Old Jan 28, 12, 2:25 pm
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 5
newbie: First mileage run, help appreciated. [email protected]

I've been lurking around this forum for a couple of months. I currently dont have status with any airline, but since I had some time to kill the coming month, I thought of doing my first mileage run and seeing a new destination as well.

My home base is chicago.

I've been playing with matrix ita software and after some random searches, I see the following route being available. ORD-IST for about $542 at 4.8 cpm netting 11216 miles.

I was now wondering how do you guys figure out what stopovers you can add without significantly increasing the price or when do you choose coach vs first class. I picked Istanbul as that seemed the best cpm from chicago in february, but I'm not picky on where to go.

Sorry if this sounds pretty basic to you guys, but this is the first time at it. Hopefully if I can get any good at it, I can continue your tradition of helping others

Chicago (ORD) to New York (JFK) - Tue, Feb 7
Delta 3078 Dep: 11:18am Arr: 2:35pm 2h 17m Canadair RJ 900 Coach (T)
New York (JFK) to Istanbul (IST) - Tue, Feb 7
Delta 72 Dep: 5:00pm Arr: 10:15am 10h 15m Boeing 767 Coach (T)
Wed, Feb 8

Istanbul (IST) to Chicago (ORD) - Mon, Feb 13
Istanbul (IST) to Amsterdam (AMS) - Mon, Feb 13
KLM 1610 Dep: 5:45am Arr: 8:20am 3h 35m Boeing 737 Coach (L)
Layover in AMS 4h 20m
Amsterdam (AMS) to Chicago (ORD) - Mon, Feb 13
KLM 611 Dep: 12:40pm Arr: 2:25pm 8h 45m Boeing 747 Coach (N)
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