The "Quickest to EXP in 2008" contest! (and Rules review)

 

Old Aug 23, 07, 6:42 pm
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The "Quickest to EXP in 2008" contest! (and Rules review)

In the same vein as the previous thread about cheapest/most expensive EXP qualification, here's an idea that's been floating around my head for a while:

A competition for the quickest EXP qualification in 2008

Each official entrant would sign an agreement to be part of the pool to pay the winner. The winning passenger would get the full out-of-pocket cost of their qualifying air flights (base fare plus taxes) reimbursed from the other official contestants.

The winner would be the first to pass the threshold and qualify for EXP based on the recorded time of landing of the segment that put them over the 100K mile, point or 100 segment threshold, based on their AAdvantage statement

Special rules would have to be drawn up to account for missed, erroneous or out of order AAdvantage statement postings, etc.

Since the flight schedules are published in advance, there is theoretically an optimum set of flights to get there, but then again flights are late, cancelled, overbooked or rerouted.

Part of the challenge would be to figure out what flights are likely to take off, what the weather will be and what connections are actually possible to make.

Alternately a third party could sponsor the competition. The XYZ.com American Airlines EXP challenge. Kind of like the Amazing Race.


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Old Aug 23, 07, 9:19 pm
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I'll get the popcorn started... sounds like this could be good! (That said, I am not in, but am a willing spectator! )
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Old Aug 23, 07, 9:52 pm
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Originally Posted by pixpixpix View Post
A competition for the quickest EXP qualification in 2008
Wasn't there someone that qualified this year in January? Doesn't sound like much fun to me.
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Old Aug 23, 07, 9:58 pm
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I would be more interested in who got there with the least amount of flights - I do a lot of flying but it is in lumps - should be March, April and September (unless things change) - aiming to do it with maybe 20-25 flights next year...
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Old Aug 23, 07, 10:47 pm
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What about people that qualify on muiltiple airlines! I always get Plat on Continental before I switch over to AA--though I couldn't get EXP in a month, so may as well give the award to that person now!
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It would be interesting even as a theoretical exercise to see what is quickest possible.

For example how early could you start? 12.01am departure from Aukland if there was one on Jan 1st.
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Old Aug 23, 07, 11:03 pm
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Originally Posted by pixpixpix View Post
For example how early could you start? 12.01am departure from Aukland if there was one on Jan 1st.
Given that one would not earn status until the miles post, I don't think it really matters when on January 1 someone would start -- whether it be in Auckland or Oakland -- especially considering the impossibility of getting all 100k Q-miles/points or 100 segments in one day.

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Old Aug 24, 07, 8:04 am
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With current planned flights, I'll finish the year with 100,435 EQM, in early November. I lose.

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Old Aug 24, 07, 8:41 am
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Might be a fairly variable amount since the lowest cost to make EXP is about 3k and the highest assuming full paid F could end up close to six figures.
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Each official entrant would sign an agreement to be part of the pool to pay the winner. The winning passenger would get the full out-of-pocket cost of their qualifying air flights (base fare plus taxes) reimbursed from the other official contestants.
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Old Aug 24, 07, 9:21 am
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NAN would be even better, if FJ had an AA codehare departing at that time. I have friends that celebrated the millennium twice - diving with botas with wine on either side of the International Date Line. They were likely the first and last celebrants... (though I would not advocate diving with booze more than every thousand years or so. )

Interesting contest - though don't count on my parti¢ipation.

Originally Posted by pixpixpix View Post
It would be interesting even as a theoretical exercise to see what is quickest possible.

For example how early could you start? 12.01am departure from Aukland if there was one on Jan 1st.
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Old Aug 24, 07, 10:02 am
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A very similar question was asked on March 15 of this year; here's my response to that thread:

http://flyertalk.com/forum/showpost....9&postcount=11
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Old Aug 24, 07, 11:35 am
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I suggest breaking this contest into two pieces:

1) Coming up with the first winning itinerary

2) Actually flying the itinerary

The creative work can be done weeks or months in advance, and that is the HARD part. There are any number of us who are stupid enough to actually fly some such itinerary. So I propose that the contest starts NOW, one award for the shortest itinerary and another award for the cheapest itinerary. Close the contest by around 12/14, to let all the crazies actually book this thing, then award the first person who actually flies the cheapest and the fastest. Allow ties on the same flight. And maybe even have a DO celebration party waiting for the contestants.

Will someone please start the itinerary building race off?

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Old Aug 24, 07, 12:08 pm
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If the prize is to have the other entrants pay your fares, then no thanks. I could see someone doing this relatively quickly in January with F tix to maximize earning, but at a high cost. I'd hate to be stuck with that bill.
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Old Aug 24, 07, 12:12 pm
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Starting west, to take advantage of the dateline, and assuming coach travel on 1.0 ppm fares, a nice way might be:

Code:
1/1	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/1	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502
1/1	1:00p-8:35p+2 	LAX-SYD AA7308	7,502
1/3	10:20p-11:50p 	SYD-MEL AA7330	438
1/4	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/4	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502
1/4	1:00p-8:35p+2 	LAX-SYD AA7308	7,502
1/6	10:20p-11:50p 	SYD-MEL AA7330	438
1/7	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/7	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502
1/7	1:00p-8:35p+2 	LAX-SYD AA7308	7,502
1/9	10:20p-11:50p 	SYD-MEL AA7330	438
1/10	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/10	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502
1/10	1:00p-8:35p+2 	LAX-SYD AA7308	7,502
1/12	10:20p-11:50p 	SYD-MEL AA7330	438
1/13	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/13	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502
1/13	1:00p-8:35p+2 	LAX-SYD AA7308	7,502
1/15	10:20p-11:50p 	SYD-MEL AA7330	438
1/16	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/16	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502
1/16	1:00p-8:35p+2 	LAX-SYD AA7308	7,502
1/18	10:20p-11:50p 	SYD-MEL AA7330	438
1/19	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/19	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502

103526 when you land in LAX (500 for the MEL flights)

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Old Aug 24, 07, 2:55 pm
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Originally Posted by AA2070 View Post
Starting west, to take advantage of the dateline, and assuming coach travel on 1.0 ppm fares, a nice way might be:

Code:
1/1	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/1	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502
1/1	1:00p-8:35p+2 	LAX-SYD AA7308	7,502
1/3	10:20p-11:50p 	SYD-MEL AA7330	438
1/4	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/4	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502
1/4	1:00p-8:35p+2 	LAX-SYD AA7308	7,502
1/6	10:20p-11:50p 	SYD-MEL AA7330	438
1/7	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/7	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502
1/7	1:00p-8:35p+2 	LAX-SYD AA7308	7,502
1/9	10:20p-11:50p 	SYD-MEL AA7330	438
1/10	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/10	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502
1/10	1:00p-8:35p+2 	LAX-SYD AA7308	7,502
1/12	10:20p-11:50p 	SYD-MEL AA7330	438
1/13	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/13	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502
1/13	1:00p-8:35p+2 	LAX-SYD AA7308	7,502
1/15	10:20p-11:50p 	SYD-MEL AA7330	438
1/16	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/16	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502
1/16	1:00p-8:35p+2 	LAX-SYD AA7308	7,502
1/18	10:20p-11:50p 	SYD-MEL AA7330	438
1/19	7:15a-8:35a 	MEL-SYD AA7306	438
1/19	9:45a-6:05a 	SYD-LAX AA7319	7,502

103526 when you land in LAX (500 for the MEL flights)
Someone was bored! Now, for the real fun... what does that "itenerary" cost?
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