OK I have to admit this is a bit crazy (from someone who did a IST run from Chicago but whatever). The kool parts about this is you are talking a BOATLOAD of MQMs all in one LONG weekend (yes you will IH8U if you do this and go to work Monday). If you can take Monday as your day off for the 4th weekend this could work and enjoy Monday as your “recovery” day from all this non-stop coach flying.
Other bits. You can, for a higher CPM just go ATL-JFK-IST RT and have more lounge time and end up around 11k MQMs. If you have some expiring Global Upgrade certs this could be a good way to burn them! HT to reader Richard who tipped me off to look at this HUB run.
Lastly, from what I can see, you should not need the $20 Istanbul visa since you are connecting same day but it may be worth it just to pay up and get it just in case (you must get it ahead of time now, unlike before)!
Anyway, here are the numbers:
15,544 MQMs at 4.4CPM
Bookable on Delta.com via JFK route
Bookable on Delta.com VIA Kayak.com for best CPM route
Lastly, do always consider the fact that, with the current Delta Platinum offer for both the personal and business cards, 10,000MQMs for the card fee is sub 2CPM and after $100 statement credit sub 1CPM mileage run from home! 😉