Now that I made 1K for 2012, I am able to relax about status
(SPG stays #24 and #25 are booked, so I’m safe). It feels great not to worry. The problem is 2013 is just around the corner
and my business travel won’t get me close to 1K in 2013. I’m looking for cheap United flights early in
2013 to get a status head start and maybe find some cheap deals to new places.
|Sunset at Denver Airport on United 737|
Denver isn’t the cheapest airport and there isn’t a close
alternative (COS is 2 hours drive, but the fares aren’t great there either). There are a few flights to Oslo or Stockholm
for about 6.5c per mile flown. Not bad,
but not great. I haven’t been to either
city, so I’m tempted to book. The price
is a little high for just the miles and the fare has a two night stay
required. I wouldn’t mind a short
vacation, but I’d rather go when it’s warm and there is sunlight.
|US Airways Jet in New York|
Domestic flights aren’t any cheaper from Denver; I’m looking
at 8c a mile. There are some cheap
transcon flights (BOS-SNA for 4.5c / mi), but I’d need to reposition to a coast
and that’s not cost effective unless I fly a few round trips. There aren’t any cheap day trips out there,
so very frustrating. I guess I’ll go
back to ITA Matrix and search some more.