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Elite Status Best Delta MQM bang for the buck flights.

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Gary Brent, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. Gary Brent

    Gary Brent New Member

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    Lucky et al, I only need about 20k MQM's this year to reach Diamond Medallion for 2018. I know I won't make it for 2019 after the 250k spend increase. My boyfriend and I can travel for about a week in November and I'm looking for a flight that give the most MQM's for the flight/dollar. I have the Delta reserve/platinum, I've spent 60k and will have another 25k spent before the end of the year so I've gotten my 40k MQM bonus already. I'm currently a Platinum Medallion so we would like to get an upgrade if possible. I am willing to spend the money for the MQM's though. I currently have about 500k miles and plan to use them next year with the Diamond Status. I would like to fly from SAN, LAX or TIJ. Thank you for your wonderful advice.
     
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  2. No Name

    No Name Well-Known Member

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    Welcome @Gary Brent

    Problem is as I'm sure you are aware that Delta gives MQM as miles per Dollar. So doing this on Delta would requite about $2222 worth of tickets, after Gov taxes and fee of course
    https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/skymiles/earn-miles/earn-miles-with-delta.html


    That means your best bet would normally be a partner airlines where you earn MQM from distance flown.
    https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/skymiles/earn-miles/earn-miles-with-partners/airlines.html
    Preferably one of the Group1 airlines that earn full MQM if you are doing this in a Premium cabin.


    Unfortunately you are rather late to book the tickets, so I'm not sure if there any good deals out there from SoCal right now. It might be cheaper if you are able to travel during the week and not during a weekend as prices will in many cases be higher.


    If you had asked a bit earlier I would have said that flying Air France in Premium economy would have been a very cost effective way to achieve your goals, but flights this close in would end up in the $2-3K range even outside weekends.
    https://www.delta.com/content/www/e...-miles-with-partners/airlines/air-france.html

    For a quick MQM fix the following routes with 2 flight in AF PE at 150% and a connection in CDG will earn it very easily.

    Johannesburg
    http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=lax-cdg-jnb-cdg-lax
    Cape Town
    http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=lax-cdg-cpt-cdg-lax
    Dubai
    http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=lax-cdg-dxb-cdg-lax
    Mauritius

    Even LAX-Paris gets you 17010 MQM
    http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=lax-cdg-lax
    Problem is of course that there is no PE inside Europe and in most cases will end up costing you close to the longer flights listed above.

    Even the cheapest flight in PE to London thru CDG on AF would end up costing you from around $1400 mid week.
    http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=lax-cdg-mru-cdg-lax


    Frankly this late your best bet might be to either just buy a expensive economy ticket on Delta or try to find a cheap businesses class ticket.

    Athens, Greece seems to be cheap toward the end of the month in J at around $3K, avoid the A380 on J flight since it's angle flat seats. OK in other classes.
     
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  3. No Name

    No Name Well-Known Member

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    Optionally look at AeroMexico flights to Europe or China Eastern to south east Asia or India in J as those 2 airline will in general be cheaper than the other Skyteam airlines.
     
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  4. Mr WD

    Mr WD New Member

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    I'm not sure what you mean here. If flying Delta and earning on Delta, MQM are awarded based on distance flown, not amount of ticket. Skymiles are awarded on cost of flight, but MQM are still based on distance.
     
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  5. No Name

    No Name Well-Known Member

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    @Mr WD

    Because I'm Idiot how doesn't fly Skyteam as my preferred choice and misread the table when I was tired and still a bit hung over from the night before?

    Should have learned not to go on forum posting binge while treating a sore throat with Whisky by now.

    You are quite right. I was thinking about Skymiles and not MQM.
     
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    @Gary Brent

    This of course changes every thing.

    Any Delta or Group 1 flight will earn you 100% MQM from distance flown and is of course the cheapest way to go.
     
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  7. Richard on Dauntless

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    Check out Rene's Mileage Runs. They can give you some goohttp://renespoints.boardingarea.com/category/mileage-run-deals/
     
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