How do we find these deals? For a start, by spending too much time hanging around the Internet along with scanning a couple of dozen e-mail subscriptions a day from Travel Zoo, United Airlines, Smarter Travel, and a whole bunch of other places.
Sometimes it's as simple as checking out the Mileage Run Deals forum on FlyerTalk. Voila!
Kathy has already put a flight on book-and-hold, giving us a little time to examine it from all angles and make sure it doesn't conflict with something previously scheduled. The itinerary:
April 29 8:30 a.m. Vancouver to Portland to San Francisco to Kona, arriving at 6:12 p.m.
May 3 12:37 p.m. Kona to San Francisco for overnight
May 4 7:55 a.m. San Francisco to Vancouver, arriving at 10:08 a.m.
Result: more than 6000 EQMs (Elite Qualifying Miles) in our UA Mileage Plus accounts in the annual quest for status on UA (United) and our first visit to the Big Island.
Yet again, thank you FlyerTalk! It's our support group minus the 12-step program.
Follow up: This morning Kathy played around with flights, thought we'd lost the fare after canceling the held flight to book a better time, but retrieved some slightly better times and connections.
The final flight now looks like this:
April 29 7:50 a.m. Vancouver to Seattle to San Francisco to Kona, arriving at 6:12 p.m.
May 3 1:20 p.m. Kona to Los Angeles for overnight
May 4 9:04 a.m. Los Angeles to Vancouver, arriving at 12:00 p.m.
EQMS: 7118 Total cost (all-in) for two: $243 each