Most efficient use of upgrade stickers?

 
Old Jul 21, 08, 2:24 pm
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Most efficient use of upgrade stickers?

So today I was able to clear the upgrade on my DFW - STL leg. With a flight time 100 minutes and only requiring 1 sticker, I got curious and checked the mileage. 550 right on the nose; in other words, the most efficient possible use of 1 sticker.

So here is the question/challenge: what are the closest-to-exact mileage segments for other sticker usage? Put another way, based purely on miles flown, what is the most efficient way to use 2 stickers? 3? 4? etc

(And yes, I realize that the most efficient way in practice is to get EXP and now have to play around with stickers)
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Old Jul 21, 08, 2:33 pm
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I always think ORD-MCO is a good use of 2 stickers, at 1,005 miles.
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Old Jul 21, 08, 2:39 pm
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I think BOS-STL-BOS is pretty efficient: 1047 miles.

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Old Jul 21, 08, 2:41 pm
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Originally Posted by MGW2000 View Post
I think BOS-STL-BOS is pretty efficient: 1047 miles.

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Typo perhaps?
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Old Jul 21, 08, 2:43 pm
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DFW-LAS is a very poor use of the 3rd sticker: 1055 miles
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Old Jul 21, 08, 2:43 pm
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STL-RSW is 979 for 2 stickers.
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Old Jul 21, 08, 2:44 pm
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Mildly OT, but RDU-DFW, where I connect on West Coast runs, is 1,062 miles.

What grates me even more is continuing onto LAS: 1,055 miles!!

I sure wish on connecting flights the AA computer could aggregate connecting flight miles and deduct upgrades based on the total of the 2+ flights.
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Old Jul 21, 08, 2:49 pm
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Originally Posted by dave_261 View Post
Mildly OT, but RDU-DFW, where I connect on West Coast runs, is 1,062 miles.

What grates me even more is continuing onto LAS: 1,055 miles!!

I sure wish on connecting flights the AA computer could aggregate connecting flight miles and deduct upgrades based on the total of the 2+ flights.
Although it would hose you on accruing segments, IIRC AA does do the total of the flights if they are a direct-with-stop(s) flight.
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Old Jul 21, 08, 2:56 pm
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IMHO, another excellent (though not as efficient per the criteria I listed above) use of stickers is AA 86 / 47 (777 service between DFW and ORD; 802 miles). Anytime one can fly in a flagship suite for 2 stickers is an excellent use of stickers ^^

nb: now that the 4-hr-trick no longer works, this is a lot harder to accomplish for any non-EXP; NGBC (seat at least) is a nice consolation though.
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Old Jul 21, 08, 3:04 pm
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Originally Posted by nd_eric_77 View Post
So today I was able to clear the upgrade on my DFW - STL leg. With a flight time 100 minutes and only requiring 1 sticker, I got curious and checked the mileage. 550 right on the nose; in other words, the most efficient possible use of 1 sticker.
Not quite: I'll 1-up you (literally): DFW-ELP, 551 miles, 1 sticker.
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Old Jul 21, 08, 3:09 pm
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ORD-SAT (1042 miles) 2 stickers
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Old Jul 21, 08, 3:24 pm
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LGA-TPA.. is 2 stickers..
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Old Jul 21, 08, 3:29 pm
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A quick look at AA's timetable came up with these:

Two stickers: RDU-PLS (Providenciales, Turks & Caicos), 1,051 on the nose (it's 51 over, isn't it?), followed by (or if it's really just 50) DFW-JAC (Jackson Hole, Wyoming), LAX-MZT (Mazatlan, Mexico) & FLL-SJU, 1,047 miles, then MIA-SJU, 1046; MIA-BDA, 1045; and AUS-MSP & BOS-STL, 1,044. SAN-SEA, at 1,052, gets the booby prize for just missing.

Three: JFK-MBJ, 1,550 miles; then DFW-MBJ, 1,548; OAK-ZCL (Zacatecas, Mexico), 1,547; and ATL-TUS, 1,539. Near-miss prize goes to (tied) DEN-PHL, JFK-SDQ & LAX-MEX, 1,555; followed by JFK-CUN & STL-SAN, 1,558; and one of my frequent routes en route to various places, BOS-DFW at 1,560.

Four: PDX-GDL, another exact hit with 2,051; then MSY-CLO (Cali, Colo.), 2,042. Closest near misses: BOS to either ELP or AUA, 2,066.

Five: ANC-PHX, 2,551: another exact hit! If it's not 51, or the runner-up: BOS-PDX with 2,533. Just-missed booby prizes go to MCO-SEA, 2,552; LAX-HNL, 2,555; and LGA-SJC, 2,559.

Six: the pickings get slimmer. AA's only sticker-eligible flights between 3,000 and 3,099 miles are all to the Dominican Republic: LAS-SDQ, 3,018; and over the cutoff, LAX-POP (Puerto Plata), 3,080; and LAS-PUJ (Punta Cana), 3,084.

I don't believe AA has any sticker-eligible flights in the vicinity of 3,550 miles or higher multiples, though I could have missed some. There are other AA-coded flights, mostly code-shares, that come close to 51 miles over a multiple of 500 but aren't eligible for sticker upgrades as well. There may be (correction, there almost certainly are) others I missed, too.

There is no guarantee that all these routes are flown by aircraft with F cabins, or that they all still operate, or if they do that they will next week ...
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Old Jul 21, 08, 5:19 pm
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Originally Posted by arc View Post
Not quite: I'll 1-up you (literally): DFW-ELP, 551 miles, 1 sticker.

Yep, I do that one a lot!
I know it is not a long flight but being based in ELP, it is nice to be 1st off after a long trip home.
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Old Jul 21, 08, 5:24 pm
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Originally Posted by nd_eric_77 View Post
IMHO, another excellent (though not as efficient per the criteria I listed above) use of stickers is AA 86 / 47 (777 service between DFW and ORD; 802 miles). Anytime one can fly in a flagship suite for 2 stickers is an excellent use of stickers ^^

nb: now that the 4-hr-trick no longer works, this is a lot harder to accomplish for any non-EXP; NGBC (seat at least) is a nice consolation though.
I just did that one 3 weeks ago. Flagship suite for 2 stickers. Suuuuite!
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