So here's what I'm trying to do. I am short 14,680 to get to 1K. Based at IAD, can't do any MRs until the 27th. Need to be in SFO area for an event on the 29th. Need to be back in IAD area on the 31st. Am I crazy to think I can get the remaining miles in time? Is it even worth it (vs. Platinum)?
Let's say I did that. Assuming I got to SFO on the morning of the 27th (that's 2419 miles), what would be a good international MR out of SFO on the 27th getting me back to SFO by the 29th by noon? And how much of a hassle is customs/immigration/etc on this kind of thing?
Realizing how little I actually know about flying given how often I do it...
Here's a question: is it a violation of any rules to do nesting round trips? I.e., if I book one round trip IAD-SFO at the bookends of the trip, then book a separate SFO-NRT trip in the middle? That looks to be significantly cheaper than doing IAD-SFO-NRT-SFO-IAD, but would get me the miles I need and fits in the schedule.
No restrictions against it. That's why tickets have end-on-end and sidetrip conditions allowable on them.
If that's the case, then I can do IAD-SFO roundtrip for $907, then SFO-NRT roundtrip for $2518 (gulp) that fits in the middle but still gets me to the event in SF, thanks to time zone/date line. That's 15,086 miles for around $0.23/mi.
So, a couple of questions:
(1) is that the best I could do given the restrictions I'm facing?
(2) is this worth the incremental bump to 1K from Platinum?