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Flying one million miles in a calendar year on CX metal

Flying one million miles in a calendar year on CX metal

Old Apr 15, 19, 9:51 pm
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Flying one million miles in a calendar year on CX metal

I recently flew over one million BIS (butt-in-seat) miles in a calendar year on CX metal...a nice milestone.

If you're interested in the specifics...I made a timelapse video of my entire CX flight log that you can watch below (jump to 0:36 mark)


For the road warriors in this forum...what's the most BIS miles you ever flew in a calendar year (on just CX metal only and I guess KA could count too)?

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Old Apr 15, 19, 10:04 pm
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WOW!

Nowhere close to you! I think I've maybe done 200k actual BIS miles on CX/KA metal, maybe 250k tops in a year, and that was before when I was more loyal.

Btw how do you know your total BIS miles? Do you track it?
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Old Apr 15, 19, 10:08 pm
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Actually I have so many more questions. What do you do? I watched your video it looks like a lot of JNB-HKG-JFK? Why do you choose that routing? Is it torture flying that much? Any color you can add would be great.

I just can't understand how that much flying is required in this day and age, unless you're a pilot? that sounds completely brutal to me but to each their own and hopefully you enjoy it. 1mm in a year is insanity!
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Old Apr 15, 19, 10:15 pm
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Congratulations!
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Old Apr 16, 19, 12:45 am
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Originally Posted by QRC3288 View Post
Actually I have so many more questions.
Same here. At the minimum - how does OP define BIS for starter?
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Old Apr 16, 19, 3:36 am
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I think BIS mean the actual miles... not say 150% miles if you fly F etc...

I've occasionally done frequent trips between Australia and China via CX, say 4 or 5 return trips in a month, I would have to say that even with the help of noise cancellation headphone, I felt like I could always hear the engine sound a week or so after intensive fly of a month.
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Old Apr 16, 19, 4:00 am
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This is insane!!!

At at an average flying speed of 500mph thats 84 days of the year - or, close to 25% of every minute of the year - plus time to/from/within the airport.

Wow. Just wow!!
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Old Apr 16, 19, 4:55 am
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Let's be honest, the real question we all want to know - did CX give you any sort of recognition for hitting 1m miles in a year??
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Old Apr 16, 19, 6:07 am
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Old Apr 16, 19, 6:45 am
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Wow. For JNB-HKG-JFK, that works out to roughly 2.5 roundtrips per month! That is totally insane. Congrats!!!
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Old Apr 16, 19, 12:09 pm
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At the same time I found out that CX's fare for JNB-NYC is insanely cheap:

Code:
FQJNBNYC-CX/USD                                                
JNB-NYC       CXR-CX       WED 17APR19                     USD  
9W  0/ 0/ 1  AZ  0/ 0/ 2  EY  0/ 0/ 1  B6  1/ 0/ 0  LH  0/ 0/ 9 
LX  0/ 0/ 4  IB  0/ 0/20  BA  0/ 0/12  AA  0/ 0/20  UA  1/ 0/18 
DL  0/ 0/17  SV  0/ 0/ 1  EK  0/ 0/13  SA  1/ 0/ 3  KL  0/ 0/ 4 
TK  0/ 0/ 3  CA  0/ 0/ 3  AF  0/ 0/ 2  AY  0/ 0/ 9  QR  0/ 0/ 3 
SN  0/ 0/ 2  VS  0/ 0/ 2  MS  0/ 0/ 1  CX  0/ 0/ 0              
//SEE FQHELP FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW FARE DISPLAYS//      
  SURCHARGE FOR PAPER TICKET MAY BE ADDED WHEN ITIN PRICED      
ZAR CONVERTED TO USD USING BSR 1 ZAR - 0.07150325 USD           
CX     JNBNYC.PA       17APR19          MPM 14040               
   V  FARE BASIS AP  FARE-OW   FARE-RT BK   SEASON  MINMAX  RTG 
  1    VAARRZA8   -             714.00 V‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
  2    LAARRZA8   -             857.00 L‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
  3    VAAROZA8   -   479.00           V‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
  4    MAARRZA8   -            1000.00 M‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
  5    LAAROZA8   -   575.00           L‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
  6    KAARRZA8   -            1286.00 K‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
  7    MAAROZA8   -   671.00           M‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
  8    HAARRZA8   -            1572.00 H‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
  9    EAARRZA8   -            1715.00 E‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 10    KAAROZA8   -   862.00           K‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 11    RAARRZA8   -            2073.00 R‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 12    BAARRZA8   -            2073.00 B‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 13    HAAROZA8   -  1054.00           H‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 14    EAAROZA8   -  1150.00           E‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 15    WAARRZA8   -            2573.00 W‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 16    RAAROZA8   -  1389.00           R‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 17    BAAROZA8   -  1389.00           B‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 18    WAAROZA8   -  1725.00           W‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 19    IAARRZA8   -            3503.00 I‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 20    DAARRZA8   -            4003.00 D‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 21    IAAROZA8   -  2347.00           I‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 22    CAARRZA8   -            4933.00 C‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 23    DAAROZA8   -  2683.00           D‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 24    CAAROZA8   -  3306.00           C‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 25    JAARRZA8   -            7078.00 J‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
 26    JAAROZA8   -  4743.00           J‡   ---      -/12M PA01 
                                                                
PA01*  /VIA THE PACIFIC/ PUBLISHED RTG 5181                     
       TRAVEL MUST BE VIA HKG                                   
       1. JNB-BA/CX/SA-CPT-CX-HKG-CX-NYC                        
       2. JNB-BA/CX/SA-CPT-CX-HKG-CX-YVR-CX-NYC                 
       3. JNB-CX-HKG-CX-NYC                                     
       4. JNB-CX-HKG-CX-YVR-CX-NYC                              
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Old Apr 16, 19, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by michaeltchuang View Post
I recently flew over one million BIS (butt-in-seat) miles in a calendar year on CX metal...a nice milestone.

For the road warriors in this forum...what's the most BIS miles you ever flew in a calendar year (on just CX metal only and I guess KA could count too)?
Congratulations! I'm as curious as everyone else on the forum... what sort of job do you have that allows you to travel every week, and I'm guessing -on your own dime? And did you really fly so often for Iron Man / Avengers End Game?
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Old Apr 16, 19, 5:00 pm
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Originally Posted by ernestnywang View Post
At the same time I found out that CX's fare for JNB-NYC is insanely cheap:


Code:
FQJNBNYC-CX/USD
JNB-NYC CXR-CX WED 17APR19 USD
9W 0/ 0/ 1 AZ 0/ 0/ 2 EY 0/ 0/ 1 B6 1/ 0/ 0 LH 0/ 0/ 9
LX 0/ 0/ 4 IB 0/ 0/20 BA 0/ 0/12 AA 0/ 0/20 UA 1/ 0/18
DL 0/ 0/17 SV 0/ 0/ 1 EK 0/ 0/13 SA 1/ 0/ 3 KL 0/ 0/ 4
TK 0/ 0/ 3 CA 0/ 0/ 3 AF 0/ 0/ 2 AY 0/ 0/ 9 QR 0/ 0/ 3
SN 0/ 0/ 2 VS 0/ 0/ 2 MS 0/ 0/ 1 CX 0/ 0/ 0
//SEE FQHELP FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW FARE DISPLAYS//
SURCHARGE FOR PAPER TICKET MAY BE ADDED WHEN ITIN PRICED
ZAR CONVERTED TO USD USING BSR 1 ZAR - 0.07150325 USD
CX JNBNYC.PA 17APR19 MPM 14040
V FARE BASIS AP FARE-OW FARE-RT BK SEASON MINMAX RTG
1 VAARRZA8 - 714.00 V --- -/12M PA01
2 LAARRZA8 - 857.00 L --- -/12M PA01
3 VAAROZA8 - 479.00 V --- -/12M PA01
4 MAARRZA8 - 1000.00 M --- -/12M PA01
5 LAAROZA8 - 575.00 L --- -/12M PA01
6 KAARRZA8 - 1286.00 K --- -/12M PA01
7 MAAROZA8 - 671.00 M --- -/12M PA01
8 HAARRZA8 - 1572.00 H --- -/12M PA01
9 EAARRZA8 - 1715.00 E --- -/12M PA01
10 KAAROZA8 - 862.00 K --- -/12M PA01
11 RAARRZA8 - 2073.00 R --- -/12M PA01
12 BAARRZA8 - 2073.00 B --- -/12M PA01
13 HAAROZA8 - 1054.00 H --- -/12M PA01
14 EAAROZA8 - 1150.00 E --- -/12M PA01
15 WAARRZA8 - 2573.00 W --- -/12M PA01
16 RAAROZA8 - 1389.00 R --- -/12M PA01
17 BAAROZA8 - 1389.00 B --- -/12M PA01
18 WAAROZA8 - 1725.00 W --- -/12M PA01
19 IAARRZA8 - 3503.00 I --- -/12M PA01
20 DAARRZA8 - 4003.00 D --- -/12M PA01
21 IAAROZA8 - 2347.00 I --- -/12M PA01
22 CAARRZA8 - 4933.00 C --- -/12M PA01
23 DAAROZA8 - 2683.00 D --- -/12M PA01
24 CAAROZA8 - 3306.00 C --- -/12M PA01
25 JAARRZA8 - 7078.00 J --- -/12M PA01
26 JAAROZA8 - 4743.00 J --- -/12M PA01

PA01* /VIA THE PACIFIC/ PUBLISHED RTG 5181
TRAVEL MUST BE VIA HKG
1. JNB-BA/CX/SA-CPT-CX-HKG-CX-NYC
2. JNB-BA/CX/SA-CPT-CX-HKG-CX-YVR-CX-NYC
3. JNB-CX-HKG-CX-NYC
4. JNB-CX-HKG-CX-YVR-CX-NYC
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I wouldn't call that insanely cheap, but it's a pretty good price
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Old Apr 16, 19, 5:25 pm
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Wow that is amazing.

I read about a guy who flew 1 million on United in a year. I think it was this guy

https://thepointsguy.com/news/tom-st...illion-united/

Last edited by RoxyMountain; Apr 16, 19 at 6:23 pm Reason: Watched the video
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Old Apr 16, 19, 10:13 pm
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Thanks for the nice messages! Let me try to answer some of the questions...

Originally Posted by QRC3288 View Post
Btw how do you know your total BIS miles? Do you track it?
Yes, I actively track my past flights in a Google spreadsheet (supplemented with data from Flightradar24). I use ExpertFlyer quite a lot to check seat maps and flight loads for future flights.

Originally Posted by garykung View Post
Same here. At the minimum - how does OP define BIS for starter?
BIS (butt-in-seat) meaning actual miles flown...no multipliers if you fly a higher class (what Ausriver said). I used the flight distances listed from the CX in-flight magazine (or website) for calculating the miles between two cities/airports.

Originally Posted by flubber View Post
And did you really fly so often for Iron Man / Avengers End Game?
Yup...I have tickets to the AMC Avengers: Endgame (59 hour) Movie Marathon next week. I'm a big Marvel fan...and can't wait.


At the end of the day, I'm a miles and points enthusiast. I try to earn miles and points when they are cheaper, and then redeem them during peak season when hotel and airlines prices skyrocket. Probably no different from many of you in this forum. I'll circle back & answer more questions when I have some more free time this weekend.
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