It’s just about that time—that time when mileage junkies start flying all across the globe and returning home without leaving the airport. Why do they do this? So they can retain their elite status with the airlines. And this could be the last year we see this since both Delta and United are switching from mile-based to revenue-based frequent flyer programs next year. If American Airlines follows suit, then these mileage runs might become obsolete.

In the meantime, for those who are trying to figure out how many miles they need, MileCalc is a great option since it calculates multiple airport codes and factors in elite levels, actual dollars spent, booking class, promotion bonus miles, fares, and even credit card bonuses. Visually, it’s not the prettiest site but it offers handy information.

FYI: This tip was once a popular Travel Website of the Week post.



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5 Comments On "Travel Tip of the Day: MileCalc"
  1. Sally Carrocino|

    How far ahead should you book an
    International trip with mileage. When you use the
    Least mileage and get the best itinerary?

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Usually far in advance (330 days) or the last minute.

      1. Boaz|

        As Johnny said, it is usually 330 days – but not always. The quick-and-easy finds out when award seats will be released for your desired flight date, and you can then add a reminder to your (Google, Yahoo, or iCal) calendar.

  2. Saffronstays|

    HI, Johnny,
    It looks good but I am in confusion that people do really need this or use this mileage calculator. Because I have traveled a lot but never thought about to major a mileage for my travel destinations.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      There’s a whole world of people traveling just to earn miles to get free trips for their holidays

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