I haven’t been diligently checking mileage run opportunities lately given the FareCompare FlyerTalk tool is still down, but did take a look this morning at options using their map feature. Many of my readers emailed me with requests to search from their hometowns and now that I have a bit more time on my hands, I’ll be sure to start looking.
Both American and Delta have a fare out there in the Los Angeles to Kansas City market right now – actually since February 3 – that offers an easy day-trip run. Delta’s example is below and if you’re an American flyer and have residency in California or Illinois, you can do even better through March 31 flying a LAX-ORD-MCI round-trip with American’s DEQM promotion.
Routing: Los Angeles to Atlanta to Kansas City round-trip
Travel period: Now through September 28, 2012
Dates I found available: 2/19, 21, 22, 27, 28; 3/5, 6
Number of nights stay: 0
Day of week restrictions: None
Fare basis: TA07A0PA, 7-day advance purchase
Fare: $181.20 all-in
Medallion Qualifying Miles earned: 5,278
Cost-per-mile (CPM): 3.43
Flyertalk also has a thread with additional information, including the exact routing rules published by American and Delta. For me, it’s never too early in the year to pad my balance, especially when CPMs are in the low 3.0 range. Happy running!