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  • 1. Mileage Running Frequent Traveler University Los Angeles onemileatatime.net

2. Background Information: ben schlappig Boarding Areas One Mile At ATimeonemileatatime@hotmail.co bschlappigonemileatatimem onemileatatime.net 3. Basic assumptions Elite status is meaningless Frequent flyer miles are a scam Business travelers are stupidonemileatatime.net 4. What Well Talk About: How the game has changed recently When does it make sense to mileage run? How to use ITA to find cheap fares How to find availability for those fares How to maximize the routings How to lower the cost of airfare onemileatatime.net 5. How The Game Has Changed: The airlines are onto us with our routings onemileatatime.net 6. Old Possible Routing:onemileatatime.net 7. New Limited Routing: onemileatatime.net 8. Which Airline Should You Select? Pick an airline that offers incrementalbenefits beyond the miles earned (bonusmiles for passing thresholds, systemwideupgrades, etc.) Pick an airline that has generous routingrules Pick an airline that can meet your mileagegoals You cant use Delta miles for international firstclassonemileatatime.net Good luck getting to Tahiti with United miles 9. American AAdvantage: Lots of promotions for bonus miles Eight systemwide upgrades without farerestrictions for top tier elites International first class lounge access Generous routing rules when travelinginternationallyonemileatatime.net 10. United MileagePlus: Six systemwide upgrades for being top tierelite Four confirmed regional upgrades forachieving top tier elite Companion upgrades Fairly generous routing rules for some citypairs onemileatatime.net 11. Delta SkyMiles: Rollover elite miles Tons of ways to earn miles without flying(both elite and redeemable) Medallion Choice Benefits for earningPlatinum or Diamond Medallion status Nominate someone to Silver or Gold status 20,000-25,000 bonus redeemable miles 4-6 systemwide upgrades onemileatatime.net 12. Alaska Mileage Plan: Partners with American, Delta, Air France,British Airways, Korean Air, Qantas, CathayPacific Top tier status at 75,000 miles on Alaska or90,000 miles on partners 100% mileage bonus plus 50,000 bonusmiles per year (75,000 flown miles=200,000redeemable miles) onemileatatime.net 13. Tools For Constructing MileageRuns: expertflyer.com http://matrix.itasoftware.com/?showPricePerMile=true airlines multi-city search function FlyerTalk mileage run forumonemileatatime.net 14. Mileage Runs vs. Mini Vacations: If you take advantage of the rightpromotions, you may never need to mileagerun againonemileatatime.net 15. Using itaMatrix: onemileatatime.net 16. onemileatatime.net 17. onemileatatime.net 18. onemileatatime.net 19. onemileatatime.net 20. onemileatatime.net 21. itaMatrix: onemileatatime.net 22. onemileatatime.net 23. onemileatatime.net 24. onemileatatime.net 25. onemileatatime.net 26. Colombo premium faresonemileatatime.net 27. Questions? ben schlappigBoarding Areas One Mile At ATimeonemileatatime@hotmail.co bschlappigonemileatatimem onemileatatime.net