Yesterday The Flight Deal shared some great fares to Boston from Seattle and Portland and to Baltimore from Seattle. I was preoccupied with a mileage run of my own, but it seems these deals are still around. Here’s a routing to BOS for about 3.3 CPM.
Be careful, though. I was tempted by this outbound routing SEA-DEN-BWI since it would let me be in and out the same day. Notice that outbound is a “direct flight” with the same number for SEA-DEN and DEN-BWI. United now awards miles for direct flights based on the assumption it’s actually nonstop, so that connection gets you no extra miles; it would be as if you flew SEA-BWI. The CPM wasn’t as good to begin with (though still under 4), and now it’s worse.
There are still a few other routings, but not as good. For example, I don’t really want to risk a mad dash through Houston for the last flight back home, only to arrive after midnight if I make it and be stuck in Houston if I don’t. For now, I think I’ll stick with the BOS run.