I’m sure we’ll get dragged through the mud for this Christmas vacation business class trip to London. But if you love London, love flying, want to spend almost a week (or base yourself) there, are up for a little adventure, and want some Delta Air Lines MQD and MQM, this might interest you.Please note that Delta Air Lines SkyMiles no longer awards Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQS). Some of the offers in this post may be expired. This post remains published for reference and historical purposes.
It’s an itinerary spread across three Delta partners: Air France, KLM, and AeroMexico. KLM is the ticketing airline of record. If you want to earn Delta MQM, MQD, and redeemable SkyMiles, choose Delta SkyMiles as your preferred frequent flyer program and enter your SkyMiles number.
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First things first — and keep an open mind here. This is a roundtrip from Tijuana, Mexico — which is about 23 miles from San Diego International Airport. (If you don’t live in Southern California, you’ll have to position yourself to/from SAN — even or TIJ). Don’t freak out about the cartels. You can enter the Tijuana airport via the Cross Border Express pedestrian bridge from the United States and not have to venture into the city of Tijuana.
The trip departs Saturday, December 23, and flies from Tijuana to Mexico City on AeroMexico. You’ll be in Business Class on an AeroMexico 737 — which is pretty much US domestic First Class. You have some airport appreciation time in MEX — enough to visit the AeroMexico lounges (included with your fare) and/or hit the American Express Centurion Lounge.
Then you’re in an Air France 777’s lie-flat seat-bed to Paris. From there, you go to Amsterdam on an Air France Airbus A320 and then on to London in a 737. That’s European Business Class — which is coach, just with no one sitting next to you.
You fly the route in reverse on the way home. However, this includes an overnight in Amsterdam — which is perfect if you need to burn a hotel credit card’s annual free night certificate!
You depart London at 5:50 PM on Friday, December 29, and return to Tijuana late on Saturday, December 30.
This fare prices out at $2,301.64 USD. That’s about on par for other business class (and shorter) trips from San Diego during the same dates. But this is basically a vacation trip with the added bonus of elevated Delta MQD earnings.
Because of how Delta partner flights earn miles and points WHEN YOU CREDIT THEM TO YOUR SKYMILES NUMBER (please read this), you should earn:
- $6,094 MQD (a return of about 2.64X — not stellar but, hey, Christmas in London!)
- 24,464 MQM (9.4 CPMQM — not very exciting. But did I mention Christmas in London?)
- 16,308 redeemable SkyMiles (before any applicable Medallion bonuses)
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