SAS 737-800 Plus Class OSL-ARN

SAS 737-800 Plus Class OSL-ARN I needed to get from Oslo to Stockholm.  The train takes over 6 hours (and during my travel times, there was track construction) so I decided to book a quick 55 minute flight.  There are two main airlines that service the OSL-ARN route: Norwegian and … Read more

Mileage Run to Copenhagen: Part 2 – CPH-AMS-SLC-SEA

Mileage Run to Copenhagen Introduction Part 1: SEA-BUR-SEA-CDG-CPH Holiday Inn Burbank-Media City 24 Hours in Copenhagen Hilton Copenhagen Airport Part 2: CPH-AMS-SLC-SEA Aviator Lounge CPH Aspire Lounge (41) AMS Delta Sky Club SLC CPH-AMS – KLM 737-700 Seat 9C My flight out of Copenhagen was at 6:00am so not much … Read more

Mileage Run to Copenhagen: Part 1 – SEA-BUR-SEA-CDG-CPH

Mileage Run to Copenhagen Introduction Part 1: SEA-BUR-SEA-CDG-CPH Holiday Inn Burbank-Media City 24 Hours in Copenhagen Hilton Copenhagen Airport Part 2: CPH-AMS-SLC-SEA Aviator Lounge CPH Aspire Lounge (41) AMS Delta Sky Club SLC SEA-BUR-SEA – AS 737-800 I was on the last SEA-BUR of the day on Thursday and the … Read more

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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