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?
There are actually several reasons why:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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).
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!