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Delta Vacations: Earn lots of MQDs and MQMs via long distance flights

Delta Vacations: Earn lots of MQDs and MQMs via long distance flights

Old Oct 31, 2022, 10:05 am
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Delta Vacations: Earn lots of MQDs and MQMs via long distance flights

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It used to be possible to earn elite status by purchasing very cheap but very long-distance flights. And you can still earn MQMs that way. But that wont help you earn MQDs, since MQDs are tied to the price of the ticket. One interesting alternative this year is through Delta Vacations. With Delta Vacations, you earn elite credits as follows:
  • MQMs: based on distance flown and the fare class bonus
  • MQSs: 1 MQS per segment of your trip
  • MQDs are earned based on the distance and fare class bonus divided by 5, regardless of whether the ticket is paid in full or if miles are used towards a portion of the cost.
With Delta Vacations, MQDs are not tied to the price at all, but rather to the distance flown. If you fly 10,000 miles, your base MQD earnings would be 10,000 / 5 = $2,000. But you also earn 2021 Status Accelerators. If you fly Comfort+ (or a higher level cabin), youll get a 75% bonus. Then, if you fly 10,000 miles, youll earn a total of $3,500 MQDs. Im not saying that it would be easy, but if you could find a very inexpensive Delta Vacation package that includes long-distance flights in Comfort+ and/or Premium Economy, you could earn more MQDs this way than by booking flights directly with Delta.
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Old Nov 2, 2022, 10:43 pm
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Delta Vacations (An Interesting MQD Option) - Found Frequentmiler.com

It used to be possible to earn elite status by purchasing very cheap but very long-distance flights. And you can still earn MQMs that way. But that won’t help you earn MQDs, since MQDs are tied to the price of the ticket. One interesting alternative this year is through Delta Vacations. With Delta Vacations, you earn elite credits as follows:
  • MQMs: based on distance flown and the fare class bonus
  • MQSs: 1 MQS per segment of your trip
  • MQDs are earned based on the distance and fare class bonus divided by 5, regardless of whether the ticket is paid in full or if miles are used towards a portion of the cost.
With Delta Vacations, MQDs are not tied to the price at all, but rather to the distance flown. If you fly 10,000 miles, your base MQD earnings would be 10,000 / 5 = $2,000. But you also earn 2021 Status Accelerators. If you fly Comfort+ (or a higher level cabin), you’ll get a 75% bonus. Then, if you fly 10,000 miles, you’ll earn a total of $3,500 MQDs. I’m not saying that it would be easy, but if you could find a very inexpensive Delta Vacation package that includes long-distance flights in Comfort+ and/or Premium Economy, you could earn more MQDs this way than by booking flights directly with Delta.
This is incorrect on several levels. The 2021 Status accelerator promo ended at the end of 2021. Also MQD on DL Vacations and Exception fares are earned at 20% of base mileage "earned", NOT distance flown. Base mileage earn on the cheapest fares (U/T/X/V) is only 50% of miles flown and a 10000 mile flight would only earn 1000 MQD in these fare classes. You can bump that to 2000 MQD by purchasing a C+ fare which earns base miles at 100% of miles flown. There are opportunities here to earn more MQD than dollars spent, but generally you can do better on MQD earn by purchasing partner marketed flights in premium cabin fare classes which also use mileage flown as a factor to calculate MQD.

https://www.delta.com/us/en/skymiles...xception-fares
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Old Nov 3, 2022, 12:59 pm
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Wow, thanks so much for providing the updated information!!!
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