What exactly is a mileage run?

Discussion in 'Mileage Runs' started by NewbieTrav, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. NewbieTrav

    NewbieTrav New Member

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    Sorry if I am being slow, but what exactly is a "mileage run"?
     
  2. GnarlyOldGoatDude

    GnarlyOldGoatDude Active Member

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    Making a flight/route that you don't have to take in order to earn extra miles/points/status etc.
    This might take the form a complete trip when you didn't need to travel. Or it could be tweaking a necessary trip in order to include some extra sectors/stops in order to rack up the maximum number of miles.

    The trick is to maximise the miles or points for the least amount of money. You might see people discussing the ratio of pence (or cents) to the mile. Some people can't resist making a trip if the rates are good enough, so there is a lot of sharing of interesting itineraries and good deals.
     
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  3. MilesFromBlighty

    MilesFromBlighty Co-founder

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    There is a hotel version, usually called a 'Mattress Run'
     
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  4. NewbieTrav

    NewbieTrav New Member

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    Thanks all - will look into it, hopefully some tips to come on this forum.
     
  5. Lionell

    Lionell New Member Staff Member

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    A mileage run is a lot of fun! I took my first last year November when I flew a round trip AMS-LHR-LAX-HNL in a weekend, got me just over 36k in AA miles. A couple of weeks after I flew a 7 day mileage run, for which I got called insane :D The trip got me just over 80k in AA miles, this is a pic of the route I flew back then.
    Mileage Run 2.0 Conclusion GCMap.png

    It's taking and flying a trip for the sole purpose of earning ear miles as cheap as possible.
     
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  6. GnarlyOldGoatDude

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    As someone who stocks up on podcasts before any journey, I appreciate the concept of ear miles.
     
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    Lionell New Member Staff Member

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    Oops slip of the fingers :D
     

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