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. The routing is weird, the layovers kind of stink — but it’s projected to earn about 4.01X 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 three 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 USA to Mexico immigration at CBX — and don’t need to deal with it in Mexico City. (But you do go back through on the USA side when you arrive in Los Angeles from MEX before heading to HNL).
The trip costs $1090.16 USD. 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 4.01X 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.
The September 22 departure and September 27-28 arrival dates are all I see available at that amazing price.
Yes, the layover times pretty much stink. You might want to head to the Hyatt at the Mexico City airport for a couple of hours of sleep. Or just drink lots (and lots) of coffee to keep yourself awake overnight at MEX.
On the outbound, you have plenty of time in Los Angeles to walk to the In-N-Out Burger for a good but overrated hamburger. (Yep. I said it.)
The longhauls to/from HNL are scheduled aboard Delta’s A321neo.
You’re on the flight as an Aeromexico-ticketed passenger. Delta is simply operating the hop. You should have Sky Club access in Los Angeles (we like the T3 lounge) and at the Honolulu club, given you’re traveling on a confirmed, international, business class itinerary.
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