‘Finally!’ is the first word that came into my mind yesterday as I booked a mileage run for this Saturday. Finally! The problem that appears nowadays is that mileage runs are not quite popular since airfare prices are going up and they are generally becoming less popular for frequent flyers. However, after searching literally everyday for the past month I found the perfect flights that will gain me a ton of miles.
I even made the ITA Matrix search my home page on my laptop so that I would not forget to check daily. The best part of it all is that the First class fare on the flights cost ~$150 more than economy cost so I went ahead and just booked First class. The nice thing is that I will also be earning a class of service bonus with my frequent flyer programme so that means I will re-qualify faster and also a nice 25% bonus for being an elite.
As usual, I will be flying with United (not like I have any other choice being in the U.S. right now), and United tends to have nice fares out of Seattle. The cool thing is that flights from Seattle aren’t that expensive to places like New York, Florida, etc. Since I’m on a mileage run, I chose the segments and connections that will net me the most miles and I would say for the start of the year it isn’t a bad mileage run. I am flying 6.249 ‘actual’ miles but I’m earning ~20.000 since it is First Class. Well worth the additional $150!
Hopefully I will have a chance to go to the Centurion Lounge at SFO (I know.. I still haven’t visited it yet), but I only have a little over an hour, so I am hoping everything goes smoothly and we land ahead of schedule and both flights are are gates close to the lounge. There are four segments and the aircrafts are an A320, B757 (twice), and a B737. Usually when booking flights on United, I try to get onto flights that are operated by international aircraft that have flatbeds but the problem is that those flights operated by 787s or 767s and are usually between hub cities such as SFO and IAH or ORD and EWR so the fare is ridiculously expensive there.
The 757s on my flights are supposed to be 757-300 so hopefully they will have WiFi and I will be able to blog ‘live’ from the airplane. The only downside is that they don’t have power ports… but I recently bought myself a new MacBook and the battery life has been amazing so I am not worried there 🙂
Anyway, the bottom line is that I’m f$%^ing excited to be back in the air. I only flew ~5k miles in January and have been getting ‘non-flying’ syndrome or whatever you call it and I just had to find something for this weekend otherwise I would go crazy if I didn’t spend a day in the air. I was also able to use my United gift registry and apply some of the value to the cost of the ticket (compliments of the AMEX Platinum Card 🙂 ).