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Willing to throw Money at 1K status. Best business Class "bargains?"

Willing to throw Money at 1K status. Best business Class "bargains?"

Old Jul 31, 19, 1:21 pm
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Willing to throw Money at 1K status. Best business Class "bargains?"

I've been 1K for a very long time and I don't want to lose it next year but I just haven't traveled that much, so I'm probably going to end up about 40,000 PQM short. PQD shouldn't be as much of an issue. So I'm looking around for a really long flight in business-class that would help get me there but something in the $6000 price range, that would help me hit that goal. So I saw UA was starting up svc to CPT so I thought that might be a good way to get a lot of miles. I'm in Tucson these days so if I went TUS-IAH-EWR-CPT and back that would help. But service doesn't start until Dec 15th and the business class fares are around $10,000.

Any other suggestion of routes on UA metal (I assume I need UA metal for the PQM and PQD) where I might get business class fares for $6k or less? Or a good search tool to use to accomplish this? Thanks, Jim

PS I seem to remember hearing of some sort of service that would help put together mileage runs or find good business-class fares...
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Old Jul 31, 19, 1:25 pm
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Before you do this... what does your travel look like for 2020?
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Old Jul 31, 19, 1:29 pm
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Might look into some PP fares that will get you 1.5x PQMs... fairly inexpensive on some routes. That is because the cheap business class also only gets 1.5x PQMs.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by logisnews View Post
I've been 1K for a very long time and I don't want to lose it next year but I just haven't traveled that much, so I'm probably going to end up about 40,000 PQM short. PQD shouldn't be as much of an issue. So I'm looking around for a really long flight in business-class that would help get me there but something in the $6000 price range, that would help me hit that goal. So I saw UA was starting up svc to CPT so I thought that might be a good way to get a lot of miles. I'm in Tucson these days so if I went TUS-IAH-EWR-CPT and back that would help. But service doesn't start until Dec 15th and the business class fares are around $10,000.

Any other suggestion of routes on UA metal (I assume I need UA metal for the PQM and PQD) where I might get business class fares for $6k or less? Or a good search tool to use to accomplish this? Thanks, Jim

PS I seem to remember hearing of some sort of service that would help put together mileage runs or find good business-class fares...
Recommend booking through a hub with Polaris Lounge both ways so not IAD or DEN. Another consideration: Book into where you can access arrival lounge, eg LHR. Lastly book a Polaris hard product. If you can grab an old 3 class in rows 1-2, that seat is actually even bigger. UAs other front cabin may not have direct aisle access.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by jhayes_1780 View Post
Before you do this... what does your travel look like for 2020?
Actually -- you know what.... maybe that's the most important point.... I've been conditioned to getting the 6 GPU's for so long and now, they're pretty worthless (fairly worthless?) I still have all of mine left. so maybe I'm better off just putting this money into next years travel. I just crossed 2 MM so I'll have platinum guaranteed.... something to think about. thanks. Jim
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Old Jul 31, 19, 1:53 pm
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No idle challenges...

TUS-DEN-SFO-HKG-GUM and v/v is 42,600 PQM for under $4,100 if you find two-cabin metal on TUS-DEN (deduct 319 if you are stuck on the Chariot) and catch HKG-GUM before it is discontinued. Or TUS-DEN-LAX-HNL-[full Hopper as separate segments]-GUM and v/v 35,880 PQM plus the error for whichever Hopper segment is wrong. Unlimited stopovers to visit as many or as few places as you like

Oddly enough, I could do better on the fare iff there were a direct TUS-PIT, but I don't think one exists.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 1:58 pm
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Originally Posted by logisnews View Post
.... PS I seem to remember hearing of some sort of service that would help put together mileage runs or find good business-class fares...
There are multiple FT forums focused on your query that are probably the best resources for you

UA/Star Alliance: 2019 Consolidated Mileage/Status/Challenge Runs help needed

Mileage Run Discussion

Mileage Run Deals

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Old Jul 31, 19, 1:58 pm
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Book a Premium Economy flight. Domestic PE legs book into B and international PE legs into R. Both B and R earn you 150% PQM which is the same as discount business P fares but for less $$. ICN and BRU both have PE.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 1:58 pm
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Could be hard to do. I am essentially in the same situation, though I travel because I have to for work, not for leisure, so dates and destinations are pretty much fixed. I can move things around a day or got to nearby airports, make connections and so on. But even so, for the travel I need, I have found only one reasonable TATL business class or PZ availability on UA for my travel for the rest of the year. The other two trips I need to do, UA has been $5.8K at the lowest when BA is $2.8K, and UA was at $4.7K (this is to go to CPT, as it happens) when BA was $3.8K (and on a 747 and an A380). No PZ available on UA either time, regardless of connections or dates at booking, and I will not waitlist. Similar thing once earlier this year ($2.8K TATL on BA and $9K on UA). I realize that corporate customers pay less than list price, but that is what I would pay. If UA was competitive in price, or I could use more of my GPUs to make it so, I probably would have flown them to keep 1K, but I just don't currently see that it is worth it. If you fly F or J you pretty much get treated the same whether you are 1K or not. I can live with boarding with Group 1. Besides, the DO & Co. food (and the food on pretty much every other non-US airline) is much better.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 2:08 pm
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Originally Posted by logisnews View Post
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Any other suggestion of routes on UA metal (I assume I need UA metal for the PQM and PQD)

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No don't need UA metal for PQM or PQD. Can earn either on star alliance carriers (the latter though only if purchased through United)
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Old Jul 31, 19, 2:10 pm
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I would go to Singapore, my flights from houston typically net 40K PQM for a return in Z. If you look at the ANA flights, you can get some good deals that earn full United PQD and PQM.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 2:18 pm
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Not to convince the OP not to do this, but I was 1K for many years, and thought my life was going to end if I didn't make it again. Second year as a lowly Gold and I'm just as happy. I had a good run as a 1K, but things have changed IMO. Good chance I'll make 1K next year whether I like it or not, or I stick with Gold and split my travel with Delta.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 2:20 pm
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From EWR the Micronesia tour in Business has some reasonable fares and is something I intend to do someday anyway. Might be worth checking aspirational trips from your home airport.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by COSPILOT View Post
Not to convince the OP not to do this, but I was 1K for many years, and thought my life was going to end if I didn't make it again. Second year as a lowly Gold and I'm just as happy. I had a good run as a 1K, but things have changed IMO. Good chance I'll make 1K next year whether I like it or not, or I stick with Gold and split my travel with Delta.
That's my situation, too. Was a 1K until 2016, and now as a 1MM, Gold forever with zero spend. I'm being smarter about where I put my travel dollar. And I, too, am just as happy. I now realize that in the last couple of years as a 1K, I spent too much money to have an upgradeable fare, but seldom scored the upgrade. As others have noted: upgrades are increasingly difficult - especially out of my home port of SFO. Being a 1MM/Gold, I am free to book with whomever I want, at whatever fare I choose. And in SE Asia, I have access to many lounges as long as I'm flying on *A. (shout out to SQ lounge at BKK!!).
Psychological bonus: No anxiety in the boarding area, wondering if I'll get that cherished, but elusive, last minute upgrade.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 4:37 pm
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Originally Posted by findark View Post
No idle challenges...

TUS-DEN-SFO-HKG-GUM and v/v is 42,600 PQM for under $4,100 if you find two-cabin metal on TUS-DEN (deduct 319 if you are stuck on the Chariot) and catch HKG-GUM before it is discontinued. Or TUS-DEN-LAX-HNL-[full Hopper as separate segments]-GUM and v/v 35,880 PQM plus the error for whichever Hopper segment is wrong. Unlimited stopovers to visit as many or as few places as you like

Oddly enough, I could do better on the fare iff there were a direct TUS-PIT, but I don't think one exists.
Man I am hitting you up for info next time I need a mileage run!
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