MGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 5 months ago) and read 2631 times:
I had a question regarding Frequent flyer miles. I'm not talking about B6 or WN points but of literally miles between A and B. I've heard many people come up with crazy routings like some guy that was flying SEA-IAH-EWR-LGW just for the miles... I am kind of confused because the program i belong to (TA) just accredits my miles like A to B. example if I fly LAX-MGA on an LAX-SJO-MGA routing, I only get miles for LAX-MGA. How does the system really work? do all airlines do this? I appreciate your comments...
There is actually a whole world dedicated to this. Those people are referred to as Mileage Runners. Most FFPs that accrue mileage based rewards credit actual miles flown. Some airlines have specific language in their FFPs outlawing extra connections simply for the mileage. I have yet to hear this enforced.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2500 times:
I am a mileage runner as well...next month I'm doing a GSO-MCO-CVG-MHT run, instead of paying $3 less and taking a non-stop GSO-BOS.
Anyway, here are a few qualifications. Direct flights (flights with the same flight number) will only get mileage between endpoints. For example, DL44 goes FRA-CVG-LAX. If you were booked on DL44 from FRA to LAX, you would only get the mileage between FRA and LAX. The CVG flight would not count. Everytime that you get on a plane with a different flight number, then that's another minimum of 500 miles. For September11, I'm assuming that the same flight number was applied on the ATL-SEA-PDX and the ATL-GIG-EZE flights.
As for mileage runners, myself being a Delta flyer, I do mine on NW/CO/DL. Best time is generally the fall, where airlines cut prices during the low season, so I can normally snag a few cheap trans-cons (15,000 miles for $600, not counting elite tier bonuses or online booking bonuses).