Last month, my dad messaged me about an amazing fare sale ($122 RT ai) on United from EWR (Newark) to PDX (Portland). With a fare like that, it’s impossible to resist, and I immediately thought of two words: mileage run!
Back in December, I set Kevin up to be the mileage-run guinea pig in this household because he was only a couple of thousand miles shy of United Premier Gold status. Luckily, we found a great deal of $221 round trip from EWR to SEA (Seattle), departing and returning in the same day, allowing him to successfully obtain his status. I’ll have to admit though, I was a bit jealous of his mileage run without me, but it’s refreshing to know in the end that he’s always a perfect gentleman when it comes to giving me his upgraded first-class seat when we travel together (I’m only Premier Silver with United… boo hoo).
Personally, I have yet to take part in a mileage run, and I’m usually the type of person who likes to at least see the places that I land in. With that in mind, I suggested an itinerary where we’d at least have one full day to explore Portland (and possibly drive to Seattle). It worked out perfectly – Dad and I were able to find a span of dates allowing us 1 and a half days to explore Portland at the amazing price of $122 and change.
As far as hotels for this trip – I’m leaving it entirely up to chance. Back in January, I blogged about the iPhone app, HotelTonight. Apparently this app is favored among many travelers, but believe it or not, I’ve yet to use it myself. What’s a better time than now to give it a go? I have about $205 in referral credits (thanks guys) that I can use towards 2-nights of rooms (I’ve been keeping an eye on Portland and 90% of the time there are rooms less than $90 a night available on the app).
Another amazing and generous touch to the trip was that J.R., the winner of my AirAsia credit shell, had unexpectedly offered me some of his regional upgrades on United because he’s now living in Asia and did not have a use for them in the near future. That was SO kind of him to do so, and we’re so grateful of his generosity. It’ll be my dad’s first time flying first-class, and it just so happens to be his birthday week that we are traveling, so you can bet that he was escatic when I told him the news. I am constantly amazed by the kindness and how closely-knit the points and miles community is as a whole – you guys are pretty amazing people. Thanks again!
With Portland coming up in less than 2 weeks, I’m pretty excited myself. I’ve yet to visit any of the northwest, so I’m glad a simple mileage run could inspire a mini-vacation with Dad.
Does anyone have any recommendations for things to see, do, or eat in Portland/Seattle? If so, please do share =).