Crazy MR to requal for SEN

Old Nov 19, 10, 6:17 am
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Crazy MR to requal for SEN

So, last year LH offered SEN status to Italians who were elite level in other programs. I was Plat with AFKL. I had flown just one time on LH and never on the other *A carriers in Europe. I really had no problems with AFKL until the April Fool's Day surprises so, I decided to take LH up on their offer. Last year, I only had about 7 months of flying left by the time I was comped SEN status and many trips had already been planned on AFKL. Starting with this year, I booked almost 100% on LH/LX/OS and *A partners . I also bought lots of miles from USAirways to fly F on several long-haul flights. Listen, I know it involves giving up the miles, but it's just stupid not to take advantage of it while they let us. Where else can you get F class to PVG, NBO, or EZE for less than €1000 roundtrip? But because of these tickets using miles from US, I haven't been able to requalify for SEN status. I also didn't hear about the Double Status promotion until it was almost too late. I'm not sure how that one escaped my eyes on FT! So, I quickly registered myself for the promo and investigated flights on LH Italia. I ended up booking almost all flights using the LH China website using the 500CNY discounts for the Shanghai Expo. Booking in Z class one-ways this reduced many flights like MAD-MXP-CDG down to about €120 one-way all-in.

I took 4 days off from work and ended up flying on AZ from VCE to NAP on a cheapo €49 fare, then for the first day ended up flying NAP-MXP-CDG-MXP-NAP-MXP-CDG, the second day was supposed to be CDG-MXP-BRI-MXP-ARN-MXP, but due to the French strikes my morning CDG-MXP was cancelled, so they rebooked me on CDG-FRA-MXP, then I finished MXP-BRI-MXP-ARN-MXP. The third day saw some similar chaos from the French strike. I was supposed to go MXP-MAD-MXP-CDG-MXP-CDG-MXP, but instead had to fly MXP-MAD-MXP-CDG-MXP-CDG-MUC-MXP. ANd the fourth day, MXP-WAW-MXP-BRI-MXP-CDG. Then used a FlyingPoo one-way award for CDG-VCE. In the end, I paid about €1200 for the tickets, but because of an involuntary downgrade on one leg, I was paid €480 in cash and because of the "service disruptions" I was also given a €50 discount voucher twice. So, in all, I paid less than €700. I earned more than 66.000 award miles, over 79.000 status miles, and SEN satus requalified through 2013. It was a bit exhausting, but I did pick up 2 nights for my HH requalification and 2 nights for HY.

I got to meet some of the most amazing in-flight crew on LH Italia. In fact, I ended up with several of the same crews over and over and over. They kept me well-fed, well-hydrated, and sometimes a bit tipsy (hiccup). All of them commented on how much they love flying with LH Italia and do not ever want to return to LH Classic, as they call it. I hate MXP airport. It's a real [email protected] The worst part of the trip was having short turnarounds in Paris, Naples, and Bari. Paris is ok actually, just out one door, back through security, and then it's done. Naples and Bari are not so fun. It requires a bus ride to the terminal, a mad dash past the Guardia di Finanza and Carabinieri in the baggage claim area, up the escalators, zig-zag back the other way to security, wait in line, go through security again, and run back downstairs to the boarding gate. Inevitably, no matter how fast I ran, boarding had always already commenced and I was left with less than 5 minutes to spare before the doors closed. Best airport for an MR quick-turn: ARN. Hands down. Exit the jetway, make a right turn into the waiting area. Perhaps I walked 10 steps. Doesn't get any easier than that. Oh, Scandinavian efficiency. If only it was teachable to the Italians!

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Old Nov 19, 10, 6:27 am
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Looks like an interest post to read but I don't have the will to do so. Will it be possible to break the text into paragraphs?
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Old Nov 19, 10, 6:54 am
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Thanks for the quick response! Sounds like crazy MRs but congratulations on requalifying as SEN.

I've only flown LH Italia twice but was very impressed by catering in Y. ^
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Old Nov 19, 10, 8:28 am
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I've only flown LH Italia twice but was very impressed by catering in Y. ^

Same here, much better than LH classic. ^

I wish they would fly MXP-MAN
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Old Nov 19, 10, 8:51 am
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Crazy - but I admire your determination.

And I thought I was being irrational taking a two hour taxi ride to go UA from LHR in Z for 200%, instead of CO from BHX in Z for 100%. I don't feel so bad at all now. Thanks.
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Old Nov 19, 10, 4:48 pm
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Thanks for your report!
That was a good one MR! ^
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Old Nov 19, 10, 5:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Doug_1970 View Post
And I thought I was being irrational taking a two hour taxi ride to go UA from LHR in Z for 200%, instead of CO from BHX in Z for 100%. I don't feel so bad at all now. Thanks.
Of course it was irrational to take a two hour taxi ride to LHR! You should have flown BHX-XXX-LHR instead!
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Old Nov 19, 10, 6:02 pm
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Originally Posted by TravellinHusker View Post
So, last year LH offered SEN status to Italians who were elite level in other programs. I was Plat with AFKL. I had flown just one time on LH and never on the other *A carriers in Europe. I really had no problems with AFKL until the April Fool's Day surprises so, I decided to take LH up on their offer. Last year, I only had about 7 months of flying left by the time I was comped SEN status and many trips had already been planned on AFKL. Starting with this year, I booked almost 100% on LH/LX/OS and *A partners . I also bought lots of miles from USAirways to fly F on several long-haul flights. Listen, I know it involves giving up the miles, but it's just stupid not to take advantage of it while they let us. Where else can you get F class to PVG, NBO, or EZE for less than €1000 roundtrip? But because of these tickets using miles from US, I haven't been able to requalify for SEN status. I also didn't hear about the Double Status promotion until it was almost too late. I'm not sure how that one escaped my eyes on FT! So, I quickly registered myself for the promo and investigated flights on LH Italia. I ended up booking almost all flights using the LH China website using the 500CNY discounts for the Shanghai Expo. Booking in Z class one-ways this reduced many flights like MAD-MXP-CDG down to about €120 one-way all-in.

I took 4 days off from work and ended up flying on AZ from VCE to NAP on a cheapo €49 fare, then for the first day ended up flying NAP-MXP-CDG-MXP-NAP-MXP-CDG, the second day was supposed to be CDG-MXP-BRI-MXP-ARN-MXP, but due to the French strikes my morning CDG-MXP was cancelled, so they rebooked me on CDG-FRA-MXP, then I finished MXP-BRI-MXP-ARN-MXP. The third day saw some similar chaos from the French strike. I was supposed to go MXP-MAD-MXP-CDG-MXP-CDG-MXP, but instead had to fly MXP-MAD-MXP-CDG-MXP-CDG-MUC-MXP. ANd the fourth day, MXP-WAW-MXP-BRI-MXP-CDG. Then used a FlyingPoo one-way award for CDG-VCE. In the end, I paid about €1200 for the tickets, but because of an involuntary downgrade on one leg, I was paid €480 in cash and because of the "service disruptions" I was also given a €50 discount voucher twice. So, in all, I paid less than €700. I earned more than 66.000 award miles, over 79.000 status miles, and SEN satus requalified through 2013. It was a bit exhausting, but I did pick up 2 nights for my HH requalification and 2 nights for HY.

I got to meet some of the most amazing in-flight crew on LH Italia. In fact, I ended up with several of the same crews over and over and over. They kept me well-fed, well-hydrated, and sometimes a bit tipsy (hiccup). All of them commented on how much they love flying with LH Italia and do not ever want to return to LH Classic, as they call it. I hate MXP airport. It's a real [email protected] The worst part of the trip was having short turnarounds in Paris, Naples, and Bari. Paris is ok actually, just out one door, back through security, and then it's done. Naples and Bari are not so fun. It requires a bus ride to the terminal, a mad dash past the Guardia di Finanza and Carabinieri in the baggage claim area, up the escalators, zig-zag back the other way to security, wait in line, go through security again, and run back downstairs to the boarding gate. Inevitably, no matter how fast I ran, boarding had always already commenced and I was left with less than 5 minutes to spare before the doors closed. Best airport for an MR quick-turn: ARN. Hands down. Exit the jetway, make a right turn into the waiting area. Perhaps I walked 10 steps. Doesn't get any easier than that. Oh, Scandinavian efficiency. If only it was teachable to the Italians!
Travellinhusker - isn't it quite irresponsible to fly to the sake of miles only? What was the purpose of all these trips? Milagesruns are violating low carbon travel planning.
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Old Nov 19, 10, 7:30 pm
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Travellinhusker - isn't it quite irresponsible to fly to the sake of miles only? What was the purpose of all these trips? Milagesruns are violating low carbon travel planning.
This is a good one. ^ ^ ^

These MRs for nothing should be violated with extra carbon fee iMHO.
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Old Nov 20, 10, 12:09 am
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Travellinhusker - isn't it quite irresponsible to fly to the sake of miles only? What was the purpose of all these trips? Milagesruns are violating low carbon travel planning.
Originally Posted by SleepOverGreenland View Post
This is a good one. ^ ^ ^

These MRs for nothing should be violated with extra carbon fee iMHO.
Just tell the airlines to give status miles without requiring you to board the plane. Then you'll have solved the problem. Thanks!

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Old Nov 20, 10, 1:31 am
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Originally Posted by Madame R View Post
Travellinhusker - isn't it quite irresponsible to fly to the sake of miles only? What was the purpose of all these trips? Milagesruns are violating low carbon travel planning.
WOW, GreenPeace joining FlyerTalk??? That would be end of it...
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Old Nov 20, 10, 1:44 am
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Travellinhusker - isn't it quite irresponsible to fly to the sake of miles only? What was the purpose of all these trips? Milagesruns are violating low carbon travel planning.
Thanks for your incredibly bizarre comments given that this is a forum for people who love to fly, hate to fly but have to, or are just crazy for miles. The hoopla surrounding air travel's contribution to the overall carbon stamp on the planet has been argued to be somewhere between 1% and 5% of the total emissions. Why not focus your comments on things like high-polluting factories in the third world? What about the largest and most dangerous polluter into the atmosphere... cows! Yes, livestock is the #1 threat to the carbon problem. Methane gases produced by cows, pigs, sheep, etc.. create more than 50% of the world's carbon footprint.

Please, don't come preach to me about "violating low-carbon travel planning". I never signed up for that program. If you choose to do it, then good on ya!
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Old Nov 20, 10, 2:30 am
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Originally Posted by TravellinHusker View Post
Thanks for your incredibly bizarre comments given that this is a forum for people who love to fly, hate to fly but have to, or are just crazy for miles. The hoopla surrounding air travel's contribution to the overall carbon stamp on the planet has been argued to be somewhere between 1% and 5% of the total emissions. Why not focus your comments on things like high-polluting factories in the third world? What about the largest and most dangerous polluter into the atmosphere... cows! Yes, livestock is the #1 threat to the carbon problem. Methane gases produced by cows, pigs, sheep, etc.. create more than 50% of the world's carbon footprint.

Please, don't come preach to me about "violating low-carbon travel planning". I never signed up for that program. If you choose to do it, then good on ya!
Good response^ - these greenies are just crazy...
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Old Nov 20, 10, 2:54 am
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Travellinhusker - isn't it quite irresponsible to fly to the sake of miles only? What was the purpose of all these trips? Milagesruns are violating low carbon travel planning.
Pity for the carbon footprint generated by the server space that this comment (and my response ) will now be taking up...
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Old Nov 20, 10, 3:37 am
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Why not focus your comments on things like high-polluting factories in the third world?
Probably no frequent polluter factory forum to participate in... but maybe there's and app for that? :-)
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