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DL/Sky Team: 2022 Consolidated Mileage/Status/Challenge Runs help needed

Old Jan 2, 2022, 1:46 am
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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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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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DL/Sky Team: 2022 Consolidated Mileage/Status/Challenge Runs help needed

Old Jan 2, 2022, 1:42 am
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DL/Sky Team: 2022 Consolidated Mileage/Status/Challenge Runs help needed

On behalf to the Mileage Run Moderator team, I would like to express our thanks to the many FlyerTalkers who have risen to the challenge and helped so many members with their helpful suggestions.

These consolidates threads made managing the year end traffic much smoother.

Hopefully, all were successful with their runs.

Follow the instructions in the wiki and post your answers to this thread.

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Old Jan 2, 2022, 10:14 am
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Departure Airport: ATL/NYC/MIA/Any east coast hub
MQD Needed: 6000
Required Spend or Budget: Sub $1000
Available Travel Dates: Any dates before May 2022
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: DL or any partner
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Old Jan 2, 2022, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by Gertjaars
Departure Airport: ATL/NYC/MIA/Any east coast hub
MQD Needed: 6000
Required Spend or Budget: Sub $1000
Available Travel Dates: Any dates before May 2022
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: DL or any partner
Virgin Atlantic have some of their lower priced Economy Delight fare class flights to JNB back, though not sub $1000, for departures from JFK/IAD/MIA/ATL for dates departing late February/March

e.g., March 5 - 7, IAD - JNB, $1042 (Economy Delight), earns about $4600 MQDs and 23,000 MQMs

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Old Jan 2, 2022, 11:14 am
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Thanks Canuck, but I already did this route last year. Is there any other VS/DL Partner route besides JNB that can earn something similar like this?

How about the AM Business class?

Originally Posted by canuck_traveler
Virgin Atlantic have some of their lower priced Economy Delight fare class flights to JNB back, though not sub $1000, for departures from JFK/IAD/MIA/ATL for dates departing late February/March

e.g., March 5 - 7, IAD - JNB, $1042 (Economy Delight), earns about $4600 MQDs and 23,000 MQMs
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Old Jan 2, 2022, 11:35 am
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Thanks Canuck, but I already did this route last year. Is there any other VS/DL Partner route besides JNB that can earn something similar like this?

How about the AM Business class?
There might be some cheaper Aeromexico business class fares from ATL-TIJ (via MEX or GDL). Earns about $2100 MQDs. I am seeing on Google Flights tickets are in the $700 range.
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Old Jan 4, 2022, 7:27 pm
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There might be some cheaper Aeromexico business class fares from ATL-TIJ (via MEX or GDL). Earns about $2100 MQDs. I am seeing on Google Flights tickets are in the $700 range.
Thank you Canuck. I tried other Mexico Airports such as MID and VSA on AeroMexico (Metal or Ticketed by DL). Regardless if I purchase the business class on AM Metal or AM ticketed by DL, will my MQD be the same?
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Old Jan 4, 2022, 11:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Gertjaars
Thank you Canuck. I tried other Mexico Airports such as MID and VSA on AeroMexico (Metal or Ticketed by DL). Regardless if I purchase the business class on AM Metal or AM ticketed by DL, will my MQD be the same?
MQD on partner marketed flights (i.e. non DL flight numbers) are based on the fare class and distance flown. More information on this can be found here.

Aeromexico business class flights earn 40% of the distance flown for MQDs. For example, ATL-MEX-TIJ-MEX-ATL is about 5700 miles and so the MQDs earned on a business class fare would be 5700 miles * 40% or $2280
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Old Jan 6, 2022, 8:46 am
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When do miles get credited on Delta? Departure or Arrival?

I flew transatlantic on December 31 and made Platinum on that flight. Will I qualify for Platinum choice benefits?
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Old Jan 6, 2022, 12:24 pm
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Originally Posted by canuck_traveler
Virgin Atlantic have some of their lower priced Economy Delight fare class flights to JNB back, though not sub $1000, for departures from JFK/IAD/MIA/ATL for dates departing late February/March

e.g., March 5 - 7, IAD - JNB, $1042 (Economy Delight), earns about $4600 MQDs and 23,000 MQMs
I can vouch for ATL-JNB economy delight will get you $4916 MQD. Bonus miles will vary though

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Old Jan 6, 2022, 12:26 pm
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When do miles get credited on Delta? Departure or Arrival?

I flew transatlantic on December 31 and made Platinum on that flight. Will I qualify for Platinum choice benefits?
Flights are counted based on date of departure. Any segments of your trip that departed on December 31 will count toward your 2021 earnings.
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Old Jan 7, 2022, 1:49 pm
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Going to Brazil this spring so would appreciate some help to max out the XP:

Departure Airport: AMS (though other closer airports can work)
XP Needed: maximum allowable
Required Spend or Budget: up to 1200 EUR
Available Travel Dates: Any dates after March 01 2022
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Old Jan 8, 2022, 1:37 pm
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Originally Posted by asian_crossfitter
Going to Brazil this spring so would appreciate some help to max out the XP:

Departure Airport: AMS (though other closer airports can work)
XP Needed: maximum allowable
Required Spend or Budget: up to 1200 EUR
Available Travel Dates: Any dates after March 01 2022
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: AF/KLM to max out XP promo
Take a look at the business class flights from BCN to GRU on the premium fare deals disucssion for as low as $1100. Dates available for March travel. You should be able to take positioning flights to/from AMS to BCN.
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Old Jan 9, 2022, 12:17 pm
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Originally Posted by canuck_traveler
Take a look at the business class flights from BCN to GRU on the premium fare deals disucssion for as low as $1100. Dates available for March travel. You should be able to take positioning flights to/from AMS to BCN.
I got the BCN-GRU flight finally! I will just get another AMS-BCN flight now.
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Old Jan 10, 2022, 1:37 am
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Looking for possible mileage routes to East Asia (Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, and/or Seoul)

Departure Airport:
AMS (though other closer airports can work)
XP Needed: maximum allowable
Required Spend or Budget: up to 1200 EUR
Available Travel Dates: Any dates after June 2022
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: AF/KLM to max out XP promo
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Old Jan 10, 2022, 4:27 pm
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Originally Posted by asian_crossfitter
Looking for possible mileage routes to East Asia (Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, and/or Seoul)

Departure Airport:
AMS (though other closer airports can work)
XP Needed: maximum allowable
Required Spend or Budget: up to 1200 EUR
Available Travel Dates: Any dates after June 2022
Required Metal or Codeshares okay*: AF/KLM to max out XP promo
I believe of the four places you listed, only Korea is open to tourists and that requires a 14 quarantine period (vaccinated or not).

I think you will have to wait a bit to see how things play out in terms of covid restrictions in the next few months.
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