Mileage Run Opportunity/Reminder for IL & CA residents: $219.40 nets 7,384 American EQMs SFO-ORD r/t

This year is pretty much a wash, but why not load up early on easy EQMs (and RDMs) with American in 2012. Their Double Elite Qualifying Miles and Double Flight Miles promotion continues through March 31, 2012 and there are currently a huge amount of dates available from both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

It’s open to residents of Illinois, California and Texas and applies to flights from ORD or DFW to either LAX or SFO. The example itinerary below is the best deal coming in at 2.97 cpm, but plenty of availability also exists between LAX and ORD at 3.14 cpm. I’m sure DFW to LAX/SFO also has plenty of availability, but at a much higher cpm.

United also has a similar promotion through January 31, 2012, but it requires a W-bucket fare or higher. The cheapest LAX-ORD roundtrip in W, for example, is $339.40 or 4.86 cpm… a terrible mileage run option.

Routing: San Francisco to Chicago O’Hare roundtrip

Travel period: Now through March 31, 2012

Dates I found available: Almost unlimited

Number of nights stay: 0 (easy & quick day trip)

Day of week restrictions: Monday through Saturday only

Fare basis: QA07OQY1, 7-day advance purchase

All-in fare: $219.40

Elite Qualifying Miles earned: 7,384

Cost-per-mile (CPM): 2.97

Example itinerary: Click for full view

a screenshot of a computer Visit my Mileage Running 101 Part 1 and Part 2 posts to get step-by-step instructions on how I found this fare and created the routing.


  1. I agree that the United W fares are not a great MR. However, since the flights are double EQMs and all EQMs for 2011 will qualify for the new million mile status, it may be worthwhile in some cases. I’m in the process of doing 3 different ORD-SFO runs for that purpose (W fares came in around $350 each).

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