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Oversold airline flight? Show up early to volunteer your seat and fly for free

Last month I flew a roundtrip same day mileage run on United Airlines from Los Angeles to St. Louis connecting through San Francisco. It was just an “okay” run since it didn’t net a huge amount of elite qualifying miles. The fare was $160.80 and I received 4,470 EQMs, which comes in at 3.60 cents-per-mile.…

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Mileage Run Opportunity: $208.20 nets 6,712 United Airlines elite miles LAX-MCI

From time to time when I find a great airfare I’ll immediately tweet some of the basic information – airline, fare, routing, mileage total and “cents per mile” calculation – and just now thought it might make for a good recurring category to feature here on my blog. For a detailed description of my process…

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My United Airlines mileage tracking spreadsheet

A couple of months ago I noticed the spreadsheet I maintain that tracks my United Airlines mileage didn’t add up to what was showing online. I was able to quickly compare each segment’s mileage and discovered Continental Airlines and United use different mileage amounts for flights out of Denver. As far as I know that…

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Mileage Running 101: How I construct a mileage run – Part 2

As I mentioned in Part 1, I was asked recently about how I construct a mileage run, and although I provided a brief version back in January, I fully detail one of my methods in this two-part posting. Continuing from Part 1: Now that I know the date range, days of week, and fare basis…

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Mileage Running 101: How I construct a mileage run – Part 1

Every mileage runner has a tried and true method for finding the best combination of fares, routings & flights when constructing a mileage run, and I’ll share my most frequently used process in the next two posts. I made a similar posting in January, but with less detail, and have been recently asked to expand…

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Halfway to United Airlines 1K status & revisiting the Systemwide Upgrade timeline

My latest trip pushed me over the halfway point to requalifying for 1K status for 2012, and I’m thinking now that I need to retract a statement I made back in November. United Airlines announced a variety of changes to the Mileage Plus program at that time, including the deposit schedule for systemwide upgrades (SWUs).…

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Irregularities when flying United Airlines under Continental codeshare flights

I just finished another mileage run flying United Airlines, and this one was booked as Continental Airlines codeshare flights as I blogged about previously. A couple of differences occurred that are worth mentioning. First, although I do usually check-in online and/or via my mobile, I always reprint my boarding passes at the EasyCheck-in kiosks at…

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