I’ve done it, I have booked my first mileage run for 2010. I hate the fact that it is not until April, but that’s life.

I’ve probably done more trips to Seattle than any other city: it’s hard to find a trip from Austin that will give me as many miles as I will get for a trip to SEA. What I am looking forward to on this trip is that I will actually have time to leave the airport and go into town.

I’ll fly AUS-DFW-SEA, arriving at 10 a.m. I already know my first stop — the Museum of Flight. After that I will head downtown to Pike Place Market, where I know I’ll have the chance to eat some good seafood! The Mariners are home that night, a 6 p.m. game against Detroit, I may even try to attend that.

I fly out of SEA to ORD at midnight, arriving at 5:30 Sunday morning. I’ll spend two-and-a-half hours at ORD, and then I am on my way back to Austin, arriving in at 11 a.m.

Ticket price for the trip was $220; including my Platinum bonus, I’ll earn 9,718 miles. That works out to 2.26 cents per mile, one of the better deals I have seen recently. I’ll earn 4,800 EQMs, now I need to figure out how to earn the additional 45,200 EQMs I’ll need to retain my Platinum status.

It’s been quite a while since I have done a mileage run and I am looking forward to it!