Here’s a stellar mileage run opportunity on United coming in at only 2.86 cents-per-mile.
[Edited 5:00 p.m. PDT: And like that, this fare is gone! It lasted only hours today.]
The $118 base roundtrip fare between Phoenix and Buffalo was filed today by United and likely won’t last long. It works in both directions, of course, but I zeroed in on the 1-nighters available originating in Phoenix. And if you can tolerate sleeping in an airport for the short “stay” in Buffalo, it would certainly keep overall trip costs down.
Here’s the nitty-gritty and an example itinerary.
Routing: Phoenix to Houston to Newark to Buffalo
Routing rules: PHX-HOU/DEN/CHI-WAS/PHL/EWR/CLT/CLE/CHI-BUF
Travel period: Now through end of schedule
Dates I found available: 4/30, 7/3, 7/4, 8/19, 8/26 and 11 dates in September
Number of nights stay: 1
Day of week restrictions: None
Fare basis: NA21FN, 21-day advance purchase
Fare: $166.40 all-in
Elite Qualifying Miles earned: 5,818 (assumes 500-mile minimums)
Cents-per-mile (CPM): 2.86
(Hat tip: gokeeper on FlyerTalk)