Newbie question.

Discussion in 'Newbies' started by rylemdr, Oct 17, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. I've been reading up on flyertalk a lot and I see all these people booking complex trips. From destination x, to destination y, with destination a, b, and c in between.

    My question is, why do people do this? What is the point?
     
    Gargoyle, rwoman and savydog like this.
  2. deant
    Original Member

    deant Milepoint Guide

    Messages:
    3,129
    Likes Received:
    12,385
    Status Points:
    10,620
    Some airlines give a minimum mileage per segment. If the actual miles is less, then they get a "bonus" for the short flight. There are also some airlines that give elite status that can be based on EITHER total miles flown OR number of segments.

    Hope this helps.

    Also, welcome to MP
     
    rwoman likes this.
  3. Ahhh. I can see how people would like to get elite status. I am still clueless when reading these certain posts about booking these "chain" flights as I have yet to start earning miles.

    Thank you! I'm glad to be here.
     
    cennas, bk3day, rwoman and 1 other person like this.
  4. ACMM
    Original Member

    ACMM Gold Member

    Messages:
    25,788
    Likes Received:
    113,113
    Status Points:
    20,020
    I second the welcome to milePoint. Enjoy your stay here :)

    [From my milePoint enabled iPhone]
     
    cennas and rwoman like this.
  5. rwoman
    Original Member

    rwoman Gold Member

    Messages:
    5,617
    Likes Received:
    13,489
    Status Points:
    11,070
    rylemdr,

    Welcome to MP! There's lots to learn and many helpful folks here!

    :)robin
     
    cennas likes this.
  6. sobore
    Original Member

    sobore Gold Member

    Messages:
    12,421
    Likes Received:
    33,847
    Status Points:
    16,520
    Welcome rylemdr!

    There are several reasons people book the type of trip you referenced. One main reason is for "mileage running" in order to acquire "elite qualifying miles" to obtain airline status. Another reason is with some of the complex fare rules you may be able to save quite a bit of money with "creative routing" ;)
     
  7. cennas
    Original Member

    cennas Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,765
    Likes Received:
    5,047
    Status Points:
    3,970
    Welcome to MP rylemdr! Enjoy your stay here.
     
  8. JohnDeere19
    Original Member

    JohnDeere19 Gold Member

    Messages:
    3,392
    Likes Received:
    6,892
    Status Points:
    4,625
    Welcome to Milepoint ryledr!

    I think most of the previous posts explain it pretty well, but I wanted to give you an example. Some people look for a direct flight, say JFK-LAS on AA which would earn you 2248 elite qualifying miles each way, but others (like those people you'll find on MP/FT), would prefer a routing like JFK-LAX-LAS which would give 2711 elite qualifying miles. Add that up over a couple of roundtrips and the little differences can make quite a big difference especially when you factor in the redeemable miles bonus if you're an elite member.
     
    lwkatya likes this.

Share This Page