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How to Construct and Book a Mileage Run

Old Aug 13, 15, 2:25 pm
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So they got rid of their policy. Big devaluation. But since I once had to explain to them why US Airways was part of American, could be that they just took the easy way out...

However, as for now you should try to find a max-mileage routing via ITA using
From: LAX
Code: AA AA AA+

This will yield many combinations with e.g. AA DFW AA DCA AA which isn't really preferable. Maybe you play around a bit, if you could price it on ITA you should be able to load them either via hipmunk or directly on AA. (maybe even via google flights)

LAX-ORD-CLT-JFK at around 200
LAX-DFW-MIA-JFK at around 258
LAX-ORD-MIA-ATL-JFK at around 225 with an overnight in ATL (just put in AA ORD AA MIA AA+) it's a combination of LAX+ATL and ATL+NYC fares
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Old Aug 13, 15, 8:19 pm
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Thank you for the suggestions.

We'll see what I can find.
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Old Aug 16, 15, 9:43 am
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where are dream maps on travelocity? Thanks!

Originally Posted by tc fly girl
Great info!!! Well done. Thanks for the effort in putting these tips in one place for easy access.

My MR process steps are a little different; allow me to share:

Step 1: Determine the dates you have free to travel. i.e Feb 12-13.
Step 2: Go to Dream Maps on travelocity and see which cities are on sale from your departure airport. I also check the Sunday Newspaper to see what cities are on sale from my home airport.
Step 3: Go to your preferred airline's website and see what the fares are for those cities on sale for your dates of travel. Just keep plugging in different cities until you find one that suits your budget.
Step 4: If you find two or three cities on sale, try adding them as connections that fit your schedule in an effort to add more segments/miles (using multi-city option) yet keeping the cost low.

There are several alternatives to this and I think we all have different MR priorities. Some of us fly from out-of-the way cities, some from Hubs so that fact may change the process. We can all learn from each other, that's for sure.
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Old Aug 16, 15, 10:27 am
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happytrails the post you quoted was 10 years old. Unfortunately, most of the tools mentioned from that long ago no longer exist.
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Old Aug 17, 15, 6:44 pm
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Help !! - trying to construct a MR and failing miserably !!

Ok there were some great info, but some of the links such as dream maps or in ITA adding AA+ : etc, these options do not exist in current versions

I am a total newbie, trying to find MR starting 2016, and have to admit getting totally frustrated getting the near perfect MR that will net me close to 25k EQM per trip

So to put this in perspective, I LIVE in Austin ,
My idea trip would be AUS-LAX-JFK-NRT-KUL-JFK-AUS, which should net me close to 23k EQM, but cannot find the fare that people have posted they get for close to $1,100. so what I am I doing wrong

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Old Aug 17, 15, 6:55 pm
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Do the Aus-Lax//Lax-Aus as a separate ticket--these will be your positioning flights. Start your MR search out of Lax.

For example - Lax-Jfk-Nrt-Cgk and return for $852, or roughly 3.3cpm. I found this for Jan.2016, assuming many other dates available. MR Forum has had a surge in these types of routings. Happy hunting!
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Old Aug 17, 15, 8:23 pm
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How do you get this to translate to aa.com without calling?
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Old Sep 6, 15, 10:57 pm
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Originally Posted by jfinsocal
How do you get this to translate to aa.com without calling?
Based on cvision's suggestion, I went through Google Flights to pull the flights into the airlines website. Here's what I just booked:

NYC to LAX I want to get as many AA miles as I can for reasonable cost and no overnight.

1) I Researched on ITA
The ITE Time Lines is my favorite way to choose flights.
I searched NYC to LAX BUR with the advanced routing code of AA AA AA+ and came came up with LGA to DCA, DCA to MCO and MCO to LAX for $195 for 3183 miles.
I tried to price this out using Multi city on AA.com but it priced out in the $300's

2) Then I Entered the legs on Google Flights using the multi city tool
While you are choosing flights, Google Flights will price the legs separately. Ignore this. After I priced the final leg it priced the itinerary at $195
3) Then I Clicked on the "Book with American" Link
and it took me to AA.com with the itinerary priced out at $195
I hope that this helps.
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Old Jan 29, 17, 9:24 am
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I try to use ITA (did I need to buy it), to find route with maximum segments.
The best I find is 2 stop,
Any tools or software (free if possible), to find a maximum segment (low fare)...

I remember be able to find route with 4 segments before, now it look not possible.
Did airplane company have remove this possibility ?

Last edited by FBplatinum; Jan 29, 17 at 9:33 am
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