First of all, my apologies for asking this on a site that focuses more on aviation as opposed to "travel", but a lot of people on these forums have impressed me with their knowledge of the industry so I figured you guys might have some interesting insights about these issues.
My situation in a nutshell: I live in NYC and after a trip to GIG
I have scheduled for Nov., I will have around 19,000 miles for the year accumulated on CO
. (I have over 100K in total since I've joined OnePass but that's through promos, credit cards and a bunch of shorter trips in past years.)
I checked out the CO
timetable and after crunching some numbers, I figure a trip to the West Coast can get me the 25K that will qualify me for "Silver Elite" in the OnePass program.
How? By connecting through IAH
I'm looking mainly at trips from LGA
, since just one of those trips can give me the 6K "qualified" miles that I need to get over.
: I've noticed flights from LGA
are cheaper than from the hub at EWR
Maybe that's because of competition? I suppose airlines can charge more for flights that are "hub-to-hub" for obvious business/economic reasons.
: Hawaii is overkill. . . and Frisco is about as far west as one can fly from New York while staying within the continental US. But SFO
is more expensive to fly to, thus Oakland.
Here's the hat trick I need to pull. My company is not very generous when it comes to sick days and vacation time.
So I would prefer to do this mileage run during the weekend or at most, just using one, ahem, "sick day" on either a Friday or Monday.
Obviously, I would also like to keep the trip as cheap as possible.
So this would be a quick trip to the west coast at best if not a "pure" mileage run, i.e., do some cursory sightseeing in the area, and then head home.
I've seen prices as low as $218 (plus taxes) from LGA
. I am the obsessive type. I can spend days experimenting on the Continental web site looking at combinations of destinations and dates!
. . . So any previous experience and/or advice would be much appreciated!
Even if it's not directly related to my situation, feel free to put your
in. All input is welcome and I'm sure will benefit others if not me directly.
As a token of my appreciation, here's a pic I took in Nov. of 2004 when I went to St. Maarten, the world famous "spotter's paradise."