Mileage Runs to 75K / oneworld Emerald

Old Feb 25, 21, 9:52 am
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Mileage Runs to 75K / oneworld Emerald

Now the fare class change has settled, the crazy mid-February schedule change for the spring is done, my mileage run should stay and make me to 75k. Based in LA, this is just a reference for you guys. If you guys think there is room to improve, leave a comment. I hope we got plenty discount code in the future for our 2022 runs. / means an overnight stay, bold means a first class. (EQM / mileages calculated based from webflyer, I'm gold currently)
April
1. LAX-SEA-FLL-LAX (9004 / 12008)
2. SNA-SEA-FLL-LAX (9038 / 12056)
3. LAX-FLL / FLL-LAX-SEA-ONT (9890 / 13180)
May
4. LAX-FLL / TPA-LAX (6740 / 8980)
June
5. LAX-IAD-LAX (6840 / 9120)
6. LAX-JFK-LAX (7420 / 9880)
July
7. LAX-IAD-LAX (4560 / 9120)
8. LAX-IAD / IAD-LAX (4560 / 9120)
August
9. LAX-IAD-LAX (6840 / 11400)
10. LAX-IAD / IAD-LAX (4560 / 9120)
11. LAX-JFK-LAX (4940 / 9880)
12. LAX-JFK-LAX (4940 / 9880)

Total EQM 79,332, total mileage 123,744 + 50000 (75k status bonus) 173,744.
Total tickets cost $2419.82 with $66.58 wallet funds left. All my flights are booked with 30% discount code in lowest main (new G fare class) or first (new I fare class). My no.4 is a real trip, no.3 needs an overnight stay, no. 8/10 is kind of a real trip, total hotels for 3/8/10 estimated $300, parking/uber $600, food/drinks/cleaning supplies etc $200. Total spending est. $3500 excl. time.
So, $3500 with a 75k status and oneworld emerald, with 170k mileage earned. What do you think.
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Old Feb 25, 21, 11:02 am
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Looks good! I did it for a bit less and a fewer miles but based out of SEA with all I fares.
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Old Feb 25, 21, 11:07 am
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Thatís some impressive work, kudos!

There are quite a few professionals here so I will open my question to the general audience (rather than just OP):
For those travelers who are mileage running to obtain 75K / OWE, have you performed a cost benefit analysis of your time and financial cost for the MR against the benefits you plan to leverage with the new status?

I hit 75K organically and donít plan to leverage OWE often, but it seems that many travelers are eager to do so. I am curious what peopleís plans are.
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Old Feb 25, 21, 11:26 am
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Originally Posted by anteater View Post
Thatís some impressive work, kudos!

There are quite a few professionals here so I will open my question to the general audience (rather than just OP):
For those travelers who are mileage running to obtain 75K / OWE, have you performed a cost benefit analysis of your time and financial cost for the MR against the benefits you plan to leverage with the new status?

I hit 75K organically and donít plan to leverage OWE often, but it seems that many travelers are eager to do so. I am curious what peopleís plans are.
I switched from AA (OW Sapphire) to AS to both make Emerald and for greater RDMs. AAís revenue based status along with RDMs based upon amount spent (with exceptions) makes it worthwhile. Iíll hopefully be traveling internationally for a couple years starting this fall and think the OWE benefits (check-in, lounge access, overall better treatment, occasional upgrades/better seats + the RDMs to reach 75K) exceed the cost of about $2,500. This is subjective of course such as placing the value of a first class lounge vs the business class.
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Old Feb 25, 21, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by anteater View Post
That’s some impressive work, kudos!

There are quite a few professionals here so I will open my question to the general audience (rather than just OP):
For those travelers who are mileage running to obtain 75K / OWE, have you performed a cost benefit analysis of your time and financial cost for the MR against the benefits you plan to leverage with the new status?

I hit 75K organically and don’t plan to leverage OWE often, but it seems that many travelers are eager to do so. I am curious what people’s plans are.
I feel like I'm in a tiny minority, maybe even all alone , but OWE means nothing to me as I rarely travel internationally. Mileage running is enough of a vacation for me and being able to fly often is all the reward I need.
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Old Feb 25, 21, 12:19 pm
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Originally Posted by tkelvin69 View Post
Looks good! I did it for a bit less and a fewer miles but based out of SEA with all I fares.
If I was hardcore, I'd have booked 12 SEA-ATL-SEA runs when they were on sale. $126.81 R/T in R. 6,546 EQM per run x 12 = 78,552 EQM and 167,828 RDM for $1,521.72
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Old Feb 25, 21, 12:33 pm
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Originally Posted by RAD_PDX View Post
I feel like I'm in a tiny minority, maybe even all alone , but OWE means nothing to me as I rarely travel internationally. Mileage running is enough of a vacation for me and being able to fly often is all the reward I need.
Originally Posted by anteater View Post
I hit 75K organically and donít plan to leverage OWE often, but it seems that many travelers are eager to do so. I am curious what peopleís plans are.
I run this year for the emerald status, with many Asian trips under the plan next year. Hopefully I can utilize it on CX/JL and their amazing first class lounges at HKG/HND/NRT, or at least the Qantas First lounge at LAX. Really curious the access on Admirals club when travelling domestically.
Originally Posted by MileageMule View Post
If I was hardcore, I'd have booked 12 SEA-ATL-SEA runs when they were on sale. $126.81 R/T in R. 6,546 EQM per run x 12 = 78,552 EQM and 167,828 RDM for $1,521.72
That was a great deal! If I were in SEA, I would probably do so. At least, SEA is a much easier airport to get in and out of, probably cheaper parking and uber, compared to LAX?
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Old Feb 25, 21, 12:41 pm
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Originally Posted by RAD_PDX View Post
I feel like I'm in a tiny minority, maybe even all alone , but OWE means nothing to me
Your minority is less tiny than you think because I am in it.

I am inevitably doing J/F travel internationally for leisure, and doing it on either a J/F award or (new as of the last couple of years) a surprisingly reasonably priced J cash fare.

I also just don't value lounges THAT highly. Yes, the LH FCT or Pier F is amazing. Is it amazing enough for me to spend extra time in a metal tube? Eh.

Originally Posted by RAD_PDX View Post
Mileage running is enough of a vacation for me and being able to fly often is all the reward I need.
I've done short weekend vacations that end up being quasi-mileage runs, but it's been a long time since I've made an immediate turn (the last one was in the mid-10's to go to the LAX In-N-Out for a burger, to nail down MVPG for $98 round trip + the cost of the burger, and before that it was some trip in the early 10's to BOS to also nail MVPG).

The thing is that when miles are cheap in cash to purchase or accrue via credit card, I don't really see a need to do travel outside of organic travel. My organic travel will usually get me somewhere between qualifying for MVP and barely over the hump for MVPG- plus enough travel scattered to other non-AS or partner airlines (or on awards) that doesn't usually make a difference (in other words, I don't usually hose myself out of status by occasionally booking WN/DL/AA/UA or whatever). Looking at TripIt, I've never done 75,000 miles in a year, including award travel. But I've flown plenty (multiple RTWs in J and F, multiple CX F trips, LH F/J, LX F/J, BR J, NH J), TripIt says my lifetime miles flown in over a decade are 575,000, AS miles flown (which overlap a lot with TripIt but include some flights before then) is about 455k (there's also some WN and AA/US/HP not included there as well).

So I just look at mileage runs and go "I don't really need them" (outside of "really close, this is worth maybe $100"). If someone else does, good for them.

Originally Posted by simonsuo View Post
Really curious the access on Admirals club when travelling domestically.
I think it's a sucker bet that AS OWEs will be excluded from AA/AS lounge access via status on domestic just like AA OWEs are currently excluded. Get the Citibank AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard and you'll get AA/AS lounge access for $450 a year (plus a brace of AA miles as well if you meet the signup bonus conditions).
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Old Feb 25, 21, 2:15 pm
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Here's my 2021 AS Mileage Run:

LAX->SEA->FLL->LAX (flying this routing 11 times during March and April). Most flights are Saver, but about 1/4 of them are in Main, so perhaps I'll get some upgrades as MVP Gold

The 101k EQM I'll earn will get me to MVP Gold 75k by the end of April (this will likely be upgraded to MVP Gold 100k in 2022) as well as 140k-163k RDM (depending on how quickly AS upgrades me to MVP, MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75k, etc, as it supposedly takes 1-2 weeks), and my all-in cost was ~$1,332 (~$1k + ~30k TYP), or 1.32cpm.

My mileage run will be especially painful since it's mostly in Saver, so no chance for upgrades, but that doesn't matter on some of the earlier flights because I won't even have reached MVP by that time.
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Old Feb 25, 21, 2:41 pm
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Looks painful, especially now with mask on, unblocked middles and minimal service. YMMV of course - but what do you really gain out of this $3500 spend and 120-150 hrs in airplane seat (plus shuttles, airports etc etc) and is there an easier way to obtain it?
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Old Feb 25, 21, 3:32 pm
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Looks painful, especially now with mask on, unblocked middles and minimal service. YMMV of course - but what do you really gain out of this $3500 spend and 120-150 hrs in airplane seat (plus shuttles, airports etc etc) and is there an easier way to obtain it?
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LAX->SEA->FLL->LAX (flying this routing 11 times during March and April). Most flights are Saver, but about 1/4 of them are in Main, so perhaps I'll get some upgrades as MVP Gold

The 101k EQM I'll earn will get me to MVP Gold 75k by the end of April (this will likely be upgraded to MVP Gold 100k in 2022) as well as 140k-163k RDM (depending on how quickly AS upgrades me to MVP, MVP Gold, MVP Gold 75k, etc, as it supposedly takes 1-2 weeks), and my all-in cost was ~$1,332 (~$1k + ~30k TYP), or 1.32cpm.
By my reckoning, that run is getting RDM at less than a penny a mile. Would you fly Cathay F anywhere in the system if it was less than $700 one-way? Legitimately fund a RTW in Cathay F/ BA F for $2000ish plus some YQ (and at the moment the BA YQ is minimal out of AMS)?

Now, granted, there's the time investment in that, but that's how this has always worked, College kids or people who can weekend warrior a MR and then have miles a-plenty, plus a useful status.
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Old Feb 25, 21, 3:35 pm
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Originally Posted by azepine00 View Post
Looks painful, especially now with mask on, unblocked middles and minimal service. YMMV of course - but what do you really gain out of this $3500 spend and 120-150 hrs in airplane seat (plus shuttles, airports etc etc) and is there an easier way to obtain it?
Depends on your status level starting out. If youíre a 75K just trying to keep it, PC seats at time of booking and blocked middles make now until the end of May the time to do it!
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Old Feb 25, 21, 4:29 pm
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Originally Posted by eponymous_coward View Post
... Would you fly Cathay F anywhere in the system if it was less than $700 one-way? ...

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absolutely not it it means 60 hrs of meaningless coach flying to earn it just buy the miles
i did my share of mileage runs back in triple miles days of lax-bos (getting up to catch 7 am flt from lax - ugh) and can still do some here and there to top things off but subjecting self to 50-60 hr of coach flying to earn one very nice flt in F seems nuts to me.. YMMV of course but there are easier ways - even premium cabin MR on AA are far more appealing given occasional options to incorporate widebodies with flat beds and catering
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Old Feb 25, 21, 5:57 pm
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Originally Posted by creditcardmarauder View Post
The 101k EQM I'll earn will get me to MVP Gold 75k by the end of April (this will likely be upgraded to MVP Gold 100k in 2022)..
Donít count on it. The tier isnít set in stone yet and AS is speculating it will launch in 2022, meaning it wonít be based on 2021 activity.
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Old Feb 25, 21, 7:19 pm
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Don’t count on it. The tier isn’t set in stone yet and AS is speculating it will launch in 2022, meaning it won’t be based on 2021 activity.
Speculating? This is what they said in the announcement email:

For members who fly 100,000 miles per year, we’re also introducing a new tier starting in 2022. This will recognize our absolute top echelon road warriors and offer perks such as increased bonus miles, top upgrade priority on Alaska flights, lounge benefits, and more. Look for more details later in 2021.
How exactly is this "speculating it will launch in 2022"?
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