First Mileage Run: From Seattle to DC

first mileage runMileage run.  This is a term that travel hobbyists use frequently that I did not know the full definition of until last week.  I know can count myself a member of the elite (or crazy…) who partake in the infamous mileage run!  This is the account of my first mileage run.

A mileage run (or MR if you are hip to the lingo) is when you book a flight just for the loyalty points you earn with the airline (or hotel for that matter).  Usually this is done when you find an extremely low fare on an airline you like to earn status with.

Living in Seattle, my airline of choice is Alaska.  I have been MVP for the past few years, but this year I am aiming for MVP Gold.  The benefits of MVP Gold are extensive; most important to me are upgrades to first class and ability to change a flight with no penalty.  You must earn 40,000 “elite qualifying miles” (or EQMs), which usually means actual miles flown.  Miles you earn through using your Alaska Airlines Visa Card, for example, do not count towards elite status.

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Double Miles – Alaska Airlines

Alaska Double Miles

I have benefited from Alaska Airlines promos in the past that offer double miles for certain routes from Seattle.  However, the email I received today has more routes eligible than in the past.

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Alaska Airlines Discount Code – Russell Wilson

Purchase a ticket at www.alaskaair.com by January 31 and use discount code GORUSSELL to score 12% any flights leaving from Washington state.  Note that you must travel between February 12 and March 18, but still about the best coupon I’ve seen Alaska offer.  If you need a weekend away to get some warmth this winter, this will … Read more

Alaska Airlines Flash Sale: Discounts on Wednesdays

  Each Wednesday, between 11:00am-1:00pm PST, Alaska Airlines holds a “Fast-Dash Sale”.  During this Alaska Airlines flash sale you can get some great deals on flights; if they happen to have a route you are interested in. For example, today’s flash sale has the following deals: SEA-FAT – $54 SEA-SMF – $54 BOI-SJC – $54 … Read more