Each of the last three years I have found myself in January with two systemwide upgrades which are about to expire at the end of January. In the past, my friend David and I used this as an excuse to go to London.
Because of the calendar and other obligations, I am on my own for the “SWU Run” in 2009–but that gave me some flexibility as well.
Rather than take the 5500-mile non-stop from LAX to London Heathrow, I decided to try some creative routing.
Instead, I am flying Burbank to London City Airport–with stops in San Francisco and Frankfurt along the way.
For about $100 extra (mostly in taxes) and a six-hour layover in Frankfurt, I will earn an additional 2600 elite qualifying miles, 4200 redeemable miles and have the possibility of checking out United Airlines’ reconfigured 747 in Business class (maybe).
Even better, with the weak Gordon Brown Peso (GBP), London is less than half the cost of what it was last sumer!