Check out this hilarious YouTube video of two cartoon co-workers debating the merits (or idiocy) of mileage runs.
Personally I’ve never been a fan of the pure mileage run. They’ve always been way too expensive for me to undertake — flying just to acquire miles to redeem — since the cost per ticket calculation that suggests acquiring miles from flying is worthwhile generally doesn’t incorporate the opportunity cost of time, which I place at a pretty hefty premium given my disparate commitments.
That said, I am a fan of that short extra trip needed to bump up to the next elite level, especially if it’s for top tier, and especially if there’s a strong expectation of heavy flying in the next year.
And I am a fan of discretionary travel to see new places, experience new things, and change the scenery of life.
So you won’t find me doing many a straight-turn, but an extra weekend trip absolutely.
(HT: Upgrade: Travel Better)