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Update – didn’t take long and the fares went back up. Congrats on anyone who got in!
I recently wrote about the sort-of mileage run that I did from Houston to San Francisco. I loved my one night in San Francisco and wished I had more time there, but the reality that mileage running is not really ideal for families was emphasized when the severe weather at DFW could have easily caused me to not get home on time and caused me to get re-routed to United (thus making even getting the credit for the mileage run on American more difficult). So, that being said, I won’t be jumping on this deal myself even though it is incredibly tempting. However, if you have the time, money, and flexibility to make it work, then have at it!
Currently there are several dates in the April/May time-frame that you can fly from Austin – Dallas – San Francisco – Dallas – Austin for just $171.20. If you use a discount code found on this thread, you can bring the price down to$160.98. That route is about 1,654 miles, each way so the roundtrip would normally award 3308 miles, and that comes in at 4.8 cents per mile, which isn’t horrible. However, with the current promo that awards double redeemable miles and double elite qualifying miles on the DFW-SFO portion of the trip (for residents of TX, IL, and CA that register for the promo), you are looking at earning 6,236 elite qualifying and redeemable miles for the trip. That comes to 2.6 cents per mile, which is great.
If you happened to be lucky enough to be on the OneWorld MegaDO in January (like me), then you earn additional miles on top of that, as they are awarding triple redeemable miles through 5/31 if you can beat the amount you fly on AA last year by a certain percentage. Frankly, I don’t even want to do the math to see how many miles I would be earning if I did this route and stacked both of those promos since I can’t do it regardless. I’ll leave that to someone who can actually take advantage of it – ha ha!
Are you getting in on this deal? If so, I am just ever so slightly jealous of you. 😉
Thanks to this Flyertalk thread for alerting me to the deal!