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Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:33 pm

Any A.netter that could offer suggestions on how to get started with long weekend mileage runs? QWhat websites to visit, what to look for and best airline or alliance combos to get to elite in 2007.

appreciate it
 
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:52 pm

This is the most recognized site, as far as I know:

FlyerTalk.com

Several different forums there on programs, mileage runs, etc.
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Tue Jan 16, 2007 9:12 pm

I am with Star Alliance the best in my opinion. I do my runs in JAN/FEB/MAR and then NOV. The fares are the lowest then. I normally a few round trips to the USA with UA. You would be suprised how the miles add up and in no time your Gold status. Fly UA because they give you full miles in V and Q class. Most others only give to 50% on lower fares. The best Star Alliance member to join is BMI . If you get 38,000 miles in a year you are Gold. www.flybmi.com join up online and make sure all your trips are on Star Alliance carriers in future. US/UA/LH/LX/TP/OS/BD/TG/SQ/JP/OU/JK/SK so theres plenty of options.

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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:09 pm

It's not rocket science. Simply decide on the airline and stick with them for the rest of the year. Best websites are your airline of choice as some give you bonus miles for booking directly on-line with them. Also, if you get a credit card affiliated with the airline you'll get bonus miles as well as miles for every dollar spent. If you are wantng to be an elite member, most airlines determine your status based upon miles flown in a calendar year - so now is the time to start if you want an elite status in 2008.

Good luck.
 
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:51 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
I am with Star Alliance the best in my opinion. I do my runs in JAN/FEB/MAR and then NOV

Absolutely they are the cheapest in Jan. Feb. March. After a few encounters with major, major delays and thunderstorms during the summer at ORD. I promised myself that I would do some mileage runs in the first quarter of 2007 so maybe i can cut back my travel during the summer. UA is my carrier of choice. Last night I booked a couple of day roundtrips BWI-Denver for $138 not bad for the 3000 miles or so I will get. it was also $100 cheaper than flying from IAD.

I was also looking at LAS and LAX and there were also some really good fares considering the mileage I would get.

However, as we get into April those low roundtrip fares do indeed start to either disappear or are harder to find.
 
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:00 am

interesting concept i never heard of...
Probably because its not making sense within europe.

Did a short study on flyertalk. I guess i could try this on UA. Fly AMS-FRA-IAD and back, and try to fly around (like IAD-ORD-DEN-SEA-SFO-LAX-LAS-IAD). but what to look for in the pricing/booking classes.
any help appreciated
 
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:18 am

Quoting HansieAMS (Reply 5):
Probably because its not making sense within europe.

Not quite. I know of a guy who was "flying" on a CSA bus between PRG and BRQ 6x over the weekend in order to qualify for a higher status level.
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:40 am

Quoting Jano (Reply 6):
Not quite. I know of a guy who was "flying" on a CSA bus between PRG and BRQ 6x over the weekend in order to qualify for a higher status level.

LOL , well if he got the miles then I guess its a cool way to earn Gold !!

Quoting HansieAMS (Reply 5):
but what to look for in the pricing/booking classes.
any help appreciated

Well stick to UA and maybe Q V W class when you book , it should tell you what class in the information before you confirm it. Then you will get full points. AC also do a airpass where you can take alot of flights but not too sure the rules. www.aircanada.com
 
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:50 am

Quoting AirlineFanatic (Thread starter):
Any A.netter that could offer suggestions on how to get started with long weekend mileage runs? QWhat websites to visit, what to look for and best airline or alliance combos to get to elite in 2007.



Quoting HansieAMS (Reply 5):
Did a short study on flyertalk. I guess i could try this on UA. Fly AMS-FRA-IAD and back, and try to fly around (like IAD-ORD-DEN-SEA-SFO-LAX-LAS-IAD). but what to look for in the pricing/booking classes.
any help appreciated

Flyertalk.com is really the best place to ask questions. There are tons and tons of very experienced and knowledgeable elites over there. They're normally pretty helpful with questions asked from beginners.

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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:59 am

Travelocity dream Maps is a good MR tool. BNA-SAN for $193

In this example this would be a pure mileage run. We, purist mileage runners, define it as one is forbidden to leave the airport  Smile

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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:32 am

Quoting Jano (Reply 9):
In this example this would be a pure mileage run. We, purist mileage runners, define it as one is forbidden to leave the airport Smile

Of course, exceptions are always allowed if the layover airport is in Southern California and you leave the airport only to go to In-N-Out Burger.

Definetely recommend FlyerTalk though - that's where I got my info when I was starting out doing runs.
 
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:20 am

I took a mileage run to get Platinum Elite on NW at the end of last year.. Flew TPA>MPS>ANC>MSP>TPA. Over 7-K miles and paid about $400. Well worth it for me.

I was only on the ground in ANC for two hours before boarding for the flight back to MSP on the same 757. Total elapsed time 23 hours. Sweet.
 
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:13 pm

I once serioudly considered TYS-MEM-DTW-BOS-MSP-SEA-MSP-DTW-BOS-DTW-TYS for $356 and 39 hours of flying. But then I decided against it and took a simple TYS-DTW-SFO-DTW-TYS.
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:45 pm

As a word of advice, keep any mileage runs to yourself. I have told a couple friends and family about the ones that I do frequently, and they all have something negative to say about the money outlays or cannot understand why I would gladly spend a full day flying around the country. I find MR's very relaxing and a great way to catch up on reading without being interrupted.

Recently I did TPA-LGA-ORD-DFW-TPA in one day. Good luck to you.
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:51 pm

What about DFW-NRT, it's over 13,000 miles roundtrip and sometimes AA offer specials for roughly $700 in the offseason.

Great way to accumulate miles
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:02 pm

I've seen ORD-DEL, 16000 miles R/T, for $800. I'm thinking about doing this one in the summer/fall.
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:04 pm

Quoting MoMan (Reply 15):
I've seen ORD-DEL, 16000 miles R/T, for $800. I'm thinking about doing this one in the summer/fall

You can also try DFW-ORD-PVG, that's quite a few miles for $780
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:18 pm

Best I did this year was BOS-ATL-ONT-SLC-BOS last month. $208 all-in, left BOS at 6 a.m., arrived back at 11:45 p.m. During my two hours in California, managed to get to an In-N-Out and satisfy my craving.

Not bad at all, plus cleared the upgrade for all flights, and the ATL-ONT and SLC-BOS flights had the new Song-style 757 interiors which was great.
 
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:24 pm

Quoting HansieAMS (Reply 5):
Probably because its not making sense within europe.

It doesn't make sense anywhere.

But I suspect that's not really the point of the MR's...rather it's more like a hobby.
 
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:55 pm

Quoting Hodja (Reply 18):
It doesn't make sense anywhere.

 ConfusedOf course it does, sometimes, here on planet Earth. If it's late in the year and you're 3k miles away from the next level of status, and you can get those miles cheaply, why not?

Quoting Hodja (Reply 18):
But I suspect that's not really the point of the MR's...rather it's more like a hobby.

Probably often the case.
 
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:58 pm

Quoting Hodja (Reply 18):
It doesn't make sense anywhere.

But I suspect that's not really the point of the MR's...rather it's more like a hobby.

It makes total sense !!! Maybe just you dont understand why!!!
 
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RE: Mileage Runs: How To Get Started?

Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:56 pm

Quoting HansieAMS (Reply 5):
Probably because its not making sense within europe.

Hmm, well what i meant: It seems its more difficult to do a MR on KL/AF for a low fare with lots of miles/lots of legs (because if I would try to find a flight from AMS on KL it would be a nonstop with limited miles)
If i would to the same on UA within the States, i could fly odd routes for a low fare (such as Jano's example).

I will go study flyertalk some more in the coming days.

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