From time to time when I find a great airfare I’ll immediately tweet some of the basic information – airline, fare, routing, mileage total and “cents per mile” calculation – and just now thought it might make for a good recurring category to feature here on my blog. For a detailed description of my process to find mileage runs, check out my Mileage Running 101 posts, both part 1 and part 2.
I’ll start to review fares on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United from other cities than just my hometown of Los Angeles, but for this first installment I’ll cover the deal I found on United from LAX to Kansas City (MCI). Flyertalk and MilePoint also have dedicated threads with many more origin & destination combos, so I’d also encourage you to bookmark those pages.
The best mileage runs avoid any type of overnight stay, but this one does require a one-night stay.
Routing: Los Angeles to San Francisco to Cleveland to Kansas City
Date(s): October 26 – October 28, 2011
Travel period: Now through October 31, 2011
Fare: $208.20 all-in [Edit as of 8:59pm PDT, the fare has jumped to $258, as "G" is no longer available on the return. Coincidence, or did some of the nearly 300 people who've viewed this since posted actually book it?]
Cents-per-mile (CPM): 3.10
Fare basis: GA7CS (7-day advance purchase required)
Elite mileage accrued: 6,712 roundtrip (assumes 500-mile minimum for LAX-SFO sector if you’re an elite)
Bookable on: United or Continental’s website
I’m definitely open to suggestions on what you’d like to see included in these posts, so please leave a comment. Or, do you think like many members on the frequent flyer boards that publishing deals shut them down more quickly? Those tend to be mistake fares or incorrectly loaded routing rules, so I tend to think these “normal” published sale fares are open game. Your thoughts?