It’s been quite a few years since my last trip to nowhere aka a mileage run. I used to do them on the regular when earning status miles and redeemable miles were easier to attain and frankly when they were worth more than they are today. There’s still a time and a place for a mileage run and when this deal came out as part of a black Friday sale, I decided a trip to Hong Kong was in order and since the return required a trip to China, I figured I visit the Beijing Airport 😊too. In this case to make the trip work I ended up making a very complex set of reservations.
Initially I had a very simple round trip booked on Cathay Pacific from San Francisco to Hong Kong in Cathay’s Premium Economy, which I haven’t flown since 2012. Nested inside that trip was a Business Class round trip originating in Beijing back to Los Angeles with a combination of Cathay and American (which I upgraded to First using AA systemwide upgrade certificates). Yes folks, you got it two roundtrips across the Pacific to/from Asia. Here’s the final itinerary for those that are curious about my obsession and the lengths I’ll go to for a good deal.
Here’s the breakdown of what I booked and links to the reviews as completed: