Travel is starting to ramp back up — and so is the pursuit of Delta Medallion status.
It wasn’t too much of concern last year. After all, it was around this time Delta automatically extended everyone’s status and rolled over all MQM into this year.
Some people are pushing the panic button when it comes to earning Medallion status for 2022.
Mileage runs can help significantly — especially those on Delta partner airlines. Why? Most are business class for decent-to-great prices. But the real kicker is this: MQD earnings are calculated by a combination of fare class and actual mileage flown — not dollars spent.
Take, for example, this New York to Sydney business class run we found early last year. Even though it cost about $3140, it would’ve earned over $9700 MQD. Plus, the projected hauls were 36,682 MQM and a base of 51,000 Delta SkyMiles. On top of that, it was a business class trip to Australia, for goshsakes! (Don’t worry — there are others that come with lower price tags!)
With Delta keeping middle seats blocked through April (well, except for some operational snafus), we blogged a few Basic Economy runs. The prices are cheap and you don’t have to worry about other people (ew, gross!) sitting next to you.
Then we moved on to Main Cabin and First Class Delta mileage runs. The airline is offering 50% MQM and MQD bonuses on Basic Economy and Main Cabin tickets. They’ve sweetened the deal for premium cabins: 75% MQM (on top of the bonus MQM first class tickets already earn) and 75% MQD.
A 75% MQD bonus is better than nothing, sure. But it doesn’t come close to most of the partner business class deals.
And people are constantly asking us:
“Where are the MQD Runs?!”
Well, we’re poking around here and there.
Keep in mind the business class trips are almost exclusively international itineraries. And some countries are going back into lockdown. While the United States seems primed to open up, Europe is seeing some alarming COVID numbers.
The US requires a negative COVID test for everyone arriving into the States (well, at least by air). So mileage runners will need to find a place to get a COVID test before boarding their flight back to the USA.
China Eastern was a fantastic option for partner runs to Asia — and even the occasional trip to Europe (taking the really long way). But travel to China looks rather difficult right now.
Good ol’ Aeromexico has shown some promise. (Even though it had some money issues and filed for bankruptcy protection.) But when I looked again yesterday, their prices were kinda meh.
So we’re focusing more on the domestic runs right now — because there’s far less potential for drama and hassle. Trust me: I want to start blogging more MQD runs. (Mileage runs posts are actually pretty fun to write!)
But there is someone who’s busy booking some crazy good MQD mileage runs.
I was on a call last week with one of the Juicy Miles reps. This guy is an expert at arranging Delta and SkyTeam runs. He talked about some Air France-KLM trip to Johannesburg that yielded the traveler something like $7800 MQD and 43,000 MQM. The trip cost around $2800 or $2900.
So if you’re stressed about MQD totals, it might be worth contacting Juicy Miles. They can help find runs, positioning trips, and all sorts of other fun stuff. (Keep in mind some Juicy Miles runs can be paid with American Express points.)
And remember Delta is offering MQM on award flights through the rest of 2021. Juicy Miles can help with that, too.
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We will start blogging MQD runs again — and hopefully soon!
There are plenty of times we blog a run — and it quickly disappears because people have jumped on it.
I truly have fun finding and writing about mileage runs. We know people value and appreciate those posts.
Until the international travel landscape comes more into focus, most of our efforts will be on Delta mileage runs.
But if you can’t wait for us (I won’t take it personally!), get in touch with Juicy Miles ASAP.
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