With US Airways’s move into the oneworld alliance, they are playing nice with their partners by announcing a deal: Fly with a certain number of partners and get miles. The more partners you fly with, the more miles you get. You can register here (and you must register to be eligible) and have until June 30 to complete your flying. Here’s a list of what you can earn:
Number of partners
Note: only partners listed in the offer count, so be careful who you fly if you are going to take advantage of this offer.
Frankly, I don’t see it being worthwhile. Unless you are already flying abroad, the cost per mile is prohibitively expensive and would likely force you to find a routing that would drive your travel department (or yourself) crazy. Still, there is some value in driving a travel department crazy.
It’s doable, but for at least $5,000. Heading from the East Coast, I chose May 21 as my departure date.
Flight 1) AA 106, departs JFK at 7:20 pm and arrives LHR (London) at 7:45 am 5/22/14. I get an AA segment.
Flight 2) Finnair 832, departs LHR at 10:20 am, arrives HEL (Helsinki) at 3:15 pm. Finnair segment.
Flight 3) Air Berlin 8313, departs HEL at 6:40 pm, arrives TXL (Berlin) at 7:35 pm. Air Berlin segment.
Overnight in Berlin. Sorry. Find a comfy chair or a nearby hotel.
Flight 4) This flight is TXL-MAD (Madrid), but involves a connection. TXL-LHR is on British Airways, which gets you a BA segment, and connects to LHR-MAD on IB (Iberia), getting you the Iberia segment. Note that the flight departs TXL at 7 am and only gives you 1h10 to connect in LHR, so you’ll need to move fast.
Flight 5) Final flight on this itinerary. Madrid-YVR (Vancouver) on any number of carriers. There’s a flight out of MAD that leaves at 2:40 pm, connects in LHR and arrives in YVR at 6:40 pm, and that’s a good option.
I’m not going to strand you in Vancouver, though. Cathay Pacific flies from Hong Kong to JFK and makes a stopover in Vancouver. You can, however, book the one-way YVR-JFK portion independently. It leaves at 10:50 pm and gets you into JFK the next morning. Cathay Pacific is your sixth, and final, segment.
Congratulations! You just spent $5,000 for 25,000 bonus miles (not to mention all the flight miles you have earned, which I haven’t even calculated but are around 15,000), plus a story that you can tell at parties for the rest of your life.
And at this point, I don’t even have the energy to do the west coast version. I’ll leave that up to somebody else!
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