US Airways Members at the Chicago Seminars.... question for you!

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  1. dcpatti
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    If you're planning to attend the Chicago Seminars (http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/chicago-seminar-october-29-and-30-2011.3773/) later this month, I hope you're also planning to attend the moderated breakouts on Sunday. toomanybooks and I will be leading a moderated discussion of frequent flyer programs of "US Airways, Southwest and others" (with the others most likely being JetBlue, Virgin America and Frontier although we might have a VS or AC trick or two to share--- probably won't get into the further-away carriers like BMI or SQ, etc). If you are planning to attend, please let me know what US-specific content you'd like to see/hear; I can't promise to cover it but would rather give something that interests folks rather than putting you all to sleep.

    I can always do a quick-and-cheap guide to the first 12-16 Grand Slam hits as there will still be 2 weeks left in the promo but given how extensive the threads on our two favorite boards are, and how much blog coverage there's been, that might be a case of "been there, done that."

    You can leave your suggestions in this thread or PM them to me and I'll start doing my homework!
     
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  2. gleff
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    Unfortunately I'll be taking off before the breakouts, but my #1 suggestion is "getting US Airways to long sell Lufthansa transatlantic first class award space" ;)

    Though a quick-and-cheap guide to 16 grand slam hits seems a good idea anyway!
     
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  3. Sean Colahan
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    Cheap segment mileage running (if it exists)
     
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    I'll be there but I can't for the life of me remember what I signed up for! :O This aging thing is brutal!
     
  5. dcpatti
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    Having yet to solve this riddle myself, the best I can offer is "bribe the agent" :D

    US' routing rules and pricing in certain markets seem to make it a lot harder to do mileage runs or segment runs; the most consistent trick I've been able to use is to book a flight with a long connection then do a move-up into an additional connection once arriving at the midpoint. Like MCO-CLT-DCA with 3:50 in CLT. When I get to CLT I ask to swap into CLT-PHL-DCA instead of the nonstop, under the cover of "it will get me home earlier." Occasionally a nice sale pops up and you can churn something like BOS-LGA-PHL-DCA-CLT and back on the cheap but it's very occasionally... honestly I prefer to do my segment/mileage running on UA/CO as their routing rules tend to be a little more wiggle-able. And unfortunately that is the best tip I have in that department. :(
     
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  6. DeacFlyer1
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    I've found moreso than the actual routing rules is the price that comes along with those obscure routings...I was on my company's travel booking website the other day, looking at DFW-CLT. With non-stops both ways, priced out to a little over $300. I did have the ability to book DFW-PHX-CLT on the way home, but that made the ticket $900 (and therefore not able to be purchased!)
     

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