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Saturday, May 28, 2016   by John @laptoptravel Let’s follow-up our earlier post, a First Class Mileage Run from Austin to San Francisco with a Los Angeles to Austin run.  Yes, this one is also a First Class run that comes in under 7 Cents Per Mile (CPM)! I am finding a few First Class Mileage Runs, and most are coming from or going to West Coast hubs. I love it when we can share a good First Class (domestic Business) Mileage Run, and you really should take advantage, since these seemed to have recently dried up.  Anytime one pops up I try to take advantage if it works out with my schedule.  After all, First Class means 1.5 times air miles flown for MQM’s and you usually get a meal, plus some of the best service in the skies from a domestic airline! Routing through Minneapolis in both directions maximizes your…

Saturday, May 28, 2016   by John @laptoptravel It’s been too long since I have been able to find a good First Class (domestic Business) Mileage Run, but last night a lot of interesting opportunities opened up.  The Austin to San Francisco run is enhanced by the fact that I was able to force a connection to Atlanta first, then on to Minneapolis and San Francisco.  The return connects through Detroit and that delivers 9,785 Medallion Qualification Miles! Here are the dates I found that are valid for this fare and routing: This is a fantastic run if you seek about 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles.  It takes place in almost the same-day, but you do arrive back in Austin early on the second day; a result of having five flights on this itinerary.  The long layover at the San Francisco airport will allow you try out the Centurion Lounge there or the…

 A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel I am very excited, as so many are, and intrigued by the merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America. For myself, as an MVP 75K member, it opens up new opportunities, increased capacity and more choices (especially along the West Coast.) Alaska has a team dedicated to the transition and we are anxious to hear exactly how they plan to integrate Virgin’s fleet and operational uniqueness into the Alaska system. There is a lot of speculation of what Alaska will or won’t do when it comes to absorbing Virgin America’s ‘hip peculiarities’; Boeing versus Airbus, Hip versus Conservative, Routes, Interiors, Perks and an endless myriad of policies.  How will they do it?  What are they thinking? Thankfully, this week, we got another peek into the mindset of Alaska regarding some of those issues. Here are some highlights from a recent presentation by Scott Habberstad, Director…

EDIT: Correction can be found HERE. Crew was  NOT  asleep but communication was lost for ~30 minutes between the flight and air traffic controllers.   A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel The tragic loss of EgyptAir’s Flight 804 is still fresh on the minds of the world, and especially the travel industry.  Without any definitive answers we are left to wonder what caused the loss of so many lives. Within a few hours of the disappearance of MS804, a Delta Air Lines jet was also streaking across the skies above the Mediterranean Sea; Delta flight 8957 (a Boeing 767-400 charter flight from Frankfurt Hahn to Kuwait.) Air traffic controllers around the world were on a heightened alert status and as the DL8957 strayed into Greece’s airspace they took immediate and decisive action to prevent what could have been (in their minds) another potential airline disaster. Controllers based at the Athens airport continually…

 A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel TSA Lines Are Out of Control If you have traveled domestically on airlines in recent weeks, no doubt you have experienced significant lines at the TSA security points in the airports.  Delays have gotten so bad that some airports (Chicago’s O’Hare, for example) have been advising passengers to arrive three hours early for their flights to make sure they have enough time to traverse the security checkpoints. Editor’s Note: A timely follow-up to René’s earlier post on wait times at Chicago, which by the way I had no knowledge of him doing. That just illustrates how important this dilemma is and how it is ‘top of mind’ for today’s airline travelers. The lines in the Atlanta airport became even worse after that airport temporarily closed one of its security checkpoints.  The Terminal South line closed earlier this month as the airport plans to re-open it…

Wednesday, May 18, 2016   by John @laptoptravel Sample Overnight Itinerary Summer Fare Calendar Available Dates in July and August Following up on our recent Mileage Run post, San Francisco to Dublin, we offer a Caribbean Summer Sale and Mileage Run for our American Airlines AAdvantage readers and followers. If you do not follow us yet on Twitter, then please click here to start!  That will keep you ‘in the loop’ with the latest Mileage Run tweets. Today, I found that American Airlines is aggressively pricing cheap fares to Puerto Rico.  I have been tweeting many of these, but wanted to offer this fantastic SUMMER DEAL here, since it covers two full months and has so many available dates for travel; plus it these can be simple Mileage Run itineraries or full vacation fares. I did a similar run not too far back and I paid about $70 more for the flights.…

A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel Recently I spent quite a number of days in the Dallas area doing some (photographic) work, attending the NASCAR Duck Commander Race and Re-Qualifying my Hyatt Hotels Gold Passport Diamond status.  During that time, Delta completed its remodel of its Sky Club, located next to Gate E11. It re-opened 48 hours before my departure flight from Dallas. Given the opportunity, I checked out of my Hyatt DFW hotel suite to spend a few hours at the Sky Club and review it for René and his readers. New Directions and Entrance Upon exiting the TSA security lines, right in front of TGI Friday’s, most passengers would notice the sign directing them to the new Sky Club; a left turn towards Gate E11. The previous Sky Club had been located in the same Terminal (E) at mezzanine Level, by gates E22-30. It is quite a walk from…

Friday, May 13, 2016   by John @laptoptravel Available Dates in October / November  Following up on our recent Mileage Run post, San Francisco to Dublin, we put forth another opportunity to get to Dublin, Ireland; this time from Denver. It appears that there are some weaknesses on several international routes, as evidenced by recent earnings statements by the Big 3 U.S. domestic airlines.  As a result, passengers can take advantage of sale prices that we are seeing sporadically.  American has been very aggressive with Asia routings and now we have found a great fare to Europe for those of you considering a Fall trip; this time to Dublin, Ireland. Although this is a great vacation fare to Europe it may not technically qualify as a Mileage Run (priced at 5.6  cents per mile) but still is a low airfare (for Delta) to Dublin that is NOT an error fare; it is…

Friday, May 13, 2016   by John @laptoptravel It appears that there are some weaknesses on several international routes, as evidenced by recent earnings statements by the Big 3 U.S. domestic airlines.  As a result, passengers can take advantage of sale prices that we are seeing sporadically.  American has been very aggressive with Asia routings and now we have found a great fare to Europe for those of you considering a Fall trip; this time to Dublin, Ireland. Besides being a great vacation fare to Europe it also qualifies as a Mileage Run (priced less than 4 cents per mile) and is one of the lowest airfares we have seen in years from the West Coast to Dublin that is NOT an error fare; it is just priced that way by Delta Air Lines.  Delta has been targeting United Airlines’ hub airports, so San Francisco is a great value for as low…

A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel Let me preface my article by sharing the fact (though many of you are aware if you read my blog) that my wife is disabled; she suffers from a bone disease which makes most travel uncomfortable; air travel even worse in most situations. Therefore, premium travel arrangements for her are paramount. This is the primary reason why I continue to strive for, attain and keep top elite status in at least one airline program annually. I do some pretty ugly Mileage Runs so she can benefit. In addition, I have been a loyal Delta flyer for more than fifty-three years; I started flying when I was negative 30 years old, right? As a Diamond Medallion with Delta Air Lines, members receive the opportunity to choose two items from their “Choice Medallion Benefits” selections annually upon achieving that status.  Unfortunately, not every elite of Delta’s (perhaps…

Wednesday, March 30, 2016   by John @laptoptravel Available Dates in April / May Well, Spring is here and it is time to start thinking about some beach vacations, well for me that is anytime!  But here is a quasi-Mileage Run that is to one of my favorite island destinations; Aruba! That’s right, Delta is offering a great fare between San Diego and Aruba.  You can stay one night or three for this great fare (as low as $375 on some dates.)  You also earn a good chunk of Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s) 8,000+ if you route through New York’s JFK Airport in at least one direction.  You are flying (in my example) a Boeing 737 on all segments, so nothing fantastic but you should also be able to get some complimentary upgrades if you have the status and select your segments carefully.  Remember that Medallions can still get complimentary upgrades on…

A guest post by John @laptoptravel Global Entry has been touted as the ultimate credentials for international travelers to have.  After all, it does speed up re-entry into the United States through expedited kiosks and lines in most major airports.  I am not against that program but I have been using another program that has worked really well for me over the past year and a half; Mobile Passport. Mobile Passport Mobile Passport, which is Authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and sponsored by North America’s Airports Council International (ACI), is a free mobile application developed by travel app developer Airside Mobile to enable U.S. and Canadian passport holders with Android devices, iPhones and iPads to dispense with filling out paper customs declarations forms while travelling internationally through certain airports.  Currently the following U.S. airports support Mobile Passport with dedicated expedited lanes; Airports: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale,…

Monday, March 7, 2016   by John @laptoptravel The only dates that work for Los Angeles to Miami are the following: March 12 March 19 March 26 May 3rd May 10th Well, we are seeing a lot of selective fare attacks which began last week and I am hopeful will continue through this week.  This one is a great opportunity to fly across the country and still be eligible for a complimentary upgrade (they still do that, right?) at least it is not a JFK to/from San Francisco or Los Angeles DeltaONE where those upgrades cost you some type of instrument (GUC’s, RUC’s or miles-with certain fare classes). Nope this is a great little run that works in both directions!  Miami to Los Angeles via Atlanta in one direction or Los Angeles to Miami, also via a single Atlanta connection. Typically, this fare will run you between $250 and $450, but for…

Saturday, March 5, 2016    by John @laptoptravel So following up after our incredible “Houston to Hong Kong $589 and 17246 EQMs at 3.4CPM (Potential of 34492) Miles American Airlines Elite Mileage Run” post from a couple of weeks ago, I am featuring another another American Airlines Mileage Run for you AAdvantage members (or wannabees.) Here is a chance to escape the winter blues in New York and hop on a plane to Miami and spend a night and the next day to enjoy the sunshine, warmth and beach before you have to return. A worthy Mileage Run, I hope you would agree.  This one is priced at a CRAZY $72 for New York’s JFK airport to Miami.  You can do a same-day, if you really want to, but why I ask. Although you are flying in ‘Q’ fare class you still earn your Elite Qualifying Miles as shown: In addition, Executive Platinum…

Monday, February 29, 2016   by John @laptoptravel Well, I am back from my Massive Mileage Run to SouthEast Asia (Japan, Thailand and S. Korea)! It’s not like I was ever really gone; I still did posts and twitter, of course.  And I did look for Mileage Runs while on that trip…but it is much harder without all of my (proprietary) tools!  So, here’s a leap day gift for everyone! I found this great run between Seattle and New Orleans!  Before you even ask; YES, it works in both directions!  In fact I find more (that is, more of them…) cheaper fares from New Orleans to Seattle than originating from Seattle.  Although I did find a single date that works for $198 from Seattle to New Orleans. Most of the fares from Seattle to New Orleans are $204, plus the one I found (May 3rd, an overnight with a May 4th return)…

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