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Randy Petersen
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April 13, 2011 11:31 pm  

Here's a list of some great reference threads for Newbies:
[B]Newbie Guide: Picking a Frequent Flyer Program[/B]
[B]Newbie Guide: Award Booking without Elite Status[/B]
Newbie Guide: How do I use this forum?

Lurkers: Why you should register on InsideFlyer

Have a great day and for what it's worth ... behind this post is a guy that loves what he does for frequent flyers, so contact me anytime.


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 Anonymous
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August 15, 2011 10:17 pm  

How do I use miles for upgrading to business class? Do I just purchase and then apply miles to total cost?


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DestinationDavid
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August 15, 2011 10:25 pm  

oldtraveler, post: 702646 wrote: How do I use miles for upgrading to business class? Do I just purchase and then apply miles to total cost?

Hi oldtraveler and welcome to MilePoint! 🙂

This question isn't a difficult one, but you'll need to give us a bit more information to work with.

What kind of miles are you trying to use? Each program has different rules that cover using your miles for an upgrade. Once we know what kind of miles you are trying to use and what airline you are looking to fly on, we can direct you to more information.

Again, welcome!

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chrislacey
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August 15, 2011 10:27 pm  

I'd like to add my welcome to oldtraveler as well! Welcome to MilePoint!

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 Anonymous
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August 23, 2011 8:24 pm  

I am new to mileage running and to the site. I live in Los Angeles. My primary frequent flyer airline is AA. Would someone be willing to mentor me through my first run to get me started?


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 Anonymous
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October 11, 2011 3:47 am  

athesp, post: 721457 wrote: I am new to mileage running and to the site. I live in Los Angeles. My primary frequent flyer airline is AA. Would someone be willing to mentor me through my first run to get me started?

OK, I am REALLY new, what is "a run"?


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Jimgotkp
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October 11, 2011 4:22 am  

computerpals, post: 842097 wrote: OK, I am REALLY new, what is "a run"?

Welcome to MP!

A run is when a person flies to different airports at a cheap rate of usually 3cpm (cent per mile) to earn miles in order to gain/renew their status with the airline. International MRs usually run at a higher cpm.

For example, a MR (Mileage Run) deal that is available right now is MCO-EWR-SEA for $240 ai (all inclusive of taxes and fees) R/T (Round trip). Flying MCO-EWR-SEA R/T equals 6678 miles so you divide $240 by 6678 and get approximately 0.036 which is 3.6cpm. However, if you are an elite or gain elite status, you will receive an elite bonus on top of that along with any promo that is out there. There are certain fares that don't earn miles however so always remember that. 🙂

Yes, people out there spend thousands of dollars to keep their elite status with the airlines. :pThey also even fly more than five segments back-to-back as well! If you look around the forum, you will notice some crazy itineraries that people did for the sake of earning miles! 😀 Quite shocking but once you get into the game, you will understand. 😉


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Jimgotkp
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October 11, 2011 4:26 am  

athesp, post: 721457 wrote: I am new to mileage running and to the site. I live in Los Angeles. My primary frequent flyer airline is AA. Would someone be willing to mentor me through my first run to get me started?

Welcome to MP!

I highly recommend looking at the Mileage Run area on FlyerTalk considering they are more active with MR deals than MP!


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November 16, 2011 5:43 pm  

Hello new friends. Im a recent grad with a passion for traveling. Been traveling at least once a year since I was 16. My first trip was a high school choir tour (Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary) and I have never looked back. Im new to the Credit Card game, but I have been able to accrue 300,000+ miles in the past few years. Im really excited to learn from all of you.

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pilotkentx
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December 8, 2011 1:27 pm  

UA and DL are telling me they no longer show award availability 330 days out. Planning to book two J class tickets DFW -EZE. One of us will travel using UA miles (earned with CO), the other will travel using DL miles. We are flexible on routing and alliance / partner carrier. However, will not fly Copa. Any suggestions on how we should approach thi? In the past, booking 330 days out always worked for us. Both carriers said we need to check everyday and that J class tickets are now held to sell for as long as possible.


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cparrish
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December 19, 2011 6:05 am  

Just a note to say hello. I am a newbie to this site. I have been using credit card miles and Alaska miles for domestic flights for years. Now that we are retired and wish to travel a lot more, I have several new cards with varying points (110k Avios for example). Booking international coach flights appears to be more challenging than domestic. I do everything I can to collect points/air miles. Wife says I am obsessed. I say "motivated" and "focused". Oh, well. I am looking forward to participating.


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 Anonymous
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December 26, 2011 11:12 pm  

Hello There & Happy Holidays!

I'm new to this whole miles thing and I'm thinking about getting the SW card that has the 50K bonus points. I have to admit that I am nervous and excited. What other cards should I consider?


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deant
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December 27, 2011 2:34 am  

kfran227, post: 1087456 wrote: Hello There & Happy Holidays!

I'm new to this whole miles thing and I'm thinking about getting the SW card that has the 50K bonus points. I have to admit that I am nervous and excited. What other cards should I consider?

Welcome to MP.

First thing you should do is check your credit rating. Make sure that you have a good / excellent rating BEFORE you start applying for credit cards.

As for what cards you should consider, you need to tell us much more about yourself. For example:
1. Do you have miles in any program?
2. What are your goals? Do you want to fly economy on domestic routes or are you looking for first class on international routes? Or are you looking for hotel rooms?
3. What is your base airport. If you are from NY, then SouthWest is probably not an appropriate card for you.

Remember there are limited credit cards that you can apply for so you need a plan. The last thing you want is to have a bunch of "orphaned" miles in a lot of various accounts.


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December 27, 2011 4:11 am  

deant, post: 1087796 wrote: Welcome to MP.

First thing you should do is check your credit rating. Make sure that you have a good / excellent rating BEFORE you start applying for credit cards.

As for what cards you should consider, you need to tell us much more about yourself. For example:
1. Do you have miles in any program?
2. What are your goals? Do you want to fly economy on domestic routes or are you looking for first class on international routes? Or are you looking for hotel rooms?
3. What is your base airport. If you are from NY, then SouthWest is probably not an appropriate card for you.

Remember there are limited credit cards that you can apply for so you need a plan. The last thing you want is to have a bunch of "orphaned" miles in a lot of various accounts.

Hi!

Thanks for the welcome!
I haven't checked my credit rating in almost of year. However, I did have excellent rating and it should be the same. I will double check to confirm though.

To answer your questions:
1. I have miles with continental, American, Jet Blue, & Delta. I have the most with Delta
2. Never really thought deeply into my goals. I'm looking to fly domestic routes and international 1st class on international routes and yes I would also love to get hotel rooms. I pretty much want to be able to travel to places I probably wouldnt be able to if I didn't join the points world.
3. Yes, I am in NY. Why SouthWest is the appropriate card? I thought it would be a great deal. 🙁


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miles and smiles
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December 27, 2011 4:51 am  

kfran227, post: 1088030 wrote: Hi!

Thanks for the welcome!
I haven't checked my credit rating in almost of year. However, I did have excellent rating and it should be the same. I will double check to confirm though.

To answer your questions:
1. I have miles with continental, American, Jet Blue, & Delta. I have the most with Delta
2. Never really thought deeply into my goals. I'm looking to fly domestic routes and international 1st class on international routes and yes I would also love to get hotel rooms. I pretty much want to be able to travel to places I probably wouldnt be able to if I didn't join the points world.
3. Yes, I am in NY. Why SouthWest is the appropriate card? I thought it would be a great deal. 🙁

You definitely should check your credit score regularly if you are going to apply for cards.
It's also very valuable to consider what your goals are. There are so many places to fly, many classes to fly in, so many airlines and so many hotel chains. It's better to have a plan before applying for cards.
Southwest has very little service to NY airports, so why are you choosing to apply for the Southwest card?
Virtually every airline has a credit card deal, though some deals are better than others.
And since you are in the NY area, you have so many choices for airlines. You might be better off building up more miles in the programs you already have miles in.

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