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Eastbound And Down….The 24,000 Mile Cross-Country MR

Eastbound And Down….The 24,000 Mile Cross-Country MR

Old Dec 8, 11, 4:45 pm
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Red face Eastbound And Down….The 24,000 Mile Cross-Country MR

Pros:
A 24,000+ mile cross-country trip continually flying eastward from Oregon to Maine.
Might even get you in the Guinness Book of Records.

Cons:
The CPM is through the roof at $0.23 a mile.
Your spouse may leave you.
Your boss won’t give you three weeks off anyway.
Your kids will forget about you.
The fare is only a one-way.

But if none of that bothers you, how about giving this one a go?

MFR-PDX-SFO-SEA-OAK-GEG-LAS-MSO-PHX-SLC-TUS-ABQ-ELP-DEN-RAP-DFW-OMA-IAH-MSP-STL-MSY-ORD-PNS-ATL-FNT-DTW-TPA-CLE-RSW-CLT-MIA-PIT-FLL-IAG-MYR-DCA-SYR-PHL-HPN-LEB-BOS-PQI

Every arrival is east of the departure and all have nonstop flights on the dates below. It priced out at around $7k, but comes down to $6k with some throwaway ticketing. An intrepid traveler could probable shave a few days off, and save a few dollars more!

Check out this 24,404 mile routing on the Great Circle Mapper - Eastbound And Down MR. Can anyone else tweak it to hit the 25k mark without flying backwards? I could have added in a couple of extra stops (like MSY-MEM-ORD), but they added less than 20 extra miles. And I now know that PIT is east of MIA but west of FLL.

M 2/27 - MFR-PDX AS - PDX-SFO UA - SFO-SEA VX
T 2/28 - SEA-OAK AS - OAK-GEG WN
W 2/29 - GEG-LAS WN
T 3/1 - LAS-MSO G4
F 3/2 - MSO-PHX G4 - PHX-SLC DL
S 3/3 - SLC-TUS DL - TUS-ABQ WN - ABQ-ELP WN
S 3/4 - ELP-DEN UA
M 3/5 - DEN-RAP UA
T 3/6 - RAP-DFW AA - DFW-OMA AA
W 3/7 - OMA-IAH CO - IAH-MSP DL
T 3/8 - MSP-STL DL - STL-MSY WN
F 3/9 - MSY-ORD AA
S 3/10 - ORD-PNS UA
S 3/11 - PNS-ATL DL - ATL-FNT FL
M 3/12 - FNT-DTW DL - DTW-TPA DL - TPA-CLE CO
T 3/13 - CLE-RSW CO - RSW-CLT US
W 3/14 - CLT-MIA AA - MIA-PIT AA
T 3/15 - PIT-FLL FL - FLL-IAG NK
F 3/16 - IAG-MYR D1
S 3/17 - MYR-DCA US - DCA-SYR - US SYR-PHL US
S 3/18 - PHL-HPN US - HPN-LEB 9K
M 3/19 - LEB-BOS 9K
T 3/20 - BOS-PQI US

Routing for the IATAcally challenged… Medford-Portland-San Fran-Seattle-Oakland-Spokane-Vegas-Missoula-Phoenix-Salt Lake-Tucson-Albuquerque-El Paso-Denver-Rapid City-Dallas-Omaha-Houston-Minneapolis-St. Louis-New Orleans-Chicago-Pensacola-Atlanta-Flint-Detroit-Tampa-Cleveland-Fort Myers-Charlotte-Miami-Pittsburgh-Ft. Laud-Niagara Falls-Myrtle Beach-Washington-Syracuse-Philly-White Plains-Lebanon-Boston-Presque Isle

FAQ
No, I don't have too much time on my hands.
Yes, I know some flights won’t earn miles.
Yes, I’d love to do it!
No, I probably won’t do it.
But could I be talked into it? Hmmmmmm….

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Old Dec 8, 11, 5:59 pm
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Made a few additions - up to 28k miles:

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=MFR-PDX...PN-LEB-BOS-PQI

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Old Dec 9, 11, 3:30 am
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Originally Posted by tc_jedi View Post
Made a few additions - up to 28k miles:

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=MFR-PDX...PN-LEB-BOS-PQI
Which carrier flies RAP-LBB Non Stop?
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Old Dec 9, 11, 10:21 am
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^ Very cool!
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Old Dec 9, 11, 10:42 am
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Originally Posted by bobtray View Post
Which carrier flies RAP-LBB Non Stop?
Ahh good point.
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Old Dec 9, 11, 10:54 am
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Very interesting and creative routing ^
Is it UA miles you want to accum?
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Old Dec 9, 11, 1:23 pm
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Originally Posted by allset2travel View Post
Very interesting and creative routing ^
Is it UA miles you want to accum?
Honestly, it would be for the adventure more than the miles. Although I would fly UA whenever possible. Still like to find a way to tweak it up to 25k....that's such a nice round number!

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Old Dec 10, 11, 12:21 am
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Try the following substitutions.

T 2/28 - SEA-OAK AS - OAK-RNO WN - RNO-LAX WN
W 2/29 - LAX-BOI UA - BOI-LAS WN
adds 236 miles.

S 3/10 - ORD-BHM UA - BHM-BNA WN
S 3/11 - BNA-ECP WN - ECP-ATL DL - ATL-FNT FL
adds 335 miles.

S 3/18 - PHL-ALB US - ALB-JFK DL - JFK-BOS DL
adds 129 miles.
Add a day in BOS or finish a day earlier.

Using the same calculator as your original, this comes to 25,104 miles. I checked schedules for all the days where I made changes and they all work with 3 hours or more between flights.
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Old Dec 12, 11, 1:29 pm
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home92345,

Great first post and welcome to FlyerTalk. That's exactly what I was looking for! I figured there had to be a way to work LAX in there somehow.

Thanks!

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Old Dec 12, 11, 1:38 pm
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You could also do MSP-LIT then to STL
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Old Dec 13, 11, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by GRALISTAIR View Post
You could also do MSP-LIT then to STL
Unfortunately, I don't see a nonstop MSP-LIT flight....

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