Some folks are on the hunt for MQD so they can earn Delta Medallion status this year (either for the first time or to requalify and enjoy upgrade priority next year). If you’re one of them and live in Los Angeles (or can get there), you might be interested in this AeroMexico business class run to Santo Domingo!
The overnight mileage run travels Los Angeles (LAX) –> Puerto Vallarta –> Mexico City (MEX) –> Santo Domingo (SDQ) –> Mexico City (MEX) –> Los Angeles (LAX) .
The Unofficial SkyMiles Calculator estimates it’ll travel 6,976 miles. And Delta credits MQM, MQM, and SkyMiles based on a percentage of the distance flown on partner airline reservations. When you book this run and credit it to your Delta SkyMiles account, that means you should earn about $2,790 MQD. That’s more than triple your fare cost of $826.97! The “I” fare also means you’ll haul in about 10,594 MQM (7.8 CPMQM which isn’t awful) and 14,124 redeemable SkyMiles before any elite Medallion bonuses.
Here’s a sample itinerary:
Notice the LAX to PVR (and vice versa) flights are operated by Delta. As long as you book this itinerary as an AeroMexico reservation and credit it to your SkyMiles, then you’ll earn elevated MQM and MQD. DO NOT BOOK IT THROUGH DELTA.
I see plenty of available dates from November through early-ish December. Then a few more at the end of December, too.
Keep in mind you’ll need a negative COVID-19 test before reentering the US. But you should be able to accomplish that before you depart LAX.
The Ministry of Public Health has announced that as of October 18, 2021, all persons 12 years and older must provide evidence of vaccination or a negative PCR test to access public spaces, schools, businesses, restaurants, bars, gyms, public transport, and other public areas. More details may be found on the Ministry of Public Health website or on the Dominican Office of the Presidency website.
Where to Book
René usually starts at TopCashback and then books through Priceline.
AeroMexico flights purchased through OTA usually code as AeroMexico tickets — which is great if you pay with The Platinum Card® from American Express (5X points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year.)
You might also consider using the American Express® Gold Card (3X on purchases made directly with airlines). Or maybe consider using a Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Ink Preferred (3X on travel), to name but a few.
Remember, too, that several Chase Ultimate Rewards cards offer 5X bonuses when you book travel through the Ultimate Rewards travel OTA.
I’ve seen AeroMexico runs available on the Ultimate Rewards OTA.
Don’t pay for seats. Once you book your trip, take your AeroMexico PNR and go into AeroMexico’s website to select your seats.
Nervous About Booking a Partner Trip? Need Some Help?
Worried about making sure your trip credits correctly to your Delta SkyMiles account? Not sure about COVID testing locations or requirements? Need help finding good deals on positioning flights and/or hotels? Want to make sure you’re booking the right itinerary and using the correct credit card?
You are not the only one. Don’t worry!
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