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This Wednesday I start a 3 day mileage run. I fly nonstop for 48 hours and then get a night off and return home. Is flying this much a little crazy? Oh sure. Then again, let me ask you this, on a “day off” what will you do? Maybe sit in your comfy chair, have a beer or drink, watch a movie, maybe spend some time on your tablet on the web? Ya know what, that is what I will be doing too (when I get an upgrade that is)!
That is the “fun run” part of the trip. I do have some work things I am doing too, but I wanted to take the time to break down my mileage runs for the year. I intend to keep a running total of all the costs, MQM’s earned, as well as Skymiles earned. This way, as you track my year, you can see my logic. When a bump comes along, I will NOT pull that off the cost as I do that when I spend it later.
This trip looks like this so far:
- 12 Legs total
- Total MQM’s earned will be 15,000+
- Total RDM’s as a PM will be 30,000+
- Total cost was $635 all-in flight costs
- CPM is thus 4.2
- RDM value at least $300 thus real net CPM is thus down to 2.2
So, just think about this raw fact. If I can get just one single bump on any of the 12 flights for $400, to me, I am making $65 on this mileage run. That would pay for the gas to drive to MKE from SBN. I do expect at least 1 bump as many of the flights are very full. To earn 15k MQM for just my time is a huge win to me.
Keep in mind I already have 10K MQM I rolled over from my AMEX card last November. This Delta AMEX Reserve card is NOW also giving you, if you have not had the card for 365+ days, 10,000 MQM’s AND 10,000 RDM’s with your first purchase.
Next, I have my Istanbul run where I picked up 12K MQM’s at a cost of $396 or a CPM of 3.3. So, for the year, I have 27k from running, $1,031 spent, net CPM 3.8 and have earned 54,000 Skymiles.
The week after my run my AMEX statement will close and another 15,000 MQM’s will post for spending $30,000 for the year on that card and fittingly I will cross the Diamond Medallion threshold from my AMEX card, NOT from flying! I hope you fully understand how great I think that is (purist’s hate this, but I see it as jealousy so that is fine). Thus, the rest of my trips I will earn 125% bonus Skymiles on all the rest of my paid for trips.
How about upgrades? I look forward to reporting on my upgrade success. It will be a fun personal gauge of how things go at PM & DM and days of the week. So how do I look?
Of the 12 flights, 6 have cleared at the 5 day window ( it is 5+ for DM, 5 for PM, 3 for GM & 1 for FO). On Wednesday 3 of 4. On Thursday 2 of 4 and on Friday 1 of 4 (you see a trend). Also, the trans-cons that cleared were red-eyes, not the daytime flights. Now it will be up to “battlefield” upgrades for the rest. I expect all the non trans-cons to clear, maybe missing just one. The trans-cons, well, maybe 1 or 2, maybe. I see the need for Diamond Status. To score trans-cons, both in the upgrade window and at the gate I need DM status. Also if you are a GM or FO flyer, you can see as I have talked about before that if you want to score upgrades you need to fly both non-peak days and flights DM & PM don’t want to fly.
I will be tweeting all along this long run and if you want to share with the fun be sure to follow along on twitter! – René
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