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

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


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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 Apr 5, 18, 10:43 am
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Join Date: Apr 2018
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Departure Airport: STR preferred, other options ZRH, FRA, MUC, other airports in the area are fine as well
Miles Needed: 10k+ Delta MQMs, shooting for as many as possible
Required Spend or Budget: around 700 EUR / 850 USD
Available Travel Dates: All of September and the 1st week of October
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: Codeshares okay

I'm hoping for a fair that allows a stopover or two, so that I can turn the run into a vacation of sorts, if not no worries though.
Can go anywhere that doesn't require a visa for US and German citizens. Need to be able to book two tickets (budget is of course per ticket).
Trip can take at max 10 business days.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Old Apr 9, 18, 8:59 am
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Originally Posted by Wimball View Post
Departure Airport: STR preferred, other options ZRH, FRA, MUC, other airports in the area are fine as well
Miles Needed: 10k+ Delta MQMs, shooting for as many as possible
Required Spend or Budget: around 700 EUR / 850 USD
Available Travel Dates: All of September and the 1st week of October
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: Codeshares okay

I'm hoping for a fair that allows a stopover or two, so that I can turn the run into a vacation of sorts, if not no worries though.
Can go anywhere that doesn't require a visa for US and German citizens. Need to be able to book two tickets (budget is of course per ticket).
Trip can take at max 10 business days.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
STR - CDG - MIA (stopover) - ATL - SJO (destination) - ATL - STR in late September, multiple dates available on delta.com, 800 Euro per person with the stopover in MIA. Search for multi city trip on delta.com, you can play with the stopover (in US) and destination cities (in south america) to find slightly different fares. You may be able to get down to 700 Euro.

You could also do STR - AMS - ATL - CTG - ATL - STR with overnight stop in AMS and ATL both ways for $650.

Both iitineraries yield about 13K MQMs on Delta.

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Old Apr 9, 18, 10:36 am
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Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Michigan
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DL out of DTW, any hope?

Departure Airport: DTW
Miles Needed: As much XP as possible
Required Spend or Budget: <800
Available Travel Dates: Flexible in May and june
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: Skyteam

Always tough to get good DL fares out of DTW...looking for help, willing to pack it into a couple days, hoping to avoid Visa requirements.
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Old Apr 10, 18, 2:24 pm
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Hello there everyone,
Departure Airport: DTW
Miles Needed: As much MQM as possible
Required Spend or Budget: <650 (no basic economy)
Available Travel Dates: April 22 (need to be in MCO by 5pm)//APR23 will take DL A.M. flight//April 23 departing FLL to DTW after 4pm
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: Skyteam

Used to be great at wild routing with AA, DL seems to have different fare rules/routing restrictions and cannot seem to find anything that doesn't take the fare to >$1000
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Old Apr 10, 18, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by CNYGuy View Post
Departure Airport: DTW
Miles Needed: As much XP as possible
Required Spend or Budget: <800
Available Travel Dates: Flexible in May and june
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: Skyteam

Always tough to get good DL fares out of DTW...looking for help, willing to pack it into a couple days, hoping to avoid Visa requirements.
Possible to do DTW-MSP-MIA-MSP-DTW day trips for $174 in BE, $224 in main cabin. (June 5th or 6th, for example). 4000 MQM's.

YYZ-JNB is around $773 USD in early May if you don't mind driving to Toronto. CPT looks to be a little more.

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Old Apr 16, 18, 2:53 pm
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Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: ATL
Programs: DL DM 1 Mil Miler, HZ PC, Marriott LT PM, Hyatt Globalist, Hilton DM
Posts: 147
Departure Airport: ATL
Miles Needed: No set number, just a decent run.
Required Spend or Budget: $500 or less
Available Travel Dates: 4/25-4/27
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: Skyteam

I know ATL is tough for a decent fare that's why I am having issues.
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Old Apr 16, 18, 4:07 pm
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Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Netherlands
Programs: FB Silver & Petroleum, NH Platinum
Posts: 21
Departure Airport: AMS
Miles Needed: As much XP as possible
Required Spend or Budget: +- €1,000
Available Travel Dates: May 7th - May 26th
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*:
Skyteam

I need to go to Bali (DPS) but would like to make as much XP as possible from the flight. I don't really care how much time it takes or how many stops, I would just like as much XP as possible to reach gold asap. I have to stay in Bali for about 8 days, but could be longer if it gives considerably more XP. If anyone has any cheap and good options, I would appreciate any recommendations.
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Old Apr 17, 18, 12:23 pm
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Join Date: Oct 2016
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Departure Airport: DTW (willing to reposition w\ award ticket)
Miles Needed: N/A
Required Spend or Budget: <$500 ideally
Available Travel Dates: Leave no earlier than 2PM (from DTW) on 5/10. Return to DTW no later than 5/14 at 7:30 AM
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: GUC eligible airlines
Notes: I'd like to burn a GUC before they expire and pick up some miles. That's my last free weekend until I move.

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Old Apr 18, 18, 4:20 pm
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Originally Posted by estedman View Post
Departure Airport: ATL
Miles Needed: No set number, just a decent run.
Required Spend or Budget: $500 or less
Available Travel Dates: 4/25-4/27
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: Skyteam

I know ATL is tough for a decent fare that's why I am having issues.
Generally, you need to be looking to book at least 2 - 3 weeks out due to advance purchase requirements on cheaper fares. I see ATL-FAI for $572.20 (X fare) 4/26-4/27.
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Old Apr 18, 18, 6:11 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2017
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Departure Airport: SFO preferably, OAK and SJC would also work
Miles Needed: as much possible, but at least 11k MQMs
Required Spend or Budget: ideally <$700 but flexible if visiting nice places and getting a good CPM
Available Travel Dates: pretty open 5/7 onwards
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: SkyTeam

Want to earn DL Plat asap (11k MQMs to go) and can travel for some time so down to visit some cool places.
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Old Apr 18, 18, 8:14 pm
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Originally Posted by neal11 View Post
Departure Airport: SFO preferably, OAK and SJC would also work
Miles Needed: as much possible, but at least 11k MQMs
Required Spend or Budget: ideally <$700 but flexible if visiting nice places and getting a good CPM
Available Travel Dates: pretty open 5/7 onwards
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: SkyTeam

Want to earn DL Plat asap (11k MQMs to go) and can travel for some time so down to visit some cool places.
SFO-SEA-HKG 5/7
HKG-SEA-SFO 5/9
$533
14,358 MQMs
Available on DL.com
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Old Apr 19, 18, 8:47 pm
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Originally Posted by LBJ View Post
Generally, you need to be looking to book at least 2 - 3 weeks out due to advance purchase requirements on cheaper fares. I see ATL-FAI for $572.20 (X fare) 4/26-4/27.
I know but a last minute work change has me home for the week and this appears the only week I will be home for the next 4 months. Thanks for trying, that is a good fare but really wanted under 500
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Old Apr 20, 18, 10:30 am
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Originally Posted by mnbp View Post
SFO-SEA-HKG 5/7
HKG-SEA-SFO 5/9
$533
14,358 MQMs
Available on DL.com
For those looking to get a little bit more miles out of this (actually drops the rate from 3.7cpm to 3cpm) you can do SFO-LAX-SEA-HKG 5/7, returning 5/9 HKG-SEA-MSP-SFO for $561 17,420 miles (basic economy tho)
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Old Apr 20, 18, 1:45 pm
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Originally Posted by neal11 View Post
Departure Airport: SFO preferably, OAK and SJC would also work
Miles Needed: as much possible, but at least 11k MQMs
Required Spend or Budget: ideally <$700 but flexible if visiting nice places and getting a good CPM
Available Travel Dates: pretty open 5/7 onwards
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: SkyTeam

Want to earn DL Plat asap (11k MQMs to go) and can travel for some time so down to visit some cool places.
You may want to look at China Eastern flights to Asia (e.g. Singapore, Hong Kong, Phuket, Bangkok, etc.) Prices are generally less than Delta. e.g. SFO-PVG-SIN-PVG-SFO is $557 on April 28 - 30.

Use Ita Matrix to check for dates and an Expedia, Priceline, etc. to book
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Old Apr 21, 18, 1:22 pm
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Departure Airport: NYC all except EWR
Miles Needed: as many as possible
Required Spend or Budget: 800
Available Travel Dates: any date after June
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: yes Skyteam
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