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  1. HansGolden
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    Two more 3x trips or three more 1x trips?

  2. HansGolden
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    Duh. Typo. I meant: Two more 3x trips or two more 1x trips?

  3. Darren
    Darren at |

    More power to you! My body simply can’t handle MRs like this anymore, but I completely understand why you’re doing it.

  4. @noviceflyer
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    I cant even find flights like that out of Tul..nice job but that would take a toll on my body..

  5. Lee
    Lee at |

    All I can say is, You deserve it. 🙂

  6. Lee
    Lee at |

    My typical MR these days is OD-WM–CVS-BB. 😉

  7. Aptraveler
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    So THAT’S what you’re doing Seth. 🙂 This is why I follow your blogg, for the sincerely and the unvarnished way you tell your tale and acknowledge your mishaps as you share your personal accomplishments.

    The write up reminds me, on a different scale, what my Memorial Day weekend MR, IAH-JNB via YYZ & LHR was all about. The need to stay clean was imperative, so I wouldn’t be thrown out of one of the planes. So, I’m grateful to the showers at the Air Canada arrival lounge in LHR and the SAA lounge in JNB. Although I slept on those night flights, I was happy to enjoy my bed once I got home. 19K miles & 1K completion already was the incentive, but would I do it again? I don’t know, although you’re SO right on that Siren call!!
    Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

  8. Marshall Jackson
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  9. glenn
    glenn at |

    A true road warrior says “I’ll sleep when I am dead”! Good job!

  10. Derek
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    I second AptTraveler’s comments – it’s great to hear about your successes but also challenges too. Thanks for the great post, Seth!

    I’m curious, what is your target metric of a worthwhile mileage runs, as in PQM/dollar? Also, since MP status lasts the remainder of the year plus the year after, why do a run now in June verses the beginning of the year?

    Good luck with round 2 and 3! Looking forward to those reports.

  11. Jeffsetter
    Jeffsetter at |

    I couldn’t do it myself, but kudos to you for getting it done and living to tell about it!

  12. Jeff
    Jeff at |

    you are amazing…. I’ve only done 1 run in my life (a second planned), but I aspire to some of the experiences you have!

  13. Trevor
    Trevor at |

    Wow — quite an experience…. and definitely looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the Inagural DEN-NRT.

  14. charles
    charles at |

    ahhhh reminds me of the famous NWA zone certs where I did DCA-MSP-LGW-MSP-HNL-MSP-LAX-DTW-DCA in a weekend for $385 a/i

    Oh, gotta love the LH lounge at IAD! Puts that United “Club” to shame…

  15. Andrew
    Andrew at |

    This is literally totally freaking crazy. I mean, I LOVE flying, but this is bananas. Why would you do this to yourself? Don’t you have better things to do?

  16. AndyF
    AndyF at |

    That’s an epic MR, congrats! And I used to pat myself on the back for doing ONE back-to-back transcon MR. Did you get the upgrade on the last, third redeye? If not, that would’ve been brutal.

  17. Iolaire McFadden
    Iolaire McFadden at |

    It would be a great service to the public to explain in layman’s terms what this gets you (and what it would get a non-status person):
    “RDMs earned: Similar to above, I should be somewhere between 31,500 and 35,000 RDMs for the trip. That’s taking in to account the Y/B bonus and 1K bonus earning.”

    Sort of like what you did for @Derek in the comments, with the additional comments of, had I had no status/points for the year whatsoever I would have received X points that did/did not put me into the x level of status.

    Many times these types of posts assume that the readers understand the value of RDMs etc.

    I would find it interesting to learn that say someone with no points, could do this weekend twice and get X status that corresponds to lounge access, more points, upgrades etc..

    Without more information it’s hard to see the value of mileage running – especially if you are starting at zero.

  18. AG
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    I’ve done this before and decided it’s not worth it. For me the sweet spot has been EWR-IAH-NRT-IAH-EWR – same amount of PQMs virtually and even if I don’t upgrade the international sectors, much more bearable. An depending on all of the costs – food, parking, etc etc the net costs are not that different.

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  23. HPL
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    Hi Seth. EWR-SAN-IAD-PHL-IAD-SAN-IAD-PHL-IAD-SAN-EWR. Very impressive. Curious if this was booked as one ticket or as 2 or 3 different tickets. If one ticket, how did you book it; multiple destination itinerary on a website? If 2 or 3 different tickets, please tell us how you considered the possibility that a delay on one of the early flights might have caused you to miss subsequent flights, including those flights on a different ticket in which case the airline theoretically has no obligation to accommodate you. Are you counting on the “flat tire ‘rule’” to help in that situation? Will airlines generally try to make accommodates if one misses a flight due to a delayed same airline but separate ticket flight? Something else? Thanks very much. Please keep up the good work.