I know the title of this post sounds fluffy, but I don’t mean it in the way of daydreaming about aspirational travels where you take a shower onboard a luxurious flight, and then enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner at a tropical island resort. Those are fun dreams (and realities!) too, but I’m curious if I’m a little bit nuts for actually calculating miles & points in my sleep.
I was just visiting family in the mountains of North Carolina to celebrate a graduation, and I woke up very early one morning after a crazy dream.
In my dream, I had been in Business Class on a long-haul flight (I know, if it was a dream it should have been First). When the flight landed I was still lying fully outstretched in bed with the pillows and blankets out.
In real life, aside from this not being allowed the thought of ever being unprepared to dash off the plane would stress me, but in my dream I was still lolling about in my pajamas and not even trying to pack up my stuff. I took so much time, in fact, that I ended up being the last person onboard.
A curious thing happened next. As I was gathering my belongings, I spotted new crew coming onboard, one of which started placing new blankets in a deep red hue on each of the seats. I was offered one, along with a drink, and when I acted surprised the flight attendant laughed and said, “Oh, you didn’t know? If you stay onboard a flight until the very end you can simply take the next one for free, and earn double EQM (Elite Qualifying Miles) for the latter flight on any alliance partner.”
My brain started racing, and I asked where the flight was headed. She replied that the aircraft was bound for Kuala Lumpur, and that the new crew onboard meant an airline change as well, and I was now flying on Shanxiese Airlines.
Perhaps I was feeling nostalgic for the days of double and triple Elite Qualifying Miles (DEQM, TEQM) promotions I enjoyed with American and United Airlines once upon a time when there were no minimum spend requirements to maintain status, and you could rack up a whole slew of miles that could easily be redeemed. Or maybe I was wistful for the seemingly more frequent days of “very good fares” when airlines honored them.
Whatever the reason, I then started thinking of all the possible routes. The rules seemed to include that the first flight had to be on a widebody aircraft originating in the US, so my mind started making lists of which routes would offer the cheapest initial cost, and which flights positioned me properly to utilize my preferred (cough non US airlines cough) where I could maximize comfort and earn EQM’s (for free!) to far-flung destinations. Seth with Wandering Aramean even has a tool where you can search for widebodies within the US, though I didn’t have that available during slumber of course.
I wracked my brain trying to think of what alliance Shanxiese Airlines was in, and came up empty (probably because the airline doesn’t exist).
I woke up excited, crunching numbers in my head of actual route mileages and calculating mileage earnings for the different programs.
Then I realized it had been a dream, just a dream, and I was sooo disappointed.
This dream wasn’t anywhere near my first one about miles and points, nor the first time I’d woken up in the middle of calculating my way to lifetime BA Executive Club Gold Guest List status (or something similar). It made me wonder though.
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Do any of you dream of miles and points? Calculate out strategies for maximizing mileage earning while you slumber (perhaps using a combination of imaginary and real data?) or redeem using real-value redemption charts? Or am I just a little off my rocker?
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