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5 Tips To Help You Book The Next Airline Mistake Fare

As you may have heard, ANA had an amazing fare sale -- or possibly a mistake fare -- with roundtrip business class tickets from Vancouver to Sydney going for about $700 USD. Either way -- and to me, the reason doesn't much matter-- a few folks were able…

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Filed Under: Advice, Mileage Runs
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Get Your Kids Star Gold Status For $150 Each

SAS is running a really awesome promotion this spring where kids can fly for almost free from the US to Europe. You just need to book by January 23 and travel between February 7 and April 9. The best part is that you can take up to 8 kids with each paying…

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Filed Under: Aegean, Family
Old City Stockholm

Hot Deal: One-way Los Angeles To Stockholm For $99 On SAS

SAS is launching service between Los Angeles and Stockholm, Sweden, starting on March 14. Well, it turns out that to promote the launch of this route, SAS is selling one-way tickets from Los Angeles to Stockholm for $99, all-in. That's pretty amazing.…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Mileage Runs
American A321 Business

Getting A Head Start On Executive Platinum Status For 2016

We're at the point in the year where I'm sure many of us are starting to plan our 2016 travels. Living in hotels and on planes full time made it really easy for me to requalify for status this year. I more than double qualified for top tier status with…

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Filed Under: American, Mileage Runs
Copa Promo 150k Bonus

Is The Copa 150,000 Bonus Mile Promotion Mileage Runnable?

Copa Airlines is about to launch one of the more interesting promotions we've seen in a while. They are apparently celebrating service to 12 "new" destinations and offering tiered bonuses for flying to those cities between October 1, 2015 and March 31,…

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Filed Under: Copa, Mileage Runs
Money Tree

Miles Aren’t Free: How To Value What You Earn

Figuring out how to value frequent flyer miles is tricky business. Most people have a vague concept of what a mile is worth to them, but if you press them on it, they don't really know how they arrived at that number. Worse yet, if you start to question…

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Filed Under: Advice, Credit Cards
Shwedagon Pagoda

How To Find Mistake Fares And Fly For Cheap

There are many ways to get started in the miles and points game, as there are many ways to play. These days the simplest and perhaps easiest way is to apply for one of the many credit cards offering insanely generous sign-up bonuses. Depending on the…

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Filed Under: Advice, Great Deals
American Meal 4

What’s A Status Run, And Should You Book One?

Yesterday I talked about how mileage runs were once the cornerstone of the miles-and-points game. Crazy people such as Ben would book these quick turnaround trips in which they would zig-zag their way across the country -- and then immediately back --…

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Filed Under: Advice, Mileage Runs
Tpajfksan

Are Mileage Runs Still Possible?

We're welcoming a lot of new readers from around the globe this week here at One Mile at a Time. To celebrate, we're featuring a lot of content that covers the basics of what you need to know to get started in this hobby as well as a few articles, like…

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Filed Under: Mileage Runs
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Using Google Flights To Find Cheap Fares

When it comes to planning mileage runs, or looking for great fare deals, the go-to tool for most of us has been the ITA Matrix. ITA is a powerful tool, and makes searching for specific inventory buckets or fare combinations more practical. However, ITA…

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Filed Under: Advice, Mileage Runs
Tpadca

A Decade Later, I’m Turning Down “Free” Miles

I've been involved in this "hobby" for more than a decade now. And I feel just as passionately about it today as I did the day I get started, despite the fact that my approach to it has changed a lot. I'm just booking some travel today, and as I do so…

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Filed Under: Mileage Runs, Travel
American First Class 1

My First Trip Of 2015: International First Class For $1,500

I put "mileage run" in quotes because it's not really a mileage run. Nowadays mileage running is for the most part dead, in my opinion. But there's still plenty of merit to finding good fares on fun routings for maximizing miles, ideally with stops at…

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Filed Under: American, Mileage Runs
Alaska 737

Is Detroit Alaska’s Most Elite Heavy Route?

I might joke that Detroit is Alaska's most elite heavy route... at least through the end of this month. As I wrote about back in February, Alaska announced new service to Detroit which started on September 4th, and a double elite qualifying mile (EQM)…

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Filed Under: Alaska, Mileage Runs
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American Business Class Dallas To Hong Kong

Last October, American Airlines announced a new nonstop daily flight between Dallas and Hong Kong, which launched this June. This route was incredibly exciting to me on many levels: -- Hong Kong is possibly my favorite city in the world -- It's operated…

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Filed Under: American, Mileage Runs

How I Plan On Requalifying For Status This Year

Reader Jake asked the following question via email: I know you have status with Alaska and American, and I was wondering if you could share your strategy for requalifying this year? Jake is correct, my two primary airlines are American and Alaska, and…

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Filed Under: Alaska, American

Things You Witness On A Mileage Run

I’m approaching a decade of being active in this “hobby,” and while I fly more than ever before (I flew over 400,000 miles last year), I’m also doing less mileage running then ever before. There are a few reasons for that: It’s…

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Filed Under: Mileage Runs, Travel

Nicaragua Immigration Doesn’t Understand Mileage Runs

Perhaps file this one under the “no $&*%, Sherlock” category, but I had an interesting experience yesterday on a mileage run to Managua, Nicaragua. I was flying from Miami to Managua and back, with a 65 minute layover in Managua. As it…

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Filed Under: Mileage Runs

Time For End Of The Year Segment Padding!

Going back several years, mileage running as a “sport” made perfect sense — airfare was extremely low, airlines published promotion after promotion, and routing rules were extremely generous. Unfortunately that’s not the case…

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Filed Under: American, Mileage Runs