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DEQM and DRDM on American through March 31, 2012!!

Much to my surprise, American Airlines just announced double elite qualifying miles and double redeemable miles for flights between SFO/LAX and ORD/DFW.  You must register for the promotion and travel between October 27, 2011 and March 31, 2012.

The offer is only good for residents of California, Illinois, and Texas and only for round-trip or open jaw tickets purchased after registering for the promotion.

I usually take mile runs to Europe in January and February, but ...

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United Brings Back Double EQMs!!

After nearly two years of speculation, United has finally brought back double elite qualifying miles!  Unfortunately, the promotion is very limited:

1) Only available on roundtrip SFO/LAX-ORD itineraries solely containing these flights

2) Only available to residents of IL and CA (as of yesterday, so it's too late to "move"!)

3) Only available for tickets purchased and flown 5/19/2011 through 8/31/2011 (i.e., previously booked tickets do not ...

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Delta Eliminates Mileage Expiration

I received the email below from Delta this morning.  This is certainly an interesting move.  Now, there’s no rush to spend 350,000 miles on a single transpacific business class ticket!

We've eliminated mileage expiration so use miles on your timeline, not ours.

Hello Mr. Mileage Millionaire,

You now can earn miles without worrying if and when they will expire as ...

Sweet Deal: US Airways' Off-Peak Awards to Europe and South America

While combing through the rules of US Airways' mileage program a year or so ago, I read about their “Off-peak” awards, which are a great value.  However, since the awards require travel on US Airways’ metal (something I generally avoid), I had completely forgotten about them until Troy's blog post this morning.

Off-peak awards are offered on US Airways operated flights, booked with US Airways miles, as ...

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Lufthansa "Enhances" Its Frequent Flyer Program (i.e., Devalues Its Award Chart)

We just returned from Kiev on Lufthansa First Class last night.  After a wonderful flight, I came home and crashed for 11 hours, only to awaken to news that Lufthansa is “enhancing” Miles & More, the frequent flyer program for Lufthansa and eight other airlines, effective January 3, 2011.

Of course, the announcement of “enhancements” begins with the usual positive spin, by listing the following significant ...

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Shocking: United Backs Down on Regional Upgrades!

United has updated its page on 2011 elite program changes to add the following:

1K members: During 2011, if you are a 1K member based on 2010 activity, you will still be eligible to earn two Regional Upgrades per quarter as you did before. In addition, under the new program changes announced on Nov. 17, you will also receive two more Regional Upgrades when you reach 75,000 EQM/90 EQS and two at every 25,000 EQM/30EQS after that. The quarterly earning process will end on ...

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United and Continental Announce "Enhancements" to 2011 Elite Program

United and Continental have announced the first details of the 2011 elite program, and many 1Ks are going to be unhappy.  1Ks will now earn only 4 CR-1s (confirmed regional upgrades) for 100,000 miles of flying versus 8 for the same (or less) flying in prior years.  In addition, 1Ks won't earn any CR-1s until they reach 75,000 EQMs for the year.

1K qualification will now require 120 EQS (elite qualifying segments), as compared to 100 EQS in prior years.  Qualification via EQMs (elite qualifying miles) remains unchanged at 100,000.

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Delta, American, and US Airways report Q3 profits

Delta, American, and US Airways all reported third quarter profits this morning. 

This is great news for all of you mileage millionaires since those miles represent unsecured loans to the airlines, and since higher profits mean a lower chance of default on those loans.  Of course, given that higher profits also mean that we are all paying more for our revenue tickets, this is not necessarily great news for everyone.

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2,000 Free Priority Club Points

Follow this link and enter Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru for this week's answer, and you should earn 2,000 Priority Club Points.  You must enter the answer today for 2,000 points.  If you wait until tomorrow, you'll only earn 1,000 points, and if you wait until Thursday, you'll only earn 500 points.  After that, you'll get nada.

Tip of the hat to Gary.

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Welcome to The Mileage Millionaire!

Hi, I’m Gene, The Mileage Millionaire.  Welcome to my first blog post at upgrd.com!

I have been a mileage millionaire for several years now and recently joined the exclusive 10-million mile club.  I hold top status with Delta, United, and American, and I am a long-time InterContinental Royal Ambassador. 

My travel goals include visiting 100 countries and staying at every InterContinental hotel ...

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