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Old Feb 2, 04, 1:31 pm
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Great Mileage Run

Want to pick up about 6000 MQM's, 12000 miles, visit the Land of Great Food and do it all for $299 plus taxes?

If you are in the States, run, do not walk, to www.alitalia.com and book a flight from Boston, Chicago, Miami or New York to anyone of 16 Italian cities.

Book your flight BEFORE FEB 4, fly before Feb 28, and make sure you have a Saturday night in Italy.

The MQM's will be determined by the route you choose, but if you fly MIA-FCO you'll collect 5185 and you can add another 750 by tacking on Venice, Verona, Pisa, or one of a number of other spots.

Think of it: You can enjoy Valentine's Day with your wife in Romeo and Juliet's hometown! Or, you can enjoy it even more by leaving your wife at home and taking your secretary!
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Old Feb 2, 04, 2:23 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Dovster:
...Think of it: You can enjoy Valentine's Day with your wife in Romeo and Juliet's hometown! Or, you can enjoy it even more by leaving your wife at home and taking your secretary!</font>
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...or you can "borrow" the UIG...
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Old Feb 2, 04, 3:00 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by empedocles:
...or you can "borrow" the UIG... </font>
Anyone wishing to borrow the UIG in Italy on Valentine's Day is welcome to give it his best shot -- but only because she is in Israel right now and will be for most of the month.
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Old Feb 2, 04, 4:31 pm
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How do you figure 12,000 miles?
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Old Feb 2, 04, 10:39 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Dovster:
Or, you can enjoy it even more by leaving your wife at home and taking your secretary!</font>
Not MY secretary, thank you very much!!
But, having said that (there I go again), I did have a secretary once who............but thats a thread for OMNI I guess.

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Old Feb 3, 04, 3:48 am
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I am unable to get ORD-FCO-VCE return to generate 6000MQMs - How did you manage that ?
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Dovster:
Want to pick up about 6000 MQM's, 12000 miles, visit the Land of Great Food and do it all for $299 plus taxes?

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That sounds like a decent fare sale to Italy but a poor mileage run.

You can pick up 6000 MQM's for a lot less hassle and not much more money. Now that MQM segments are 750 miles minimum, you can book an "A" fare with a connection on both outbound and return.

With this, you will be in a more comfortable seat, enjoying a beverage and traveling during regular waking hours. ATL-MKE through CVG is about $450 for 6000 MQM's. ATL-SFO (talk about great food!) through CVG is about $560 for over 11000 MQM's.

And with the "A" fares, if you change your mind, they are changeable and refundable.

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Old Feb 3, 04, 12:13 pm
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"And with the "A" fares, if you change your mind, they are changeable and refundable"

"A" Fares are rarely refundable. Changable, yes, refundable no, in my experience.
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by DL Platinum:
"A" Fares are rarely refundable. Changable, yes, refundable no, in my experience.</font>

FWIW, I just re-checked the rules for an A fare and the DL website states the following regarding refunds:

25 - TICKETS ARE REFUNDABLE WITHOUT PENALTY
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Cholula:

FWIW, I just re-checked the rules for an A fare and the DL website states the following regarding refunds:

25 - TICKETS ARE REFUNDABLE WITHOUT PENALTY
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Depends on the route. For example:

BOS-hub-HNL = non-refundable.
BOS-SLC = refundable.
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by DL Platinum:
"A" Fares are rarely refundable. Changable, yes, refundable no, in my experience.</font>
I too thought the same, but while booking 'A' fares for ATL-LAS, ATL-SJC or SFO, I found the tkts all changeable and refundable, with no penalty. Called the phone agent, she confirmed it.

For ATL-CVG-SLC-SFO RT, 'A' fare:
cost: $591.60
MQM : 11796

not bad at all.
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Old Feb 3, 04, 4:51 pm
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To answer two questions raised here:

MIA-FCO-MIA on a deeply discounted fare is 5185 MQMs. From there, add on 750 MQMs for a r/t tro any other Italian city. You get 5935 MQMs. Double that to get the miles (almost the 12,000 I mentioned.)

Now, if you will excuse me. It is after midnight here. I am in a hotel in Tel Aviv. My UIG (Used Italian Girlfriend) is upstairs furious at me for fooling around on the computer intead of fooling around with her.

In fact, I am fairly well furious at myself!
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