When people book mileage runs, their family and friends dont often understand why it’s beneficial to have some stops versus going nonstop.
Mileage Runs can be beneficial in many ways. One of the best ways I know this can help is to gain Elite Status with airlines.
I’m currently on a mileage run today and tomorrow and by the end, I should gain close to 12,000 Elite miles with United!
Here is how a mileage run works:
- You can’t be picky. Mileage runs show up out of nowhere and they are often destined to be in the most random places like Kansas, Nebraska, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and many more.
- Mileage runs are basically any type of trip you take randomly where you can gain a ton of elite miles. One example of this is when you find a mileage run from Las Vegas-Boston but with stops in San Francisco, Houston, and Newark.
- This might seem like a crazy idea but if you think about it, you can almost double your elite mileage and often times, it’s cheaper than a nonstop!
- A typical Non-Stop flight from Las Vegas to Boston is 2,381 Miles one way or 4,762 Miles Roundtrip. That means you’d be earning 4,762 Elite miles if you went Non-Stop. However, if you were to do a Mileage run, the same trip can be done from Las Vegas-San Francisco-Houston-Boston at a rate of 3,646 Miles one way or 7,292 roundtrip!
- That means that you would earn 7,292 miles for the same trip!
- In addition, you can also earn Elite status from flying segments. You need at least 30 segments or 25,000 Flown Miles to gain Silver status with most airlines.
- A segment is defined as a flight from Point A – Point B. (LAS-SFO)
- If you do a mileage run with the example above, you will have LAS-SFO, SFO-IAH, IAH-BOS, BOS-IAH, IAH-SFO, SFO-LAS.
- That is a total of 6 Segments!
Mileage Runs are extremely hard on your body. Landing & Taking off takes a lot of energy and so here is a guide to how to deal with this.
- Sleep the night before
- Drink Water!
- Before the flight, go to the gate and try to get a row with no one else in it. It is rare but I was able to get it on my trip.
- If you get your own row, make sure you have a pillow and blanket with you so you can lay across all three seats and sleep.
- When you wake up, ask for water not Soda.
- If one segment of your flight gets delayed, immediately call 1-800-United-1 and inform them of the delay. You will want to try to get on the same route possible because they will try to send you on a direct flight if possible. If you do that, your mileage run wont be worth it!
- Travel Small, Travel Short: Take a mini suitcase! I can’t stress this enough because hauling a huge suitcase on and off doesn’t make sense. Travel short in the sense that you can do a mileage run in a full day. This may seem crazy but it’s easier to just keep flying than take a break. If you head to Boston, take the morning flight so you can be back home by Dinner!
- Get the mobile app for your airline. This is beneficial because then you dont have to carry around paper boarding passes! Mobile apps now have Mobile Boarding passes.
How To Find A Mileage Run:
- Flyertalk has a special page that shows you what airline is offering a good mileage run and for how much
- Milepoint has a similar mileage run page
- ITA Matrix is invaluable because you can plan out your entire trip on their program and then book it through United online or over the phone for free!
- UA-United Airlines
- DL- Delta Airlines
- US- US Airways
- AA- America Airlines
- AS- Alaska Airlines
- CPM- Cents Per Mile- The Cost of how much each mile is (Total Cost/Total Miles Earned)
A good mileage run will be between 2.5-4.1 CPM
Hope This Helps Guys! Goodluck!