New Yorkers are so lucky. They live in a great city with fantastic food. And their geography naturally gives them amazing China Eastern (MU) deals. 🙂
Quick caveat: I know there are deadly, catastrophic wildfires taking place in Australia. So this trip might not be ideal for everyone (although a couple of dates land in April — when things will hopefully have calmed down significantly). If you do visit Australia, consider bringing respirator air masks. (FWIW, I live in an area of Southern California often affected by wildfires; we use masks similar to these.)
Now, on to the run!
I found three dates with trips that can earn you a massive amount of MQM, MQD, and SkyMiles — thanks to a business class trip from JFK to Sydney, Australia! (Dates are posted below with itineraries.)
It ain’t exactly dirt cheap: $3,141.65. But for business class to Australia, it’s pretty darn good. I don’t expect this fare to be around long.
Two itineraries give you a couple of days to stay in Sydney and make a vacation out of it. One is a quick-ish turn.
When you credit the trip to your Delta SkyMiles account (read why you want to do that), you’ll earn about $9781 Delta MQD (enough for Platinum MQD requirements) and 36,682 MQM. Plus at least 51,000 Delta SkyMiles.
This run alone can take someone from Tin Medallion (the cutsey term for “no status”) to Silver Medallion. Or if you’re already a Delta Medallion, it can give you nice boost in status — especially if you have rollover MQM from last year!
- Cost: $3,141.65
- Dates: February 19, April 15, April 17
- Route: JFK-PVG-SYD-PVG-JFK
- Class: China Eastern I
- Miles Flown (estimated via Unofficial SkyMiles Calculator): 24,454
- MQD (est): $9781 (because China Eastern’s I and J classes earn 40% of mileage flown)
- MQM: (est): 36,682 (8.6 CPM)
- SkyMiles (est): 51,857 (plus medallion bonus)
Here are the dates I found:
Readers CarolK and Peter — who’ve completed China Eastern mileage runs — both pointed out in our previous post that you do not need a China Visa to connect through Shanghai as long as you’re going to a third country.
Where to Book
China Eastern’s website isn’t the most user-friendly. Just a heads-up.
My pal Carol generally has success through Travelocity, Momondo, and JustFly. (You can earn up to $16 cashback on JustFly if you start your purchase through TopCashback.) I’ve also seen runs on Expedia.
Our friend Adam (who was featured along with René in the Washington Post a few weeks ago) has a team of people job is to help you book mileage runs. Get in touch with them for help booking this mileage run — or have them create something especially for you. They’re the best.
Paying for the Trip
Remember to use a credit card that gives you bonus points on your airfare purchases!
- Don’t miss a single run. Subscribe HERE: www.RenesPoints.com/RunMail
- Need to learn how to find a run? See THIS Rookie post for how-to guide!
- Boost your Delta MQMs with the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (<– LINK) or Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card (<– LINK)
- Want a custom built run from your home airport? You can find one here.
- Relax in an airport lounge during your mileage run with one of these cards!
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