Yes it is “that” time of the year. We are considering what status we want to hold when December 31st arrives. We are considering if NOW, or LATER, is the best time to pick up a Delta AMEX Platinum or Reserve card <–LINK for the bonus MQMs. Bottom line is we are all crunching the important elite numbers.
Some of us are even considering an “Elite Mileage Run” with Delta. We call it that because no one in their right mind would fly Delta for the chance to earn SkyMiles anymore. Anyone who is earning a boatload of SkyMiles from flying is just paying an expensive premium price for their tickets (sorry, but that is the truth of it). But since the elite points, or MQMs, are just the same as they have been for years and years, it can be wise to take a flight to some crazy city and maybe just stay there for an hour or two and then fly home for the elite points to help bump your status to the next level.
But how does one find such a “Fun Run” as I call it? Well, you have a few options in blog land.
After the simplest one for MQMs that is from Delta AMEX cards, then we all should follow @EliteMileageRun on twitter as well as EliteMileageRuns here on the blog for the deals I post. Another good option is to follow my friend John, a very energetic Delta flyer, on the “LaptopTravel” blog as he also posts a bunch of exciting Elite Mileage Runs for Delta flyers. But are those your only choices?
Now, thanks to my fellow BoardingArea blogger ADAM who we all know and love from his outstanding Award Booking service Juicy Miles <–LINK , we can get custom Delta (and other airlines) Elite Mileage Runs from your own home town airport.
Let me repeat that and let that one sink in for a bit. Adam, and his team, can build you the best run they can find for just the MQMs you need from YOUR HOME AIRPORT!
What this means is simply the following:
- No positioning flights to some crazy airport to start your mileage run!
- Need weekend only mileage runs? Sure, no problem, just ask.
- Want to stay inside the lower 48 for your run? They can do that.
- Want to fly 20,000+ MQMs on one long mileage run? OK, get ready! 🙂
I think you can see just what this can mean for us. For a modest booking fee, they can find the best deal going from where we live. Naturally, the price may not be as low as it could be when you spend the extra time to fly off to some city that has a super low CPM or Cost / Cents Per Mile city, but you are also not paying for an extra airline ticket to some positioning city and possibly a hotel night or two (and the extra time away from home). That alone can be worth the Juicy Mile Mileage Run booking fee to find your custom mileage run.
Choice is good. Delta will likely in a few weeks again announce they are selling MQMs at prices that make you want to reach for an air sickness bag. Please don’t even consider buying them from the mothership at their “bat crazy”, over inflated prices, out of desperation at running a few MQMs short for the year. Please consider ALL of the above options first, including the chance to have a custom run built from your home town just for you. Thank you ADAM, you are the best! – René