Why I’m Flying New York To Detroit Via Chicago

I’m heading to Detroit this weekend, and instead of booking a direct flight I opted to take a connection via Chicago. Why on earth would I do that you might ask?

My routing

My routing

There are actually several reasons why:

  1. First, I’m traveling alone. I wouldn’t ask anyone else to take this kind of routing, but when it make sense, I’m certainly willing to do so myself.
  2. Second, I need all the premier qualifying miles I can get. This year is shaping up to be a slower travel year than last year, and it’s going to be tough for me to hit Premier Platinum (let alone 1K). By routing through Chicago (and taking into account the 500 mile minimums for Premiers), I’m going to earn an extra 1438 miles toward my United status (2438 vs. 1000). Every little bit helps!
  3. Third, I felt like having lunch at Tortas Frontera :). Ok maybe I didn’t really have that in mind when I booked the ticket, but it is a nice side benefit!

I’ve never done a pure mileage run, but this is the second time so far this year that I’ve taken a somewhat out-of-the-way routing in order to squeeze out a few extra miles. The last time was my trip to Las Vegas, when I opted to fly home via San Francisco instead of taking a direct flight. In addition to earning an extra 859 status miles for that return trip, I was also able to immediately confirm an upgrade for the SFO-JFK leg to United p.s. business class (clutch for a Sunday night redeye).

Every little bit helps!

Every little bit helps!

My layover in Chicago on this weekend’s trip is just under 2 hours, so I’ll have a little time to kill. If you happen to be in ORD around lunch time, let me know on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter – lunch at Tortas Frontera is on me!


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  11 comments for “Why I’m Flying New York To Detroit Via Chicago

  1. dotti cahill
    May 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    trying to get to sfo from jax via atl in july fares are $976 ouch used to br abler to do so for $500 looking at other options

  2. May 16, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    i do this every time. it is usually significantly cheaper for me.

    • May 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      I think the price was basically a wash for me when I booked it. A while back when I was flying to KC every week, I would often do PHL-CLE-MCI instead of EWR-MCI as it was CONSIDERABLY cheaper.

  3. Miles, Points, and Mai Tais
    May 17, 2013 at 1:11 am

    That’s how it all starts…I used to add in an extra LAX-SFO or SFO-LAX leg to get the extra 500 miles, and now I fly to Alaska via New York ;)

  4. LufthansaFlyer
    May 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I’ve learned to get to chicago from GRR via CLE, easy extra 500PQMs…..my flights for next week take 9 legs to get to LA and back! :) ……for the same price as a 4 segment flight and half as many PQM’s.

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