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How Do FF Miles Get Accredited?

Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:02 am

Hey everybody.

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...

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RE: How Do FF Miles Get Accredited?

Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:06 am

Quoting MGA (Thread starter):
xample 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

Most airlines will give you the miles for both legs, not just the equivalent of a direct leg. If you fly'em, you get'em.

[Edited 2005-04-19 21:08:38]
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RE: How Do FF Miles Get Accredited?

Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:08 am

Every major milage program in the US gives you credit for actual miles flown.
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RE: How Do FF Miles Get Accredited?

Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:11 am

Many also give a 500 mile minimum per leg.
 
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RE: How Do FF Miles Get Accredited?

Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:14 am

Years ago, I flew on EA from Miami to Buenos Aires with a stop in Rio de Janeiro. I earned miles based on miles between MIA and EZE, not MIA-GIG and GIG-EZE.

Also, I flew on EA from ATL to PDX with a stop in SEA. I earned actual miles between ATL and PDX!

When I received my OnePass statement, I went like this:  down   thumbsdown 

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RE: How Do FF Miles Get Accredited?

Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:43 am

Quoting MGA (Thread starter):
I've heard many people come up with crazy routings

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.
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RE: How Do FF Miles Get Accredited?

Wed Apr 20, 2005 5:54 am

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 5):
Some airlines have specific language in their FFPs outlawing extra connections simply for the mileage. I have yet to hear this enforced.

Adding to that - One could just say they had to drop off documents to a client on their $2 fare to Watertown, NY then fly back out!
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RE: How Do FF Miles Get Accredited?

Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:46 am

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).

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RE: How Do FF Miles Get Accredited?

Wed Apr 20, 2005 10:02 am

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 7):
then that's another minimum of 500 miles

Including less than 500 mile trips?

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 7):
Direct flights (flights with the same flight number) will only get mileage between endpoints

Is it the same on all airlines?

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RE: How Do FF Miles Get Accredited?

Wed Apr 20, 2005 12:12 pm

Quoting MGA (Reply 8):
Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 7):
then that's another minimum of 500 miles

Including less than 500 mile trips?

Indeed. AA (and I believe the other US legacies) give 500 miles on any trip 500 miles or shorter.
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