showme said7 hours on the ground after flying cross country??? That's a quick turnaround.
It's a "mileage run". I'm hell-bent on getting United 1k Premier Status as early in the year as I can this year. It looks like I will be doing more travelling this year and next, so this is a strategy to maximize the return on airfare costs.
Without going into all the details, at $189 and with a return of 9030 frequent flyer miles, this is equivalent to a "free trip" which then gives me other tangible benefits which would cost money.
The airline is paying me to fly this trip.
I understand mileage runs very well. Been on flyertalk since 98.
Do you do MRs?
Along with my business travel, I have 9021 United/Star EQM's as of today. By 07Feb I'll have 32539. I'm hoping to hit 1k by May or June.
I haven't been to Europe, certain parts of Asia, New Zealand, and South America. I also value the "intangibles" which I have been able to (in many instances "quantify").
I'm also one of those sick individuals who actually loves airports, flying, the people watching, and traveling to new places "great" and "out of the way".
I only fly enough to earn gold sometimes on AA, but I squeaked in on lifetime platinum while they still counted miles from credit cards, etc. I now get upgraded half to 2/3 of the times I fly and if not always get a good exit row or "more room" seat. I've traveled international business or first class all over the world for free. It's a great game if you're willing to put in the work.
I was Delta Platinum/SkyTeam for most of the period 1997-2008, then lost status due to the global financial crisis. Moved to SF in 2010, then decided to switch to United/Star because, well, SFO is a major base for United and other Star Alliance partners. "Bought" my way to Premier Gold last year when I started travelling on business again, and now with my outlook on 2013 I'm going for 1k early.
I'm definitely willing to put in the work because in some ways, it's not like work. Rarely do I have really horrendous travel days, and when I do I tend to laugh at the hilarity of the situations and "roll with it". I have a good sense of humor when travelling. I only take the "risk averse" stance when heading out TO a client. After I'm done, I don't really care what happens as long as I'm not late getting to a client location. I usually build in buffer on the way out (which also allows me to take advantage of "volunteer voucher" opportunities on oversold flights.