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UA/Star Alliance: 2017-2018 Consolidated Mileage/Status/Challenge Runs help needed

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For each request, please include the following information:

Departure Airport:
Miles Needed:
Required Spend or Maximum Budget (choose one, and state the value):
Available Travel Dates:
Required Metal or Codeshares Okay:

Route(s) You've Already Searched:
Do you have a Chinese Visa (Yes/No)?

For each response. Please quote the original request. DO NOT START A NEW THREAD.
There are many good fares to China (PEK or PVG). If you have a Chinese visa, these options will be provided.

If your requested PQM is in a few thousand, please give a more accurate amount. You will get fewer options with a roundup number (eg, 5000 instead of 4830; IAD-SFO nonstop will work for the latter.)
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Old Jan 1, 17, 2:50 pm
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UA/Star Alliance: 2017-2018 Consolidated Mileage/Status/Challenge Runs help needed

On behalf to the Mileage Run Moderator team, I would like to express our thanks to the many FlyerTalkers who rose to the challenge and helped so many members with their helpful suggestions.

These consolidates threads made managing the year end traffic much smoother.

Hopefully, all were successful with their runs.

Pat89339 on behalf of the Mileage Run Moderator team
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Old Jan 4, 17, 1:52 am
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Happy New Year!

Im trying to kick the year off with some lax sju mileage runs via EWR..
the connection time is less than an hrin sju-just to confirm is it the same plane that goes back again to ewr?
ie even if it is delayed its not a problem?
thanks
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Old Jan 4, 17, 4:44 am
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I am not collecting on UA, but on LH/M&M. I'm posting here as there is no dedicated M&M thread.

Departure Airport:
FRA
Miles Needed:
35000
Budget: ~
1500 EUR
Available Travel Dates:
11 March through 15 April
Required Metal or Codeshares okay:
Codeshares okay

I'm trying to make LH SEN this year. I am quite certain that I will fall short around 35k miles. I would like to use a vacation in March or April to get these miles. (So, it's not supposed to be a pure MR, but I'm willing to go for a more complicated routing to fly in those miles.) I would like to travel to South-East-Asia.

My best option so far seems to be a r/t FRA-DEL-BKK with AI in C. It yields the required miles and is relatively comfortable. Price would be 1600 EUR.

My question for you guys: Is this decent or do you see better options?

Also, does AI run sales as somewhat predictable intervals (i.e., what's the chance the ticket I'm considering gets cheaper)?

EDIT: I forgot to mention another option I'm considering. That would be flying 4U/EW to BKK in Premium Eco ("Best"). That would yield around 20k miles for 1000 EUR. The main advantage would be that I'd collect 20k select miles. Of course, going for 4U/EW now would necessite a MR for 15k miles later this year.

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Old Jan 5, 17, 8:19 am
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Hi everyone

Departure Airport: ZRH (possibly GVA or BSL)
Miles Needed: 40'000
Required Spend or Budget: 2'500 CHF/USD or less
Available Travel Dates: open in 2017 except May-August
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: ok

I'm with M&M at the moment but I can't get how I can get *A Gold with my current amnount of flying (less than 50k mostly on discount economy). So I thought of lloking at getting Gold with OZ which seems to be "attainable" reasonably quickly with 40'000 miles.

So I looked up some fares on ITA and stumbled upon the two below.

http://imgur.com/a/LX7N2

Overall it would earn about 44'000 miles (S legs on OZ earn 100% on Asiana Club and the LX legs earn 50% on Asiana Club). For a cost of about 2'900 CHF which would make the itinerary at about 6.5cpm which I'm pretty sure is beatable..? Any other route ideas or better fares?

I'm new to this subject so any thoughts/suggestions/feedback welcome !

Thanks

Ismail

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Old Jan 6, 17, 2:14 pm
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Departure Airport:lax return to sfo
Miles Needed:asmany pqm as poss
Required Spend or Budget:800$ or so
Available Travel Dates:leave sat 4th feb return by mon 6th any time
Required Metal or Codeshares okay:ua code share etc ok..

best can find currently is two spins thru sju around 700$ and pqm
14600 anything better?

thanks!
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Old Jan 6, 17, 2:24 pm
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Originally Posted by bryanwallace View Post
Departure Airport:lax return to sfo
Miles Needed:asmany pqm as poss
Required Spend or Budget:800$ or so
Available Travel Dates:leave sat 4th feb return by mon 6th any time
Required Metal or Codeshares okay:ua code share etc ok..

best can find currently is two spins thru sju around 700$ and pqm
14600 anything better?

thanks!
Are you able to travel abroad? LAX-YYZ-DXB-FRA-SFO for $801, earns ~17,700 PQM's - https://goo.gl/flights/bIs0
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Old Jan 7, 17, 2:14 am
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Originally Posted by bryanwallace View Post
Departure Airport:lax return to sfo
Miles Needed:asmany pqm as poss
Required Spend or Budget:800$ or so
Available Travel Dates:leave sat 4th feb return by mon 6th any time
Required Metal or Codeshares okay:ua code share etc ok..

best can find currently is two spins thru sju around 700$ and pqm
14600 anything better?

thanks!
LAX-SFO-HKG-SIN-SFO-LAX out 2/4 return 2/6 is $855, around 17500 miles.
https://www.google.com/flights/#sear...LAX0UA814;a=UA
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Old Jan 7, 17, 1:29 pm
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Hi, First time post. Looking to utilize my 2 remaining GPU's before they expire 1-31-17 (I've already extended 2 through April).


Departure Airport: DEN or COS (could depart PHX Sunday Jan 22, with return to COS or DEN)
Miles Needed: Not too important, but as many as possible.
Required Spend or Budget: $500-800
Available Travel Dates: Jan 23- Jan 28
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: Only United or ANA/LF GPU confirmed upgrade.
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Old Jan 7, 17, 3:09 pm
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Departure Airport: ORD
Miles Needed: 35,000 by 3/13/2017
Required Spend or Budget: Flexible
Available Travel Dates: Jan 23- Jan 28, February
Required Metal or Codeshares okay:

I signed up for a 1K challenge and need 35,000 PQM by mid-March.
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Old Jan 7, 17, 3:30 pm
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Originally Posted by jbeckett View Post
LAX-SFO-HKG-SIN-SFO-LAX out 2/4 return 2/6 is $855, around 17500 miles.
https://www.google.com/flights/#sear...LAX0UA814;a=UA
thanks-this seems to have gone up now but still good.
thanks
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Old Jan 7, 17, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by zoqfotpik View Post
Are you able to travel abroad? LAX-YYZ-DXB-FRA-SFO for $801, earns ~17,700 PQM's - https://goo.gl/flights/bIs0
thanks-this seems av even lower but I dont think the return on lufthansa will earn pqm on united??
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Old Jan 7, 17, 6:34 pm
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GPU Clear Likelyhood?

Originally Posted by dstang24 View Post
Hi, First time post. Looking to utilize my 2 remaining GPU's before they expire 1-31-17 (I've already extended 2 through April).


Departure Airport: DEN or COS (could depart PHX Sunday Jan 22, with return to COS or DEN)
Miles Needed: Not too important, but as many as possible.
Required Spend or Budget: $500-800
Available Travel Dates: Jan 23- Jan 28
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: Only United or ANA/LF GPU confirmed upgrade.


I've found an itinerary that's in W for PHX-SFO-SIN, SIN-SFO-DEN-COS. The only legs I care about the GPU clearing is between SFO & SIN. Jan 22 - Jan 25.


I've never used a GPU before, so I'm looking for guideance on likelihood of clearing. Can someone give me some thoughts? SFO-SIN has J=9 and 24 seats showing unselected. SIN-SFO shows J-9 and 19 seats unselected. It's only 2 weeks out, so I'm hoping the probability is high... 1K status.


Many thanks!
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Old Jan 8, 17, 1:13 am
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Departure Airport: SFO
Miles Needed: Not too important, but as many as possible.
Required Spend or Budget: $500-800
Available Travel Dates: Feb or March 2017
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: Only United

Thank you
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Old Jan 8, 17, 12:20 pm
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Originally Posted by skyhome View Post
Departure Airport: SFO
Miles Needed: Not too important, but as many as possible.
Required Spend or Budget: $500-800
Available Travel Dates: Feb or March 2017
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: Only United

Thank you
SFO-IAH-EWR-BQN-EWR-SFO out 2/4 return 2/5 is $382, 8770 miles.
SFO-LAX-NRT-CGK-NRT-LAX-SFO out 3/8 return 3/10 is $709, 18816 miles.
Both available other days. Consider SIN and HKG also.
https://www.google.com/flights/#sear..._ALLIANCE;eo=e
https://www.google.com/flights/#sear...A447;a=UA;eo=e

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Old Jan 8, 17, 6:47 pm
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Originally Posted by blue2007 View Post
Departure Airport: ORD
Miles Needed: 35,000 by 3/13/2017
Required Spend or Budget: Flexible
Available Travel Dates: Jan 23- Jan 28, February
Required Metal or Codeshares okay:

I signed up for a 1K challenge and need 35,000 PQM by mid-March.
Anyone? I will likely need two long trips to achieve this. At least for status matching I don't have to hit the minimum spending.
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