DFW to Shanghai, Nonstop! – American Airlines – #FlightDeal or #MileageRun – Jan 2015 – $815 R/T – 5.5 CPM – #OneWorld

Here’s a weekend mileage run to Shanghai in January 2015. It’s a price good price all around. It’s also a nice nonstop flight on American. You’re only in Shanghai for 2 days but be sure to have your Chinese visa in order unless you are going to transit to a 3rd country in that 2 day period. Check Chinese visa rules for your country for details.

Sample Departure Date: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

Sample Return Date: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

Airline: American Airlines

CPM:  5.5 CPM 

Total Base Mileage Earned: 14,666

Routing: DFW-PVG-DFW (nonstop)

Total Roundtrip Fare: $815

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Cheap! DFW to Doha – British Airways #FlightDeal or #MileageRun – Jan 2015 – $701R/T – 4.3 CPM – #OneWorld

This is a very quick turnaround mileage run from Dallas to Doha, Qatar on British Airways. You can credit to Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan or American’s AAdvtange if you are U.S. based. You’re only on the ground in Doha for about 2 hours so a hotel stay is definitely not needed.

Sample Departure Date: Sat, Jam, 24. 2015

Sample Return Date: Sun, Jan 25, 2015 (arrives Mon, Jan 26)

Airline: British Airways

CPM:  4.3 CPM 

Total Base Mileage Earned: 15,982

Routing: DFW-LHR-BAH-DOH-BAH-LHR-DFW

Total Roundtrip Fare: $701

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Seattle to Baltimore – Delta- #FlightDeal or Weekday #MileageRun – Nov 2014 – $268 R/T – 4.8 CPM – #SkyTeam

Not everyone is able to do weekday mileage runs due to their work schedule, but if you are, here’s an easy one that only eats up one full day since the outbound segment is a redeye. Not much flexibility on dates if you’re seeking the lowest fare possibility.

Sample Departure Date: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Sample Return Date: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 (redeye, no hotel stay needed)

Airline: Delta

CPM:  4.8 CPM 

Total Base Mileage Earned: 5,506 CPM

Routing: SEA-ATL-BWI-ATL-DFW

Total Roundtrip Fare: $268

 

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Austin to LAX – Delta- #FlightDeal or #MileageRun – Nov 2014 – $216 R/T – 3.9 CPM – #SkyTeam

Interested in a quick redeye mileage run on a Friday evening after work? There seems to be a flurry of MRs for Texas folks on Delta this week. Not many dates available with the lowest fare by other dates and/or trip lengths can be had for a bit more. This is a follow up to my Houston to LAX post yesterday.

Sample Departure Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

Sample Return Date: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 (redeye, no hotel stay needed)

Airline: Delta

CPM:  3.9 CPM 

Total Base Mileage Earned: 5,504 CPM

Routing: AUS-ATL-LAX-ATL-AUS

Total Roundtrip Fare: $216

 

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Houston to LAX – Delta- #FlightDeal or #MileageRun – Nov 2014 – $202 R/T – 3.8 CPM – #SkyTeam

This is a quick turnaround mileage run from Houston to LAX via Atlanta in Delta Economy on a Friday afternoon with a red-eye return in less than 24 hours. Not many dates available with the lowest fare by other dates and/or trip lengths can be had for a bit more.

Sample Departure Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

Sample Return Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 (arrive Nov 15)

Airline: Delta

CPM:  3.8 CPM 

Total Base Mileage Earned: 5,256 CPM

Routing: IAH-ATL-LAX-ATL-IAH

Total Roundtrip Fare: $202

 

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STL/MSY/DFW to Madrid in Business Class- Delta – #FlightDeal – Mar 2014 – ~$2,000 R/T – #SkyTeam

Update: 10/21 8:16 PM CST

$2,029 Fare also available from New Orleans (MSY)

$2,077 from Dallas (DFW)

Europe is still quite chilly in early March but Spain is going to be about the mildest spot on the continent.

While the price isn’t earth shattering cheap, roughly $2,000 round-trip to Europe in business class is still a really good deal. The product isn’t exciting (Delta 767) but it’s still a comfy way to cross the Atlantic. A decent amount of dates available in February and March 2015.

Sample Departure Date: Tue, Mar 3, 2o14

Sample Return Date: Tue, Mar 10, 2014

Airline: Delta

CPM: 14.0 CPM  (Again, not anywhere near mileage run worthy but still a good business class fare)

Total Base Mileage Earned: 14,418 Base Miles if you bank to Alaska Mileage Plan, 10,145 if banked to Delta SkyMiles under Skymiles 2015

Routing: STL-ATL-MAD-ATL-STL

Total Roundtrip Fare: $2,029

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The TSA PreCheck Rants are Abound!

Over the last couple of days, I’ve seen quite a bit of back and forth between a few prominent travel bloggers and the TSA on Twitter. While government bureaucracy isn’t sexy and the TSA probably isn’t America’s favorite federal agency, TSA PreCheck has been quite a time saver since I gained the benefit earlier this year. I gained the PreCheck benefits through my Global Entry membership for $100 for 5 years. Not a bad price when comes out to about 5 cents a day for a pretty cool benefit. I wrote a previous post about how my application experience went. 

Everyone has a different experience and it’s not for everyone but here are my personal observations:

1) I’ve had 100% success rate on all my flight bookings since joining. I hope that keeps up but I’, expecting a time where it won’t work at some point.

2) Most PreCheck travelers are fairly efficient and understand the process. However, some appear to have no idea of what PreCheck is and I’m not sure if they even recall signing up for it. And yes, I am aware that the TSA occasionally lets random passengers into the PreCheck lines. I’ve rarely seen that occur lately.

3) It’s just about essential when flying through major leisure airports like. I’m frequently in Orlando or Tampa where TSA PreCheck is totally worth it. There’s not many business travelers so the PreCheck lines are short. Plus leisure airports usually means lots of slow, infrequent travelers who can barely figure out how to take off their shoes. Honolulu was another place where I saved a ton of time.

4) If you’re flying through major business hubs like LAX or JFK, expect to be in line with a lot of others PreCheck travelers. Heavy business traffic. It may not save you time but it will save you the headache of removing shoes and belts.

The TSA is currently looking to expand the PreCheck program to more travelers which has many frequent travelers concerned. I think if the average traveler is educated on how TSA PreCheck works and is prepared to move through the process efficiently, I think it might work. However, forcing tons of infrequent travelers through the TSA PreCheck program who will make PreCheck vastly more inefficient is going to piss off quite a few travelers. I don’t expect TSA PreCheck to be an “elite” program but I think you’re going to be in it, there’s an expectation to be prepared for the process.

In the end, TSA is there to ensure the safety of air travel. As long as my experience with TSA PreCheck continues to go as it’s gone so far, I’ll continue to endorse it as one of the best travel perks out there.

Quick Weekend Getaway to Chicago? DFW to ORD – American – #FlightDeal – Oct/Nov 2014- $105 R/T

Not quite mileage run material but makes for a nice weekend getaway to Chicago. Shortest stay available is one night.

Sample Departure Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

Sample Return Date: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

Airline: American

CPM:  6.5 CPM

Total Base Mileage Earned: 1,602 Miles

Routing: DFW-ORD-DFW

Total Roundtrip Fare: $105

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