Mileage Run Opportunity: $242.80 Nets 7,486 United PQMs SEA-SFO-EWR-CMH r/t

It’s never too soon to begin mileage running in the New Year, especially when fares like this one pop up bringing the cents-per-mile down to 3.24. Shown below is an itinerary netting 7,486 United Airlines Premier Qualifying Miles with a “zero” night stay (includes red-eye flying). There are many more dates available if you consider a 1-night stay in Columbus.

American has the same base fare available, though its routing rules only allow for one connection (through Dallas, Chicago or St. Louis).

Routing: Seattle to San Francisco to Newark to Columbus roundtrip

Travel period: January 7 – February 13, 2013

Dates I found available: 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/5, 2/6 and 2/11

Number of nights stay: 0

Day of week restrictions: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Sat

Fare basis: GAG21CS

Fare: $242.80 all-in

Premier Qualifying Miles earned: 7,486 (assumes 500-mile minimums)

Cents-per-mile (CPM): 3.24

Example itinerary: Click for full view

To book this itinerary, use the “multiple destinations” flight search option on

Happy flying!


  1. Thanks, that’s a great deal and the beginning of the year is best for mileage runs. Now I just have to figure out how to get to SEA!

  2. I tried to do it out of Columbus. But couldn’t find the dates. Plus I really don’t want to have to drive 2 1/2 hours to columbus each way.

  3. hey, I live in Columbus! you’d have a great time if you decide stay 1 night–be sure to visit Short North. is there a possibility of doing this or a similar run in reverse?? I haven’t quite figured out how to plan out these runs yet but I very much want to!

    • @Daryn: The fare is also valid originating in CMH. I use ITA Software’s Matrix search to come up with these results. I’ll post a revised “how to find mileage runs” post soon. But in the meantime, check out my original version here (some of those data sources are no longer valid).

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