If you are a budget traveler and will do a mileage run to HKG. It just opens a new shower facility close to gate 60 that usually is the UA departure gate. For HK$65 or US$8, you have a shower and a quiet room with massage chairs for a nap.
Probably not a relevant topic on this board, but since I dont understand the point of mileage runs (flying 5000 miles to get points?). I have to ask...why would someone who would spend money and fly just to get miles, (no other purpose) even care about spending $8 on a shower? Seems like budget is not an issue if you do a mileage run!!
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AA in CA,
Where is your head? The mileage run was to maintain the coveted status....nothing more. Most likely he turned around and went right back home, so why spend the money on a hotel, which he won't be in for even 12 hours, when you can spend $8 to take a shower and have a room to nap in before heading back out....
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AA in CA: One word - whatever.
After all, with Int'l e-savers or web fares, etc., it can be pretty cheap to do a mileage run. No idea if you've got elite status - but for a lot of us, once we have it, we don't want to lose it - hence mileage run. It's a hobby ... admittedly one that makes us spend far too much time in pressurized aluminum tubes. So, to each their own.
And I don't know about you, but a shower after you've been on a plane for a good while is very very nice.
You really can't expect non-FF'ers to understand that spending time in a plane isn't really torture.
Personally, I rather enjoyed my TPE run. I got time to read, watched a couple of movies, and was generally happy about being completely cut off from my work for almost 3 days. I felt no urge to try my VPN, and only checked my personal e-mail. It was pretty darn relaxing.
Of course, the mileage calculations also came out distinctly positive in terms of net value.