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DL/Sky Team: 2017-2018 Consolidated Mileage/Status/Challenge Runs help needed

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For each request, please include the following information:

Departure Airport:
Miles Needed:
Required Spend or Budget:
Available Travel Dates:
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*:


For each response. Please quote the original request. DO NOT START A SEPARATE THREAD.

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NOTE: there is not much time left in 2017, given that travel tends to be expensive around holidays. You will have greater chances of success if you have greater flexibility on travel dates and cost. If you need a lot of MQMs on weekends only for < 5 cpm it probably won't happen.

Other creative possibilities depending how many MQMs you need:
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*"Required Metal or Codeshares" is, approximately, asking whether you need a flight operated specifically by Delta or if partner flights are ok. If you are just looking for MQMs to hit a Medallion tier the normal way, then the answer is yes. If you are doing a status challenge, the answer is also probably yes, but read the T&C of your challenge carefully to be sure (for the regular status challenge the answer is also "yes")

NOTE: some partner flights earn MQMs at reduced rates. See this chart for more info.

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Old Dec 6, 18, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by ChaDad View Post
Well, it looks like the Pay with Miles option is only available if all the segments are marketed and operated by DL which is a new development. I booked flights in Oct to China using the option. UGH!

Any Domestic, or DL only flight options that will get me to 12k MQMs???
Not new at all. It's been that way for many years. Are you sure there were other carriers on your China itin? Here's 2016 snapshot from 2 years ago. Same T&C's.
https://web.archive.org/web/20160906...ith-miles.html

Trip to Hawaii can get you 10K (see above) for about $900.

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Old Dec 6, 18, 11:30 am
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Delta 3 MQS from TYS

Need Delta 3 MQS from and return to TYS. Cheapest options?
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Old Dec 6, 18, 12:02 pm
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Originally Posted by carlasykes View Post
Need Delta 3 MQS from and return to TYS. Cheapest options?
Dates? You can do TYS-MCO on 12/18 for 4 segments from $192 roundtrip.
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Old Dec 6, 18, 1:46 pm
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Mileage run from rdu

Departure Airport: rdu
Miles Needed:3000 for gold status
Required Spend or Budget:
Available Travel Dates: dec 14-18
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: I知 not sure what this means

TIA everyone I知 new to the mileage game! I have a lot of points on multiple cards and delta but not sure that I use them as efficiently as possible. Bear with me, I知 learning.
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Old Dec 6, 18, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Bwpope View Post
Departure Airport: rdu
Miles Needed:3000 for gold status
Required Spend or Budget:
Available Travel Dates: dec 14-18
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: I知 not sure what this means

TIA everyone I知 new to the mileage game! I have a lot of points on multiple cards and delta but not sure that I use them as efficiently as possible. Bear with me, I知 learning.
RDU-SAT on 12/18 for $254. Route via DTW and ATL.
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Old Dec 6, 18, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by GolferBarbie View Post
Dearture Airport: ATL
Miles Needed: 1400
Req Spend/Budget; spend as little as possible, but whatever is needed for the miles
Available travel dates: 12/25 to 12/29

New member...needing 1400 (slightly less) to get Gold medallion status.

Any and all input appreciated!
ATL-DEN December 25th $285 2,416 MQM
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Old Dec 6, 18, 7:48 pm
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Question Milage Run Needed!!!!

Hello all!
Can anyone help me out with finding a cheap milage run? Departing from BHM on December 26th 2018, and need to be back by December 30/31 If possible, need to stay within the US. Thanks!

Departing: BHM
Day Departing: December 26
Day must return by: December 31st
need at least 6,000 miles
Currently PM, need to achieve DM.
I have a MQD Waiver.
stay in US if possible
Willing to have lots of connections for cheaper price.
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Old Dec 6, 18, 7:54 pm
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Originally Posted by daloosh View Post
How about a weekend trip to Sin City in First:
BOS-LAS, Dec. 14-15, 7144 MQMs, 787 MQDs.
That is pretty darn close, the website shows one seat left at that price ($874). It's the Saturday morning nonstop out and Sunday afternoon nonstop back. Just time to lose a few bucks and take in a show. If you need some Hilton points, the Tru by the airport is less than 100 bucks.
Thank you. I ended up booking W class fare on AM.

Can someone please correct me for earning on Delta?

If Actual miles on W fare is 2585 & cost $320 so if I credit it to Delta, I should get ~646 MQD, 3877 MQM, 3231 Total miles?
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Old Dec 6, 18, 9:38 pm
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Originally Posted by VBoogie View Post
Thank you. I ended up booking W class fare on AM.

Can someone please correct me for earning on Delta?

If Actual miles on W fare is 2585 & cost $320 so if I credit it to Delta, I should get ~646 MQD, 3877 MQM, 3231 Total miles?
Yes - MQM is 150% of mileage flown and MQD is 25% of mileage flown for AeroMexico W fare
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Old Dec 6, 18, 10:01 pm
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Originally Posted by acaplash View Post
Hello all!
Can anyone help me out with finding a cheap milage run? Departing from BHM on December 26th 2018, and need to be back by December 30/31 If possible, need to stay within the US. Thanks!

Departing: BHM
Day Departing: December 26
Day must return by: December 31st
need at least 6,000 miles
Currently PM, need to achieve DM.
I have a MQD Waiver.
stay in US if possible
Willing to have lots of connections for cheaper price.
You could take a few short trips
e.g. BHM - CVG, BHM - MSY, BHM - BNA for 2000 MQMs (4 segments), in the mid $300s. Three such trips will get you the 6000 miles

or you can take a longer trip
e.g. BHM - FAI, Dec 30 - 31, 8400 miles, $1168
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Old Dec 6, 18, 10:03 pm
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Mileage run from ATL

Not sure this is possible, but need about 31k MQMs for DM and 4000 mqds. If no efficient way, I値l likely just roll them for a 2020 DM.

Departure Airport: ATL
Miles Needed:31000 for diamond status
Required Spend or Budget: 4000 mqds
Available Travel Dates: Flexible
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: I’m not sure what this means
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Old Dec 6, 18, 10:04 pm
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Departure Airport: NYC
Miles Needed: 9,400 MQM only needed
Required Spend or Budget: <$450 for a weekend flight, <$1200 for transatlantic flight
Available Travel Dates: 12/8-12/9, 12/14-12/15, 12/20-12/31
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: yes (as long as I can earn enough MQMs)
Currently Silver Medallion.

Some background:

- Weekend trips I would do a quick weekend trip from NYC anywhere and maximize on MQM earnings
- I am definitely traveling to Ireland on or around Dec 20th. I would like to find a way to fly back after New Year's eve, but this would mean I need to earn 9,400 MQMs by Dec 31 (so, weekend trip and outbound flight to Ireland).
- Alternately, if there's a <$1,300 option to only do NYC - Ireland (DUB, SNN or ORK) trip, leaving on or around Dec 20 and return between Dec 28-31, and earn 9,400 MQMs on that one trip, I would do this as well

Thank you!
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Old Dec 6, 18, 10:40 pm
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Originally Posted by canuck_traveler View Post
Yes - MQM is 150% of mileage flown and MQD is 25% of mileage flown for AeroMexico W fare
Thank you Canuck_traveler.

If anybody looking from BOS, this weekend one way to CUN on AM for $290 W Fare.

Separate return on Delta to WAS,NYC around $150.
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Old Dec 6, 18, 10:59 pm
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Originally Posted by GitterDone View Post
Not sure this is possible, but need about 31k MQMs for DM and 4000 mqds. If no efficient way, I値l likely just roll them for a 2020 DM.

Departure Airport: ATL
Miles Needed:31000 for diamond status
Required Spend or Budget: 4000 mqds
Available Travel Dates: Flexible
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: I知 not sure what this means
Dec 28 - 30, ATL - JNB, Virgin Atlantic, Premium Economy, $2870, 29300 MQMs, $5800 MQD

You would need to pick up the remaining 2000 MQMs with a short flight somewhere
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Old Dec 6, 18, 11:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Travelust_ View Post
Departure Airport: NYC
Miles Needed: 9,400 MQM only needed
Required Spend or Budget: <$450 for a weekend flight, <$1200 for transatlantic flight
Available Travel Dates: 12/8-12/9, 12/14-12/15, 12/20-12/31
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: yes (as long as I can earn enough MQMs)
Currently Silver Medallion.

Some background:

- Weekend trips I would do a quick weekend trip from NYC anywhere and maximize on MQM earnings
- I am definitely traveling to Ireland on or around Dec 20th. I would like to find a way to fly back after New Year's eve, but this would mean I need to earn 9,400 MQMs by Dec 31 (so, weekend trip and outbound flight to Ireland).
- Alternately, if there's a <$1,300 option to only do NYC - Ireland (DUB, SNN or ORK) trip, leaving on or around Dec 20 and return between Dec 28-31, and earn 9,400 MQMs on that one trip, I would do this as well

Thank you!
NYC to DUB return is about 6300 MQMS so you need a weekend flight that gets you 3100 MQMs correct?

Dec 14th weekend - NYC-LAS, $253 (BE), 4400 MQMs,

Dec 14 - 15, NYC - LAX-SMF-SEA-NYC, $341 (BE), 5800 MQMs, requires overnight in SMF

Last edited by canuck_traveler; Dec 7, 18 at 8:06 am Reason: add sacramento option
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