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“Mistake Fares Are Real”? Yes — But…

I was in the car with Howie Rappaport — who writes for Frugal Travel Guy — as he was talking to FlyerTalk member beaubo about his upcoming itineraries while FlyerTalk member HMPS was graciously driving us to the airport in Chicago, navigating through inclement weather after yet another successful Chicago Seminars…so it is no surprise to me to see an article written by Howie whose title is Mistake Fares and Mileage Runs Are Real — and, admittedly, much of what he writes is indeed true. Read the comments posted there, however. As of the time this article was written, readers were asking two questions…

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What is a “Mileage Run”, and When Should You Consider Taking One?

If you watched the piece which was aired on The TODAY Show this morning and wondered what is a mileage run, it is the process of flying as a passenger on flights specifically for the purpose of earning elite status for the following year, accruing enough frequent flier loyalty program miles to redeem for a coveted award trip — or perhaps both. If you are wondering why anyone would even consider going on a mileage run, it is because…

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The $40 Airfare That Wasn’t

When FlyerTalk members heard about a base fare of US$40.00 from the United States to India on British Airways, they started purchasing tickets within a window of approximately two or so hours. However, once taxes and fees were included, the lowest airfare was greater than US$500.00. Despite the exorbitant taxes and fees, the airfare was still a good deal.

British Airways thought it was too good of a deal, so they canceled tickets, allegedly with little warning. Mix in angry and confused FlyerTalk members with inaccurate reports of this situation by the media, and the discussion in the (Fare Gone) BA: US-BOM, $555 a/i; Y fare thread is bound to get interesting…

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The Drama of Getting to Southeast Asia in Business Class for Fewer Than US$2,000

FlyerTalk members took advantage of a (FARE GONE) DL: JFK/BOS to DPS/CGK/MNL via Europe – 1482 USD ++ – Business Class round-trip airfare when it was first announced back in April, creating routes that allowed them to potentially earn thousands of both actual frequent flier program miles and elite status qualification miles while traveling in comfort and style — even going so far as to choose some of the more premium airlines in the world — to exotic destinations in Southeast Asia.

However, problems have started to surface regarding those who have started out on their journeys, only to hit unexpected snags and snafus, and the ongoing saga continue. One example is that FlyerTalk member UVAhoo06 was unexpectedly upgraded on a flight, only to have that flight possibly miss the connection to the next flight.

At the time this entry was posted, nobody knows what happened to UVAhoo06 or where in the world UVAhoo06 is located…

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Mileage Runs: Sick and Tired

This is not about being sick and tired of mileage runs, but rather what if one is sick and tired: should one still attempt to go on or finish a mileage run?

Not feeling well, FlyerTalk member cobrax333 seeks advice from fellow FlyerTalk members about what to do in the Last MR Tomorrow and I’m sick! thread.

…so how important are miles, points and elite status as compared to the condition of one’s health, anyway?!?

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Thank You for Flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles…Through Boston?!?

FlyerTalk members who also do “mileage runs” are an interesting breed of people indeed…especially when there is a promotion where one can earn bonus elite qualification miles or regular miles.

FlyerTalk member Gamecock reports that a FA thanks MRers!, acknowledging those passengers who are on a “mileage run” by thanking them over the public address system on-board a flight recently.

With the opportunity to share their experiences every chance they get, FlyerTalk members share their stories of flying itineraries such as San Francisco to Los Angeles via Boston, Boston to Newark via San Francisco, and Dallas to Frankfurt via San Francisco and Chicago, but using those far-flung airports as connecting cities rather than destinations.

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