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The Month Ahead

As I mentioned in my last posting, Mileage Running for United 1K Status, the end of May and the beginning of June will see me on a plane at least four times per week. About two weeks ago, I got my passport back from the Brazilian government, and now have a visa that is valid for the next ten years! I am hoping to make it back to Brazil towards the end of the year, as part of the Star Mega DO ...

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Mileage Running for United 1K Status

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Once the semester is over, I will be going on a number of exciting trips. While most of them are for quick-turns (twelve hours or less at the destination), I did I manage to find a decent fare to Hawaii, the weekend after school lets out for the summer. Below is a map of where I will be flying in May/June, and a description of how many miles I will earn for each trip.

Trip 1 - ...

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United Business Class - Chicago to Paris

Dinner List Introduction Hyatt Regency Chicago United Business Class - Chicago to Paris Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

After spending most of the day in Chicago, I was ready for my first flight to Paris! With no lines at the check-in counter, and the Nude-O-Scopes roped off, I was at the Red Carpet Club in record time. The evening European departure bank was underway, so it took me about ten ...

Spring Break in Paris - Hyatt Regency Chicago

Introduction Hyatt Regency Chicago United Business Class - Chicago to Paris Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

After a quick flight from Kansas City to Chicago, I was ready to explore the city. In 2010, I had to have passed through Chicago at least thirty times, but this was the first time that I would actually be leaving the airport!

Twenty minites after we arrived at the gate, I ...

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Spring Break in Paris - Introduction

Introduction Hyatt Regency Chicago United Business Class - Chicago to Paris Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

At the end of November, I was on my way back to KU, when I discovered that my flight from Chicago to Kansas City was oversold. After talking to the gate agent, I was added to the volunteer list, and was asked to wait for ten minutes, while they double checked to see if my seat ...

Stay Tuned!

I'll be visiting some new destinations in March. Stay tuned for photos and trip reports from Frankfurt and Paris..

As always, both trips will be on United, with all four segments (ORD-FRA-ORD & ORD-CDG-ORD) confirmed in Business class. All four flights will be operated with the lie-flat business seats, which I have come to love. When I am in Frankfurt, I'll be at the Hyatt Regency Mainz, and then at the Park Hyatt Vendome, when I visit Paris.


It's Time to Fly!

Weekend Trip to Kona

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As I mentioned over here, Kona!, I took a weekend trip to Kona. Thanks to some good friends on FlyerTalk, I found a great deal for a round-trip from San Jose (SJC) to Kona (KOA. Instead of going direct from Denver (DEN), I was able to fly DEN-SJC-LAX-KOA-SFO-LAX-SJC-DEN, which maximed the amount of miles that I earned. Total Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) earned was 8,271, while I also ...

First United 747 painted in the new livery


Well, it's official.. As the merger with Continental progresses, more legacy CO & UA aircraft are being repainted with the new livery. The photo below is a United Express ERJ-145 in the new livery.

I'll definitely miss the tulip!

My First TSA Grope

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As many of you have heard, TSA has once again over-reacted, and decided to enhance the pat-down. Known by many as a very invasive procedure, I had the opportunity to try out the groping for the first time in San Jose...

When I arrived to San Jose, I noticed that all passengers were being funneled into the Backscatter, a.k.a. Nude-O-Scope or Cancer Scope. The Rapiscan Backscatter Secure ...

Treatment as a Lufthansa HON Member



This video, albeit in German, gives a glimpse into the life as a LH HON member! As you can see, the treatment is pretty amazing, considering the extra services you receive. LH will transport you to the airport for free, and in a luxury car, give you access to the first class lounge, and even drive you across the tarmac! Imagine being driven in a Mercedes or Porsche to the departure gate for your flight!

I am definitely looking forward to the day when I have enough miles to redeem for a trip in LH F!!



Happy New Years! I'll be flying to Kona with some FlyerTalkers on Friday, and will post a trip report once I return. I'll be trialing something I have been thinking about for quite some time. I hope to only bring my iPad, and not my laptop! I'll let you know how that goes..


A 1Ks Experience on Continental Airlines

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As I posted over here, 1K Flying on Continental, I decided to try Continental for my trip from Orlando to Denver. When I was looking at flights in November, I noticed that Continental was $300 cheaper than United. Unfortunately, this meant that I would have to connect in Houston (IAH), rather than flying MCO-DEN (Orland0-Denver) non-stop on United..

12/21 rolled around, and it was time ...

1K Flying on Continental

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With the closing of the United/Continental merger on October 1st, both airlines started to offer reciprocal upgrades to each others elite members. As a 1K on United, I knew that I would have a pretty good chance of trying the First Class product on CO, and with CO also costing $300 less than UA for MCO-DEN, I took the plunge. Since October of 2009, I had only flown United. I had status with ...

Twenty-Four Hours in London & The Andaz Liverpool Street

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As some of you may know, I took a trip to London the weekend before Thanksgiving. Inspired by a friend that was flying to London and back to re-qualify for his United 1K status, I found a decent fare. For $600, round trip, I got W fares on both segments, which would allow me to use my System Wide Upgrade certificates to upgrade from Economy to Business on both flights. Final routing for the ...

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What is a Mileage Run?


People often ask me why I fly around so much. When I explain that I go on mileage runs, I get some blank stares. Hopefully this post will give you a good idea of what a mileage run is, and why I go on them.

What is a mileage run?

A mileage run is a trip that you take to earn enough miles for the next level of elite status on an airline. These trips can be a ...