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I don’t do many mileage runs – I guess technically I don’t (or at least haven’t) done any pure mileage runs as I take the destination into consideration, and would rather pay a little more to see something interesting. If I am going to be traveling, I want to at least do a little along the way. That meant that when decent fares to Maui popped up a while back I grabbed one. It was roughly the number of miles I needed to hit United Platinum status this year, and who could argue with getting to spend a night in Maui.
Here is what a day in the life of a mileage run looked for me.
Great United pilots that encouraged us to listen in on Channel 9. Love, love, love this.
A festive crew that encouraged folks to get into the Hawaii spirit and have a mai tai!
This was actually not bad.
The movie about bike messengers on the other hand…..
Hertz apologized they had no mid-sized cars and asked if a convertible would do. Um, I think so.
It was about 1AM my time when this photo was taken and I had been traveling all day, but if someone gives you a lei you have to put it on – right?!
It was tempting to crawl right into bed and listen to the waves.
But a midnight snack of a “Honolulu Roll” was in order.
After a few great hours of sleep I was wide awake in time to see sunrise.
And drink guava juice in the Regency Club.
Time to enjoy my few hours in paradise before hopping on a plane and flying the 9-10 hours back home. This sort of sort-of mileage run is ridiculous, but a taste of paradise gets all that much more excited to bring my family back here for real. Time to earn enough points for a “real vacation”!