United 747…one last time and earning 20k+ PQM’s at 2 CPM

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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.

Itinerary:

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.

*Post featured image by usatoday.com.

2 thoughts on “United 747…one last time and earning 20k+ PQM’s at 2 CPM

  1. “A HUGE bonus to this run is that I’ll be flying in United’s 747-400 Polaris business (yes yes soft product – no biggie for me at all). I already have my seat secured at the upper level 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.”

    Question: How are you flying confirmed business on an Economy K class international fare? I thought a minimum fare class (W or above?) was required to used GPUs to upgrade to business for international flights. Or are you buying up with miles or $? Or am I missing something?

    1. You caught that! I bought up with miles, so you’re not missing anything. The closer I got to the flight the more I thought I’d regret it. Usually a bad choice in my mind, but it was to be my last UA 747 flight. As it turns out, I’ll be on the last flight SFO-HNL anyway. I’ve updated the post with a note about this because now that I read it it can be misleading from the 2cpm perspectve.

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