Best domestic routings for newbie avgeek

Old Sep 17, 20, 8:24 am
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Best domestic routings for newbie avgeek

Greetings,

I mostly travel by Amtrak and am a hard core rail fan. But I also enjoy flying and traveling in general. I live in Chicago. I have been flying with United since the 1990s and have 144626 life time miles since then. Nothing compared to most of the people here, but I am exploring different ways to address my travel jones since Amtrak is reducing service in October.

Also, since United has extended the time to earn elite status, I thought this would be a good time to try for at least Gold.

I know I would like to try one of the premium transcontinental routings. Are there other interesting routes to travel in the US? In the future once international travel opens up I plan to do a RTW in business class use chase points. I currently have 144,000 of those.

Thank you
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Old Sep 17, 20, 9:42 am
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Originally Posted by Steve Weagant View Post
since United has extended the time to earn elite status, I thought this would be a good time to try for at least Gold.
United did not extend the time to earn elite status this year. They extended everyone's 2020 status to Jan 2022 instead ending it on Jan 2021. And they reduced the 2021 elite status requirements by about 50%. To achieve Gold for now and through 2021, you need to have 24 PQF and 8,000 PQP or 10,000 PQP by 12/31/2020.
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Old Sep 17, 20, 10:15 am
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How about a 4 corners route? ORD-BOS-MIA-LAX-SEA-ORD..
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Old Sep 17, 20, 10:29 am
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Originally Posted by CAPT Tee View Post
To achieve Gold for now and through 2021, you need to have 24 PQF and 8,000 PQP or 10,000 PQP by 12/31/2020.
Those are the unadjusted (original) numbers. The updated numbers for 2020 are 12 PQF and 4,000 PQP, or 5,000 PQP.
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Old Sep 17, 20, 11:52 am
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Thank you for the clarification on when I have to earn gold status by. I like the 4 corners route.
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Old Sep 17, 20, 4:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Steve Weagant View Post
Greetings,

I mostly travel by Amtrak and am a hard core rail fan. But I also enjoy flying and traveling in general. I live in Chicago. I have been flying with United since the 1990s and have 144626 life time miles since then. Nothing compared to most of the people here, but I am exploring different ways to address my travel jones since Amtrak is reducing service in October.

Also, since United has extended the time to earn elite status, I thought this would be a good time to try for at least Gold.

I know I would like to try one of the premium transcontinental routings. Are there other interesting routes to travel in the US? In the future once international travel opens up I plan to do a RTW in business class use chase points. I currently have 144,000 of those.

Thank you
Personally I'd probably stick to premium transcon and inter-hub wide body flights if I were going to do something like this.
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Is the Island Hopper considered domestic?
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Old Sep 17, 20, 5:48 pm
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Is the Island Hopper considered domestic?
By UA, no -- Oceania
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Old Sep 17, 20, 9:49 pm
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How about a 4 corners route? ORD-BOS-MIA-LAX-SEA-ORD..
You do realize that because UA does not fly BOS-MIA or MIA-LAX nonstop, you will need to connect in ORD (or some other hub) for each of these legs.
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You do realize that because UA does not fly BOS-MIA or MIA-LAX nonstop, you will need to connect in ORD (or some other hub) for each of these legs.
Oh the horror.
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Old Sep 17, 20, 10:31 pm
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IAD or EWR to MIA.
IAH to LAX.
Or backtrack to ORD for both.
There ya go!
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Old Sep 17, 20, 10:42 pm
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ok, because apparently I have nothing better to do this evening.

ORD - PMW - EWR - MIA - IAH - SAN - SFO - SEA - ORD









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Old Sep 17, 20, 10:51 pm
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ok, because apparently I have nothing better to do this evening.

ORD - PMW - EWR - MIA - IAH - SAN - SFO - SEA - ORD





Are these J or Y prices?
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Old Sep 17, 20, 11:08 pm
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Love that routing!
Maybe stop in PHX on the way west?! I guess youíd have to skip SAN or backtrack from SFO!
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Old Sep 17, 20, 11:45 pm
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Thatís cool. Like the map

I was messing around with the multi Citi ticketing and managed a fare of 554 in first class from ord-lax-den-sea all on one day.

I donít mind stopping in hubs because my select plus status with Amtrak gets me in the lounges.

Appreciate your patience and indulgence with me. Love to travel and learning the avgeek game is fascinating to me.

That island hopper is on my to do list too.
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