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DL/Sky Team: 2019 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: 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 Jun 5, 19, 6:42 am
  #106  
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 706
Originally Posted by J0lt_C0la View Post
Departure Airport: JFK/LGA/EWR (slight preference for JFK, moderate anti-preference for EWR)
Miles Needed: 16,000 MQMs
Required Spend or Budget: would prefer to keep it at about $1000 if possible, somewhat flexible
Available Travel Dates: any time between July 10 and August 8, can be multiple trips
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: codeshares ok

I'm a teacher, so I have a lot of flexibility during the summer, and I'd like to make an actual trip out of this (i.e. not just a pure mileage run with an instant turnaround). I'm already going to Tokyo on an awards ticket from July 2-July 9, so I'd prefer not to repeat that destination. Other than that, I'm open-ended about where I end up, as I haven't gotten to do a whole lot of traveling in the past and I really would like to see more of the world.
Some considerations that will meet your mileage, price and longer trip requirements:

Delta, JFK - SIN, 7 day trip length, $900 range, bookable on Delta, use Flexible search

China Eastern, JFK to Southeast Asia destinations (e.g. SIN, BKK, HKG, KUL, CGK, MFM), $900 range, bookable on Expedia, 7 day trip length
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Old Jun 5, 19, 9:52 am
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Join Date: Jun 2018
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Boston run for 13.5k MQM

Departure Airport: BOS (potentially EWR, JFK, LGA, DTW)
Miles Needed: 13,500 MQMs
Required Spend or Budget: $500ish
Available Travel Dates: most weekends. Flexibly to depart on a Friday
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: Req'd for MQMs

Trying to lock in Gold again this year or potentially make a run at Platinum. Will have MQD waiver.
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Old Jun 5, 19, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by nocap View Post
Departure Airport: BOS (potentially EWR, JFK, LGA, DTW)
Miles Needed: 13,500 MQMs
Required Spend or Budget: $500ish
Available Travel Dates: most weekends. Flexibly to depart on a Friday
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: Req'd for MQMs

Trying to lock in Gold again this year or potentially make a run at Platinum. Will have MQD waiver.
BOS-LHR, return LHR-AMS-BOS, marketed by DL. Requires overnight stay. Depart on Friday evening, returns by afternoon Sunday.

$244 Basic Economy/Economy Light, nets 7222 MQMs each trip (per DL.com). Bookable on Delta. Do two trips.

Nov 8-10, 15-17, 22-24
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Old Jun 5, 19, 10:59 am
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Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: SAN
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Departure Airport: SAN/TIJ/SNA/LAX
Miles Needed: 14,000 MQMs
Required Spend or Budget: Need 1900 MQDs
Available Travel Dates: Must be before Aug 15th
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: codeshares ok

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Old Jun 5, 19, 11:02 am
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I know there are some cheap AM biz class flights out of TIJ, but going long haul gets expensive
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Old Jun 5, 19, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by tearex View Post
BOS-LHR, return LHR-AMS-BOS, marketed by DL. Requires overnight stay. Depart on Friday evening, returns by afternoon Sunday.

$244 Basic Economy/Economy Light, nets 7222 MQMs each trip (per DL.com). Bookable on Delta. Do two trips.

Nov 8-10, 15-17, 22-24
Thanks for the recommendation!!!
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Old Jun 5, 19, 3:20 pm
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Originally Posted by GarlicGabe View Post
Departure Airport: SAN/TIJ/SNA/LAX
Miles Needed: 14,000 MQMs
Required Spend or Budget: Need 1900 MQDs
Available Travel Dates: Must be before Aug 15th
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: codeshares ok
How about LAX-SIN, June 25 - 27, China Eastern, $930, about 18,000 MQMs, about 2200 MQDs, various other dates in the same price range, Bookable on Expedia (LAX-PVG, S booking class 10% MQD, PVG-SIN, B booking class 20% MQD)

Some cheaper flights (e.g. $734) but in T booking class which means you will need to pick up the remaining MQDs (about 300) on another flight.

Last edited by canuck_traveler; Jun 5, 19 at 3:28 pm Reason: found S booking class option
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Old Jun 5, 19, 3:36 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2015
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Originally Posted by canuck_traveler View Post
How about LAX-SIN, June 25 - 27, China Eastern, $930, about 18,000 MQMs, about 2200 MQDs, various other dates in the same price range, Bookable on Expedia (LAX-PVG, S booking class 10% MQD, PVG-SIN, B booking class 20% MQD)

Some cheaper flights (e.g. $734) but in T booking class which means you will need to pick up the remaining MQDs (about 300) on another flight.
Thanks, that is worth considering. I am trying to find business class deals on Aeromexico so that I can cut out some travel time, and fly comfortably. I can get TIJ-MEX-CUN flights for $200 each way and fly two roundtrips which would get me what I need for around $800 in all 737 biz class.
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Old Jun 6, 19, 7:43 am
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Originally Posted by canuck_traveler View Post
Some considerations that will meet your mileage, price and longer trip requirements:

Delta, JFK - SIN, 7 day trip length, $900 range, bookable on Delta, use Flexible search

China Eastern, JFK to Southeast Asia destinations (e.g. SIN, BKK, HKG, KUL, CGK, MFM), $900 range, bookable on Expedia, 7 day trip length
Singapore sounds like a good choice, I had been leaning towards that in my searches but I wanted to make sure that someone more experienced than me didn't have a suggestion that I would have missed on my own. Thank you very much!
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Old Jun 16, 19, 10:30 pm
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Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Birmingham, AL (weekdays) and Atlanta, GA (weekends)
Programs: DL Platinum Medallion
Posts: 551
Departure Airport: BHM/ATL
Miles Needed: as many MQMs as possible
Required Spend or Budget: maximum $2500.
Available Travel Dates: July 3 - 7 (can depart evening of 2nd or return morning of 8th if it helps.)
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: codeshares ok
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Old Jun 16, 19, 10:51 pm
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Originally Posted by BostonGuy View Post
Departure Airport: BHM/ATL
Miles Needed: as many MQMs as possible
Required Spend or Budget: maximum $2500.
Available Travel Dates: July 3 - 7 (can depart evening of 2nd or return morning of 8th if it helps.)
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: codeshares ok
As you can imagine, a bit more expensive traveling during this time.

Delta, BHM-SIN, July 4 - 7, $1214 (Main Cabin), about 21,000 MQMs, (need to spend a day or so in Singapore), also available for July 3 - 6
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Old Jun 16, 19, 11:28 pm
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Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: FLL ✈ ZRH ✈ MSP ✈✈✈✈
Programs: AMEX DL Reserve ✈ DL Platinum Medallion ✈ Marriott ✈ NWA
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Departure Airport: FLL ATL DTW JFK
Miles Needed: As many MQM's as possible. I need 38,000 MQM's for Platinum again
Required Spend or Budget: Up to - $2,500
Available Travel Dates: Any time
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: Delta and some code shares OK (No AeroMexico)

Domestic: Main Cabin / Comfort Plus
International: First Class or DL One



I don't mind doing several MR's

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Old Jun 17, 19, 7:41 am
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Originally Posted by NWA777 View Post
Departure Airport: FLL ATL DTW JFK
Miles Needed: As many MQM's as possible. I need 38,000 MQM's for Platinum again
Required Spend or Budget: Up to - $2,500
Available Travel Dates: Any time
Required Metal or Codeshares okay: Delta and some code shares OK (No AeroMexico)

Domestic: Main Cabin / Comfort Plus
International: First Class or DL One



I don't mind doing several MR's
If you are willing to travel Basic Economy, there are FLL-KOA and FLL-OGG flights in the $584 range for various dates in August, September and October. Immediate turn. Will get you about 11,000 MQMs per trip.

If you are willing to fly Main Cabin, there are some FLL-SIN flights in the $840 range for various dates from August - mid November. Immediate turn. Will get you about 21,000 MQMs per trip. (Delta One will cost $9400)
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Old Jun 18, 19, 10:15 am
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Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: MN
Programs: DL, Hilton
Posts: 16
Departure Airport: MSP (I'm willing to position if nec.)
Miles Needed: 42656
Required Spend or Budget: None. As low cents per mile as possible (but I'm absolutely willing to do a long trip like MSP-SIN-JNB with big MQMs). Main cabin is fine, but anything nicer with a MQM and/or MQD boost is worthy of consideration
Available Travel Dates: Various
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Old Jun 20, 19, 1:03 pm
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Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: CHS
Programs: UA Mileage Plus, Delta Skymiles DM, Hilton Honors Silver VIP
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Firstly, I want to thank @canuck_traveler for all of the great finds. I forgot to come back and thank you for your help back in March, but I had a great run!

I was looking for something in the next couple of weeks and realized that between it being summer and me not realizing my availability until so late in the game, I am probably not going to find much. But I was hoping someone might be able to point me to a hidden gem!

Departure Airport: CHS (CAE and SAV are options for a good deal)
Miles Needed: As many as possible for a zero night stay, preferably on routes where I can make good use of a couple of RUCs
Required Spend or Budget: More focused on a decent CPM
Available Travel Dates: Short Notice - Looking for between Jun 25 and July 12
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: Delta

Thanks in advance!
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