File this week’s mileage run under “it seemed like a good idea at the time.” And it mostly still does, though the more I look at my itinerary and the timing on some of the flights the more I’m questioning my sanity. A total of more than 17,000 miles flown and the calculator says a hair under 100,000 bmi Diamond Club points earned. Not bad for a few days in the air and less than $500 in total airfare. Oh, and almost all of it is in first class. But, like any good story, there’s more to it than that.
The trip starts this morning with a positioning flight from Newark to Minneapolis, via Milwaukee. I think I’m earning a few points for my Delta SkyMiles account on these flights but I’m not positive. I’m also not too worried about it. The flights are short and the ticket was cheap. Plus, it is my first time flying on Midwest – way too late to get the classic experience, but better late than never – and a couple new lines for my map.
Tomorrow the real meat of the trip starts. A trip from Minneapolis to Spokane, Washington, routed via Chicago, New Orleans and Denver. The return on Sunday routes via Denver and Houston before finishing up in Chicago. I’m stopping in Chicago on Sunday night – and giving up a few miles – because bright and early on Monday morning I’m headed back to Spokane, this time on US Airways and via Phoenix.
Monday afternoon I actually stop flying for 26 hours and take advantage of the positioning to visit Idaho and play a round of golf at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. The course is supposed to be beautiful. Hopefully it still is when I’m done with it on Tuesday morning. I’m driving that afternoon and I’ve got an 8:40am tee time so I’ll probably be sober for the round, too. It has been a while since I’ve played golf and even longer since I did it without a few beers. Should be interesting.
Tuesday afternoon the crazy flying starts right back up, with Spokane – Chicago via Phoenix. Wednesday morning, about 6 hours after I get to Chicago, I turn around and do the Chicago-Phoenix-Spokane-Phoenix-Chicago run all over again. A 17 hour day of flying that should pretty much push me over to the top in terms of insanity. That wraps up the bmi earning for the week and is 98,738 Diamond Club points, give or take a few.
Finally, Thursday morning I fly Midway – LaGuardia on Delta. That one segment should earn me about 20,000 points thanks to the fly together bonus scheme Delta is running right now.
That was supposed to be the end of my travel week. Then I got a call from a potential client about a sales call in Maine on Friday. So Thursday night, after swapping out my suitcase at home, I get JFK – Portland, ME. I think I’m coming home on Saturday by train. That adds up to 17,466 miles flown according to the Great Circle Mapper.
All in all, a pretty ridiculous schedule but also a lot of potential for fun. And it could have been worse. At one point I had a trip to Germany for the day penciled in on Thursday night/Friday rather than Maine.
Up, up and away…..
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