With the majority of airlines matching Southwest’s $49 fares in sub 500-mile markets, it has opened up a two-week window in December for segment-based elites to fly probably the cheapest mileage segment runs of the year for 2014 requalification.
The sale also includes January-February 2014 travel, but I’m sure that most people aren’t starting to plan runs in 2014 for 2015 status.
If you’re a United flier, there are fantastic opportunities to rack up six Premier Qualifying Segments for a mere $21.23/segment. Here’s one I found, for example:
Now I realize that I’m probably the only person based in Reno, but there are plenty of similar type of runs originating from LAX, SFO, LAS, etc. And I’m sure there are from more points throughout the country (at least those with generous routing rules), but I’ve only looked at the West Coast so far.
The fares typically allow travel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays only, and are valid from December 4-19 or January 7-February 12.
If anyone has a specific origin they’d like me to check, just let me know and I’ll see if I can find a decent segment run on this fare (time permitting). [Update:] I’ve looked at MKE, ORD, BOS, DEN, MSY and PDX… check out the comments below.
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