What’s A Status Run, And Should You Book One?

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    Yesterday I talked about how mileage runs were once the cornerstone of the miles-and-points game. Crazy people such as Ben would book these quick turnaround trips in which they would zig-zag their way across the country -- and then immediately back -- using the most circuitous routing possible solely to earn frequent flyer miles. A top-tier elite mileage runner such could earn as many as 16,000 award miles from a single trip. As I explained yesterday, though, as frequent flyer programs have moved over to a revenue-based system (so you're awarded miles based on the price of the ticket rather than the distance flown), "traditional" mileage runs as we know them are more or less dead. And yet you still might see people frantically booking trips on their airlines of choice, especially in the fourth quarter of the year, simply to fly the airline back and forth -- it looks like a mileage run, quacks like a mileage run... But it's a status run. As it turns out, it can still make sense to book a trip just to pad your frequent flyer account. You just aren't doing it for the award miles. The post What’s A Status Run, And Should You Book One? appeared first on One Mile at a Time.

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