UA MM Challenge

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  1. h0pper

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    If you had one year to accumulate as many BIS miles (with the goal being 1 Million), and had $250K to do it with the ability to put as much time to flying as you wanted, what routes, type of seats, and type of plane would you take?

    And lets say you are starting out with zero miles.

    I thought this would be an interesting challenge to pose to those that have flown a lot. Perhaps you are on a plane right now and have some time to kill:)
     
  2. genemk2

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    I would fly ER145s exclusively that are operated by ExpressJet. ;)
     
  3. Photonerd71

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    2739 miles every day for 365 straight days.....just the thought of that makes my butt and back hurt.

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  4. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Assuming it's other people's money we are talking about, I would fly GF long-haul to interesting destinations until I run out of money (way below the 1MM goal) and then go "oops, sorry."
     
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    If I had $250k to blow, I would fly private.
     
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  6. genemk2

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    Honestly, if I had $250k, any of the major airlines would be fine to try to get to 1MM BIS in a year.

    I think LH, BA, Emirates, AF, Turkish, and Qatar have some the most extensive international networks, so I would probably rebase to wherever the airline's home base is and fly around the world from there.
     
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    I would do CR 200s on Mesa personally. :p :p
     
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    I would make sure to fly planes that are still not equipped with internet. I like how United is resilient to modern day technology. Reminds me of the good ole days.
     
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    Getting to a million miles at 4cpm is possible but not likely to be pleasant. Especially not in a calendar year. You'd need to do long-hauls, not domestic, and on the cheapest fares which means no chance of upgrades.

    Ouch.
     
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    Yea, but with a budget of $250k you're talking 25cpm which means you could do a decent amount of paid J.
     
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    :oops:

    Yeesh; I definitely inverted the numbers there.
     
  12. Flyer1976
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    Paid J would be doable and a hell lot more comfortable but the COS bonuses don't go toward MM status like they used to do.
     
  13. Rob
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    At 25cpm, you don't need them to. $250k at 25cpm == 1mm flown miles.
     
  14. Flyer1976
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    Let's say @h0pper wants to spend $250k for 1MM...

    A RT in BusinessFirst(A) between NYC/HNL would be $3,525 and earn 9,924 towards MM'er status each trip...

    He'd have to take 101 trips in J to make 1MM'er status at a cost of $356k.

    I tried crunching HKG but there's no way for anyone to do it in J long haul at 25cpm without a supercheap P fare sale. ;)
     
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    DFW-ICN is $3700ish roundtrip with a P fare and can be routed just over 15k miles total. Just a hair under 25cpm.
    I also never specified long-haul J. Central/northern south america J can be had for 8-12cpm fairly regularly it seems like.
     
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    37 trips in paid business from EZE-IAH-ORD-HKG, for $5937 per trip or $219, 669. Leaving me $30,000 to cover my divorce.

    @DIG/R_1K you fail!

    And it's a Z fare, and you can route via EWR on the way back for even more miles.
     
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    I'd spend the $250k on psychiatric care that's needed for that kind of thinking.
     
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    Joe Flyer: "Hi, I need a status challenge."
    UA: "We appreciate your business. Let's see what we can do for you. We'd like to know why you're switching to United."
    Joe Flyer: "I've been challenged to get to million miler status."
    UA: "Hmmm... okay, I see you just signed up. That's going to take a while! The easiest and best way to get million-miler status is to enjoy our superior service flying internationally in our Global First class cabins."
    Joe Flyer: "I wish I could. I've been bankrolled for a quarter million if I can get it done in under a year, under the stipulation that I achieve million-miler on segments entirely on United Express flights via the elite minimums."
    UA: :eek:
     
  19. traveltoomuch

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    Assuming you're limiting this to UA metal...

    I would want the CO BusinessFirst seat and as few segments (=time in airports) as possible. I'd probably pick the east coast to Hawaii routes: EWR-HNL is 4962 miles, and you avoid the delay and uncertainties of dealing with immigration and customs. You'd need 100 RT turns over the year. Problems: the flight schedules don't work for basing in HNL and doing same-day turns at EWR: the EWR-HNL non-stops depart before the HNL-EWR arrives. And paid fares will blow the budget: you'd spend about $3600 per RT. But it seems like a good starting point.

    Edited to add: I missed that DIG/R_1K had suggested this same thought above. Sorry about that.
     
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    2067 IAH-DFW rt's. :)

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    Well in that case....

    Do it with EWR-ZFV segments. Scheduled 1 hour and 4 minutes. There are many of those each day, and you could do some really quick turns.

    Even better, use hidden city ticketing: buy EWR-ZFV and terminate at MET: that gives you a 13 minute segment. Allow for a few minutes to change flights and use your next ZFV-(MET)-ERW ticket for just MET-EWR. With careful planning, I figure you can get two segments an hour. With minimum mile credits, that's 1000 miles an hour. The Corcorde was retired years ago: I challenge you to do better. If you compare this to doing other long travel days, e.g. a transcon same-day turn, figure that a 16 hour travel day is sane. That's 16,000 miles per travel day. You only need 62 of those over the course of the year. That's only one day in six that you have to spend traveling, and you still get to sleep in your own bed at night (assuming you live in New Jersey). Or do it all in just two months.

    Oh, and these segments are on equipment with moderately comfortable seats, 120VAC, and Wifi.

    There are no bonus points for finding the obvious flaws with this scheme.
     
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    As a variation, you could also use ZTF-(NEW)-EWR. That gives you a seven(!) minute segment.

    The equipment from ZFV always continues on after EWR to NEW, and vice-versa. If you did back-to-back tickets (one ZTE-(NEW)-EWR, one EWR-(MET)-ZTF), you could stay on board between segments and collect two segments in twenty minutes.
     
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    Do these train segments even earn MM'er status?
     
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    "There are no bonus points for finding the obvious flaws with this scheme."
     

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