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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel Let’s just admit the fact; we are all natural procrastinators. It is not that anyone plans to NOT get things done on time…it’s just that life gets in the way.  Every person has work, family and personal demands on their lives. Then sometimes unforeseen events simply take the best laid plans and throw everything into a kilter. For all elites in the major airline programs there is an annual requirement to meet a specific segment or elite mileage qualification requirement to renew those statuses or to reach a new level. The end of each year, therefore, becomes a mad rush for many seeking to reach or renew an elite status with an airline (or any loyalty-based) program. Every flyer should know that Mileage Runs are not dead! A good start…you should read what I believe is the first article I…

Thursday, July 14, 2016  by John @laptoptravel We are seeing an attack fare by Delta Air Lines on American Airlines’ Phoenix hub and this means great opportunities to fly to one of Tokyo’s two airports; either Narita or Haneda Airport.  Delta seems to be offering this deal to both airports, based on the itinerary. Haneda is much close to the city of Tokyo so may be a better choice if you want a sightseeing day in the city. There are even itineraries that include a ride on a Boeing 747 in either or both directions (Seattle to/from Narita.) Plus, this becomes a Mileage Run in that you can stay as little as one day and night and fly back. Also, visit a Delta SkyClub in the Narita Airport, see Rene’s recent visit report here. Re-positioning should be really easy right now in several ways; Delta is having an award…

Tuesday, July 12, 2016  by John @laptoptravel It’s been way too long (in my opinion) since I have been able to find another First Class (domestic Business) Delta Air Lines Mileage Run, but suddenly this deal popped up on our fare screenings. The San Diego to Austin run is an overnight run (so not hotel required) but it is a long time from departure to return. If you are okay with that, then by all means grab this deal NOW!  I found only two dates (August 5th and August 12th) that worked for the San Diego departure dates.  Now if you try to book this make sure you have the Detroit connection on both the outbound and return itineraries to get the maximum Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s) for you dollars. This is a fantastic run if you seek about 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles.  It takes place in almost the same-day, but…

Friday, June 10, 2016   by John @laptoptravel Well for followers of the Elite Mileage Run blog and our Twitter followers we have a great First Class Mileage Run found on Delta Air Lines again. I am actually currently in Hawaii on a working trip but worked out this search this morning and just had to share for ‘mainlanders.’ This is quite similar to our recent Dallas to San Francisco Mileage Run for June. On this example you can actually select one of two itineraries, for a fare difference.  My example is $561, however there is another one (as shown in the image at the top) of the other fare ($625) which works out to 6.8 CPM.  Either one is a great bargain for First Class. Well, here you go.  Don’t forget to first log into your Delta account and then proceed with our booking instructions. KAYAK DIRECT BOOKING LINK  Click on the “View…

Friday, June 3, 2016   by John @laptoptravel Well for followers of the Elite Mileage Run blog and our Twitter followers we have a great First Class Mileage Run found on Delta Air Lines again. I am actually heading out shortly on a huge trip but got a weird alert on my computer search this morning telling me there was a ‘fare discrepancy’ (make of that what you will…) So I felt compelled to check it out and dig some more. Sure enough, I found a little trick that will help you great a First Class itinerary earning 9,200 Medallion Qualification Miles in a single overnight itinerary; one which I have done twice myself. So, once you search for the lowest coach fare (I found these for between $310 and $318) which is still not a bad coach run…you can then wait for Delta to offer you the opportunity to upgrade…

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…

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.…

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…

Tuesday, February 9, 2016  by John @laptoptravel Quick Note:  I am posting this a a guest article on behalf of René, who is a bit under the weather. Hope you get better soon, buddy! Once upon a time, the backbone and foundation of the points and miles landscape was the ‘game’ know as Mileage Runs, or mileage running.  Personally, I have been doing that for a number of years but only recently has it made it to the ‘big leagues’ and the forefront of a lot of loyal elite members’ minds. What is a Mileage Run? Following the September 11th attacks, airlines saw their passenger counts fall dramatically; it was a scary time for both travelers and airlines. It was not just limited to air travel, but included trains and cruise ships as well.  The airlines quickly took evasive action; parking airplanes in the desert near Tucson (more specifically, the Davis-Monthan Air…

Wednesday, February 3, 2016  by John @laptoptravel Here is a chance to fly one of the longest non-stops from the USA.  American Airlines operates their Boeing 777 Wide-Body aircraft for the Dallas to Hong Kong flight on this Mileage Run.  You originate in Houston (Hobby Airport) and change planes in Dallas (DFW) It is also a chance to get as many as 34,492 Redeemable AAdvantage Miles (depending on your status) You will earn 17,246 Elite Qualifying Miles with American and if you are already an Elite with their AAdvantage program you can earn bonus miles as follows: Elite Mileage Bonus Benefits Executive Platinum    100% Platinum    100% Gold     25% This could be a great time to contact American Airlines and request a status challenge, if you have not already achieved status with the airline.  Currently the only way I know of to begin, or…

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