It’s never too soon to begin mileage running in the New Year, especially when fares like this one pop up bringing the cents-per-mile down to 3.24. Shown below is an itinerary netting 7,486 United Airlines Premier Qualifying Miles with a “zero” night stay (includes red-eye flying). There are many more dates available if you consider a 1-night stay in Columbus.
American has the same base fare available, though its routing rules only allow for one connection (through Dallas, Chicago or St. Louis).
Routing: Seattle to San Francisco to Newark to Columbus roundtrip
Travel period: January 7 – February 13, 2013
Dates I found available: 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/5, 2/6 and 2/11
Number of nights stay: 0
Day of week restrictions: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Sat
Fare basis: GAG21CS
Fare: $242.80 all-in
Premier Qualifying Miles earned: 7,486 (assumes 500-mile minimums)
Cents-per-mile (CPM): 3.24
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