Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature.
Normally no one in their right mind would drag a family on a mileage run. Sure, you may ask them to put up with a little longer flight on the way some place nice to get a few more points, but not on a 1-2 day nonstop flight to flight marathon (only us who love to fly and want a ton of MQMs would do that, right?)
But is there a way to get a “decent” value on a mileage run and bring the family along for part of the ride? Yes! I am not saying you should book this but here is an example for you to consider.
I so many times get tweets or E-mails that there are NEVER EVER good deals out of Detroit as a Delta hub. You know what I always say is that the location does not matter. But what if you can combo your trip? The above shot is 2 days nonstop flying from Puerto Rico to Alaska. You are racking up a TON of MQMs (12,000+) in two days. This would be a bit tiring and the CPM or “cost/cents per mile” is just so-so at just under 5 CPM. But look at this example:
What if you say used your Barclay’s Arrival points to buy tickets to fly to San Juan. The current 40,000 Barclay’s Arrival card, after spend, you can just about cover the trip down for your ticket. You can bring the family and then use say SPG points to stay at the Sheraton Puerto Rico for 10,000 per night for free lodging (even use 5th night free / 40,000 all-in) or use the “cash and points” option. The current
30,000 (offer has expired) SPG AMEX card along with the business 30,000 (offer has expired) SPG AMEX, after spend, would take care of your lodging. You could even save up 30,000 (30k FlexPoints = up to $600 ticket) US Bank FlexPerks points to pay for the mileage run itself. You then let the family enjoy the sun and water and you fly up to Alaska and back :-). Lastly you take an extra day for yourself on the beach to recover after pocketing 17,000+ MQMs total for the trip down, the trip up to Alaska, and the trip home.
Your total all in run cost, if you just paid for both tickets for yourself is $1031 and 6CPM. Not that great a cost for a mileage run but for a combo vacation and run not so bad.
A word of caution to end today, make sure your family is onboard for this kind of
adventure silliness. I never drag my Lisa on a mileage run (well almost never that is). There are times at the end of the year where I may need a few more stays at some hotel (like I will this year) where Lisa is happy tolerant with a quick trip for fun and she knows in advance we will be either hotel hopping and/or taking some extra flights. The rest of the year when it comes to vacations I try to book business and the shortest best flights I can. Happy wife = happy life – right? – René
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