Mileage Running

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    Jan 11, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    SFO-PHL-PWM-PHL-SFO 5772EQM's 189.60 0.032/cpm
    SFO-PHL-ROC-PHL-SFO 5534EQM's 189.60 0.034/cpm

    I'll have Premier Silver locked up by February 4th! Looking like my first 1K in June!

    Are you a mileage runner?
    What are your tips, tricks, and traps?
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    Jan 16, 2013 1:37 AM GMT
    Certainly I can't be the only points whore on this site????
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    Mar 14, 2013 3:16 AM GMT
    As of 3/13, 41,458 2013EQMsYTD

    I smell 1k!
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    Mar 23, 2013 2:01 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidAs of 3/13, 41,458 2013EQMsYTD

    I smell 1k!


    47,296 EQMsYTD. Almost 1/2 way there. Average cpm...$0.0245.
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    Mar 27, 2013 6:48 AM GMT
    Mileage running is significantly harder in Canada because we pay a hell of a lot more to fly up here, and Aeroplan makes it quite difficult to earn status in the Altitude program. I assume since you're mileage running out of SFO that you're probably doing so with United?

    I collect points with Aeroplan (for Air Canada/Star Alliance partners), Mileage Plan (for Alaska Airlines and oneworld alliance partners), and AAdvantage (WestJet allows fliers to collect miles with American so I send mine there). I have never had status with any program but I have cashed in on some free flights. I'll have enough for r/t to Australia fairly soon with Mileage Plan and just about have enough to go r/t to South America with Aeroplan points.
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    Mar 31, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
    I'm a mileage runner. I just flew EWR-MUC-FRA-BKK then RGN-BKK-CPH-LHR-JFK, all in 5 days. EWR-MUC was on Lufthansa New First which was absolutely sensational! PM if you want to chat more.
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    Apr 01, 2013 4:03 AM GMT
    seanp7 saidI'm a mileage runner. I just flew EWR-MUC-FRA-BKK then RGN-BKK-CPH-LHR-JFK, all in 5 days. EWR-MUC was on Lufthansa New First which was absolutely sensational! PM if you want to chat more.


    Amazing! Heck, I'm just starting to look at doing international trips, but it seems like the domestic runs give me a lower cost per mile than anything I can find which goes outside of the U.S.
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    May 15, 2013 12:06 AM GMT
    Ahhh! United Platinum just posted. Just in time for the trip home from Boston and the turn around back to Argentina!

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    Jun 22, 2013 3:12 AM GMT
    Yay! Yay!! Yay!!! United Premier 1K!

    As of June 19!

    Just set your Frequent Flyer Fitness goals early in the year and you can achieve them!
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    Jun 22, 2013 8:15 AM GMT
    The only "mileage running" I do is when I have serious shit pains and the nearest bathroom is over a mile away. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 22, 2013 9:25 AM GMT
    texassebastian saidI don't know what the hell these points are but when I was training, I ran about 100-110 miles a week Dec-August then 50 a week during competition months.


    Those are good times in your profile. I managed 116 one week, but found that my sweet spot was 95-100. Generally tried to peak twice a year, in April and October but even then it didn't seem very useful to drop below 70

    I climb more often now, but still run some miles to make sure I don't get fat icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 08, 2013 2:33 AM GMT
    Top 10 Signs You’re Addicted to Miles and Points.

    1. Your friends think your “hobby” is crazy, but the minute they need help with travel plans, you’re the first person they call.
    2. You know your cashiers at your local CVS or 7/11 (from buying so many Vanilla Reloads) better than most neighbors!
    3. Holiday season means time off to nail down your elite status qualification… not the actual holidays.
    4. You get agitated, and at times visibly angry when you have to use cash.
    5. You’ve dined out at a mediocre restaurant solely for the bonus miles or points.
    6. You have more credit available from your arsenal of credit cards than your annual salary.
    7. Most people get stressed out walking into an airport, but for you it’s game on.
    8. You’ve given the “I feel sorry for you” look at people walking past you back to coach
    9. Thanks to your elite status, this is what it looks like when you walk into a hotel. "Please, be our guest."
    10. While most people assume miles are useless because of “blackout dates” and “tricky expiration policies” you just roll your eyes.

    So people may think you’re crazy or roll their eyes from time to time, but from one points and miles addict to another – I wouldn’t give up a single one of these if it meant not being able to travel, and I’m sure you wouldn’t either!
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    Oct 08, 2013 3:05 AM GMT
    I'm British Airways Executive Club Silver... The way I "keep" it is to fly at least a few of my company long-hauls via first class on a One World partner, if not BA. Perks of being the boss!

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    Cheers,

    Sean
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    Oct 08, 2013 7:42 PM GMT
    I am a points whore, but I draw the line at mileage running.

    BA silver, ATM. Although that status will downgrade to bronze in 4.5 hours, actually. My oneworld accumulation/loyalty has fallen into abeyance since I moved from NYC to Brisbane. Getting the required BA flights ex-Australia is neither cheap nor practical. Instead, I've been burning points for redemptions on QF, CX, and (with some leftover UA miles) SQ.

    My personal favourite "run" was a trip to London over New Year's. I snagged a first class ticket on AA for $2,056 JFK-LHR round trip, which netted me 32,000 BA avios. At $.06 per mile, it wasn't great in that regard, but it was incidental to seeing beloved old friends again.

    So, who else here is a member of flyertalk? I am, shockingly, Amelorn.


    Currently, I have a ticket booked to fly today in Emirates J on their A380 from Auckland back to Brisbane. A short flight, but I am quite eager to see EK's business product on the A380.
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    Oct 20, 2013 12:26 AM GMT
    WOW...gays and mileage runs do mix!!!!! icon_biggrin.gif

    into MRs as well, domestic and international.

    doing SEA-IAH-BOS round trip next weekend and SEA-IAH-IAD-DXB for thanksgiving with a free global F upgrade on UA on the way back icon_wink.gif

    a lowly UA GOld here...debating if I should go to the dAArk side next year...SEA based here. open to chatting about MRs
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    Oct 20, 2013 12:31 AM GMT
    The Achilles heel in my cardio routine! I can run for speed, but not made for running long distances. Perhaps, I can make it something to work; even unto the New Year.
  • TBird

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    Oct 27, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    I'm a mileage runner as well, not just for airlines either. I travel for biz a lot so I always try to maintain my status. I'm just 4200 miles shy of Medallion Gold with Delta so I'm doing an LAX run in two weeks. Also for those of you who use Hilton. There's Gold challenges out there to be had, 4 stays to Gold in a 90 day period.
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    Oct 28, 2013 12:21 AM GMT
    FYI, there is a United special: Register online for the promotion, then book and fly between now and November 21 for double miles (excluding Premier qualifying miles).
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    Nov 07, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
    @Gamrican - thanks for the tip. But to use the miles? Since the merger, I have found it increasingly difficult to score a Saver award ticket - they seem only to be available at the last moment, and not to places I would want to go.

    Do you use ExpertFlyer to find award seats?
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    Nov 07, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    HikeSwimSkiSF said@Gamrican - thanks for the tip. But to use the miles? Since the merger, I have found it increasingly difficult to score a Saver award ticket - they seem only to be available at the last moment, and not to places I would want to go.

    Do you use ExpertFlyer to find award seats?


    No, just the United site.

    FYI, United has a new devaluing scheme going into place Feb 1, 2014. Time to book any award travel tickets BEFORE Feb 1, 2014, especially on partner airlines going to Europe, Asia, and Oceanea.
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    Nov 07, 2013 6:35 PM GMT
    With my job, I tend to segment run than mileage run. Somehow there are cities that don't have nonstops to ORD on United so I tend to pile up a lot of segments that way. Right now, I'm sitting at 80 segments/ 62k miles. I'm pretty much all set for PLT since I have two TUS trips and thanksgiving between now and then. If I wanted to use my FLEX EQMs from my CO Pres Card, I could be PLT right now, but I'm saving those for next year when I go for 1k. I already have 20k miles booked in vacations already and if work stays around 65k miles next year, I can hit 100k by the end of the year with my flex miles.
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    Nov 09, 2013 4:40 AM GMT
    What's the best card for racking up miles?
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    Nov 09, 2013 4:46 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWhat's the best card for racking up miles?


    Depends on what "miles" (or points) you are looking to accumulate.

    Check out "The Points Guy" for specific recommendations.

    http://thepointsguy.com/
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    Nov 09, 2013 6:06 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWhat's the best card for racking up miles?

    If you fly a lot on business, the card of whatever airline you fly on a lot (for that airline.) The card I use now almost all the time, returns me cash, since for the most part, airline miles are worth less and less every year.
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    Jan 14, 2014 6:47 AM GMT
    And so we begin again a accruing towards my 2015 1K tomorrow.

    SFO-FLL-SFO

    Just another day.

    5160 PQM / 2 PQS / $280 PQD
    10360 FF miles total.

    Sigh. Still a whore even after the devaluation. I just hope enough of a shakeout happens this year that my 1K will mean more next year.