Acquiring Delta Platinum Status (and a Backache) with Just One Mileage Run

This isn't a Devil's Advocate post, but I've been researching mileage runs during the lazy weekend and stumbled on one that I wanted to pass along for fun, along with a thought on how to maximize it. I'm generally not a mileage runner as I usually don't … [Read more...]

Are Elite Qualifying Dollars a Good Thing?

For the last seven years, every time I've booked a flight I've calculated the CPM (Cents/Cost Per Mile). This is the amount I spend divided by the distance I fly -- more specifically the number of elite qualifying miles (EQMs) that I earn. Why? Because they … [Read more...]

Fare Sale: SEA/PDX to Boston on AS, AA, and UA for $218-260 (3.9-4.4 CPM)

HT to The Flight Deal for sharing a cheap fare between Portland and Boston on Alaska Airlines for just $238. Although it's a nonstop flight so the CPM is higher than my usual goal of 4 cents per mile, often this is close to as good as it gets for this carrier … [Read more...]

Mad Dash for Status in Early 2014?

United just keeps finding new ways to outcompete Delta in developing the most unfriendly loyalty program. I'm not going to do anything different for the rest of 2013. I am close enough that I plan to complete my efforts to reach Premier 1K status. But I will … [Read more...]