In frequent flyer circles there are things called a mileage run or a status run. For the uninitiated, a mileage run is generally to take a lot of flights in a short period of time to bank a lot of miles in one go.

A status run or a tier point run is essentially the same thing. This is where a person takes a lot of flights in a short period of time with the goal of achieving a particular elite level in an airlines frequent flyer programme. Is it safe though?

Give Me An Example Status Run

As it is easier to earn lower levels of elite status with airlines, most of the runs are designed to earn the highest level in a programme. From a zero base, this means a fair number of flights need to be taken at once.

It is not uncommon for there to be eight to ten flights in a row. The reason it is called a run is that each flight is back to back and there may only be one short overnight stop along the way.

An example would be flying from London to Dublin, then to London again, on to New York, across to Los Angeles, to Honolulu and back the same way. This earns quite a lot of miles and a good set of tier points.

Even writing it down sounds pretty tiring. The good thing about it is that most running in this way is done in premium cabins so it is less uncomfortable than it could be. The question is, what are the health implications of this?

A Comment On Health

Clearly everyone has different levels of health and one would assume someone doing a run would be fit enough to handle the constant travel. Radiation levels won’t be a problem because it is still less flying than airline crew do in a month.

What about things like DVT though? Sitting in a pressurised environment in a seat for a few days on end must increase the risk here. Also, with no proper bed or sleep, it must be very taxing on the body. That is before you even think about the circadian clock.

Overall Thoughts

I have never really been on a status run or a mileage run before. I’ve certainly chosen to fly to a destination by a circuitous route to maximise my status but never a run per se. I find doing four flights back to back quite tiring, so eight or ten must be hardcore.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has done a mileage run or status run. What are your thoughts on this? How do you keep healthy while doing it? Anyone had a health scare from doing one of these?

Thanks for reading and I look forward to your comments below.

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