Programs: UA Million Miler. (1.9M) Virgin Platinum. HH Diamond + SPG Gold
Can you fly on another points affiliated airline like UA and add your DL # to the UA locater? How many MILES v/s segments do you need? Often a round trip on special from FL to China, Asia, Australia etc, is easier and cheaper than trying for "segments". FL to SYD for eg is about 20,000 mies r/t. Cost often as low as $800 r/t. UA have on sale this week Chicago to Shanghai for about $US550 r/t for example .. see the UA board.
12 year 1K. Haven't booked UA flights in 3 Yrs. Take that. There ARE airline choices. You lied to me, so I'm making them.
Programs: NW Platinum, Hilton Silver, 3 stays from Starwood Platinum!
ozstamps, ONLY DOMESTIC Delta miles can be added to your UA account, and they don't count towards UA elite status. But then, flyguy was asking about Delta mileage run ideas...I think Delta is pretty prominent on the USA east coast. That's probably why it's his choice of airline. I live on the west coast and Delta doesn't have the extensive routings here (at least in the Pacific Northwest).
So if he is needing 30 segments to reach PM, and wants to do it segment-wise, that probably means he has a very low mileage balance, and that it would be MUCH harder to achieve PM by miles.
That's a lot of segments to make up.
If you need base miles, you can wait till fall and do some Europe trips out of ATL. This past off season, we went to Paris 2X, Vienna and London. We never paid more than $320 RT.
If you want to make some cheap Delta runs. Book roundtrips to NW's hubs such as Detroit, Memphis, or MSP since Delta on their website has some real good fares. I flew my son from DTW to Providence for $140 through CVG on Delta when NW wanted $430. You could get 4 segments for around $120.
Programs: Delta Flying Colonel, Lifetime Silver Medallion, Million Miler
Thanks all for a ton of good ideas. Yes, my mileage tends to be low and segments up as many trips are east coast from Florida. So, I plan to do a few many segment trips to get there as business travel drops off aroud October for me this year.
I found FLL-TPA-ATL-BNA-ATL-TPA-FLL for $107. You have to stay overnight, and the fare appears to be good for travel only during the month of September. That's about $19 a segment. Do a few of those in September, and you're well on your way.