As I blogged about a couple of days ago, American has a double elite qualifying miles promotion and triple redeemable miles promotion for travel originating and terminating in certain cities.
There’s a thread on FlyerTalk discussing the best and easiest mileage runs given this promotion. While I was going to wait for a general double elite qualifying miles promotion later in the year (which I’m expecting we’ll see), there are some compelling offers out there given the triple redeemable miles up for grabs as well. I think I might actually give Executive Platinum a shot!
For example, in the fall, flights from PIT to PEK (Beijing) via DFW and ORD in each direction price out at $900 all-in. Now there is a minimum stay requirement of a few days and a visa is required for China, but this is a great way to combine a mileage run and a mini-vacation. Plus, all fare classes on American are upgradeable internationally now, so you could use eVIPs to upgrade.
If my math is right, the trip is about 8,500 miles in each direction, or 17,000 miles roundtrip. Double the elite qualifying miles, and you’re looking at 34,000 elite qualifying miles for $900, or under 2.7 cents per mile. On the redeemable miles front, you’re looking at a minimum of 51,000 miles if you have no status, or 68,000 miles if you’re a Platinum or Executive Platinum. The numbers work out quite nicely there too.
Either way, three of these trips and you’re Executive Platinum. Tempting…