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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    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 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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  7. Lionell

    Lionell Member Staff Member

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    Oops slip of the fingers :D
     
  8. Richies

    Richies New Member

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    Have you worked out points per £ for some of these runs? Seems like a crazy effort but is it really worthwhile?
     
  9. Lionell

    Lionell Member Staff Member

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    The trip to Hawaii cost me 400 euros and the week-long trip was 1300 euros for 19 flights. So for me it was definitely worth it. All the miles I gained were used to redeem for first & business class flights the year after.
     
  10. Benoit33

    Benoit33 New Member

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    Am I correct to assume that the mileage runs were in economy?
     
  11. Greg

    Greg New Member

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    Is it on routes you were going to do anyway?
     
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    It certainly makes sense to fly with a destination / holiday in mind, rather than just for the miles and status credit. You can structure indirect routes to make it more efficient in terms of status.

    But a "pure" mileage run is simply flying for the sake of it. The destination is basically irrelevant and you might not even leave the airport.
     

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