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DL/Sky Team: 2022 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.

Newcomers may also be interested in the FlyerTalk Glossary

Need 4000+ MQDs?
If based in a city that is served by Virgin Atlantic such as IAD, JFK, BOS, MIA, LAS, LAX, SFO one of the best options is to fly to JNB or CPT via LHR. This can be done in a weekend and you can usually earn 4-5000 MQDs for under 1300-1600. You need to select Economy Delight which is similar to regular economy but with more legroom and the possibility of earning 20% of distance as MQDs. This is the most common way to earn large chunks at a cheap price.
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Old Nov 24, 22, 1:22 am
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Join Date: May 2010
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Originally Posted by WinSea View Post
Hello I have a tricky situation and needed some help, thanks to this groups help, I was advised a few trips to cover my 44000 mileage needed but I misbooked the flight and after completing one, I suspect I won’t be able to have enough.

flight flown already -YVR to MEX (Business) - not sure how many miles I will be getting, not posted it yet.

upcoming flight: LAX-LHR-CPT 12/01-12/05 economy delight

my question to this group is that will I have hit a combined 44000 MQM by the time I finish my upcoming flight? If not, how much left and any suggestions?

thanks so much

Departure Airport: SEA/PDX/YVR or west coast
MQD Needed: n/a

MQM:44000
YVR-MEX-YVR = 4898 x 1.5 = 7300 MQMs
LAX-LHR-CPT-LHR-LAX = 22900 x 1.25 = 26,500

total MQMS is about 33,800

To pick up the remaingins MQMs, a possibility is:

Dec 8 - 8, SEA-LAX-LIH-LAX-SEA, $530 (MC), 7100 MQMs, $467 MQDs, 3.5 hours in LIH
Dec 10 - 10, SEA-BOS-SEA, $302 (MC), 4992 MQMs, $259 MQDs, 70 minutes in Boston

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Old Nov 24, 22, 6:39 am
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Originally Posted by canuck_traveler View Post
YVR-MEX-YVR = 4898 x 1.5 = 7300 MQMs
LAX-LHR-CPT-LHR-LAX = 22900 x 1.25 = 26,500

total MQMS is about 33,800

To pick up the remaingins MQMs, a possibility is:

Dec 8 - 8, SEA-LAX-LIH-LAX-SEA, $530 (MC), 7100 MQMs, $467 MQDs, 3.5 hours in LIH
Dec 10 - 10, SEA-BOS-SEA, $302 (MC), 4992 MQMs, $259 MQDs, 70 minutes in Boston

thanks any recommendations for one trip instead of two? Biz class is fine

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Old Nov 24, 22, 8:09 am
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Originally Posted by WinSea View Post
thanks any recommendations for one trip instead of two? Biz class is fine
14,202 MQMs and 1,240 MQDs
LAX-BOS-DUB in Premium Select
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Old Nov 24, 22, 9:24 am
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Originally Posted by jfkeze View Post
14,202 MQMs and 1,240 MQDs
LAX-BOS-DUB in Premium Select
great find but I forgot to mention that I am only free 12/12 to 12/22, any other recommendations? Thanks so much
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Old Nov 24, 22, 10:16 am
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Originally Posted by WinSea View Post
great find but I forgot to mention that I am only free 12/12 to 12/22, any other recommendations? Thanks so much
Premium Economy on Aeromexico which is really Economy seat with a few more inches of leg room...
$1185 SEA-LIM from 12/12 to 12/14 with some long layovers in MEX. 14884 MQMs at 150%
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Old Nov 24, 22, 10:59 am
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Originally Posted by jfkeze View Post
Premium Economy on Aeromexico which is really Economy seat with a few more inches of leg room...
$1185 SEA-LIM from 12/12 to 12/14 with some long layovers in MEX. 14884 MQMs at 150%
amazing. How do you find these deals? Mind to share what tool are you sing in calculating these fares and mileage?

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Old Nov 24, 22, 11:46 am
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MQD's for diamond

Departure Airport: SLC
Miles Needed: 2434 MQD's
Required Spend or Budget: $1800 or preferably less
Available Travel Dates: 12/11-18 or 12/10-18
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: Codeshare is OK

I am short 2434 MQD's to reach Diamond. I previously booked a trip SLC-CUN on miles for the entire family 12/11-18 on Delta. However, knowing diamond is within reach I'm willing to cancel my skymiles ticket and rebook something that will get me the MQD's necessary. I would prefer not to reposition but can if necessary. All the non-stops out of SLC are DL operated, so I'm wondering if I can get more MQD's for my $$ by booking a multi-stop flight through AM that mixes DL+ AM? I hope to arrive in CUN before the rest of the family at 4pm on 12/11(which is why i'm open to departing on 12/10 if necessary) and depart around the same time (5:30pm on 12/18). I know that's a big ask, but hoping not to inconvenience the rest of the family nor screw up the transportation already arranged in CUN.
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Old Nov 24, 22, 1:38 pm
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Originally Posted by kyndwyn View Post
Departure Airport: SLC
Miles Needed: 2434 MQD's
Required Spend or Budget: $1800 or preferably less
Available Travel Dates: 12/11-18 or 12/10-18
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: Codeshare is OK

I am short 2434 MQD's to reach Diamond. I previously booked a trip SLC-CUN on miles for the entire family 12/11-18 on Delta. However, knowing diamond is within reach I'm willing to cancel my skymiles ticket and rebook something that will get me the MQD's necessary. I would prefer not to reposition but can if necessary. All the non-stops out of SLC are DL operated, so I'm wondering if I can get more MQD's for my $$ by booking a multi-stop flight through AM that mixes DL+ AM? I hope to arrive in CUN before the rest of the family at 4pm on 12/11(which is why i'm open to departing on 12/10 if necessary) and depart around the same time (5:30pm on 12/18). I know that's a big ask, but hoping not to inconvenience the rest of the family nor screw up the transportation already arranged in CUN.
The flight to Cancun with Aeromexico is most likely SLC - MEX - CUN - MEX - SLC with a distance of 4900 miles. If flying Aeromexico business class which earns 0.4 x distance flown, you would earn $1960 MQDs which is less than you need.

If you reposition to San Diego and take the TIJ - CUN flight (as low as $433) then you would pick up $1750 MQDS for the TIJ - CUN flight and you have to make sure that your SLC - SAN - SLC on Delta will give you at least $700 MQDs.

e.g. Dec 10 - 19, SLC - SAN, $898 (FC), $808 MQDs, plenty of time to get to/from CBX
Dec 10 - 18, TIJ - CUN, $549, Aeromexico business class, $1750 MQDs, Google Flights Link




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Old Nov 24, 22, 3:01 pm
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MQD to Diamond on Delta

Departure Airport: NYC Area
MQDs Needed: $2500
Required Spend or Budget: $800
Available Travel Dates: 12/02-12/21
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: DL code share airlines

Additional question: I try to get the Diamond status by a mileage run. But, I have 135k MQMs and would be curious if anyone suggest to stay on Platinum for 2023 and not do a mileage run?
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Old Nov 24, 22, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by dominik.heinrich View Post
Departure Airport: JfK / LGA / EWR
MQDs Needed: 2500 MQD
Required Spend or Budget: $800
Available Travel Dates: 12/02-12/21
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: All DL and partners
Not sure you can get the trip at your desired budget.

JFK - SJO will get you about $2600 MQDs on Aeromexico for $1193. Google Flights Link

JFK - UIO will get you about $3200 MQDs on Aeromexico for $1222. Google Flights link
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Old Nov 24, 22, 3:41 pm
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Now can't fly until Xmas and Dec 31

Originally Posted by canuck_traveler View Post
December 8, ATL - FLL, $192 (MC), 1162 MQMs

Thank for this but my schedule has changed.

I can fly between Xmas and Dec 31. I can stay over night in a kool place, flying out ATL early morning and back the next evening. I'll find a hotel.

If you see aa few great deals please share. Gratitude.

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Old Nov 24, 22, 3:56 pm
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Sorry.

Nashville is available for $198 on Dec. 25th but you have to spend a few hours there .......... no immediate turn available

Orlando is available for $232 on Dec. 25th, depart at 8:10am, get back to Atlanta by 12:40pm

Colombus (CSG) is available for $253 on Dec. 25th, depart 11am, get back to Atlanta by 1:25pm

If you want to spend a day in New Orleans, it is available for $235 on Dec. 28th. Memphis is available for $256 on various days.


You get a minimum of 500 MQMs for each flight leg.

Take a look at short flight options that are close to Atlanta.
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Old Yesterday, 1:47 am
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So close to next status

Departure Airport: DTW
Miles Needed: 3960 MQMs
Required Spend or Budget: as little as possible, but no more than $5-600
Available Travel Dates: Nov 29-Dec 2, December 5-9, 11-15, 18-22, 27-30
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: not sure--so confused by this!


Need just under 4000 MQMs to hit my next status level--I'm all good on my MQDs. The curse of too many short flights this year! Wouldn't mind spending 2 (max 3) days somewhere if it's a cool location, but want to stay in the US being a solo traveler.
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Old Yesterday, 4:54 am
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Originally Posted by beachlife1898 View Post
Departure Airport: DTW
Miles Needed: 3960 MQMs
Required Spend or Budget: as little as possible, but no more than $5-600
Available Travel Dates: Nov 29-Dec 2, December 5-9, 11-15, 18-22, 27-30
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: not sure--so confused by this!


Need just under 4000 MQMs to hit my next status level--I'm all good on my MQDs. The curse of too many short flights this year! Wouldn't mind spending 2 (max 3) days somewhere if it's a cool location, but want to stay in the US being a solo traveler.
just above your budget but West Coast is pricey and this gives some spare MQMs that can rollover....
Google Flights
3,190 Miles 9,593 MQMs 638 MQDs
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Old Yesterday, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by kyndwyn View Post
Departure Airport: SLC
Miles Needed: 2434 MQD's
Required Spend or Budget: $1800 or preferably less
Available Travel Dates: 12/11-18 or 12/10-18
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: Codeshare is OK

I am short 2434 MQD's to reach Diamond. I previously booked a trip SLC-CUN on miles for the entire family 12/11-18 on Delta. However, knowing diamond is within reach I'm willing to cancel my skymiles ticket and rebook something that will get me the MQD's necessary. I would prefer not to reposition but can if necessary. All the non-stops out of SLC are DL operated, so I'm wondering if I can get more MQD's for my $$ by booking a multi-stop flight through AM that mixes DL+ AM? I hope to arrive in CUN before the rest of the family at 4pm on 12/11(which is why i'm open to departing on 12/10 if necessary) and depart around the same time (5:30pm on 12/18). I know that's a big ask, but hoping not to inconvenience the rest of the family nor screw up the transportation already arranged in CUN.
Why don't you take a day off from the family while in CUN and do a little mileage running CUN - TIJ to get you the missing miles. You will get MQD for your flight to CUN booked with miles.
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