There is a thread that went on on FlyerTalk about a person planning a 47,000 miles mileage run. To reach an Elite Status level that takes 100,000 miles to reach, that is going almost half the distance via a mileage run! Even the passenger says it is nuts. Or as he puts it, warm nuts, in a ceramic cup. For those not in on the inside joke here, most airlines serve warm nuts in a ceramic cup, before meals in First Class.
Here is the itinerary (quoted directly from the post):
SEA – DEN – HNL
Overnight at HNL and early morning flight next day.
HNL – LAX – SFO – SYD – MEL
No chance of an upgrade to Australia, since the fare class is too low. Same day turn-around in MEL… continuing with day 4 due to international date line
MEL – SYD – SFO – LAX – HNL – SFO
This time, the date line helps to cram more flying into one (LONG) day! Again, no chance of an upgrade on the international segment (K class). Continuing on day 5 without a stop in SFO
SFO – ORD – MUC
This time, W class and everything waitlisted. Almost there now… just a short hop the next day!
MUC – CGN
Time to sleep. Time to do some business. Time to do some christmas shopping – I also have a wife and two kids. The wife shares the mileage addiction and the kids pout – they currently don’t have any status, which they resent a bit. Understandable, considering that my son made AA Platinum for the first time at the ripe age of less than a year and has been 1P in the past… oh well, the gifts will get a bit more pricey, I fear.
CGN – MUC – FRA – SFO – HNL – SFO
Time to go back home, taking the scenic route, of course! Again, waitlisted for FRA-SFO (but should have a chance, Q fare).
SFO – SEA
Finally done. Sleep again, drive home.
Is it worth it? I hope. A lot will depend on the future of UniCon and the further “enhancements” to come.
Total EQM: 47,786 (emphasis mine)
Total RDM: 95,572
Total cost: $ 2,977 all-in (6.2 cents per eqm)
Excess cost over the required trip to Europe: about $1,800
Apart from the whole absurdity of the travel itinerary, there is also the question of cost. Both in terms of time spent on a plane (or in this case days spent in multiple planes) and in terms of money spent. The author of the post says that this trip will cost him an additional $1,800 over and above what he was going to spend anyway on his already scheduled trip to Europe.
Let me ask you all,
Is Elite Status worth $1,800?
Is it worth spending three days of your life on a plane, just to earn miles?
Have you ever done a Mileage Run? If yes, what are your parameters that make it justifiable?
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