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A mileage run…on Southwest?

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I am not a mileage runner. Most of my travel is award travel, and most often in business class, so the idea of paying to fly somewhere and back for no reason other than miles doesn’t generally appeal to me (and even less so to my better half, who would rather not hurtle through the sky in a metal tube more often than necessary). However, a recent Southwest status match promotion has me considering a…

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Visa Infinite: a path to elite status for couples?

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Until recently, the only Visa Infinite card available in the US (to my knowledge) was the CNB Crystal Visa Infinite card (which currently has a 50K signup offer).  Unfortunately, that excellent card is extremely hard to get. Now, Chase has made a splash with two new Visa Infinite cards: The new Ritz Carlton card and the soon-to-be-released Sapphire Reserve.  Both are expensive ($450!), but they make up for that in the first year with spectacular…

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My final AA mileage run involved actual running. Here’s the story.

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In the recent post, “How I screwed up my end of year AA mileage run,” I told the story of what I thought would be my last mileage run.  I had calculated my last flight’s EQPs (Elite Qualifying Points) incorrectly and was then about 2600 EQPs short of my goal.  With very few days left in the year to make up the shortfall, I cancelled an award flight to Florida and replaced it with a…

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How I screwed up my end of year AA mileage run

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Flight deals, especially the really great ones, rarely last long.  Once a great deal is publicized, it’s a race against the clock to find and book the deal before its too late.  Often, I miss these deals because I’m not at my computer at the time, or I find out about it too late, or the deal simply doesn’t work for me.  When I do catch the wave of one of these deals, it’s exciting. …

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Surviving end of year miles, nights, and savings

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End of year projects, holiday shopping, in-laws…  Many things contribute to end of year stress, but frequent travelers have additional headaches.  December travel marks the last possible time to re-qualify for elite status with your favorite airline or hotel program.  Have you added up your elite qualifying miles and qualifying dollars to see if you’ll re-up your airline status?  Do you need another stay or two before the end of the year to keep your…

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My crazy route to Vegas. Am I done with mileage running?

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The majority of this post was written while flying the final leg of my latest mileage run.  Last year, I decided to seek top tier American Airlines status by signing up for the US Airways Preferred Trial.  During the 90 day trial period, I flew 30,000 miles in order to secure US Airways Chairman’s Preferred status.  That status, then, converted to AA Executive Platinum status when the AA and US Airways frequent flyer programs merged. …

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The last great mileage run

Mileage running is a dead sport.  People used to purchase flights and fly the longest, cheapest routes they could find just to earn miles and status.  Today, for most people in the United States, mileage running no longer makes sense. If your goal is to earn miles, you can do much better by signing up for a few credit cards, shopping through online portals, or maximizing credit card category bonuses. If your goal is elite…

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Year-end mileage running, from home

With only two months and a week left in the calendar year, many of us are examining our progress towards airline elite status.  Are we going to make the level of elite status that we’re seeking? Some will seek out “real” mileage running opportunities.  This is where you fly just to earn elite qualifying miles.  The goal is to find the cheapest possible fares that earn the most possible elite qualifying miles.  If you’re interested…

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