Monday, January 17, 2011

Our Own Honolulu Hulu

We'll be flying back and forth, and maybe swaying a little en route, as we fly to HNL not once but twice in the next few days, resulting from bargain fares that we scooped up in November. We are upgraded into F for all legs.

Tuesday morning we fly SEA-DEN-HNL for a total of 4380 miles.

Thursday morning we fly HNL-SFO-SEA for a total of 3068 miles.

Friday morning we fly SEA-LAX-HNL for a total of 3504 miles.

Sunday morning we fly HNL-SFO-SEA for a total of 3068 miles.

The cost-effective flights will total 14020 miles toward our goal of reaching Million-Mile status on UA in 2011. SEA-DEN-HNL alone adds up to a hefty chunk of miles but we're avoiding a red-eye by not flying back through DEN. We couldn't find the same cheap fare for the second trip so we're settling for fewer miles through LAX. It's still a pleasing pile of miles and will total up to 17,247 Elite Status Miles (EQM*) in our 2011 accounts by next Monday morning.

While they don't meet FlyerTalk's classic definition of a Mileage Run - 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 - our intent is roughly similar.

In the same spirit, we'll amass seven different hotel stays, divided among Hilton, Intercontinental, and Starwood properties, chosen largely for price.

Crazy as it sounds, we also intend to enjoy ourselves thoroughly.

*EQM used to stand for Elite Qualifying Miles, but it appears UA now calls them Elite Status Miles. For reasons best known to themselves, they're retaining the EQM abbreviation, at least for the time being.

1 comment:

Dennis Warner said...

Great time of the year to visit Hawaii! Aloha!