If you want to take a business class trip to Honolulu and earn some Delta MQD while not breaking the bank, we have something that may interest you. But it’s a little out of the ordinary when it comes to our usual mileage runs. Oh, and it earns about 3.6X Delta MQD of the ticket price!
This Aeromexico business class trip travels Tijuana, Mexico (TIJ) to Mexico City (MEX) to Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL) and back a few days later. You get to spend about four full days in Hawaii. (Or start another mileage run from there! Ask point.me for some help and ideas!)
Tijuana?! you may say. How do I get there?! And no way am I going into that city!
First, it’s about 23 miles from San Diego International Airport to the Cross Border Express pedestrian bridge that takes you into the Tijuana airport. (You don’t have to actually enter the streets of Tijuana. Just the airport.) The Lyft prices from SAN to CBX ranged from $40 to $60 when I checked while writing this post. You clear immigration at CBX and don’t need to deal with it in Mexico City. (But you do go through\ on the USA side when you arrive in Los Angeles from MEX.)
The trip costs $1,221.31 USD. The flight and layover times are a little meh in some instances. But it’s a great price — especially for the MQD return. (And you have plenty of time in Los Angeles to walk to the In-N-Out Burger for a good but overrated hamburger.)
ITA Matrix estimates the trip will travel 11,064 miles. Because of how Delta credits MQDs when it comes to trips on its partner airlines WHEN YOU CREDIT THEM TO YOUR DELTA SKYMILES NUMBER (that’s literally the point! 🙂 ), you should earn about $4425 MQD. (That’s an MQD return of 3.62X your investment!) The Unofficial SkyMiles Calculator says you should also haul in about 16,616 MQM (7.4 CPM). Finally, you should earn 22,152 redeemable SkyMiles — before any applicable Medallion bonuses.
I see the April 12 date available — and a bunch in early May with various options as to how long you can stay.
The longhauls will be aboard Delta’s new A321neo.
You’re on the flight as an Aeromexico-ticketed passenger. Delta is simply operating the hop. You should have Sky Club access, given you’re traveling on a confirmed, international, business class itinerary.
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- Both of the above
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Red eye without lie flats…ouch!
No pain, no gain?
“In-N-Out Burger for a good but overrated hamburger.”
It’s a good burger! Probably the best for fast food. But it’s not the greatest in the world. 😉
And, exactly what is the gain that tier status provides that a premium cabin ticket does not?
Some people and/or their employers only purchase Main Cabin. Higher tier status = better chances of upgrades and other benefits.
Or, in this particular run’s instance, perhaps someone just wants a decent business class rate to Hawaii for vacation.