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Need mileage run of 5000 miles out of PHX

Old Nov 12, 2023, 10:39 am
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Need mileage run of 5000 miles out of PHX

Departure Airport: PHX
Miles Needed to Plat: 5000
Airline: Delta
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 11:19 am
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Originally Posted by night002
Departure Airport: PHX
Miles Needed to Plat: 5000
Airline: Delta
I can think of these which could work:
PHX->JFK->PHX
PHX->BOS->PHX
PHX->LAX->HAWAII->LAX->PHX
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 12:14 pm
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Is Plat worth doing that to your body?
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 12:26 pm
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Originally Posted by audidudi
I can think of these which could work:
PHX->JFK->PHX
PHX->BOS->PHX
PHX->LAX->HAWAII->LAX->PHX
PHX-JFK is 2,150 mi one way, and PHX-BOS is 2,300 mi one way, so both of them will not work for the non-stops (or even most one-stops) unless you buy first class. However, PHX-SEA-ANC R/T would get you 5,000 miles in main/C+.
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by PHXflier
PHX-JFK is 2,150 mi one way, and PHX-BOS is 2,300 mi one way, so both of them will not work for the non-stops (or even most one-stops) unless you buy first class. However, PHX-SEA-ANC R/T would get you 5,000 miles in main/C+.
With 500 MQM minimums, there are options to both JFK and especially BOS that would work from PHX for achieving 2,500 MQMs each way in Main. OP could even do PHX-JFK-BOS each way and get the 5K MQMs needed.
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 1:19 pm
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Welcome to FT. In this day and age there is no reason to spend money to gain Platinum over Gold. The benefits are just not there as there is a bloat of medallions that will get UG beforehand. The other benefits are on pair with gold.
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 1:24 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyingUnderTheRadar
Welcome to FT. In this day and age there is no reason to spend money to gain Platinum over Gold. The benefits are just not there as there is a bloat of medallions that will get UG beforehand. The other benefits are on pair with gold.
Disagree. PM status comes with C+ at booking (technically an "upgrade" but generally as long as there are open C+ seats, one can "upgrade" to C+). GM does not come with this benefit (can only get C+ at 72 hours, which often means just middle seats being left, if any at all). PM also comes with RUCs as a choice benefit which are now much easier to use. I'm not saying I'd spent a couple thousand dollars chasing PM. But one transcon mileage run? Might well be worth it for many.
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by ATOBTTR
Disagree. PM status comes with C+ at booking (technically an "upgrade" but generally as long as there are open C+ seats, one can "upgrade" to C+). GM does not come with this benefit (can only get C+ at 72 hours, which often means just middle seats being left, if any at all). PM also comes with RUCs as a choice benefit which are now much easier to use. I'm not saying I'd spent a couple thousand dollars chasing PM. But one transcon mileage run? Might well be worth it for many.
OP can use the money they save from not doing the mileage run to pay for C+ seats in advance if they would like.
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 1:35 pm
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It's that time of year again, it seems. Requests for help planning DL Mileage Runs belong in DL/Sky Team: 2023 Consolidated Mileage/Status/Challenge Runs help needed
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 1:38 pm
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Originally Posted by steveholt
OP can use the money they save from not doing the mileage run to pay for C+ seats in advance if they would like.
I've seen C+ price out at $100-$200 more EACH WAY over Main Cabin just for domestic flights. At these premiums, it doesn't take more than a couple round trips (or maybe even one round-trip) before you're spending more on C+ seats than you would have on one mileage run to get up to PM status. Add in the value of RUCs and being able to clear up to F - that's easily another several hundred in value there too.
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 7:01 pm
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Originally Posted by ATOBTTR
Disagree. PM status comes with C+ at booking (technically an "upgrade" but generally as long as there are open C+ seats, one can "upgrade" to C+). GM does not come with this benefit (can only get C+ at 72 hours, which often means just middle seats being left, if any at all). PM also comes with RUCs as a choice benefit which are now much easier to use. I'm not saying I'd spent a couple thousand dollars chasing PM. But one transcon mileage run? Might well be worth it for many.
In my experience, C+ is nothing special. I think the last time I could clear directly into C+ all that was left were middle seats. I would rather have an exit row, which is what I took. RUC are a roll of the dice. Easier to use to use does not mean better success. Chasing status was worth while at one time but no longer.
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 7:32 pm
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PHX-PBI-NYC-PHX should do it
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 11:02 pm
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Originally Posted by ATOBTTR
I've seen C+ price out at $100-$200 more EACH WAY over Main Cabin just for domestic flights. At these premiums, it doesn't take more than a couple round trips (or maybe even one round-trip) before you're spending more on C+ seats than you would have on one mileage run to get up to PM status. Add in the value of RUCs and being able to clear up to F - that's easily another several hundred in value there too.
Sometimes, maybe, but not often in my experience. (I also don't agree that RUCs are anywhere near as easy to use in reality as you're suggesting, although that would be great if they were and I was mistaken.) OP can also pick and choose when they want to spend on C+ versus when they think they'll land a free upgrade in the window closer to take off. OP can also save more money over the next year by pushing more of their spend to another airline by not being so attached to DL to justify their status.
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Old Nov 12, 2023, 11:53 pm
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Originally Posted by worldwidedreamer
Is Plat worth doing that to your body?
With a handle/name like yours, why are you even asking this question? Flyer obsessives do lots of unnecessary things! LOL
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Old Nov 13, 2023, 1:33 am
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Originally Posted by Rhinolicious
PHX-PBI-NYC-PHX should do it
Except DL doesn't fly PHX-PBI PHX-MCO/RSW Main fares are $20 cheaper roundtrip than PBI ($327 vs $347). Google Flights in map view is useful for finding cheaper fares. MSP, DTW, LAX, and JFK routings to MCO/RSW are all over 2500 miles each way. While JFK routings are more miles, it will likely be more challenging to find married segment inventory in lower fare classes with JFK routings and MSP and DTW routings will likely be cheaper in most cases. You can either do an immediate turn with a red-eye from PHX or something like following with overnight stay in MCO.


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