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Old Dec 8, 12, 11:10 am   #1
 
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Any brilliant ideas for a cheap mileage run from ANC?

I'm going to be short 3k miles for MVP gold this year... I didn't read the fine print and realize that w/ Korean air you only get partial miles on certain fair classes. Anyway, anyone have any brilliant millage runs that don't cost a fortune for the month of December that will get 3k miles from Anchorage? I am doubtful but I figured I'd ask. I haven't seen anything...
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Old Dec 8, 12, 11:28 am   #2
 
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You should join me on my MR Monday night SEA-HNL! Leave at 6pm, back home for work at 10am! Seriously though, the BLI-HNL runs are dirt cheap for this week, $149 or $169 each way I saw as of Monday. SEA-PHL runs were cheap too. That'll get you there.
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Old Dec 8, 12, 3:57 pm   #3
 
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Forget about cheap. Suck it up and do an ANC-SEA or ANC-PDX rt.
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Old Dec 8, 12, 7:35 pm   #4
 
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Forget about cheap.
This.

ANC and cheap don't go together.
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Old Dec 8, 12, 8:59 pm   #5
 
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Being as you're within 3000 miles of MVP Gold, you've clearly garnered enough flying experience to be able come up with some good ideas on your own of where to look. So in the interest of us not submitting some obvious ideas that you may already have come up with, I'm curious... What have you come up with so far? What is your budget? Any time constraints?

And shouldn't this be posted in the Mileage Run forum?
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Old Dec 8, 12, 10:00 pm   #6
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Forget about cheap. Suck it up and do an ANC-SEA or ANC-PDX rt.
Probably the cheapest idea.

Why not just type in random west coast destinations on the low fare calender and just pick something?
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Old Dec 8, 12, 10:35 pm   #7
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Forget about cheap. Suck it up and do an ANC-SEA or ANC-PDX rt.
Probably the cheapest idea.

Why not just type in random west coast destinations on the low fare calender and just pick something?
How does Hawaii look?
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Old Dec 8, 12, 11:16 pm   #8
 
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Aren't you Kind of stuck in ANC where to get that kind of miles you need to go someplace like SEA to go anywhere, and in just going to SEA and back you almost get the 3,000. Heck if you go ANC to PDX R/T you are just over 3000 and don't need to go anywhere else. Thanks for the advice on Korean Air but I don't think any if those counted towards your elite status anyway - right ? Or am I wrong on that?
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Old Dec 8, 12, 11:17 pm   #9
 
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Did the search for OP: ANC-HNL is $1000 or more round trip for any dates between now and the end of the month.
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Old Dec 9, 12, 11:48 am   #10
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Probably the cheapest idea.

Why not just type in random west coast destinations on the low fare calender and just pick something?
Like Chugach said cheap isnt an option. Also if its 3000 miles I dont think SEA will work. Gotta go with PDX
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Old Dec 9, 12, 4:20 pm   #11
 
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Like Chugach said cheap isnt an option. Also if its 3000 miles I dont think SEA will work. Gotta go with PDX
ANC-SEA works if you book full flex for one leg.
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Old Dec 9, 12, 4:23 pm   #12
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ANC-SEA works if you book full flex for one leg.
It's not a mileage run when you're paying 37 cents per mile!

I did some checking and found ANC-ONT for $566.49 round-trip as an overnight turn 12/17-12/18. It can be done in less than 24 hours (1pm on Monday and back by noon on Tuesday), so if you can convince your boss to let you leave early Monday and come in late Tuesday, that's probably the cheapest way to get the 3,000 miles needed. If you're limited to weekends, you're looking at $700+ or redeeming an award to SEA/PDX/LAX and doing a transcon mileage run for about $550.

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Old Dec 10, 12, 7:40 am   #13
 
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Thanks all for the suggestions... I am actually out in Bethel so it actually makes the costs even higher. I was hoping to use miles to ANC then fly from there but it doesn't seem to be all that great of a plan. It looks like I'm going to have to suck it if I want to keep gold. I go back and forth if it's actually worth it. Spending 1200-1500 for the rescheduling flexibility... blah. I definitely wouldn't spend that kind of money just for the F upgrades and the free drinks.

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Old Dec 10, 12, 7:40 am   #14
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dont know if anyone else mentioned this yet but you may be needing a lot more miles than 3000. I dont think any korean air miles count toward status. Not even 50%
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Old Dec 10, 12, 10:34 am   #15
 
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Thanks all for the suggestions... I am actually out in Bethel so it actually makes the costs even higher. I was hoping to use miles to ANC then fly from there but it doesn't seem to be all that great of a plan. It looks like I'm going to have to suck it if I want to keep gold. I go back and forth if it's actually worth it. Spending 1200-1500 for the rescheduling flexibility... blah. I definitely wouldn't spend that kind of money just for the F upgrades and the free drinks.
$75 per reschedule means you'd have to do 80 reschedules in one year to cover the $1200 cost of your MR. Hardly seems worth it.

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