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MQMs Earned On a Delta-Ticketed Flight with DL and Partners

Old Jan 6, 19, 5:44 pm
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MQMs Earned On a Delta-Ticketed Flight with DL and Partners

I'm new to Delta flying and MQMs and will be booking a RT PDX-LHR this spring. My connection choices are either all DL (MSP, JFK0 or DL on the first leg and then a partner either KLM or Virgin Atlantic e.g. DL PDX-SEA + VA SEA-LHR. I'm trying to figure out if I will earn the same MQMs if I book the flight with a DL partner connection or not?
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Old Jan 6, 19, 6:25 pm
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Going to Europe, both KL and VS and AF are all tier 1 partners so you’ll earn the same MQM as the miles you fly. You may want to optimize routing to fly the most miles to get the most MQM as a result
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Originally Posted by photogflyer98 View Post
I'm new to Delta flying and MQMs and will be booking a RT PDX-LHR this spring. My connection choices are either all DL (MSP, JFK0 or DL on the first leg and then a partner either KLM or Virgin Atlantic e.g. DL PDX-SEA + VA SEA-LHR. I'm trying to figure out if I will earn the same MQMs if I book the flight with a DL partner connection or not?
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Old Jan 6, 19, 7:50 pm
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Originally Posted by suvayanr View Post
Going to Europe, both KL and VS and AF are all tier 1 partners so you’ll earn the same MQM as the miles you fly. You may want to optimize routing to fly the most miles to get the most MQM as a result
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MQD is what will really vary based on who the flight is marketed as. Ticketing airline doesn't matter, only the marketing code of the flight booked. A VS coded DL flight earns as a VS flight. This means MQD are a percent of distance flown based on fare class. Thus can earns hundreds or thousands more MQD on partner coded than what actually pay.
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Old Jan 7, 19, 12:44 am
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Originally Posted by photogflyer98 View Post
I'm new to Delta flying and MQMs and will be booking a RT PDX-LHR this spring. My connection choices are either all DL (MSP, JFK0 or DL on the first leg and then a partner either KLM or Virgin Atlantic e.g. DL PDX-SEA + VA SEA-LHR. I'm trying to figure out if I will earn the same MQMs if I book the flight with a DL partner connection or not?
Isn't PDX-CDG-LHR also an option using DL/AF?

IIRC there can be minor differences due to some partner flight segments not getting a minimum of 500 MQMs as all DL flights do, so check the rules carefully if any of your potential itineraries include some very short segments.
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MQD from SkyTeam Partners

I have tried doing some reading here and online but am still confused.

How does MQD work for flying on Air France/KLM/Virgin Atlantic/etc.? For example if I buy a business seat on Air France for $2,500 how does that convert to MQD? I have read conflicting stuff where its a calculation of your miles and some that say its just the purchase price.

Help please?
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See post #5 for MQD remarks.
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Originally Posted by vincentharris View Post
I have tried doing some reading here and online but am still confused.

How does MQD work for flying on Air France/KLM/Virgin Atlantic/etc.? For example if I buy a business seat on Air France for $2,500 how does that convert to MQD? I have read conflicting stuff where its a calculation of your miles and some that say its just the purchase price.

Help please?
DL has no idea how much you paid a different airline for your ticket. As such, the only objective way to award you MQDs is based on distance flown as opposed to dollars spent.
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Originally Posted by vincentharris View Post
I have tried doing some reading here and online but am still confused.

How does MQD work for flying on Air France/KLM/Virgin Atlantic/etc.? For example if I buy a business seat on Air France for $2,500 how does that convert to MQD? I have read conflicting stuff where its a calculation of your miles and some that say its just the purchase price.

Help please?
Even within business class the percentage varies depending on fare class booked. Details for each partner airline can be found at:
https://www.delta.com/content/www/en...-partners.html
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Originally Posted by DavidDTW View Post
Even within business class the percentage varies depending on fare class booked. Details for each partner airline can be found at:
https://www.delta.com/content/www/en...-partners.html
thats the answer I needed, thanks!
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So if let’s say the round trip flight was 10,000 miles on AF how much MQD would I get? (Flying business)
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Originally Posted by vincentharris View Post
So if let’s say the round trip flight was 10,000 miles on AF how much MQD would I get? (Flying business)
It depends on the fare class.
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
It depends on the fare class.
So is my math correct here?

Let's say I purchase a Business seat on AF (C,D,I,Z, or J fare class) which says 40% MQD.

Assuming an ATL-CDG-ATL is 8,758 base miles (no bonus miles for medallion or fare class) that means the MQD would convert to $3,503? (or do you get credit towards MQD for the bonus miles booking in business?)
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Originally Posted by vincentharris View Post
So is my math correct here?

Let's say I purchase a Business seat on AF (C,D,I,Z, or J fare class) which says 40% MQD.

Assuming an ATL-CDG-ATL is 8,758 base miles (no bonus miles for medallion or fare class) that means the MQD would convert to $3,503?
Yep, you've got it! And as you said, the bonuses do not apply for distance-based MQD calculation, only the RDM calculation.
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