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A3*G Challenge: who have the most creative routing to achieve *G in shortest time?

A3*G Challenge: who have the most creative routing to achieve *G in shortest time?

Old Dec 9, 11, 11:09 am
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A3*G Challenge: who have the most creative routing to achieve *G in shortest time?

As the title, I think we should hold a imaginary championship for the one who come up with the most creative routing to achieve *G in shortest time period, and most importantly, the least dollars.

If you would like to join this on going showcase of FT wisdom, please kindly post your touring here to see if yours qualifying for the top ten!

The requirement is:

Flight routing (s)
flight number
Operate carrier if any
booking class and A3 earning rate
ticket price all inclusive
Earning per cent US
Total travel time if any


The most important part is earning per cent but if there is a tie the total travel time would be considered. Let us see who have the secret!
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Old Dec 9, 11, 1:09 pm
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It is not easy to get 100% miles on Aegean. Low fares earn usually less. The most notable exceptions are US and AC so a run should route with these carriers.

The following run will bring 9111 miles (see edit) at a cost of $397.10 ai
SFO-PHX-PHL-SJU (US408-US258-US1071)
SJU-CLT-JFK-PHX-SFO (US1035-US1458-US400)

I wasn't able to stretch it over 9500 miles with this fare.
Example dates: Jan 17-Jan18 (red eye). Jan18-Jan19 (short overnight at JFK)
and a week later. Total time spent flying, at the destination and layovers: 43h 32m. This is a fairly efficient 4.4cpm.
With two such runs, one needs 19000-2*9111=778 miles extra. SFO-PHX-SAN-SFO on US/UA on Feb 1 will bring 1400 flown miles and 1205 status miles at $130.10

Total cost of all three runs: $912.30. Total miles earned: 19427 = 4.7 cpm. Total time 95h 38m.

Edit: The JFK-PHX-SFO is a direct flight with one stop so it will probably earn the JFK-SFO mileage of 2586 instead of 2804 (8893 for the run). It is not explained in Miles&Bonus terms, though. For two runs it is 436 miles less and 9 miles short of 19000. The third run can be OAK-PHX-LAS-PHX-OAK instead on US for $140.80 with 1798 miles earned. Total 19584 miles, $935.00, 4.8 cpm, time: 96h 37m. With a longer third run, the SJU run can be routed SFO-PHL-CLT-SJU-CLT-PHL-SFO on US metal earning 8874 miles. Slightly shorter flight but still one redeye and one overnight.

Last edited by Plusflyer; Dec 9, 11 at 3:07 pm Reason: Direct flight miscalculation
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Old Dec 9, 11, 4:43 pm
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The last LH Group 11.11 Promo will do the trick for me

GVA-ZRH-BKK & Return in Z: 200% Miles for 1111 CHF ($1,200)
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Old Dec 10, 11, 2:15 am
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Originally Posted by MAN Pax View Post
GVA-ZRH-BKK & Return in Z: 200% Miles for 1111 CHF ($1,200)
Sounds good. How many miles have you got from that trip?
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Old Dec 10, 11, 2:17 am
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Originally Posted by Plusflyer View Post
It is not easy to get 100% miles on Aegean. Low fares earn usually less. The most notable exceptions are US and AC so a run should route with these carriers.

The following run will bring 9111 miles (see edit) at a cost of $397.10 ai
SFO-PHX-PHL-SJU (US408-US258-US1071)
SJU-CLT-JFK-PHX-SFO (US1035-US1458-US400)

I wasn't able to stretch it over 9500 miles with this fare.
Example dates: Jan 17-Jan18 (red eye). Jan18-Jan19 (short overnight at JFK)
and a week later. Total time spent flying, at the destination and layovers: 43h 32m. This is a fairly efficient 4.4cpm.
With two such runs, one needs 19000-2*9111=778 miles extra. SFO-PHX-SAN-SFO on US/UA on Feb 1 will bring 1400 flown miles and 1205 status miles at $130.10

Total cost of all three runs: $912.30. Total miles earned: 19427 = 4.7 cpm. Total time 95h 38m.
Wow impressive!

Hopefully there is someone who can beat the total travel time...
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Old Dec 10, 11, 3:13 am
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If you can get a LH longhaul from Asia e.g. CGK-FRA you may find that's a very cost-effective method. That was my method, using a BD redemption to get there and then a three day weekend of flying.
I nested a MR inside of a trip from Australia to Europe, so I was able to get status very quickly, using a discounted J fare.
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Originally Posted by chongcao View Post
Sounds good. How many miles have you got from that trip?
I'm hoping for 200% of 5775 each way when I fly in May.
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Old Dec 10, 11, 3:14 pm
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Originally Posted by BiziBB View Post
If you can get a LH longhaul from Asia e.g. CGK-FRA you may find that's a very cost-effective method. That was my method, using a BD redemption to get there and then a three day weekend of flying.
I nested a MR inside of a trip from Australia to Europe, so I was able to get status very quickly, using a discounted J fare.
Great! details?
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Old Dec 10, 11, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by BiziBB View Post
If you can get a LH longhaul from Asia e.g. CGK-FRA you may find that's a very cost-effective method. That was my method, using a BD redemption to get there and then a three day weekend of flying.
I nested a MR inside of a trip from Australia to Europe, so I was able to get status very quickly, using a discounted J fare.
Did you book via Lufthansa website? If so, how much did it cost CGK-FRA? I was thinking of doing JFK-FRA-CGK-FRA-JFK, but it seems like SQ has lower rates now.
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Old Dec 10, 11, 11:33 pm
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But has anyone ever redeemed A3 miles for anything?
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Old Dec 11, 11, 4:33 am
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But has anyone ever redeemed A3 miles for anything?
Yeah, I've redeemed a couple US tickets with them...
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Old Dec 11, 11, 9:19 pm
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TK HKG-LAX U fare ([email protected]/eur on the day i bought the ticket=811USD).
you only need 1 run. if you can bear the LAX turnaround (145min), then Departing HKG 2315, arriving LAX 1525+1. then fly out at 1745+1 and arrive HKG at 1540+3

23712miles (at 100% earn rate)
3.42cpm
64.5 hours (spare 5 mins)

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Old Dec 12, 11, 12:43 pm
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Originally Posted by kaka View Post
TK HKG-LAX U fare ([email protected]/eur on the day i bought the ticket=811USD).
you only need 1 run. if you can bear the LAX turnaround (145min), then Departing HKG 2315, arriving LAX 1525+1. then fly out at 1745+1 and arrive HKG at 1540+3

23712miles (at 100% earn rate)
3.42cpm
64.5 hours (spare 5 mins)
Sounds like a winner to me!
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Old Dec 12, 11, 3:57 pm
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I will achieve A3G in january.

current: 6188 miles
+ MXP-ZHR-JFK (C): 9838 miles
+ HKG-SIN (UA C): 3188 miles
+ SIN-HKG (UA Y): 1596 miles

= 20810 miles

which really is amazingly close to the minimum you need for A3*G

getting there:
#1 1000 miles registration bonus
#2 UA0896 Z SIN - HKG Singapore-Hong Kong 3188
#3 A30665 S MXP - ATH Milan-Athens 1000
#4 A30664 S ATH - MXP Athens-Milan 1000
#5 LX014 Z MXP - JFK Milan-Zurich-New York 9838
#6 UA0895 Z HKG - SIN Hong Kong-Singapore 3188
#7 UA0896 K SIN - HKG Singapore-Hong Kong 1596

cost:
#1 free
#2 it was a 179$ RT HKG-SIN where I upgraded SIN-HKG to Z against cash. Since it was only one of the two legs this makes it 90$ + 190$ for the upgrade = 280$
#3 & #4 RT MXP-ATH which cost me exactly 200euros (264$)
#5 RT at 1860 euros but only crediting the outbound = 930 euros (1226$)
#6 & #7 not booked yet but checked the website and the RT is at 200$ and im hoping of getting that Z upgrade for 190$ for the outbound.

total: 2343 US$ for A3*G

total travel time: approx 25 hours

CPM: 11

*G in just a day
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Old Dec 12, 11, 10:41 pm
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Im thinking crediting this weeks mini-mileage run to A3.

ICN-NRT-HNL/LIH-LAX-LAS-DCA-DTW-EWR-IAD-LAX-SFO-ICN

With the 1000 mile bonus credit it would put me Gold in for just a touch over 1000USD.

As I want to get away from Aeroplan next year, and sadly I only fly around 45,000-50,000 miles a year, so I also have the option to crediting to OZ. I am familiar with the OZ website, but I do like the idea of getting 3 year *G through A3. Im just worried, I read that if you use lounge access and don't credit to A3, they will cancel your card. Any truth to that?
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