We found a fun Delta partner “mileage run” (more like a mini-vacation) from Chicago to Amsterdam. And this trip may be especially appealing for Chicago Seminars attendees.
There are plenty of departure dates in August, one in September (18), and a handful in October (6, 7, 9, 17).
The cost is currently about $1682. The trip is projected to earn about $5924 Delta MQD and 22,438 MQM when you book through AeroMexico and credit it to your Delta SkyMiles number. (Or if you see it on KLM, the same figures should apply.) Plus, the Unofficial SkyMiles Calculator figures you’ll haul in about 29,916 redeemable SkyMiles before any applicable Medallion bonuses.
That’s over 3.5X MQD earning, which is very nice. The CPMQM is about 7.5 — nothing outstanding but better than a kick to the head.
To get this price, you’ll have to stay two nights in Amsterdam (or somewhere else). Then spend a night in Mexico City. (Hopefully, you have one of these credit cards that may help you save a few bucks when having to stay overnight in Mexico City.) This definitely isn’t a “mileage run” in the traditional sense. But it gives you a chance to see Amsterdam. Maybe you’ll have time to enjoy a nice dinner in Mexico City before getting a decent night’s sleep.
Here’s why I say some Chicago Seminars attendees might like this trip. This year’s event takes place Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17. So if you attend the Seminars, you’re already in Chicagoland — and only about 15 minutes from O’Hare.
You could enjoy Sunday morning breakfast at the hotel, maybe pop into a session, then leave for the airport. Take your trip to Amsterdam and Mexico City. Then return to ORD a few days later and go home (wherever that is).
Or you could take the October 9 departure and get back to Chicago a few days before the Seminars. But if you don’t live in Chicago, that could be pricy, as you’ll have to find your own lodging.
Keep in mind you may need a COVID-19 test before re-entering the United States.
Plus, keep an eye on this Dutch government page. It keeps people up to date about any COVID-related travel issues.
AeroMexico isn’t exactly shy about killing these deals soon after we post them. So book quickly if you want to do the run.
Where to Book
René usually starts TopCashback and then books through JustFly or Priceline. (Why not get a few extra bucks back, right?)
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Don’t pay for seats. Once you book your trip, take your AeroMexico PNR and go into AeroMexico’s website to select your seats.
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