Able to take a week off during January 2022? Can you get to/from New York’s JFK airport? Because we have a whopper of a mileage run find.
The overall trip is expected to yield over $12,000 Delta MQD and 46,000 MQM.
It involves a pair of JFK to Madrid business class runs on AeroMexico. And everything is currently scheduled to fly on 787 Dreamliners! We’re talking lie-flats on every single one of your eight flights.
Your out-of-pocket cost for flights is about $3014. That comes out to around 6.5 CPM.
Remember that $15,000 MQD is the Diamond Medallion spending threshold; $9,000 gets you Platinum. Depending on your MQM rollover next year, you could easily soar into the top status tiers before February — and keep that status for two years.
We think these prices could disappear rather quickly — so you might want to book now. Remember that you have 24 hours to cancel if you realize it’s not possible for you.
The New York to Madrid AeroMexico Runs
Here’s the basic schedule for your week:
- Sunday: Depart JFK
- Monday: Arrive in Madrid
- Tuesday: Free day in Madrid
- Wednesday: Depart late at night (you may need a COVID test before you depart)
- Thursday: Arrive at JFK and spend the night in New York.
- Friday: Depart JFK (you may need another COVID test in US good for return Sunday flight)
- Saturday: Arrive and depart Madrid
- Sunday: Arrive at JFK.
This could be a great way to use some hotel points and/or anniversary night certificates from hotel co-branded credit cards.
These are what the flights look like:
Each run travels 15,440 miles and is an AeroMexico “I” fare (see code below from a booking). Because of how Delta SkyMiles recognizes partner itineraries, that combination should yield for each run:
- ~$6176 MQD
- ~23,290 MQM (per Unofficial SkyMiles Calculator)
- ~31,052 Base redeemable SkyMiles before any applicable elite status bonuses: Diamond + 120%; Platinum + 80%; Gold + 60%; Silver + 40%
(Heck, even one run is pretty darn good.)
Take both runs and you’ll end up with:
- ~$12,352 MQD
- ~46,580 MQM (per Unofficial SkyMiles Calculator)
- ~62,104 Base redeemable SkyMiles before any applicable elite status bonuses: Diamond + 120%; Platinum + 80%; Gold + 60%; Silver + 40%
Right now, we see it available every week in January.
Keep in mind you may need to find somewhere to get a COVID test before reentering the United States. And you must adhere to whatever health requirements Spain has.
Purchasing the Run
Here’s a route to consider: start your purchase through TopCashback. Then click through to Priceline. You should get $4 back per itinerary you book. (Hey, it’s better than a kick to the head.) Don’t pay for seats. Once you book your trip, take your AeroMexico PNR and go into AeroMexico’s website to select your seats.
The way Priceline codes purchases is interesting. In the past, some people reported they received 5X Membership Rewards points when paying with their The Platinum Card® from American Express and 3X Ultimate Rewards points with a Chase Sapphire Reserve®. Your mileage may vary. Just food for thought.
Or if you have The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, consider booking through AmexTravel. You can get a 35% rebate on any Membership Rewards points you apply against your purchase. So if you used 301,400 Membership Rewards points to pay the entire trip, you’d still reap all the MQD, MQM, and SkyMiles benefits — and ultimately spend only about 196,000 Membership Rewards points. (One trip alone pays the card’s annual fee twice over and then some.)
I’ve heard from some people who booked or are interested in the ORD-Madrid run. A few are enlisting the help of Juicy Miles‘ Delta and SkyTeam expert to do the heavy lifting for them. If you have difficulty finding the itinerary and/or are understandably a little apprehensive about booking MQD runs, it’s worth your time and money to consult Juicy Miles. They have a staff of fellow mileage run nerds like us. They want to make sure you get every single MQD and mile possible.
Even better: save money! Pay with Membership Rewards points through Juicy Miles’ new American Express partnership.
If you have the ways and means to take a week off in January and get to New York, this could help make you Platinum or Diamond before February. You’d have the status through January 2024 — and could spend the 23-ish months racking up roll over MQM.
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To see the rates and fees for the American Express cards featured above, please visit the following links:
- The Platinum Card® from American Express (See Rates and Fees)
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (See Rates and Fees)
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