Worst Mileage Run in the World?

BOI-JNB mileage run

SiberianTiger shared a cheap fare on FlyerTalk today that caught my attention because it originates in the Pacific Northwest. But it's not departing Vancouver, Seattle, or Portland. No. It departs from Boise -- the original home of United Airlines in case you find that sort of trivia … [Read more...]

Completing My AA Executive Platinum Trial

EXP Status Run

Not that it is such a big surprise, but I revealed in my year-end review yesterday that I requested and received a status trial as an Executive Platinum member with American Airlines AAdvantage. I didn't have my hopes high because I already received an outright status match in 2012. … [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...]

PNW Mileage Run: United SEA-EWR-MIA for $200 (2.9 CPM)


Having been to Florida twice already this year, I don't think I have the stomach for any more mileage runs to the opposite corner of the country. But it does consistently offer one of the best mileage run opportunities on United Airlines if you can route through Newark for just under 7,000 … [Read more...]

Mileage Runs for Fun and Profit

Amol explained yesterday why he doesn’t think mileage runs are worthwhile. Sure, he enjoys the benefits of elite status. But he also doesn’t think flying just for the sake of flying is the best way to earn miles. One reason is that Amol flies on Delta, which has a unique loyalty program … [Read more...]

My 2013 Dream Map

40K miles with Alaska Airlines. Image from GCMap.com

I always say that earning elite status, especially when you're aiming for the top tier, multiple programs, or paying for it yourself, requires a lot of strategy. In my case, I'm trying to do all three. Strategy helped me earn Premier 1K for the first time in 2011, when 500-mile minimums … [Read more...]