As far as mileage runs go, I both love and hate summer. This summer was especially brutal in terms of fares. I guess the capacity cuts actually worked for the airlines. So while I was paying more for my travels, all my flights were also packed. In the last three weeks alone I’ve scored about six bumps, resulting in $2,400 in vouchers. But that’s only luck of the draw, and that seems to happen every year towards the beginning of August, as just about everyone in the world is on vacation.
That season is slowly coming to an end for the year, fortunately and unfortunately. Flights won’t be quite as full, or at least not as consistently oversold, but at the same time, fares are way down. Just as an example, I’m seeing mileage runs available from Tampa to San Francisco for this coming weekend for $214 roundtrip plus tax.
Unfortunately mileage running on United just won’t be the same as in the past, thanks to United’s change in routing rules this past June. Nonetheless I’ll be taking to the skies while I still can. I’d like to get Million Miler status in the bag as soon as possible with United, while I can still hope to achieve Premier Executive status for life. Let’s hope the merger doesn’t screw that up!
So if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines all summer asking yourself where the good fares are, this would be a good time to start the mileage run search again.