How do you honor an American hero and re-qualify for United 1K status at the same time? You fly from Los Angeles to the District of the Columbia via Florida and New Jersey.
My Washington, DC Mileage Run On United Airlines To Attend Dole Funeral
United Airlines extended my Premier 1K status for another year, but did not deposit a fresh allotment of PlusPoints, which are a significant part of the 1K value proposition. Many have expressed frustration to me that they cannot use them, but I have not had trouble using them both domestically and internationally. Therefore, these are highly valuable to me and I’d much rather have my own then be at the mercy of friends when I need them.
Hence, the mileage run (or segment run). I live in LA and my destinations in Washington, DC, which usually means a nonstop flight on United Airlines to Washington Dulles.
But I’m still a few segments short of re-qualifying for 1K status without being gifted the extension from United, so I got creative. The objectives were twofold: extra segments and upgrade space (preferably without having to use PlusPoints).
I found the ideal routing via Orlando and Newark. Rather than buy a $200 one-way ticket to Washington Dulles, I booked a $150 ticket to Orlando and then a $72 ticket from Orlando to Washington National via Newark.
Three segments for about the price of one and all my upgrades cleared. My itinerary includes a 737 MAX 9, 737-800, and CRJ-550, so no lie-flat products, but at least I’ll have a bit more room to stretch out and get dinner to Orlando and breakfast to Newark.
This trip also gives me a chance to review the United Club in Orlando and the Terminal A Club in Newark, as I slowly work toward my goal of offering a review of every single United Club.
I’ll have a lot more to say about Bob Dole’s life and legacy when I reflect upon his funeral tomorrow. For now, though, I smile at the hoops people go through to maintain status, including yours truly. There’s something exhilarating yet irrational about it…