I’m feeling great today…aside from the last remnants of a nasty cold the past several days. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s Friday, maybe because it’s sunny and 78˚F today in Michiana, or perhaps it’s the fact that I just booked a very juicy premier mileage run!I think it’s all three. Premier mileage runs are one of the available tools to earn Premier -or elite- status with airlines.
I used ITA Software Matrix to search for good candidates for a run I’m in need of to reach my mid-yr PQM goal. On the international side United’s sweet spot is Asia, as it’s common to find fares at around 3 cents per mile (CPM). Of course, it’s a bit more difficult to accommodate a trip to Asia on one’s schedule. It can also be tough to handle physically, so it must be planned to the tee. I also used an e-cert for $200, which brought my cpm further down to 2 cpm.
I have a pretty tight connection out of ORD, but I’ll figure that out in the coming weeks, or who knows… a bump and an e-cert, maybe? I’m excited! I’ll get to spend a decent amount of time in the SFO, NRT and SIN airports, so should be able to visit with some great lounges and clubs as well.
A HUGE bonus to this run is that I’ll be flying in United’s 747-400 Polaris business (yes yes soft product). I already have my seat secured at the upper level (I later upgraded with miles + co-pay) and can’t wait to give my last adiós to United’s queen, which is giving way to the New Spirit of United, the 777-300ER.
I’ll be way over halfway through the PQM’s needed for 2018 Premier Platinum status by before June and that’s great news. Should I go for 1k? We shall see.
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