Are Elite Qualifying Dollars a Good Thing?

For the last seven years, every time I've booked a flight I've calculated the CPM (Cents/Cost Per Mile). This is the amount I spend divided by the distance I fly -- more specifically the number of elite qualifying miles (EQMs) that I earn. Why? Because they determine my progress toward … [Read more...]

Fare Sale: SEA to Boston or Philadelphia on UA for $240 (3.5 CPM)


HT to botato for sharing two great mileage runs from the Pacific Northwest on FlyerTalk today. United is offering cheap fares to Boston and Philadelphia for around $230-240 round trip. And although I normally recommend routing through Houston for the most miles, in this case there is … [Read more...]

Fare Sale: SEA/PDX to Boston on AS, AA, and UA for $218-260 (3.9-4.4 CPM)

Alaska SEA-BOS

HT to The Flight Deal for sharing a cheap fare between Portland and Boston on Alaska Airlines for just $238. Although it's a nonstop flight so the CPM is higher than my usual goal of 4 cents per mile, often this is close to as good as it gets for this carrier (no stops means no adding … [Read more...]

Upgrade Shenanigans (of My Own Design)

I’m on my last long-haul trip with United Airlines today, heading to Milan for the weekend. I originally booked the outbound from Seattle to San Francisco to Newark for roughly 1,000 extra miles over traveling to Newark non-stop (the full itinerary earns over 18,000 miles). But I knew … [Read more...]

Mad Dash for Status in Early 2014?

United just keeps finding new ways to outcompete Delta in developing the most unfriendly loyalty program. I'm not going to do anything different for the rest of 2013. I am close enough that I plan to complete my efforts to reach Premier 1K status. But I will be actively looking for any … [Read more...]

Great Alaska/Delta MRs to Hong Kong < 3.7 CPM

Crazy HKG Mileage Run

There have been several great fares to Hong Kong appearing in the last couple days. I sat down this morning before heading downstairs to FTU to see if I could tweak the deals to make them any better. I'm catching up on my bid to requalify for United Premier 1K status (76,000 miles flown or … [Read more...]