To many people, the phenomenon “Mileage Run” is much unknown. If you aren’t member of an airline-related forum, you have probably never heard of it. Mileage runners’ goal is to earn elite status as quickly and cheaply as possible. According to the glossary on WebFlyer.com, a mileage run is, “A series of flights taken in a very short amount of time, solely for the purpose of accumulating frequent flyer miles, with a blatant disregard for the destinations.” Mileage run is considered as art in motion and there are always things to learn about.
If you want to be a mileage runner you should first identify how many miles or segments you need to reach your desired elite level and determine if it will be easiest to earn via miles or segments. For example, Scandinavian Airlines program Eurobonus offers its first elite level, Silver, at 20 000 points or 20 segments. To archive EuroBonus highest level, Gold, you need 50 000 points or 50 segments. If you’re not sure what segments mean Webflyer has defined it as, “A section or ‘leg’ of a continuous itinerary,” To be more specific, a segment has one flight number and one boarding pass.
A Mileage run requires a lot of planning and it’s all about the routes. As a Mileage runner you don’t want to fly nonstop to your destination, you want connections and routing that no one wants. You should consider international routes. Generally, the farther you go with a good fare, the price per mile goes down.
I hope this short description gave you a better picture of what Mileage Run is. If you want to get started with it, I recommend you take a look at these websites.
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