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Do I book a flight where I will earn 553 miles for $11 or do I save myself 1 1/2 hours?

I’ve been going over the pro’s and con’s for the past 11 days and can’t decide, perhaps you’d like to share your thoughts?

Here’s the situation:  I need to book a one way ticket from San Diego to San Francisco on November 13 so I can begin the Star MegaDo 4.

Option 1:

I can book a flight on American Airlines from San Diego connecting in Los Angeles and then onto San Francisco.

Cost: $98

Seat: Coach*.  * As an Executive Platinum (EXP) status I get free first class upgrades if seats are available.

Miles to be earned: 1000*.  *Flyers with elite status on American earn a minimum of 500 miles for each segment.  Flyers without elite status would earn 446 miles (109 for San Diego to Los Angeles and 337 for Los Angeles to San Francisco).

Cost per mile (cpm): $0.09

Flying Time: 3 hours

Option 2:

I can book a flight on United Airlines from San Diego nonstop to San Francisco.

Cost: $87

Seat: Coach

Miles to be earned: 447.

Cost per mile (cpm): $0.19

Flying Time: 1 1/2 hours

I have no status with United so no chance of free upgrades nor minimum miles.

So what do you think? Go for the lower cost per mile, earn more miles, and possible free upgrades?  Or pay less for the ticket, earn less miles, but save or earn 1 1/2 hours of time?  What would you do?

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W Brian Duncan (aka IPBrian)

Sunday 15th of July 2012

I would book the American flight, of course I am not going on the StarMegaDo just because I am waiting (hoping) for the OneWorldMegaDo2! #bias

Debbie Schroeder

Sunday 15th of July 2012

Thanks for your input. I'm definitely leaning toward American myself. I'd love to be able to go on the OneWorldMegaDo2 next year too since OneWorld is my alliance. Hopefully we both get in; and if not, then you do. :)

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