Frequent Flyer Miles achievement in Halo MCC

Frequent Flyer Miles

Halo 2: Beat the par score on The Great Journey.

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How to unlock the Frequent Flyer Miles achievement

  • VestrideVestride428,407
    26 Nov 2014 26 Nov 2014 07 Feb 2015
    34 5 6
    Update: The par score for The Great Journey is now a measly 8,000 points. So play on Normal with a handful of skulls or Heroic with a couple skulls and you shouldn't have much of an issue.

    I did this on Heroic with 7 active scoring skulls: Anger, Catch, Famine, Fog, Jacked, That's Just... Wrong, and Thunderstorm. I completed it in 15:55, which is 55 seconds over par time and I finished with a score of 45,355. The run before this I did not have the thunderstorm skull on and finished the level with 24,168 points :( You can probably do this with one less skull, but it would have to be a near flawless run.

    I uploaded my Twitch broadcast to YouTube here. Apologies for overlaying my face on the scoring UI... You can skip to 20:01 to see my final score.

    From the start, you'll need to hijack a ghost because the jacked skull is active. This can be a real pain. Try to use your camo to get close to the brutes in the ghost, but since the That's Just... Wrong skull is active, they will know you're there anyways. In my video, I cut out about 6 minutes of me failing to hijack a ghost.

    Near the beginning of the level, you can de-spawn the two wraiths guarding the doorway by backtracking far enough.

    After you meet Johnson in the scarab, you can de-spawn the three wraiths you would have to kill by going back into the room you came from and hitting a loading zone.

    At the end, I shot the wings off my banshee so that I could fly it inside the room. You'll need to exit the banshee in order for the door to open, but then you hop right back in.

    You can find commentary and more explanations of these tricks in Naked Eli's speed run.

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    KennyannydennyJust did this on normal without any skulls on. Just went through the level taking my time and even dying once. Just killed every enemy in the level on a normal pace and got it easily enough. It doesn't look like these are a problem since the update.
    Posted by Kennyannydenny on 04 Mar 15 at 22:32
    REJECt444unlocked my 2nd time through on normal with 0 skulls active. was just playing for playlist achievements and got this during the playlist run (which does not allow skulls to be active)
    Posted by REJECt444 on 17 Mar 15 at 03:31
    xRaeZZoRxPlayed on Normal, with no skulls activated. 16.786 points if you kill almost anyone you see.
    Time: 0:12:43
    You just need 8.000 points
    Posted by xRaeZZoRx on 25 Dec 20 at 12:45
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  • Robster80Robster80423,128
    17 May 2015 17 May 2015 17 May 2015
    11 0 1
    I got this one without even trying for it - was actually trying to get "Are We There Yet?" using Elite1111111111"s solution for that achievement to beat "the Great Journey" under 15:00, but playing on Normal on one of Halo 2's playlists. I've posted a solution for "Are We There Yet?" using the same tactics I used to get "Frequent Flyer Miles" and will repeat it here, with a few tweaks, as you can try to get both achievements in one go.

    -Normal's your best bet. You can turn on whichever Skulls you wish, but I did it without them (again, was doing this level on one of the Playlists for Halo 2; you can't use skulls unless you're doing the LASO Playlist, and I am NOT that skilled or Hardcore to complete that). Also, before starting the level, go to Options and turn on the timer hud, so you can see how much time you're taking.

    -Soon as you start, grab the Wraith. The Spectre is faster, but the Wraith does more damage to your enemies (the ghosts and other Wraiths in your path) and you can score multiple kills if you're good enough, and you will need to destroy the 2 Wraiths guarding the door to get inside. Using your own Wraith also helps clear away the Brutes guarding the door.

    -Run past the enemies using the active camo to help get by the enemies until you reach the prison. Note, grab a beam rifle (kill the Jackal who has it on the bridge before the prison) or grab a Carbine just inside the prison. Don;t lose the Plasma Rifle, though; you may need it.

    -Inside the prison, you'll need to kill some of the Brutes guarding the door to get it to open. I strongly recommend freeing the two elites AND the two Hunters in the cages (do it using the Beam Rifle or Carbine from out of the Brutes' sight). Let them do most of the killing, while you swap the Beam Rifle or Carbine for the Energy Sword; once you have the sword, move on.

    -Using the Sword and Plasma Rifle to kill the Brutes on the platform to trigger the cutscene. Pick up a Brute Plasma Rifle if possible, and then hop into the Banshee and move on ahead. Kill 3 (yes, 3) Wraiths just after you take off, then wipe out the four turrets on the cliffs above, but then you need to find and kill 2 enemy Spectres. Swap out your Banshee for a fresh one if you take too much damage, and remember to alternate your main guns with the plasma bomb/shot (B button, I think) to speed up your kills.

    -WATCH OUT FOR ENEMY BANSHEES! They can tear your Banshee up if you're not alert/careful.

    -Past the cliff-edge where you originally began the level is a Wraith hiding on the left after the one fixture. Take it out, and then watch out for at least 2 more Banshees while waiting for Johnson to catch up in the Scarab. Let him blow the door open (2 shots), and then head on in.

    -Just want to make note here: Elite1111111111 recommends (and I approve) to slip past the four Brutes that come out the open door you need to get through to reach Tartarus. However, the first time I attempted this, I waited and the door closed and did NOT open, even after I killed all the enemies, and had to restart the level to try again. Soon as you get inside the room with the incline, RUN ahead for the door on the right while activating your Active Camo to slip past the Brutes and get inside before the door closes.

    -Skip the cutscene, and take out the four Brutes guarding Tartarus (I used 2 grenades); if you haven't yet, grab a fallen Brute Plasma Rifle. Jump into the center ring and stay on the middle level. Avoid Tartarus until Johnson shoot shim to get his shields down, then shoot him up with the BPR. Once he's dead, the final cutscenes will play (you can't skip, I tried).

    -This should all take 11 minutes or more tops to accomplish, provided you don't need to backtrack to kill Wraiths and are very careful not to reload checkpoints (your timer WILL keep going if you reload from a checkpoint); I also netted over 10,000 points for this stage in my run. If you feel you're not going to make it, Restart the level.

    I hope this helps. Again, main credit for this goes to Elite1111111111 for his solution for "Are We There Yet?".
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    RadiantPumpkinmakes it a lot easier of you bring the banshee into the tartarus fight. after the door is blown up fly up and over the debris in the room. get out at the closed door and very quickly get back in. kill brutes in the next room using the banshee. fly into the hallway. After the cutscene, run back into the hallway and grab the banshee then just shoot tartarus until he dies
    Posted by RadiantPumpkin on 13 Apr 16 at 02:41
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