If you need a quick 5,000 elite qualifying miles on American, Delta or United this year for your 2012 status, there are some reasonable fares out there right now for travel 12/1 – 12/3/2011. The all-in fares range from $219.40 to $240.80 depending on your routing and are available from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York, Hartford and Providence. In the San Francisco and Boston markets, United also has availability at the $219.40 fare from 12/12 to 12/15/2011.
I’m certain these will be the last “cheap” fares of the year and probably won’t last long, but they’re ideal for anyone who miscalculated or still needs those EQMs for 2012 status. They come in around 4.2 to 4.5 cents-per-mile, only require one-day advance purchase and I see several options on each day for simple turns.
For example, from Los Angeles I see:
Get ‘em while you can!