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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Miles/Points' started by michael21, Mar 14, 2012.
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Not sure if it's cool to put this here but what is a mile run and how do I do one?
It's a footrace of 5280 feet, and you place one foot in front of the other, then repeat until finished.
A mileage run is any flight that one takes just to earn the points/miles associated with that flight. You simply look out for cheap fares departing from your home airport or from an airport you can easily get to, purchase the ticket, and fly on the plane. People calculate the return that they'll get on their runs as cpm, or cents per mile. Since people are busy, they'll often try to stay in the airport or in a cheap hotel before getting on a plane to go home as soon as possible.
But if lets say a trip to NY would be $200 I'd get 1600 miles...totally not worth it no?
On a straight cents-per-mile basis, not worth it.
But if you needed 1599 miles to make Executive Platinum status and your deadline to get those miles is tomorrow, and Executive Platinum status is worth $200 for you, then totally worth it.
The way to calculate this is: take the $ amount and divide it by the miles to get the cost per mile, or .125 (12-1/2 cents) per mile.
Frankly, if you had another trip, UA would already let you buy PQMs at about that price, so it's not worth driving to the airport for (unless you really wanted to go to NY and those are the only dates that'd work for you). I'd wait for a better fare or do a different itinerary.
So would it be mileage walk if the planes you were on were prop planes, crop dusters or those embracer jets?
Of course it is cool. Thanks for asking and there's a number of good answers here. As well, this thread also has a few other words about the topic. The term was first introduced to the frequent flyer lexicon in roughly 1987.
You need to watch this board, the Mileage run/mattress run board will alert you, on very short order, any and all good MRs that are offered by the different airlines. I, for one check it several times a day, just to make sure I don't miss something that might be 'interesting'. An Example: Last year UA & AA offered a real cheap fare B/T ORD and LAX or SFO. For about $98.00 each way/$200.00 R/T you could hop a non-stop at 6AM in ORD and fly to SFO with about a 45 minute layover, and back in ORD about 4PM CDT. Further, the offer was double EQM, so the PPM was about 2.7¢. Not bad. AND going to SFO was the only way to get a really fresh loaf of San Francisco Sour Dough Bread!!! What a deal!!!
As suggested above, if it is Dec and you are 1500 miles short of EXP (top elite tier at AA) or the number of miles needed for an award you want, then it would be worth it. But yes in many situations, not.
However, imagine the same $200 got you a ticket from NYC to SFO. And AA was running some promos that tripled your EQMs and RDMs. Plus your elite bonus. And, as they say in TV ads, that's not all! If you are already an EXP, you also get free upgrades to First Class. So, for $200, you fly NYC-SFO-NYC in First Class, with drinks and meal service etc., and you get 15K EQMs and 20K RDMs. Now, would that be worth it?
Obviously such opportunities don't come everyday, but they do come, and lets face it, even a more mundane promo in which you got 10K EQM or 15K RDM (as an elite) would still be attractive and those come more regularly. In fact AA just had one in December and is still having one targeted for CA, IL, TX residents flying specific routes.
Agree, all around, BUTT where is the "New" UA when ya need um???