flyertalk.com
The entire population of the FT community lives in pursuit of collecting miles  Laugh out loud



User currently offlineAlespesl From Czech Republic, joined Jan 2004, 583 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4378 times:

Once I was flying home to Czech Republic from YHZ. I could easily fly YHZ-YUL-PRG on AC+OK.

Instead of that, I did choose routing with AC+OS to get more points with Air Canada Aeroplan. I flew this route: YHZ-YYZ-VIE-PRG and on the way back it was PRG-VIE-LHR-YYZ-YOW-YHZ. Instead of regular 9000 points in economy if I flew first choice, I got more than 15000 in economy on AC+OS. 15k is enough for free short-haul return flight for Air Canada.

Ales



Next Flight: Dec 06 PRG-WAW ATR72, Dec 07 WAW-PRG ATR42 with Czech Airlines.
User currently offlineRojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2482 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4356 times:

I just flew AA EZE-MVD (Montevideo, Uruguay)-EZE to qualify for AA Gold. The best part of this mileage run is getting on a B777 for a 28 minute flight!!!

User currently offlineRsmith6621a From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 194 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4336 times:



I once sold a ticket to a couple who were each 3600 mile short of the PREMIER EXECUTIVE status with UAL.........Their routing was JFK/LAS in the morning.......A little bit of lunch and Black Jack.....Then home at 5:00 to YES celebrate New Years in Time Square with Dick Clark that evening.

They told me that being a PE was adicting and once you get the staus its hard to give it up.....



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User currently offlineCmckeithen From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 617 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4301 times:

Wasting time and money to just get FF miles is VERY stupid. You don't just earn FF miles by flying. There are many other ways to get miles on a daliy/weekly basis.

User currently offlineDontlikeairbus From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4277 times:

I got back to school on Jan 8 this year and since school didn't start till the 12 i booked a flight to Florida for the 9th

I left Boston at 530 am
got to FLL at 1030 and my return flight was at 1130

yeah a part of me did it for the miles, but I really just felt like flying


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4264 times:

Hi,

I have just joined up and this is my first post.

I've taken many flights to earn extra miles. As such, i now have Star Alliance 'Gold' Status on the Air Canada 'Aeroplan' scheme.

My next miles collection trip will be:-

Sat 13 March 2004 MAN - IAD (BD701)
Sun 14 March 2004 IAD - MAN (BD702)

Total 7556 miles  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Got a cheap ticket too - £219 inc all taxes (purchased the ticket at flybmi.com)

Thanks

Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineBGR1962 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4246 times:

Every year it seems I end up having to take an extra flight just to go from Silver to Gold. But I think its worth it.

25 Post contains images B6FA4ever : i did a trip a cpl years ago visiting some friends in ORD area and VA/DE area. here was my routing: PSP - LAX - ORD ORD - IAD BWI - ORD - LAX - PSP th
26 Jfernandez : "Wasting time and money to just get FF miles is VERY stupid. You don't just earn FF miles by flying. There are many other ways to get miles on a daily
27 Post contains images BMIFlyer : Im only really intersted in keeping my 'Elite/Star Alliance Gold' status. This year im gonna try to qualify for 'Super Elite' status though I think it
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