Since I was pregnant and had a baby last year, I was only able to fly for about seven months. In that time I was able to achieve Gold Status with American and A-List with Southwest. So far this year I’ve gotten A-List again with Southwest, which is great. However, I am still only Gold on American. In about 7 weeks I will fly to Manila again, and would really, really, really like to have Platinum again. Right now I am 10,336 miles away, and have four trips scheduled before Manila. At first glance figured I had it in the bag, but my travel plans changed. Originally I was supposed to do only one trip each to BNA, YYZ, RDU, and ORW, but now instead of going to Toronto I am going to Nashville twice. If I do what I typically do and take the shortest travel time possible (going through DFW) I will get 8,592 miles—1,744 short. Oy.
So I started looking at alternate routes. Since I am a business travel and my company pays for my flights, I won’t pick anything that costs more. Plus, since I schedule my travel through our online travel portal my options are a bit limited. It makes me nervous to take anything longer than the shortest possible trip heading out (in case there’s some sort of issue or delay) but I have no problem doing it on the way home. So with those parameters in place, I was able to find flights that went through ORD instead of DFW for 3 of my 4 trips home. Great! I thought. That will get me there! Um, no. It gets me to 10,097. That means I am 239 miles short. OMG.
Y’all, I don’t know what to do to get those 239 miles. I know technically at this point I could do the Platinum challenge, but I would like to avoid that if possible. So do I need to do a mileage run? Or are there any other options? If there is any way to do this without spending additional money, bonus.
I know some of the basics on getting status and maximizing mileage, but there are far greater minds than mine in this community. If you’ve got any suggestions, I appreciate it!