One of the most frequent comments I get from non-mileage runners is “wow, I can’t believe you fly for ‘no reason’ without ever leaving an airport, just to earn miles.” Well, maybe I can get some praise from those people with this one….
United is offering some great fares to launch their new Dubai route, as low as $1,100 all-in roundtrip from many cities in the US. Through March 31 you can also earn 3,000 bonus miles for the cheaper coach fares, which is nice.
I almost never fly revenue flights internationally, since I usually do award tickets in premium cabins, so most that know me would never suspect I’d do this as a quasi-mileage run.
Anyway, I’m seriously considering going to Dubai shortly after Christmas, during my winter break. The dates I’m looking at are $1,300, but in this case one direction is upgradeable (and confirmable), so I’m fine with that. The other direction, spanning over 15 hours, would not be upgradeable.
Now, the only reason I’m seriously considering this is because I have a bunch of vouchers sitting around, including a $600 bump voucher and $400 customer relations voucher, which can be combined for $1,000 off any one ticket. That means for a mere $300 I could earn nearly 40,000 miles, which I figure isn’t bad, especially since Dubai is high on my list of cities to see.
I’m thinking about staying for two to three nights. Typically Dubai hotels are expensive as hell, especially around the Holidays, but in this case I found the Holiday Inn Express Jumeirah for about $80/night all-in, breakfast included, which is amazing considering I’ll earn points and hopefully get some form of status recognition. Reviews of the property are great as well.
So I’m thinking this one over, it’s definitely tempting. I could earn a bunch of miles, earn an extra two systemwide upgrades thanks to crossing another milestone, and see a city I desperately want to see, all for $300 plus a total of about $200 in hotels.
What say ye, wise readers?