How to Maximize a Flight Deal with a Mileage Run

With the end of the year creeping ever closer, many elite flyers may be concerned about not achieving their desired status for next year. Enter the mileage run, a trip planned primarily — or even solely — for the elite and/or redeemable mileage you’ll earn. TPG Contributor JT Genter shows how you can turn a…

Are Mileage Runs Still Useful with Revenue Requirements?

Last week, the New York Times published an article by Josh Barro called “The Fadeout of the Mileage Run“, in which he explains the premise of mileage runs, how airlines are cracking down on them by adding revenue requirements to earn elite status, and how loyalty programs are changing. It used to be quite common for frequent fliers…

Deal Alert: Low Fares To Europe on Delta and United – Houston IAH – Athens ATH As Low As $682 Roundtrip

Fare Deal Alert just reported on some decently low fares on a combination of Delta, Air France and/or KLM, and on United/Aegean from Houston IAH to Athens ATH roundtrip via a variety of airports including Athens, Paris and Amsterdam, with some airfares coming in as low as $682 roundtrip. It looks like these fares are…

Amazing Deal Alert: Roundtrip Flights from US-Europe $345 on United

Update: The Flight Deal is reporting that these fares are dead, but I am still finding them loading on Wideroe all the way through the checkout page, though I have not purchased any, so they may be gone, but if you’re flying this spring, it could still be worth investigating in case any of these…

Deal Alert: New York to Istanbul from $522 Round-trip

Per this Flyertalk thread, there are currently some cheap fares if you’re planning to head to Istanbul early next year. I was able to find fares on Air Canada from New York JFK to Istanbul via Toronto Pearson starting as low as $522 for dates beginning in January 2014 through March 2014, and even further…

JFK to Los Angeles and Vice Versa on United for $228 Total Roundtrip This Fall

Update: It looks like fares have risen to around $298 on this route now on USAirways.com and the OTA’s – still better than average but not the best deal. I fly between the coasts often and I’ve seen airfare shoot up into the $300+ range and often skyrocketing to well over $500 for last minute…

Amazing Deal Alert- Hawaii to Paris As Low As $661 Total Roundtrip on United

Per JakeRyan1 on Flyertalk, United has some amazing fares from Hawaii to Paris good for travel this fall and next spring. I priced out a Honolulu to Paris (via Newark/Dulles/Houston to maximize the miles) for $665, which nets 18,031 Elite Qualifying Miles, so a total of 3.7 cents per mile- pretty awesome. Unfortunately these fares…

Cheap Flights to Dublin on Delta: Chicago from $401 Total Roundtrip – Including St. Patricks Day!

Dublin is one of my favorite cities in the world- great people, bars and overall vibe. It also helps that airfares dip low throughout the year. Today’s cheap fares are from Chicago- $401 total roundtrip and you can route via Atlanta for maximum miles- 9,088 valuable Medallion Qualifying Miles and base Skymiles plus up to…